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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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A Treasure of the Ancient East

This is a site not to be missed. These ruins go back to the Viking era. The views are spectacular and makes for some pretty amazing photos. It is free and you go around it on your... read more

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a site not to be missed. These ruins go back to the Viking era. The views are spectacular and makes for some pretty amazing photos. It is free and you go around it on your own. Audio guides tours can be downloaded on the Guidigo app on your smartphone. The only downside to it is that you really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped off on the way back from Carlow heading to Portlaoise. The Rock is just outside of Portlaoise and are the remnants of a old Norman Castle. Free parking and a fairly easy climb up to the Castle gives you magnificent views of Laois. Not good if your infirm and no wheelchair access) Its a really great time to spend... More 

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Port Laoise, Laois, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to go to with a good weather, beautiful views on Laois lands. Old church and commentary just on the bottom of the hill.

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Thank Ewa C
Coleraine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a lot very spot just a few miles from portlaoise. It is the ruin of a. Old castle and well worth the short climb to the top for the staggering views over the surrounding countryside

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Wexford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great free place to visit. A huge castle /fort ruin with fantastic views all around. Enjoyed a good hour plus just looking around and gazing at the views for miles.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had often passed by this unique structure but never bothered to stop off til recently. It's certainly worth the slight detour off the main road and, while it clearly needs some extra care – definitely some more signage, perhaps some picnic tables and public toilets, it is quite a remarkable set of ruins with the most stupendous views across the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to explore and relax. The castle is kept in great condition and the views - well it;s not hard to see why it' is where it is!

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Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Old ruins of a castle. Great to let the kids explore and play around in. Amazing views on a clear day, you can really appreciate why the site was chosen to build on. There is a small information plaque at the entrance with some detail about the history. It's totally free and not very busy. There is parking at the... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ruins are only a 5 min drive from the m7 and are really easy to find as there are signs to follow. It was a welcome stop to break up a long journey along the motor way! An added bonus is that there is ample parking and it's a free attraction. There is an information plaque at the entrance... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been her several times as I live locally but I always bring tourists here as I think it's just fab! Kids love it the old castle ruins and there imaginations run wild. Beautiful scenery surrounding and something about the Rock of Dunamase that is breathtaking! Would a paid in bad weather but on a fine day there is no... More 

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