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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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  • We visited many ancient sites while in Ireland and this is the one which captured our attention and imagination more than any other. Personally,I felt more connected to the history of Ireland here tha...  more »
  • I don't know why, expect it to be bigger, so I was a little disappointed, however, it is interesting to be so close to a dolmen.
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  • We were not a soul against 18: 00 local, except us. So we could make very nice photos of the sunset and the dolmen surrounded by the cows. There is also a small park with explain signs. Mystic place should look past you on occasion.
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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.