Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre

Two great Burren attractions. Enjoy a tour of one of Ireland's ancient caves and/or experience the Birds of Prey Centre which includes fabulous flying displays.  

Open Year Round.

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Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (See Map Below)


Aillwee Cave and the Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare are two great attractions in one, located in the heart of the Burren National Park, a very special part of Ireland.

The Aillwee Cave – a dramatic tour of the Burren’s Underworld

Let the staff at Aillwee Cave welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. Your cave tour 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.

The Birds of Prey Centre – See them in free flight

Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in Ireland with 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 an experienced falconer, this hour long 'Walk with a Hawk' through woodland and across the Burren Limestone pavement is tailor-made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience.

Farm Shop – Delicious Local Produce

At the Farm Shop, watch cheese being made. The Burren in North Clare is the birthplace of the award-winning Burren Gold Farmhouse Cheese which 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 and comes in a variety of flavours: Plain, Smoked, Cumin, Garlic & Nettle, Black Pepper and, for something a little more exotic, Piri Piri.


The Aillwee Caves and Burren Birds of Prey Centre in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a 60 minute drive from Galway, 75 minutes from Limerick City and 60 minutes from Shannon International Airport.  

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It’s a superb experience to take a guided tour into the Burren underworld. Cave features include an underground river, a waterfall and large stalactites and stalagmites. Samples from the cave have been dated as being over 350,000 years old.

The Birds of Prey Centre is home to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks and Owls from all over the world. You can get up close to them and watch them in exciting flying displays. 

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Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 707 7036

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Open Year Round

January - February, November 1 - 27 & December 27 - 31
Daily 10:00 - 17:00

March - June & September - October
Daily 10:00 - 17:30

July - August
Daily 10:00 - 18:30

December 1 - 23
By appointment only

Guided tours of the cave take place every 15 - 20 minutes and last for 40 minutes. 

Flying displays take place at 12:00 noon & 15:00 (or 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00 May - September)

Closed: December 24 to 26 and January 1.

Approx Visit Duration: 3+ hours (depends on whether you visit one or both attractions).



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Leaflets available in various languages. 


Tea rooms with teas, coffees, soups, sandwiches, hot food, soft drinks and desserts. 


Gift Shop on-site with souvenirs, crafts, books and memorabilia. Farm shop on-site with cheeses and local produce.


Free car and coach parking on-site.


Partially wheelchair accessible (cave is not accessible). Accessible toilet.  

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates. 

Partially indoor Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair access (partial) Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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