Mitchelstown Cave, County Tipperary
Tours by informative guides will take you through three massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable drip-stone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, graceful calcite curtains hanging from sloping roofs, calcite crystals which glisten like diamonds in the distance and the inspiring “Tower of Babel”, one of Europe’s finest calcite columns, is definitely the tour’s highlight.
The 30 minutes tour along a kilometer of well-lit passages will lead you through three massive caverns, the largest measuring 51x31 meters, with the roof tapering up to 20m height. The subterranean world in the heart of the Galtee Mountains will simply take your breath away by its sheer scale and depth.
Mitchelstown Cave was discovered on the 3rd of May 1833 when a laborer named Michael Condon who was quarrying limestone accidentally dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He stooped down to pull out a few boulders to retrieve the bar, next minute he found himself looking down to a vast series of underground chambers, passages and caverns. So for over one hundred years visitors were already guided through the network of passageways by candlelight.
Caves are open daily from around 10am – 5pm. Located midway between Cahir with its beautiful castle and Mitchelstown just off the N8 (exits 12 or 11 on the M8) they are easily accessible by car and provide enough parking space and a great picnic spot as well. Single Adult admission is at €9.
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