December 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - November 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Caves and limestone formation have always been part of the Irish school curriculum. For that reason Mitchelstown Cave has attracted schools from all parts of Ireland for over 40 years.
On the guided tour students learn about caves in a fun and engaging way. Primary and secondary schools are especially catered for.
The tour covers cave geology from the chemistry of limestone to the formation of caves. Students get to see textbook examples of cave features such as stalactites, stalagmites, calcite curtains and calcite pillars. Topics such as plate tectonics, minerals and glaciation are also covered. On the tour students learn about the cave ecosystem and get to see 350 million year old fossils. Your guide will tell you about the history and exploration of the cave which has been Ireland’s first show cave since 1833.
After the tour the group is more than welcome to test out the acoustics with a song in the caves largest cavern where many concerts have been performed.
School tour rates are available.
Picnic area and toilets are on site.
Mitchelstown Cave is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
School tour bookings recommended.