Laois, Ireland

The Rock of Dunamase

The Rock of Dunamase

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8 tour stops



Welcome to the Abarta Audioguide to the Rock of Dunamase

3 min

The Castle on the Rock

The tumultuous history of the Rock

6 min

The Outer Barbican

This area was the first line of defence

2 min

The Inner Barbican

The second formidable line of defence to face the attackers

4 min

The Lower Ward

This area would have housed vital buildings like armourers, smithies and the barracks

2 min

The Upper Ward

The heart of the fortress

1 min

The Great Hall

The big public room of the castle, with a two storey solar added.

5 min


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3 min


Perched on a steep rocky crag above the low lying plains of Laois, The Rock of Dunamase is one of the most atmospheric sites to visit in Ireland. This audioguide will take you through the site and its complex and often bloody history. Hear about the Viking raid on Dunamase in 844 AD when it was an early medieval fort known as Dun Masc, how the site became a feared stronghold of the Norman adventurer Myler FitzHenry in the late twelfth century and how the site then came into the possession of William Marshall, the most illustrious knight in Medieval Europe. You will discover the daunting prospect of the defences at Dunamase, and how it became such a strategic stronghold for the Normans in their campaign to conquer Ireland.

With its atmospheric ruins and stunning views of Laois, The Rock of Dunamase should be on everybody's must-see list. It is free to enter with a small carpark at the base

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