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“The King of Dolmens”
Review of Brownshill Dolmen

Brownshill Dolmen
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Carlow
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Owner description: Megalithic monument thousands of years old.
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“The King of Dolmens”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The largest capstone in Europe, over 150 tonnes, simply awesome!
A must see for anyone with an interest in ancient history.

Visited July 2013
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Carlow, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Big rock perched on a few smaller ones”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Claimed to be the largest dolmen in Ireland or Europe.

Worth going to see, if your passing by, but would not make a special trip.

No facilities or guides or gift shops, only a poster describing what little we know about the dolmen and its cultural significance. Kids will love to climb on top.

It's about 300m walk from the roadside car park along a gravel path. No gates so is open 24 hrs.

Visited August 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Worth taking the time to stop and look”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The Dolmen is in the middle of a field at the end of a short path in rural Carlow. The cynical traveller will ask the question - what's the big deal about a bunch rocks in the middle of a field of wheat. Stop the car in the small car park, take the walk along the short path and stand beside the capstone of the Dolmen (at 100+ tonnes the largest in Europe) and take some time to marvel at how this was put in place 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.

It is believed to mark the entrance to a tomb but as the site has never been excavated there is not a lot of detail available about who was buried there. It takes a little imagination to wonder who would have warranted this mark of respect and to think about the technology that would have been applied to make this possible.

It does not have the scale and the visible complexity of a Newgrange or a Knowth. It may only take 20 minutes to visit but if you bring your curiosity it will be well worth stopping the car and exploring the site.

Visited July 2013
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West Terre Haute
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Huge Rock”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This was an interesting sight for us, although it is literally a large rock and some smaller rock piles, it is fun to speculate what was really gone on there and how they got everything to stay in place.

Visited July 2013
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Ennis, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“an experience”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

I was not aware that europes largest dolmen is based in carlow, pretty cool though amazing size, its about a 10 minute drive from carlow town bring some insect repellent!

Visited July 2013
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