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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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What a beautiful setting these ruins sit in, the views are spectacular. On a nice sunny day you can see for Miles. It certainly looked like an impressive castle back in its day... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
steven w
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a beautiful setting these ruins sit in, the views are spectacular. On a nice sunny day you can see for Miles. It certainly looked like an impressive castle back in its day. Great to look around. Well worth a visit.

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County Laois, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old ruins of Dunamaise is a great place to visit with family and friends. Good for photo shoots for weddings and other events. Can bring a picnic and eat on the very top. Frantic view over Laois

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a beautiful sunny day (a rarity in Ireland) and spent an hour or so exploring the site and taking pictures. Many locals were there too, climbing the rocks and such. A fantastic start to our Ireland trip. Some might also recognize the site as part of "Ballycarbery Castle" from the movie Leap Year.

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Thank Kayley N
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not an all day site but it's a great place to stop and spend an hour seeing an extensive ruin with great views across the county. These is no entry charge and it's a only a short walk from where you park outside the church. It's only about 5 minutes off the motorway and about 10 min from... More 

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Thank Eamonn F
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning 360 degree views. I can get an idea of how fantastic this must have looked back when it was newly built as the ruins have lovely arches some made of slate and some really nice hand chiseled limestone around the doorway . Well worth a visit.

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Bowie, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were quite fortunate with the weather when we visited, as it was a clear day and the views are spectacular. Even if you are there on a day without a clear view, the site is fascinating and well worth visiting.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't planning on stopping yet as we drove though we had a few moments to spare. So thankful that we stopped!! Amazing views for miles and miles. We were in awe by the ancient ruins. Amazing to think how old these ruins are and the structure that remains plus with views of Ireland it's a must see!

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Thank Courtney Kloba S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful spot. Bring a packed lunch though as there are no shops nearby. I have heard that you can see 7 counties from the top. And judging from what I saw it is certainly possible. Lovely site to visit

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I have visited the Rock of Dunamaise over the past 25 years, since first visiting Laois. 25 years ago, it was barely signposted and had virtually no paths or safety features. The ruins which were previously mostly tumbledown, have been improved/rebuilt by the OPW over the years and the paths improved as well. The Rock occupies a unique high position... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The Rock of Dunamase was very interesting to see. The rock is actually steep and worth the mini hike on it. If possible, I would recommend to go with a group, It's an isolated spot. There are many attractions near by like Emo Court and Kildare Village. You will need a car to get to the Rock and could spend... More 

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