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Rock of Dunamase

| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Historical castle ruins, worth a stop en route between Dublin and Kilkenny. Free audio guides are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Don't miss if you have car to visit while in Ireland!

Vistas are exceptionally good and the ruins are spacious - accomodating to crowds or quiet days... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“amazing views” (22 reviews)
“castle ruins” (19 reviews)
“ruined castle” (14 reviews)
| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Historical castle ruins, worth a stop en route between Dublin and Kilkenny. Free audio guides are available for download online to walk you through the site so you know what you're looking at.

Thank ZA_world
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vistas are exceptionally good and the ruins are spacious - accomodating to crowds or quiet days. Easy walk from parking to the hilltop. Be sure to take pictures in all directions.

Thank L K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving up a delightful windy road, you stop at an old church. To the left is a sign and an open gate. All you need to do is go through and the walk is easy. This is not a climb at all. But the...More

Thank Brenda T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These ruins are a little out of the way, but they are so worth the trip. We parked near a small church and climbed up to the ruins where to walk through several outer walls before getting to the main buildings. We were the only...More

Thank Ryanne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a member of the Moore clan it was amazing to visit the Moore family strong hold from the middle ages. I felt the spirit of my ancestors here, hard to describe. The castle is unguided with no commercial exploitation at all. Read about the...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A decent walk round the place. We spent two hours here. Interesting/historic too and teenage kids loved scrambling about.

Thank Bobidy
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped here halfway through a long car journey for a quick walk in the sunshine with the dog - beautiful views! Definitely bring warm clothing in colder weather, I imagine the winds can be fierce.

Thank Beatitudine
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful place to relax and enjoy some fresh air. Nice walk and captivating views. Can be a little breezy on the top and the pathways are mostly rocks so proper shoes recommended!

Thank Nabiihah
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Brilliant! It's quite a steep climb up the gravel path to the top of the hill, but well worth it. The ruins are spectacular, and the views from the top are fantastic. There were only two other visitors when we went there, so we had...More

Thank Salty2010
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We found these ruins as we were looking for things to do in Portlaoise. It's a large ruins. I had my 3 kids with me. They loved exploring all the different area's of the castle, great for exploring, discovering and burning off energy. It's also...More

Thank sib_10
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Karen F
24 July 2017|
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Response from naffs3 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not, as the terrain is quite rugged and uneven.
20 October 2015|
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Response from Ray H | Reviewed this property |
No fee on visiting the Rock of Dunamase. Well worth visiting as it is only 4 - 5 minutes from the motorway. If you have additional time on your visit there is a beautiful monastic site and heritage centre at Timahoe 10Km... More