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What does Mitchelstown Cave Classroom offer your school?

Mitchelstown Cave – One of Europe’s Major Showcaves

Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. On the guided tour you will follow ancient passageways and visit massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites and huge calcite pillars and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel”  which stands some 9 meters in height.


Perfect for School and Coach Groups

Visitors, families, coach tours and group outings are guided through half a mile of this world famous show cave. Coach tours should phone ahead of time for an appointment and are catered for all years around. Parking for cars and coaches is provided and toilets are on site.


Tours are provided for all groups, primary & secondary school tours, summer camps and coach tours. For overseas groups we are happy for you to bring along a translator and can cater for a longer tour in that circumstance.

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Mitchelstown Cave


One of europes major showcaves, discovered in 1833

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Where Is MItchelstown Cave?

How do I organise a fieldtrip to the Outdoor Classroom at Mitchelstown Cave?

Mitchelstown Cave is 12km from Mallow, in the village of Doneraile, Co. Cork.


Directions from Doneraile:

Coach and car access – via Beech Walk entrance 0.5km north of village.

Pedestrian access to Doneraile Park from village – use archway at “Eily’s” on main street.

Make a booking using the online form or by telephone.


We recommend that you download the Fieldtrip Planner and Guidelines for Safe Learning Outdoors from our downloads page and use these to prepare for your fieldtrip.


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