Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave

Contact Details


Castlecomer Road,
R95 A972

Telephone No: +353 (56) 776 7726
Fax No: +353 (56) 776 7302

Email: dunmorecaves@opw.ie

GPS Co-ordinates: N52.7341,  W7.2477

Opening Hours


March - May, September & October
Daily    09.30 - 17.00
Last admission 16.00

June - August
Daily    09.30 - 18.00
Last admission 17.00

November to February
Wednesday - Sunday Only (inclusive)
Daily 09.30 - 17.00
Last admission 15.00

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.

This site may not be suitable for very young children. Children must be strictly supervised at all times also MAX 3 Children to every 1 Adult for health and safety reasons. Please note the interior of the Cave is cold and wet. Please dress appropriately. Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear due to uneven terrain. A visit to the Cave will entail 700 steps. Any person with health issues should consider carefully their own physical limitations in this regard.

(All visitors to leave the cave before darkness falls)


Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00


Toilets with disabled access, car / coach park.

Card Payment facility  available.

Dunmore Cave Café - Madeleine's Tea Room - Open 11am - 3.30pm every Sat & Sun for January and February.  Daily during mid-term.  Contact 086 4178796 for details/bookings




Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique situation. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. The most interesting reference however, comes from the Annals which tells of a Viking massacre at the cave in the year 928 A.D.  Archaeological finds within the cave confirm Viking activity. Exhibitions and displays in the Visitor Centre. The cave is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Location: 10km from Kilkenny, 1km off N78 Castlecomer (road is well signposted).
GPS Co-ordinates: N52.7341, W7.2477.

Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann do not provide a direct service to the Cave. Contact site for details of local operators

Guided Tours: Access by guided tour only
Maximum number: 40 - 50
Duration: 1 hour

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish.

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: No

Additional Information:
Audio visual covering 4 main topics aimed at all ages and interests.  Geology and Evolution over 350 million years; Animated Formation of Dunmore Cave; Ecology of Cave and its surrounds, Myth and History of the cave.

Interactive Virtual Museum consisting of the several treasures found in the Cave including one of the most significant Viking finds in the country.