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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  • If you are traveling through or near the Burren, this is a stop you should make. The dolmen (an ancient burial tomb) is located in a rocky field on the road between Ballyvaughan and Kilnaboy in County...  more »
  • It is amazing to see this Dolmen and consider how thousands of years ago they erected the huge heavy stones without modern machinery. The Burren it is located in is interesting too because it is so di...  more »
  • We looked at it bigger / more spectacular presented. Have a photo taken and again were off 5 minutes after our arrival. There is hardly any information (except for a plaque in the parking lot). There's also other highlights you should rather plan in his route with security.
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  • You're near top of wind swept Burren, and viewing ancient grave. Rustic and non-commercial and yet good info boards for self tour. The guard/farmer there very easy to chat with.
  • It is cool to see but on the way there, the sights are way more interesting. It is very very small but you get to see these rocks. You can get some cool photos though.
  • It's cool to see, if you have to go super out of the way just look at pictures.
  • So cool if you love historical and different places as well as the really fascinating Burren!
  • 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.

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