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 Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is an especially strong connection with the past.
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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.