Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare

An iconic archaeological site in Ireland, Poulnabrone Dolmen represents a stunning example of a Neolithic portal tomb. This stone formation features two vertical stones supporting a 3.7 m (12 ft) horizontal capstone. These most likely are burial structures that were erected between 4200 BCE and 2900 BCE. Learn about the lives and rituals of early farmers in the area through the formations that they left behind. These dolmens exist throughout Western Europe. Though it is not known for certain who put them in place or how they did it, excavations in this region show that the dead and their belongings were buried at this site up through Celtic times. To visit Poulnabrone Dolmen on your trip to Ballyvaughan, use our Ballyvaughan travel route planning site .
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  • It was a bit smaller than we thought, but nevertheless amazing to see. It's nice to walk around if the weather's good.  more »
  • This site offers both pre-historic and geological wonders! Poulnabrone Dolmen is a neolithic portal tomb spanning 600 years of burials dating to the 6th millennium BC! Ice sheets in the last Ice Age s...  more »
  • My sister-in-law and I went out of our way to see this dolmen. It is located in the Burren which in itself is a site not to be missed. The Dolmen is easy to access and is a fascinating piece of histor...  more »
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  • If you like being in the presence of a mystery and history that can be pondered but never truly understood, this site will fascinate you. If you like glitz and creature comforts it will probably bore you. Read up on the history of the geography, geology and peoples of the Burren before you go to begin to appreciate how it evolved into what it is today. We went early in the day late in October and had the place to ourselves - a mystical experience. The guide there told us we were lucky because 3 tour buses would soon be arriving. If you like peace to feel a place like that as much as we do, go early in the day and consider traveling in the off season.
  • What a neat spot. This place just feels old. Walking up to it gave me goosebumps. Well worth a side trip to see, it has a commanding presence over the rocky plain in every direction.
  • Interesting site and good introduction to the Burren area. Good parking, but lacks toilets.
  • The flowers that grow here are very interesting. Two types of orchids, two types of roses, wild mountain thyme, and many others. The tomb is still yielding archeological data. Be sure to keep an eye out just a mile down the road are two others that are unmarked which is where the golden torque necklace was found now stored in the Ireland national museum of archeology. This is a must see!
  • A beautiful display of nature. All the stones and the cracks between them make the place feel surreal and from another world

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Where to stay in Ballyvaughan

Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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