Mitchelstown Cave


Mitchelstown Cave, Burncourt, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Mitchelstown Cave

The Mitchelstown Cave is considered one of the most impressive caves in Europe. While you’re visiting Cahir the cave is right on your doorstep. Despite the name, the cave is actually closer to Cahir than it is to Mitchelstown. It is located just outside the village of Burncourt, in the parish of Clogheen and Burncourt, which is not even in Cork, it is in County Tipperary. It is easily accessed and well signposted on the old Cahir to Mitchelstown road and from the Motorway, it is one stop along from Cahir close to Exit 11.

Professional guides at the caves will show you through a kilometre of well lit passages although the total length of the system is 3 kilometres. Potholers can access the rest of the cave, but it is not generally open to the public. The temperature is constant at 12 degrees Celsius making it warm in winter and seemingly cooler in the summer months.

Tours are provided for all many types of groups. Primary & Secondary school tours, summer camps and coaches are welcome along with families and holiday makers. For overseas groups the staff are happy for a translator to come along and  a longer tour can be catered for in this instance.

The easiest way to get there from Cahir is to take the old Cahir to Mitchelstown road (just drive from the centre of town past the castle and turn left at the T junction outside the town). It is signposted on the left about 6 miles along this road. Once you pass Kilcoran Lodge Hotel you will know you are close to the turnoff.  Having turned left off the main road you turn right at the T junction just outside Burcourt village and the Mitchelstown Cave is about 1Km away on the left hand side. The Car Park is on the right.

The cave was discovered on May 3rd 1833 when a farm labourer named Michael Condon, who was quarrying limestone, accidentally dropped his crowbar into a crevice that has since been the entrance to the cave. The cave was toured using candles until electricity was introduced and footpaths were installed in 1972 – making it the first cave in Ireland to be developed for the public. It is unique in that it has been kept, by and large, exactly as it was found apart from a few modifications to enable access.

When you’re done visiting the Cave you’ll find The Lazy Bean Café, Cahir’s best restaurant, ready and waiting to provide you with wonderful coffee, tasty treats or a nice lunch. Please do pay us a visit.

You’ll find the Mitchelstown Cave at the following Loc8 Code: Q47-84-86A

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