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Brownshill Dolmen, Carlow

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The Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb situated 3 km east of Carlow, in County Carlow, Ireland. It lies just off the R726 regional road and is clearly visible from the road. The capstone at Brownshill, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. The tomb is listed as a National Monument.NameOfficially known as the Kernanstown Cromlech, it is also spelled as Browneshill Dolmen. It is sited on a hill on which sits the former estate house of the Browne family from which the hill takes its name.HistoryIt was built between 4000 and 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit the island. It is also known as Brownshill Portal Tomb, so-called because the entrance to the burial chamber was flanked by two large upright stones (orthostats) supporting the granite capstone, or roof, of the chamber. The capstone is thought to have been covered by an earthen mound and a gate stone blocked the entrance. At Brownshill both portal stones and the gate-stone are still in situ; the capstone lies on top of the portals and gate-stone and slopes to the ground away from the entrance. Not much additional information is available on Brownshill because it has never been excavated. A fourth upright stands close by and could be the remains of a forecourt. The extent of the chamber cannot be determined.
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  • Nice and well kept just outside Carlow . Worth a visit.. When parking Do not leave valuables in your car on show.  more »
  • Brownshill Dolmen was on our way to Kilkenny and we made a quick stop. Nice walk with good pathways to the stones. Pretty scenery. Stones were cool and it was nice to read about what they think they a...  more »
  • This is s very impressive Dolmen and deserves a 5 star rating . The accessibility to it bad , no amenities, there has to be something those in charge could do to upgrade this to a 5 star tourist attra...  more »
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  • It's a big rock in a farmers field. Cool, but dont drive too far out of your way! lol
  • When your there you just feel wonder and fulfillment.. Magical energy magnification stone full of healing crystals you feel great when your their amazing worth the trip.
  • Incredibly well preserved ancient monument.
  • Imposing without question - but magic / awesome / educational / goose bumps? No, unfortunately there are only a few large stones, which form a cave. It explains where little, because not much known. The dolmen has not touched us. PS: Free access, parking spaces available
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  • Beautiful dolmen, free parking.
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