Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour

Highly re­com­mend­ed by Rick Steves’ Ireland & The Lonely Planet Guide

Newgrange Passage Tomb

Ex­plore the history & archae­ology of neo­lithic Ireland

5000 years old, Newgrange is located in the Boyne Valley. A world listed heritage site, Newgrange is a Neolithic Ritual Centre and Passage Tomb with architectural links to the prehistoric maritime peoples of Portugal, Northern Spain, Brittany, Denmark and the Western Isles.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

This building is a thousand years older than the Pyramids and the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, completely intact since the Stone Age. Its decorated entrance stone and Corbelled inner chamber display the most impressively executed examples of abstract Stone Age art of the early farming communities in Western Europe.

A Neolithic & Celtic Tour of Ritual Sites

These sophisticated early farmers were Astronomers who incorporated a light box and solar calendar into the passage. This was done to illuminate the cremated bones of the dead in the inner chamber during the Winter Solstice. It was also a symbolic technique to celebrate rebirth in the afterlife and the dawning of a new year.

Please note: My tour enters the Tomb at Newgrange. On this tour you will not be waiting in line, as I have an allocated time slot.  All entrance fees are included in the cost.

Tour the Boyne Valley

Learn of the famous battle, a watershed in Irish and European history (it changed the balance of power in Europe from the French to the Dutch in 1690), while enjoying a leisurely tour along the banks of the River Boyne.

The Village of Slane

We drive through Slane — The Cradle of Irish Christianity — today a Georgian Village and scene of many great Rock Concerts.

Hill of Tara

Tara mound of the hostages

Stand on the Hill of Tara, the ancient Royal site of the High Kings of Ireland… 142 Kings were crowned here. You will see 23 of Ireland's 32 counties. It was a political and religious centre from the early Celtic Times and they erected some spectacular ceremonial monuments, the remains of which you can see today.

Please note: It is highly advisable that you wear good walking shoes, as it is an uneven surface on the Hill of Tara.

See video lecture at Harvard University by Michael Gibbons, brother of Mary Gibbons and one of Ireland's leading field archaeologists

Read article by Michael, Historical Settlement Patterns in Rural Ireland, illustrating the historical setting of our Newgrange tour