NEWGRANGE – MONASTERBOICE Plus HILL OF TARA

Day Tour from Dublin Boyne Valley, Newgrange – Monasterboice plus the Hill of Tara

Included in your ticket:

  • Entrance into UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Entrance + Guided tour at Newgrange Passage tomb
  • Entrance + Guided tour at Monasterboice
  • Fully Guided tour at Hill of Tara
  • Approved Guide facilities throughout the day
  • Air-conditioned modern Mercedes Mini or Midi coach

NEWGRANGE IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

It is one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites in Europe; Newgrange is the finest Stone Age passage tomb in all of Ireland. Constructed around 3200 BC, which predates the great pyramids of Egypt by 1000 years

Located on the river Boyne, the passage tomb is situated on high ground above a dramatic bend in the river, known as
“the palace or mansion of the Boyne.” Before entering the 5000 year old passage tomb, your guide will explain in some
detail the ancient landscape around you. They will explain the significance of the famous entrance stone as well as the
roof box, and give you a detailed insight into the people, who constructed this amazing structure, their beliefs and the
reasons they choose this location in the Boyne Valley

Inside the passage tomb, the winter solstice phenomenon is explained as well as the ancient burial ritual.

The purpose for which it was constructed remains uncertain. It may have been a burial place for kings or a centre for ritual – although the alignment with the sun at the time of the winter solstice also suggests it was designed to act as a calendar.

HILL OF TARA known as Temair was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the
gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion
of the pagans at its most powerful site.

The BOYNE VALLEY On 1st of July 1690, at the bend of the river in Oldbridge, King William was watching the Catholic
army of King James when a cannonball grazed his shoulder. His refusal to leave the battlefield inspired his troops and
he sent in the Dutch Dragoons, which were seen as the special forces of the 17th century, into the river against Sir Neil
O’Neill’s foot regiment. During a furious firefight O’Neill was mortally wounded, and within hours ten thousand of Williams
men had crossed the river. The Irish fought well however their cavalry was overwhelmed, which resulted in the defeat
of the Catholic King James; the Battle of the Boyne led to establishment of the Protestant Ascendancy, which would
last until catholic Emancipation and the land acts of the 19th century.

Newgrange Day Tour Schedule

Monday * Wednesday * Friday * SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Departs 0820 am

OPTION 1: Private Newgrange Tour for families and small groups 1 - 7 persons:

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