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Poulnabrone Dolmen

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Address: R480, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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More than the dolmen to see

The dolmen is quite impressive perched on the Burren limestone plateau. There are several information boards explaining the history and geology of the area. But there is more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
simply-peregrinating
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Lancashire England
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Lancashire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The dolmen is quite impressive perched on the Burren limestone plateau. There are several information boards explaining the history and geology of the area. But there is more than the dolmen to see as you can wander across the limestone pavement and spend quite some time looking at the rock shapes and patterns and the flowers and plants that grow... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Poulnabrone is probably one of the best know portal tombs in Ireland. It seems so at home and yet so alien at the same time, with the surrounding Burren for a backdrop. Just how did they get that big slab up there?

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We were able to stop on our Dublin Tour Company bus and so glad we did. The haunting history here makes one wonder what happen here hundreds of years ago. Certainly worth the stop and short walk

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were there by 9am and it was well worth it. The light is still good for photos, nobody there and you really get a sense of isolation in the barren landscape. That being said, it is a beautiful location and hard to believe this burial site is the same age as the city of Troy is. Really puts things... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Well worth including this in our itinerary. The drive from Kinvara, on the south side of Galway Bay, to the Portal Tomb was beautiful - and then being able to walk around on the karst landscape was different and interesting. We have visited such diverse geographies as the badlands near us in Alberta (dinosaurs), the Grand Canyon, the Big Sur... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We stopped off for a quick peak here after driving back from the Cliffs of Moher and ended up staying a good thirty minutes marveling at the landscape and accomplishments of those long past. There is no entry fee and the site is very accessible for any able bodied walkers. The information posts are very informative as well. I would... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I went there early in the morning and had the place to myself - well me and the cattle. It was quite lovely and I was free to take in the beauty of the Burren and the Dolmen without others around. It's a great first stop on the way to the cliffs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is definitely a site that's worth a visit. Personally I found the large amount of visitors on top of the huge amount of tourist focused investment on site to be a little off putting. The mysticism is kind of hard to connect with, while there is a USA'er talking loudly about how it was "Unbelievable that I had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We made a late decision to see this one evening on the way home from the Burren. When we got there were it was quite late and there were no other visitors and it was totally worth the detour to see it. The dolmen itself is roped off but still looks very impressive on the stony exposed landscape. There was... More 

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Staatsburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Poulnabrone Dolmen is a passage tomb dating to c. 4200 BCE which is well worth a visit even if you are not a history enthusiast (though it helps considerably if you are). The name means "Hole (or passage) of sorrows" and it seems to have been created as a pathway between worlds, between this life and the afterlife. If one... More 

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