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“Ancient Portal Tomb well worth a visit”
Review of Brownshill Dolmen

Brownshill Dolmen
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Carlow
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Owner description: Megalithic monument thousands of years old.
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Just on the outskirts of Carlow town, in the middle of a field you find this Megalithic portal tomb. Long before the Celts arrived on these shores, an ancient people managed to lift a rock weighing between 1000 and 1200 tons in its current place. The monument is between 3500 and 4500 years old but still lost nothing of its original magic.
The signage could be better as the one at the car park is regularly overgrown. Other than that the access is well maintained: a car park and a well maintained footpath lead up to this impressive land mark

Thank Bianka M
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

When you go to see this wonder, try to imagine how it was made.
One of the oldest human built portals in Ireland.

Thank dani b
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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.

Thank Roddy A
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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.

Thank Ken P
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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.

Thank Lorcan S
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