Look to Central Ireland for the ruins of Dunamase Castle, a popular stop in County Laois in the Province of Leinster. The Rock of Dunamase is a fantastic day trip from Dublin, since it takes less than an hour's journey from the city.
If you're driving from Dublin Airport, you'll simply need to head south along the M7 until you take Exit 16 and follow signs directing you straight to Dunamase Castle.
One of the most popular attractions in Ireland's County Laois is Dunamase Castle, a fortress that has been known for centuries simply as Hum.
Early history reveals that in the 9th century, the site had been settled, although it wasn't until the 12th century that the castle itself was erected.
Local lore says that the castle was besieged by Cromwell's forces in the 17th century, and ever since it has been abandoned and vulnerable to the elements.
Archeological excavations take place around the ruins, and the castle is available for guided tours.
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