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Poulnabrone Dolmen

Address: R480, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
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Ranked #15 of 80 Attractions in County Clare
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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Anchorage, Alaska
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This place is very peaceful and in a remote area of the Burren. This dolmen makes for great photographs. The couple times I've been there has been very few to no one else there. There is a car park very close by and it's free to park and visit this sight. Don't miss your chance to get some great photos... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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142 attraction reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Poulnabrone Dolmen is an ancient portal tomb located in the Burren region of County Clare, south of Ballyvaughan. We visited this spot on a tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher with Galway Tour Company. Although we only spent about 20 minutes here, it was a great stop. The dolmen was amazing - more than 5000 years old! Today,... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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50 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

How truly incredible! The Burren is like nothing else I have ever seen before, and the Dolmen has a staggeringly long history. No, it is not GIGANTIC, it seems a lot of people were disappointed in the size, but if you appreciate geology and history, the size will be irrelevant and the site will amaze and engage you. Nearby: the... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Don't miss the Burren, and don't miss the Dolmen! It is Stonehenge-like in appearance and mystery, but much more accessible. A playground for kids with the nearby rocks, and a mystery to discuss at dinner that night about its possible origins (be sure to read the signs for later).

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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This site was one of my favourite stops. I made it a "Must See" on this trip as dolmens fascinate me, and I also wanted a closeup look at the Burren, having only previously seen it through the car window. We had seen other dolmens, but I have to say that the setting of this one makes it especially interesting... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Such a cool monument that was built so long ago. Impressive to see and sits on a landscape that is just as bizzare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We really liked exploring this area. The Dolmen has a lot of interesting history. Signs are posted explaining what things are so that you know what your looking at. The kids had fun climbing on different rocks as well.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was a remarkable site with informative signs and a chance to see this interesting dolmen formation dating back to the Bronze Age. Its purpose is unknown but is a must see. Around it is the revealed bare landscape of the Burren and occasional erratics dropped as the glaciers receded.

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Culver City, California, United States
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A very moving experience. Informative displays help you to intellectually grasp its significance, but the emotional effect takes time to sink in. Boldly, proudly sorrowful....something like that, in essence. Take time to visit it.

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