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Day tour Newgrange and Knowth

Newgrange and Knowth Day Tour

Join a small Group Newgrange and Knowth tour. Explore Europe's largest assemblage of Neolithic art, older than Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Book a unique small group Newgrange and Knowth day tour into the Boyne valley in County Meath, tour Ireland’s premier UNESCO World Heritage site, during your vacation to Ireland. Discover Ireland's Ancient East on this small group tour from Dublin. This excursion will provide you with a fantastic insight into Ireland's ancient history.

Note price includes

  • Brand New Interpretative Centre Bru Na Boinne
  • Newgrange plus Knowth
  • New Interpretive Centre At Knowth
  • Ticket Newgrange / Knowth and Centre (Value Euro 18:00)
  • Tour At Hill Of Slane
  • Guided Walking Tour At Hill Of Tara

Departs 0820am - Returns 1700hrs approx.

Bru Na Boinne, enter the brand new state of the art visitor centre. The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies, and the monument building process. From there you will be transported to both Newgrange and Knowth.

Newgrange 

(Brú na Bóinne) is a prehistoric monument it is an exceptionally grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, its older than Stonehenge and Pyramids of Egypt.

This is one of the most important megalithic structures in Europe. Newgrange consists of approximately 200,000 tonnes of rock and other materials. It is 85 metres (279 ft) wide at its widest point. Human bones and grave goods or votive offerings were found within its chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front, made mostly of white quartz cobblestones, and it is ringed by engraved kerbstones.

There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it is believed that it had religious significance. Its entrance is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice, when sunlight shines through a roofbox and floods the inner chamber.

Newgrange shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions in Western Europe, especially in Brittany, Orkney, Scotland and Wales.

Knowth c. 3200BC 

An ancient monument located in the Boyne Valley. It is the largest passage grave of the Brú na Bóinne complex. It consists of a large mound and 17 smaller satellite tombs. Knowth contains more than a third of the total number of examples of megalithic art in all of Western Europe, over 200 decorated stones were found during excavations. Much of the artwork is found on the kerbstones, particularly approaching the entrances to the passages.

Many of the motifs are typical: spirals, lozenges and serpentiform. However, the megalithic art at Knowth contains a wide variety of images, such as crescent shapes. Much of this artwork was carved on the backs of the stones; a type of megalithic art known as hidden art. It is possible that they intended the art to be hidden, or perhaps this Neolithic community within the Boyne Valley simply recycled the stones and reused the other side.

The east-west orientation of the passages at Knowth suggests astronomical alignment with the equinoxes. The passages are independent of each other, leading to separate burial chambers. The eastern passage arrives at a cruciform chamber, not unlike that found at Newgrange, which contains three recesses and basin stones into which the cremated remains of the dead were placed. The western passage ends in an undifferentiated chamber, which is separated from the passage by a sill stone. The chamber contained a basin stone which was later removed and is now located about two-thirds down the passageway.

Hill of Tara Tour Hill of Tara small group Boyne valley tour

Royalty occupied the Hill of Tara for well over two thousand years. Here at the cultural and political heart of the Ireland, every third year there was a great Feis (fair or festival) held at which the laws and the rules of the land were discussed and revised.
This was an ideal spot to build a palace and, in time, the Five Ancient Roads of Ireland converged here, linking Crúachan - Rathcroghan in County Roscommon, Eamain Macha - NavanFort in County Armagh and Dún Ailinne. The surrounding countryside is considered to be one of the richest pastureland in the whole of Ireland.
There is a wealth of history and legend associated with this spectacular Royal site at Tara. Tara is the ancient spiritual and political Capital of Ireland.

Slane Village "The Pagan Versus St.Patrick" Hill of Slane small group Boyne Valley tour

St. Patrick has become synonymous with all things Irish; from shamrocks to the shortage of snakes on this Isle. Saint Patrick came to convert Ireland’s Celtic pagans. This he did with great symbolic flare. As the Druids celebrated their feast day on the Hill of Tara, Patrick prepared the Easter feast in Slane. He lit his paschal fire at Slane, before the Druids could kindle their sacred fire at Tara. 
Seeing the flames at Slane, the Druids, warned Laegaire, the High King, that if Patrick’s fire was not put out immediately, it would burn forever in Ireland. The rest as they say is history;

How do I book, what happens next ?

  • Click on Book Now / Check Availability Buttons
  • Select Availabe Tour Date (Marked in GREEN)
  • Fill in all required information
  • Select one of city centre pickup locations
  • When your seats have been secured you will receive a Tour Confirmation via e mail 

Vehicle's are small air conditioned mini vans

  • There is no LUGGAGE SPACE 
  • We cannot facilitate Scooters / walking frames / wheel chairs / prams or strollers
  • Tour is fully guided (English)

Sites visited are not wheelchair friendly

  • Newgrange and Knowth tour is not suitable for infants / very young children
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring a light rain jacket it rains in Ireland, you will be outdoors
  • Lunch facilities are available (not included in ticket price)

Tour Prices:

  • Adult: €49.00
  • Senior: €49.00
  • Student: €49.00
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Join a small Group Newgrange and Knowth tour. Explore Europe's largest assemblage of Neolithic art, older than Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Book a unique small group Newgrange and Knowth day tour into the Boyne valley in County Meath, tour Ireland’s premier UNESCO World Heritage site, during your vacation to Ireland. Discover Ireland's Ancient East on this small group tour from Dublin. This excursion will provide you with a fantastic insight into Ireland's ancient history.

Note price includes

  • Brand New Interpretative Centre Bru Na Boinne
  • Newgrange plus Knowth
  • New Interpretive Centre At Knowth
  • Ticket Newgrange / Knowth and Centre (Value Euro 18:00)
  • Tour At Hill Of Slane
  • Guided Walking Tour At Hill Of Tara

Departs 0820am - Returns 1700hrs approx.

Bru Na Boinne, enter the brand new state of the art visitor centre. The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies, and the monument building process. From there you will be transported to both Newgrange and Knowth.

Newgrange 

(Brú na Bóinne) is a prehistoric monument it is an exceptionally grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, its older than Stonehenge and Pyramids of Egypt.

This is one of the most important megalithic structures in Europe. Newgrange consists of approximately 200,000 tonnes of rock and other materials. It is 85 metres (279 ft) wide at its widest point. Human bones and grave goods or votive offerings were found within its chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front, made mostly of white quartz cobblestones, and it is ringed by engraved kerbstones.

There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it is believed that it had religious significance. Its entrance is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice, when sunlight shines through a roofbox and floods the inner chamber.

Newgrange shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions in Western Europe, especially in Brittany, Orkney, Scotland and Wales.

Knowth c. 3200BC 

An ancient monument located in the Boyne Valley. It is the largest passage grave of the Brú na Bóinne complex. It consists of a large mound and 17 smaller satellite tombs. Knowth contains more than a third of the total number of examples of megalithic art in all of Western Europe, over 200 decorated stones were found during excavations. Much of the artwork is found on the kerbstones, particularly approaching the entrances to the passages.

Many of the motifs are typical: spirals, lozenges and serpentiform. However, the megalithic art at Knowth contains a wide variety of images, such as crescent shapes. Much of this artwork was carved on the backs of the stones; a type of megalithic art known as hidden art. It is possible that they intended the art to be hidden, or perhaps this Neolithic community within the Boyne Valley simply recycled the stones and reused the other side.

The east-west orientation of the passages at Knowth suggests astronomical alignment with the equinoxes. The passages are independent of each other, leading to separate burial chambers. The eastern passage arrives at a cruciform chamber, not unlike that found at Newgrange, which contains three recesses and basin stones into which the cremated remains of the dead were placed. The western passage ends in an undifferentiated chamber, which is separated from the passage by a sill stone. The chamber contained a basin stone which was later removed and is now located about two-thirds down the passageway.

Hill of Tara Tour Hill of Tara small group Boyne valley tour

Royalty occupied the Hill of Tara for well over two thousand years. Here at the cultural and political heart of the Ireland, every third year there was a great Feis (fair or festival) held at which the laws and the rules of the land were discussed and revised.
This was an ideal spot to build a palace and, in time, the Five Ancient Roads of Ireland converged here, linking Crúachan - Rathcroghan in County Roscommon, Eamain Macha - NavanFort in County Armagh and Dún Ailinne. The surrounding countryside is considered to be one of the richest pastureland in the whole of Ireland.
There is a wealth of history and legend associated with this spectacular Royal site at Tara. Tara is the ancient spiritual and political Capital of Ireland.

Slane Village "The Pagan Versus St.Patrick" Hill of Slane small group Boyne Valley tour

St. Patrick has become synonymous with all things Irish; from shamrocks to the shortage of snakes on this Isle. Saint Patrick came to convert Ireland’s Celtic pagans. This he did with great symbolic flare. As the Druids celebrated their feast day on the Hill of Tara, Patrick prepared the Easter feast in Slane. He lit his paschal fire at Slane, before the Druids could kindle their sacred fire at Tara. 
Seeing the flames at Slane, the Druids, warned Laegaire, the High King, that if Patrick’s fire was not put out immediately, it would burn forever in Ireland. The rest as they say is history;

How do I book, what happens next ?

  • Click on Book Now / Check Availability Buttons
  • Select Availabe Tour Date (Marked in GREEN)
  • Fill in all required information
  • Select one of city centre pickup locations
  • When your seats have been secured you will receive a Tour Confirmation via e mail 

Vehicle's are small air conditioned mini vans

  • There is no LUGGAGE SPACE 
  • We cannot facilitate Scooters / walking frames / wheel chairs / prams or strollers
  • Tour is fully guided (English)

Sites visited are not wheelchair friendly

  • Newgrange and Knowth tour is not suitable for infants / very young children
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring a light rain jacket it rains in Ireland, you will be outdoors
  • Lunch facilities are available (not included in ticket price)