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

Aillwee Cave

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

Located in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, tours consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, under weird formations, over bridged chasms 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, Hawks, Falcons, Owls and Vultures.  They provide daily Flying displays, giiving you a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape.

Book a Hawk Walk – This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you interact with one of nature’s top predators. Guided and instructed by your experienced falconer, this 60 minute “Walk with a Hawk” through woodland and across Burren Limestone pavement is tailor made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience.

At the Farm Shop, watch cheese being made. The Burren in North Clare is the birthplace of this Award Winning Farmhouse Cheese Burren Gold.  This fantastic 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 various flavours:- Plain, Smoked, Cumin, Garlic & Nettle, Black Pepper and for something a little more exotic - Piri Piri.  You can also pop in to the Farmshop at Aillwee Cave and taste some delicious Burren Gold Cheese! You may even be lucky enough to see their 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 the two wonderful Gift Shops and see their breathtaking collections, where you can find gifts for every occasion.

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

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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