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  • Address: Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Hours: Varies by season
  • Admission: Adults: €4, Seniors: €3, Students & Children: €2

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Dunmore Cave Tours

The limestone cave complex at Dunmore stretches around 0.5 km (0.25 miles) underground and descends to a depth of 46 m (150 ft). It is open for guided tours of the caverns, which are rich in gleaming limestone stalactites and stalagmites that have been forming, drip by drip, for more than 300 million years. The most spectacular is a vast, colonnaded pillar dubbed the ‘Market Cross’, which is found in a chamber known as the ‘Town Hall’ and is over five m (16.5 ft) high. There is evidence in ancient Irish literature of man settling in the caves as far back as the ninth century, while bones and teeth found in the inner chambers of the complex are thought to be the remains of Vikings murdered in 928. In addition, a hoard of silver and bronze coins, wire buttons and ingots were discovered there in 1999; they are currently displayed in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin and are believed to date from around 970 AD. A small visitor center showcases the history and geology of the cave complex.

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Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny. Open Mar–mid-June, Sept 11–end Oct daily 9.30am–5pm; mid-June–Sept 10 9.30am–6.30pm; Nov–Mar Wed–Sun 9.30am–5pm. Guided tours only. Admission adults €4, seniors €3, students & children €2. Best accessed by road, 10 km (6.25 miles) north of Kilkenny on the N78.

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Kilkenny City, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin, Dublin, null

Kilkenny City, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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