Explore Ireland’s ancient history on this unique day tour from Dublin. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site passage tomb at Newgrange as well as the world famous High Crosses at Monasterboice and gain stunning views from atop the Hill of Tara.
Take a day tour from Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ancient Celtic temple at Newgrange, the megalithic site of Knowth, Trim Castle and more. Learn about the area’s history from a knowledgeable local guide.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.
The recent hot summer unearthed previously hidden or forgotten archaeological treasures as unrelenting, intense sunshine scorched the land.
A drone flyby has revealed a huge Neolithic henge near a passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland.
In Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is an especially strong connection with the past.
Here are IrishCentral’s choices for the top ten historical sites in Ireland.
Newgrange, County Meath
Dating back to 3200 B.C the passage tomb at Newgrange is older than the pyramids in Egypt and is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Newgrange is a large passage mound, spread over an acre and surrounded by 97 uniquely carved kerbstones. The cremated remains of the dead were buried in large stone basins under the mound in a chamber accessible by a narrow passage.
At dawn on December 21, the shortest day of the year, sunlight shines directly into the central chamber of the tomb. It is believed that this was an ancient way of measuring the passage of time, like a calendar for the ancient farmers, or that the light has some religious significance for those in the afterlife.
Newgrange is part of the Brú na Boinne complex, which includes similar tombs at Knowth and Dowth.
Hill of Tara, County Meath
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For the first time ever, people all over the world can watch sunlight creep into Newgrange passage tomb on winter solstice.
Weather-permitting, of course (clouds are forecast).
A live stream organised by the OPW and Fáílte Ireland will broadcast the moment when the 5,000-year-old tomb’s internal chamber is lit up (#Solstice2017).
You can watch it live (below) from 8.30am on Thursday, December 21.
The annual event, which sees sunlight enter the roofbox of the Co. Meath tomb and light up its inner chamber over the course of around 17 minutes, is simulated for all visitors to Newgrange – but only a lucky few get to see the real deal.
Each year, the OPW runs a Winter Solstice Lottery – in 2017, it says, over 33,000 people applied from as far afield as Austria, Italy and the US.
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city that’s over a thousand years old. There are a variety of pubs to drink at, great restaurants to eat at, museums to see, parks to stroll through, and plenty of friendly people. The city centre is relatively small, and it’s easy to see the Dublin highlights in just a few days.
In Ireland, rain can happen at any time. That said, temperatures in Dublin are quite reasonable, so it’s great to visit at any time of the year. My favourite time to visit would be in Spring (May to June) when the flowers are in bloom, and in autumn (September and October) when the leaves start changing colours.
LEONARDO da Vinci’s Last Supper, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Stonehenge, the Hermitage Museum of art treasures in St Petersburg are all buckling under the weight of a global tourism boom.
And in response to the onslaught, the countries that own these wonders are removing them from view, or at least erecting barriers or restricting access to protect them.
Under the stampeding hordes of curious travellers, not to mention drunk tourists, these irreplaceable antiquities have been chipped, cracked or threatened by mere breathing.
In the Italian city of Milan, for example, Leonardo da Vinci’s’s great masterpiece The Last Supper is still open to small private tour groups to view with the naked eye.
But not for long.