Day Tour from Dublin to Newgrange – visiting Newgrange burial chamber, the Hill of Tara & Howth Summit
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 operate among a limited number whose Newgrange tours from Dublin includes a guaranteed visit to the tomb at Newgrange. The journey through ancient Ireland continues onto the Hill of Tara, seat of the Irish High Kings.
Your last stop is at the small fishing village of Howth. At Howth Summit we save the best until last – with spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay – before heading back to the city via the stunning coastal route.
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 recognised 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 rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Newgrange is accompanied by nearby Knowth and Dowth passage tombs and together with Newgrange have 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 are richly 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 construction of Newgrange suggests a well-organized society with specialised groups responsible for different aspects of construction.
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