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Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Amazing to realize that this portal tomb has survived here for around 5,500 years, dating from the Neolithic period, and pre-dating the pyramids of Egypt. Accessed by a short walk from a designated ca... read more »
Great to see this in the flesh after reading about it and seeing it in pictures and paintings. The area is like another world and the story of the dolmen adds to the romance and other worldly feel.
The Burren itself is amazing, and this portal tomb is another must see in Ireland. To imagine how people lived here in Neolithic times is mind boggling. There's a small parking area, so it's easier to... read more »
Fascinating megalithic tomb that's free to visit. The landscape immediately surrounding the tomb gives a great insight into what makes The Burren so special. If you've seen the videos and exhibits at Cliffs of Moher or The Burren Center explaining how the erosion of the limestone works, the grounds at Poulnabrone Dolmen helps it all make sense. It's only about 0.5 km from Caherconnell Stone Fort so it's easy to visit both. You can easily park, walk, read the displays, take some photos, and quietly reflect for a bit all in under 30 minutes. Don't skip this one!
Much smaller in real life than it looks in the pictures, but has a really neat history and is pretty unique in the area. Situated on limestone pavement, which adds to the surreal tone.
Great historical grave site. Well tended with plenty of parking, and great information about the Burren and the dolmen itself. Absolutely recommended if you're in the area.
Perfect example of a megalithic tomb set in brilliant burren landscape. Easy access free parking nice stop off for a photo on the way to Alliwee cave
Worth a visit.. A bit off the beaten track..
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