Ireland’s most mythical prehistoric monument
Of all the relics remaining of Ireland’s Stone Age peoples, nothing compares to Newgrange. A UNESCO world heritage site, this pre-historic passage tomb is older than the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge. Orientated so the morning sun completely fills the chamber with light on the winter solstice (December 21st), Newgrange is an amazing feat of engineering and one of the most important Neolithic sites in Europe. A visit to this passage tomb will be the highlight of any culture vulture or history buff’s trip to Ireland!
Just a short drive from Dublin, Newgrange can be reached by public transport and shuttle bus or by private car, but for guaranteed access to the tomb (which is not guaranteed if you arrive on a busy day) the Dublin Visitor Centre team recommend taking a coach tour there.
The Gray Line Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour gives you guaranteed entry to the tomb and is escorted by an extremely entertaining and highly informed local guide. The benefit of joining this excellent guided tour is that the guide brings the site to life, before you ever arrive, with the myths and legends and evidences of the ancient ways of life. Explore the surrounding Brú na Bóinne complex of passage tombs and take in the views from the Hill of Tara, seat of the old high kings of Ireland.
Strategically located, with a view of all of its surrounding counties, and with the green pastures of the surrounding Boyne Valley your guide will explore the history and significance of Tara and its place in Ireland’s story. Gray Line also stop by the Coastal fishing village of Howth on the return leg for stunning views of Dublin bay and the feel of a real Irish village.
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For more ideas on great day tours from Dublin click here or stop by the Dublin Visitor Centre for more information!