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Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare

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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. A visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Caherconnell tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Any fan of Neolithic structures will enjoy this stop. Having visited many similar structures in England, I was definitely looking forward to our stop here. I wasn't let down either. Very well presente...  more »
  • One lane roads to get there, but it has parking. I found it fascinating, it's a short walk. Hard to believe people were doing this stuff that long ago. The landscape is nearly barren rock, so the ecos...  more »
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen is a very interesting, yet fairly easy to miss (especially in the rain!), attraction (I feel icky calling a tomb an "attraction," but...) in the Burren. The hubs and I visited in Se...  more »
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  • I enjoyed walking around and soaking the beautiful landscape. Getting a feeling for the past.. it is amazing how we can feel back in time in places like these
  • It's a beautiful site and highly recommended for anyone who's interested in ancient stones and early Irish (human) history. Learned quite a few facts I didn't know before. Come here in the evening and enjoy a beautiful sunset covering the Dolmen in a lovely yellow shine. Nice for taking pictures!
  • Very interesting place. It's amazing how well it is preserved during the ages. It's also very interesting that the Portal Tombe has a sibling almost a twin in Vlora, Albania, very fare away from here. And the interesting part is that they date quite the same age and very much the same purpose as you may see from the pictures.
  • Saw this on my way to the cliffs, just spend around 20mins to admire the area. It was raining and wet but it was still a lovely visit. The stones and the surroundings are astonishing. It feels like you are in an alien world. The drive to and from this place has some lovely views as well.
  • Fantastic gravesite that was built in 3500BC. Located off the beaten path but well worth the visit. Bring your hiking shoes and follow the assigned trail in the park. Very old; very interesting.