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Poulnabrone Dolmen
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Erik K
Pittsburgh, PA657 contributions
Sep 2021
Free site to check out!
It was a little bit crowded, but the crowds do tend to move quickly.
The age of this, and the idea that it was built pretty much using their hands makes it that much more impressive.
It seemed bigger in pictures I've seen in the past, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out!
Written October 2, 2021
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County Cork, Ireland22 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
You can walk around here with a sense that your toes are really touching history!
We were there in the afternoon and there were very few around.
If you’re wandering through the burden it’s worth a stop.
The on-site guide gives an oral history which is interesting and comprehensive.
It’s a spot for great photos!
Written July 16, 2021
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Trim, Ireland8,423 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Loved my visit to Poulnabrone, set majestically on a limestone pavement a short walk from the road.
It is incredibly well preserved though the Eastern side stone had to be replaced due to a crack. No wonder with a 1.5 tonne capstone perched on top for thousands of years!
Completely free, a decent sized car park and plenty of info boards as you walk along the gravel path to the dolmen.
One of the picture postcard stops in the Burren, an absolute must see.
Written February 22, 2022
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Halifax599 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The dolmen firstly is open. Ignore the "reported closed".
To say how old this is, it's pretty impressive, especially when you consider the size of the slabs.
Unless you're a druid or witch, don't expect to spend more than 16 minutes there (that includes 7 minutes walk either way).
If you forgot to pick up that super special joss stick or candle or cheap pagan ring, don't worry. There is a stall there for your convenience.
Oh....and parking/viewing is free.
Written August 22, 2021
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Sandra O
Fernandina Beach, FL61 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I arrived in the parking lot around 0930 on the first Sunday morning in March. I spent 45 minutes at the site and did not see another soul except a farmer driving to his barn. There were no other cars in the parking lot.
The area is well tended and has informational signs about the history of the area. The dolmen is roped off but you can get within 10 feet or so if you have no walking disability and can walk across the limestone up to the rope. There is not really anything else there except the fields of limestone. The path to the viewing area is gravel. There are no trash cans and no toilets.
I came from Kinvara and the navigational system in my rental car took me the road-less-travelled down a one lane road over several large hills in the middle of cow fields. I was beginning to think I was lost. However, when I left the site it took me down a main road (turned right out of the parking lot).
Written March 6, 2022
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28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were on our way to Aillwee when we just happened to drive past and just had to stop. What an amazing spot, the landscape of the Burren is bizarre and fascinating to start, and to then have such a magnificent artifact there in the!
In my honest opinion, this free attraction is better than Stonehenge and more than worth a stop - I can only imagine that it would be delightfully colourful with the wildflowers in spring and summer
Written January 10, 2020
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Cork, Ireland131 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
This is on my personal list of natural wonders of the world. It is amazing. Driving through the Burren region, is a unique experience and then to find this ancient monument there.. Just incredible.
Written July 8, 2012
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He, She and Me
86 contributions
Jul 2019
A little off the beaten track but an interesting place to explore with older children. The rocky ground presents plenty of ankle twisting fissures and car parking is limited but the dolmen is worth visiting.
Written January 4, 2020
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Staatsburg, NY283 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
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 is acquainted with the concept of `in-betweens' or `thin places' then this is definitely a spot one will want to experience. The site is located 5 miles (8km) south of Ballyvaughn in the region known as the Burren (which is an experience in itself). The photos one most often sees of Poulnabrone give the impression that it is a huge structure on par, perhaps, with Stonehenge or sites in Orkney. Actually, the structure is quite modest and not very tall but is still an impressive monument and is even more so when one considers the piece was erected almost 5,000 years ago and, more or less, stands today as it did then (I say `more or less' because part of the roof broke off some years back). Although I don't want to ruin the experience of Poulnabrone, I think visitors should be aware that it is not an enormous megalith before visiting so one is not disappointed. I knew the size and scope of Poulnabrone before our visit but I've since spoken with people who, upon seeing it for the first time, thought it was a let-down. Admission to the site is free as is parking.There is no gift shop, no bathrooms, only the thing itself - as it should be. One enters through a gate and there are small information placards along the walk to the actual dolmen detailing its history. The day we were there no one else was around and I found it an incredibly peaceful place. The energy of the site is wholly positive and the surroundings contemplative. While we do not know exactly what the original purpose of Poulnabrone was, there is no mystery as to why the people would have built it where they did: one could spend a long time sitting at Poulnabrone contemplating the landscape and enjoying the serenity of the spot even without a neolithic monument to consider. The Burren is like no other place I've visited. Perhaps the closest comparison would be the Isle of Skye and the rougher areas of Crete. Sitting in front of Poulnabrone and gazing about the Burren's landscape is about as close to time travel as one can get. A tip, though - do not face out toward the road. Also please be respectful of the fauna and stay on the path as marked as well as being mindful of the sacredness of the place itself. Easy to reach by car as signs direct you clearly the whole way. Semi-handicapped accessible (if one walks with a cane, say, as I often do) and an easy walk from the parking lot to the dolmen. A truly magnificent experience and highly recommended.
Written January 29, 2015
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Galway, Ireland21 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
I visited Poulnabrone today with my 4 children ages 3-12. It's our second visit, it's free entry so a good choice for an outing during the school holidays! On the plus side - it's easy to find, there's a handy car park and some simple information boards - and visiting a structure older than the pyramids is pretty cool (if not quite as impressive!). But it's on the tourist trail, there were dozens of people there when we visited and for us it never really has the wow factor.. But if you have a bit more time, get an Ordanance Survey map and you'll see many more megalithic tombs marked. We followed a trail after our visit to Poulnabrone, not too far away, and found an amazing dolmen with spectacular views, nestled in the middle of the Burren hills, with not a soul in sight. We could walk right up to it and it was definitely a spine-tingling experience - the isolation and the location definitely added to the wow factor!

Also worth a mention, just up the road from Poulnabrone is Caherconnel Fort - even if you don't want to pay the entry to see the fort, you can still use the cafe (also handy if kids need a toilet stop!). Despite the crowds at Poulnabrone, the cafe at Caherconnel was almost empty and they do a great range of cakes and scones (as well as lunches, which we didn't sample today). I highly recommend the carrot cake!
Written July 17, 2014
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