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Rock of Dunamase

| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Good place for kids to burn energy

A decent walk round the place. We spent two hours here. Interesting/historic too and teenage kids... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Quick visit

Stopped here halfway through a long car journey for a quick walk in the sunshine with the dog... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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“amazing views” (21 reviews)
“castle ruins” (19 reviews)
“ruined castle” (14 reviews)
| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you are interested in castles or not, this is an impressive site by anyone's standards. Amazing situation overlooking a vast plain, and comprehensive remains spanning many eras and phases.

Thank Maehb
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you ever saw that terrible movie Leap Year, then you may recall that part where they climbed up to ruins of a castle behind the train station in Dingle. Ok well that castle was not in Dingle; it was an enhanced version of the...More

Thank Myra I
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

After a lovely drive up with a view of the castle at the top we found a free car park which was great. It was just a short walk up to the castle. The ruins are beautiful and romantic. The view is gorgeous from the...More

Thank johnandlizb
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous views from the top, worth a visit just for views !! We spent about 30 mins exploring this sight good time had by all.

Thank tracy g
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I can't believe this place has been on my doorstep all my life and I never visited it until today. it's simply a stunning site, steeped in history. Standing there, in the peace and quiet, you can almost feel the past wash over you.

Thank IrishMJ
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Karen F
23 July 2017|
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Response from naffs3 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not, as the terrain is quite rugged and uneven.
19 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