Day Tour from Dublin – Newgrange Tomb and Hill of Tara
This unique day tour attraction includes a guaranteed guided visit to Newgrange, the UNESCO World Heritage site, dated 3,200BC and one of the oldest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe (predating the Egyptian pyramids)! Gray Line Ireland are limited to how many visitors they can bring on their Newgrange tour from Dublin, with it including a guaranteed visit to the tomb at Newgrange. The journey through ancient Ireland continues onto the Hill of Tara, the seat of the Irish High Kings.
Newgrange is a Stone Age monument, constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.) during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than Stonehenge and Great Pyramids of Giza.
Newgrange has always been considered a passage tomb but is now recognized to be much more and more akin to an Ancient Temple, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.
Newgrange was built by the pre-Celtic farming communities that prospered on the fertile lands of the Boyne Valley. The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth have together been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Newgrange is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some of which decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. The amount of time and labour invested in the construction of Newgrange suggests a well-organized society with specialized groups responsible for different aspects of building the tombs.
Newgrange is part of a complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú Na Bóinne. The other two principal monuments are Knowth (the largest) and Dowth, but throughout the region, there are as many as 35 smaller mounds. Newgrange is the most impressive and complete of the mounds.