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(Dungarvan Village)
Gowran Co Kilkenny

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Dunmore Caves

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On the Castlecomer road, 11km from Kilkenny city to the north and about 25km from our bed and breakfast Kilkenny, Dunmore Caves are formed in the limestone. Kilkenny is famous for having limestone bedrock, formed over millions of years. Descending the steep steps from the surface, the cave itself continues underground for almost 400m. At its deepest point, you’ll be 150 feet underground!. 400m won’t sound like much to the avid caver, but Dunmore is famous for its calcite formations. The most impressive of those is known as the Market Cross (pictured), and stands over 19 feet high.

Dunmore Caves

That and the fact that in the year 928AD, it was the scene of a Vikings massacre, mentioned in the Annals of Irish history recorded in the Triads of the 9th century. While the existence of the cave itself has been well known in the area for years, it was only in more recent times that it was designated a National Monument, excavated and in 1967 opened to the public. Every child from a 50 mile radius has spent an afternoon there as part of a school tour!
Like all caves, bats can sometimes be found and there are records of bat colonies in the cave back throughout the years.
Incidentally, Dunmore is ‘Dun Mor’ in Irish, meaning ‘great fort’.
There is also a Visitor Centre on-site where you can find out more. Just ask at the bed and breakfast kilkenny.

Dunmore Caves

Opening hours
March - June 10am to 5pm each day
June - September 9.30am to 6.30pm each day
September - October 10am to 5pm each day
Winter opening on Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays from 10am to 4.30pm

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