Newgrange Visitor Information

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth)
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
| Newgrange and Knowth World Heritage Sites

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

To visit the monuments at Newgrange and Knowth, visitors must commence their experience at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. This centre serves as an interactive gateway, providing a comprehensive exploration of Neolithic culture, the landscape and the monuments located at the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

Shuttle buses transport visitors from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre to Newgrange and Knowth, where on-site guides are available. Tickets can be purchased online up to 30 days in advance.

Newgrange Aerial Photograph
Aerial Photograph of Newgrange UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ireland's rich heritage is punctuated with awe-inspiring ancient sites, but few are as captivating as Newgrange. Nestled in the lush landscape of the Boyne Valley, this enigmatic passage tomb stands as a testament to the extraordinary engineering and astronomical prowess of our ancestors. Dating back over 5,000 years, Newgrange has mystified historians, archaeologists, and visitors alike, leaving an indelible mark on our understanding of prehistoric civilizations.

Kerbstone 67
Newgrange Kerbstone 67

At the heart of the Boyne Valley, Newgrange reigns as one of the most significant Neolithic sites in Europe. Built around 3,200 BCE, it predates both Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Its meticulous construction and alignment with celestial events provide invaluable insights into the ancient people's knowledge of astronomy, architecture, and spirituality.

Newgrange shrouded in mist
Stunning images of Newgrange by Robert and Cathy Ardill

Newgrange's striking design showcases the architectural ingenuity of its builders. The massive mound, composed of thousands of tons of earth and stone, covers a central chamber accessed through a long passage. The exterior is adorned with intricately carved megalithic art, featuring spirals, geometric patterns, and animal motifs. These carvings, rich in symbolism, continue to captivate researchers, sparking debates about their meanings and significance.

Newgrange view from the south bank of the River Boyne
Newgrange from the south bank of the River Boyne

The true marvel of Newgrange lies in its alignment with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. During this astronomical event, a narrow beam of sunlight penetrates the passage and dramatically illuminates the central chamber for a brief period. This spectacle demonstrates the extraordinary precision with which the tomb was constructed, highlighting the deep reverence the ancient people held for celestial cycles and the changing seasons.

Private Tour | Newgrange, Knowth and the Boyne Valley

Embark on a journey through time and heritage with our exclusive private tour to Newgrange, Knowth, and other captivating sites nestled in the enchanting Boyne Valley. Immerse yourself in the rich history and mystique of these World Heritage sites, where ancient wonders come to life.

Newgrange and Knowth, both designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites, stand as testament to the ingenuity of our ancestors. Dating back over 5,000 years, these Neolithic passage tombs are older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Step inside the chambers of Newgrange, where the winter solstice illuminates a narrow passage, casting an ethereal light on the ancient carvings within. Explore Knowth, adorned with megalithic art, and unravel the mysteries of a bygone era.

Visit the megalithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth with the on-site guide. These are UNESCO World Heritage sites so you will be joining others on the official tour. Beyond the renowned Newgrange and Knowth, our private tour takes you on an intimate exploration of lesser-known gems in the Boyne Valley.

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Newgrange: Ancient Irish passage tomb, built around 3200 BCE
Newgrange: Ancient Irish passage tomb, built around 3200 BCE

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