Aillwee Cave Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare Clare Heritage/Visitor Centre Clare Zoos and Pet Farms

Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a very special place in the heart of the Burren.  Let our staff at Aillwee Cave welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. 

Tours consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears.

Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in the Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures.  Daily Flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape.

Book a Hawk Walk – A once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with one of nature’s top predators. Guided and instructed by your experienced falconer, this hour long “Walk with a Hawk” through woodland and across Burren Limestone pavement is tailor made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience.

At our Farm Shop, watch cheese being made. The Burren in North Clare is the birthplace of this Award Winning Farmhouse Cheese Burren Gold.  This wonderful cheese has won numerous Gold and Silver Medals at various national and international cheese fairs.
Burren Gold is a firm textured Gouda style cheese with a rich creamy taste. It comes in a variety of flavours:- Plain, Smoked, Cumin, Garlic & Nettle, Black Pepper and for something a little more exotic—Piri Piri.  Why not pop in to the Farmshop at Aillwee Cave and taste some delicious Burren Gold Cheese! You may even be lucky enough to see our cheese maker at work.

Relax in the friendly Tearoom with a coffee and scone or drink a glass of wine on the terrace and see the most breathtaking views of Galway Bay.
Browse our two wonderful Gift Shops and see our breathtaking collections, where you can find gifts for every occasion.


Sunday 29th October 

Spooky Cave Tours from 12 Noon  until 5pm

Concluding with a "Twikight Flying Display"

at the Birds of Prey Centre @4pm

Halloween themed facepainting for everyone

All manner of games, tricks & treats throughout the day

Santa comes to Aillwee Cave

Santa Claus has been taking up his annual residence at Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughan especially to meet children and their families since The Millennium. He works very hard as he prepares this unique event.

Along with Mrs Claus and his team of happy Elves, Santa ensures a very special personalised visit for each child. He arranges lots of exciting entertainment for all the family which continues right throughout each day. There is face painting, a puppet show and lots of carnival entertainment to be enjoyed.

Santa Elves are waiting with their LISTS of the boys and girls visiting every day. They will guided everyone along the cave passageways singing Christmas Carols all the way. Santa Claus with his helper will meet and chat with each child and of course have a present for everyone. Mrs Claus is there to greet the grownup with a glass of Hot Punch and a Mince Pie.

Santa’s train is available for rides all day long which will take you to visit the Birds of Prey Centre. There you will enjoy a complimentary visit to meet a Snowy Owl or a Happy Harris Hawk!!! Scheduled half hour flying displays are at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm for your enjoyment.  At The Birds of Prey Centre, Santa’s helper have prepared and stocked the Ultimate Christmas Shop with wonderful gift ideas for all.

Our Farm Shop elves can also make up a festive hamper jam packed to include all sorts of foodie treats with our own Award Winning Burren Gold Farmhouse Cheese as the centre piece. 

A visit to Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee really is a unique, thrilling, fun filled day out for every generation of your family.


Sensory Day in Santa’s Workshop @ Aillwee Cave 

During this year’s workshop, Santa and his elves are hosting a day for children with autism and other sensory challenges. This will not only be for the children but also their friends and families to enjoy at Aillwee Cave. 

On Thurday December 21st, Santa will attempt to slow down the pace around the workshop. This way children with sensory challenges and autism can join in the fun and festivities. We hope to create a safe and happy environment to enjoy with their friends and families. 

Santa will of course still be visited in his workshop, deep in the cave by everyone as always.  In hopes to create a relaxing space for the children, softer lighting and music will be played alongside an area with beanbags and bubbles. The carnival rides will also be set at a slower and quieter pace. This day also includes a trip to the Birds of Prey Centre located on site. 

If there are any further questions or concerns, they can be answered individually over the phone.

24th, 25th & 26th of November Children's Ticket are half price 
at €17.00 per child.
T&C's Apply.
Dates for Santa’s Workshop 2017:
 Friday-Sunday 24th -26th November 2017
Friday - Sunday 1st - 3rd December 2017
Friday - Sunday 8th -10th December 2017
Friday - Sunday 15th - 17th December 2017
Thursday 21st December 2017 - Sensory Day 
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd December 2017

Aillwee Cave Prices

Adults €16.00
Children €34.00
Babies (up to 1 year old) €7.00
€2.50 Booking fee applies 
To make a booking Lo Call 1890 245593 or 065 7077036
Booking Office Opened - Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.30pm 



Aillwee Cave Admission Prices

  • Joint Adult Ticket €18
  • Joint Child Ticket €10
  • Joint Family (2 Adults with1-2 Children) €44
  • Joint Family (2 Adults with 3-4 Children) €50

Joint Admission offers Admission to the Cave and the Birds of Prey Centre

Contact Aillwee Cave

had a truly wonderful visit to the caves and really enjoyed the birds of prey. The youngest member of our family aged 3 got to feed a hawk on his arm!! The rest of us were not so brave. Staff couldnt have been more pleasant. Our guide in the caves was very informative. We will be back.”
Posted by moloney family. tipperary

Extraordinary experience. Staff was absolutely outstanding and we received the most welcoming gracious treatment in all of our Ireland travels at the Aillwee Caves. Well signmarked (for US travelers). Delightful staff, beautiful interesting location. A must see when visiting the Burren.”
Posted by Susan