Aillwee Cave & the Burren Birds of Prey Centre
BALLYVAUGHAN, COUNTY CLARE
An underground network of caves beneath the world famous Burren. Guided tours take you through large caverns, over bridged chasms and alongside thunderous waterfalls. There is a craftshop, a dairy where cheese is made, a speciality food shop and a tearoom. Santa uses the cave as a workshop around Christmas time, while Easter sees a massive egg hunt in the woods. The Burren Birds of Prey Centre is home to the largest display of birds of prey in Ireland. Visitors have the opportunity to view the magnificent birds in open fronted aviaries. Special Events: Santa's Workshop, appointments necessary.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Cave not accessible, but main cave building and birds of prey centre fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open daily, Jan, Feb & Nov 10-5; May-Jun & Sep-Oct 10-5.30; Jul-Aug 10-6.30. Flying displays at 12 & 3 (Jul-Aug 12, 2 & 4). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About The area
Discover County Clare
If you’re hoping to get married, but don’t have a partner, Lisdoonvarna in County Clare may be the place to start. Each year, this 19th-century spa town is home to a matchmaking festival. Tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to look for a partner, a good time, dancing, and live music; not necessarily all at once, or in that order.
The other thing you should come to Clare for, – although it isn’t quite as much of a craic – is The Burren, a place like nowhere else in Ireland. From the northwest corner of County Clare it rises as a cluster of grey-domed hills with terraced sides, whose western feet slope to the sea at Galway Bay. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called clints, their vertical fissures known locally as grimes. However bleak it appears, it is home to some wonderful plant life and there is evidence that people settled here as long ago as the Stone Age. Villages are scattered around the fringes: Ballyvaughan on the north coast, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna to the west, and Kilfenora with its Burren Visitor Centre in the south.
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