Newgrange & Hill of Tara

OPERATED BY GRAY LINE IRELAND

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES?

  • One of the only tours with guaranteed guided tour of the Newgrange Passage Tomb
  • Admission to the tomb and visitor centre included in ticket price
  • Visit The Hill of Tara, home to the High Kings of Ireland
  • Quick stop in Howth Harbour – a traditional Irish fishing village
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Friendly & knowledgeable local guides

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Gray Line Day Tour from Dublin city centre to Newgrange passage tomb. Visit the famed burial chamber, with entry guaranteed. Stops at the Hill of Tara, ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland & Howth Harbour, with beautiful views over north county Dublin. This unique Gray Line Day Tour includes a guaranteed guided visit to Newgrange, the UNESCO World heritage site, dated 3,200BC and one of the oldest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe (predating the Egyptian pyramids!)

PRICE

Adult : €36.00
Student/Senior: €34.00
Child: €25.00

TOUR DEPARTS

08.45 Dublin Visitor Centre
17 Lower O’Connell Street

TOUR RETURNS

17.00/17.30 City Sightseeing Shop
14 Upper O’Connell Street

TOUR DATES

Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
April to October only

Your tour includes a guaranteed visit to the tomb, only a handful of operators can guarantee entry! The journey through ancient Ireland continues onto The Hill of Tara, seat of the Irish High Kings. We also stop at the small fishing village of Howth with its spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay

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WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES?

  • One of the only tours with guaranteed guided tour of the Newgrange Passage Tomb
  • Admission to the tomb and visitor centre included in ticket price
  • Visit The Hill of Tara, home to the High Kings of Ireland
  • Quick stop in Howth Harbour – a traditional Irish fishing village
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Friendly & knowledgeable local guides

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Gray Line Day Tour from Dublin city centre to Newgrange passage tomb. Visit the famed burial chamber, with entry guaranteed. Stops at the Hill of Tara, ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland & Howth Harbour, with beautiful views over north county Dublin. This unique Gray Line Day Tour includes a guaranteed guided visit to Newgrange, the UNESCO World heritage site, dated 3,200BC and one of the oldest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe (predating the Egyptian pyramids!)

PRICE

Adult : €36.00
Student/Senior: €34.00
Child: €25.00

TOUR DEPARTS

08.45 Dublin Visitor Centre
17 Lower O’Connell Street

TOUR RETURNS

17.00/17.30 City Sightseeing Shop
14 Upper O’Connell Street

TOUR DATES

Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
April to October only

Your tour includes a guaranteed visit to the tomb, only a handful of operators can guarantee entry! The journey through ancient Ireland continues onto The Hill of Tara, seat of the Irish High Kings. We also stop at the small fishing village of Howth with its spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay

HISTORY OF NEWGRANGE

Newgrange is a Stone Age monument, constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.) during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than Stonehenge and Great Pyramids of Giza.
It has always been considered a passage tomb, but is now recognised to be much more and more akin to an Ancient Temple, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

Newgrange was built by the pre-Celtic farming communities that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. The main passage tomb is accompanied by nearby Knowth and Dowth passage tombs and together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

DESCRIPTION OF NEWGRANGE

Newgrange is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. The amount of time and labour invested in construction suggests a well-organized society with specialised groups responsible for different aspects of construction.

Newgrange is part of a complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne. The other two principal monuments are Knowth (the largest) and Dowth, but throughout the region there are as many as 35 smaller mounds. Newgrange is the most impressive and complete of the mounds

NEWGRANGE FACTS

  • On the Winter Solstice, the light of the rising sun enters the roof box of Newgrange and penetrates the passage, shining onto the floor of the inner chamber. The beam illuminates the inner chamber for just 17 minutes.
  • There is a lottery to be present for the Winter Solstice.
  • According to the most reliable Carbon 14 dating techniques, Newgrange was constructed around 3200 BC.  This means it is at least 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and 1,000 years older Stonehenge.
  • The Brú na Bóinne mounds were built completely with stone tools, no metal has been found at the sites.
  • Archaeologists still do not know how the largest 550 stone were brought over 15 miles from Co. Louth to the site.
  • There are 97 kerb stones at the bottom of the mound, and 12 standing stones surrounding the mound, which are a later addition.
  • The tomb is 11m high and the mound measures 76m across
  • Over 200,000 people visit Newgrange every year, making it the most visited archaeological monument in Ireland.

THE HILL OF TARA

The Hill of Tara, was once the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. 142 kings are said to have reigned from Tara. In pre-Celtic Irish religion and mythology Tara was a sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have confronted the ancient druids at Tara. Patrick is said to have lit Ireland’s first paschal fire (Easter celebration) on the nearby hill of Slane. This was a direct challenge to the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.

The Stone of Destiny is the most famous monument at Tara. Ireland’s ancient coronation stone – the Stone sits on the King’s seat. In Irish Mythology, is it said the Stone of Destiny is a sacred object, left by the mythic godlike people, the Tuatha Dé Danann. Legend says the stone will roar when touched by the rightful king of Tara, visitor are invited to try!

HOWTH

Howth is a traditional Irish fishing village perched on the north side of the Howth peninsula, Famous for its wonderful cliff walks and views over Dublin. Howth village is the perfect stop for a quick bite to eat or to visit the family of seals which make the harbour their home. Enjoy the feel of a traditional Irish village, stroll the pier walls and soak up the local atmosphere in the Howth market. Our stop in Howth includes a scenic drive alone the north Dublin coast, pass Bull Island and into the City Centre.

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CHECK IN, DUBLIN VISITOR CENTRE 17 LOWER O'CONNELL ST

NEWGRANGE

HILL OF TARA

HOWTH VILLAGE

Contact Details

Dualway Coaches Ltd, Keatings
Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0) 1 4580054
Email: info@dualway.com

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Ethos

The Dualway Group

Irish, privately-operated, premium Dublin-based transport and tourism operator specialising in passenger transport, sightseeing tours and Dublin visitor hospitality

Vision

To be a vibrant force in the world of transport and tourism by transporting customer experiences to new heights.

Mission

The Dualway Group is an innovative transport and tourism company caring for the needs of its customers, employees and affiliates…. through its commitment to safety, positive teamwork, and the friendly delivery of exceptional products and services.

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Values

The Dualway Group

Irish, privately-operated, premium Dublin-based transport and tourism operator specialising in passenger transport, sightseeing tours and Dublin visitor hospitality

Values

Customer Focused
Customers come first

Safety Focused
Safety is never compromised

Quality through Excellence
Delivering excellence by providing consistent Quality products and services and immaculately presented staff, vehicles and premises

Success Oriented

Achieving customer and industry recognition as market leader, having fun at work and maintaining profitability

Eco/ Socially Aware
Protecting the environment for future generations and remaining committed to involved charitable fundraising activity

Innovative – visionary, trailblazing and resourceful
By being creative in your thoughts and actions

Celtic Warrior Spirited
Passionate about your country and courageous enough to take on the unknown

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History

Award winning family run company operating since 1979 in Dublin passenger transport and tourism.

Starting as a small one man operation, Dualway has expanded slowly over three decades into a family run transport and sightseeing operation today operating two global brands and employing a team of 150.

Since 2004 Dualway has received four Service Excellence Awards from Failte Ireland, recognising its ongoing commitment to customer service excellence. In 2007 The Group was recognised for innovation and awarded the Dublin Tourism Business Award in the Tourism/Transport sector for being the first operator to introduce a multilingual tour to Dublin.

 

In 2012 The Dualway Group became the first transport operator in Europe to achieve Level 4 Business Excellence from EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) and were among the first companies to receive the Ireland Excellence Award for quality in 2013. The Dualway Group was recognised with the 2013 coveted industry Award for Safety by Fleet Coach & Bus.

The Dualway Group has a systematic fleet rejuvenation plan in place; the provides state of the art user friendly multilingual technology; delivers ongoing team training to ensure customer service excellence; and works to a continuous improvement philosophy towards being recognised as an employer of choice, a low emissions operator and a Best Practice organisation.

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Jobs Forum

Be Part of Our Multi Award Winning Team! “We hire for attitude and train for success!”

Proud winners of 15 awards and one of the first organisations to win an all Ireland Excellence award in January 2013.

Do Your Core Values Match Ours? If “YES” We Want To Hear From You! Take the first steps to your new career right now!

 

Apply Now! Exciting Driver/Guide Positions

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career change with the two biggest sightseeing global brands City Sightseeing and Gray Line? Are you passionate about Ireland and would love to meet different people and show them the best that our capital City and country has to offer? Have you a D category licence?  If your answers are “yes” to the above then you’ll want to read more here! We offer an extensive training programme run by professional Guides with years of experience.

Business Operations Manager: Your Expertise Is Needed!

Our company, the Dualway Group was founded in 1978 by our CEO’s father. We’re now the largest privately owned Coach Operator in Dublin boasting a fleet of 65 vehicles, we’re the home to worldwide brands: City Sightseeing and Gray Line and proud winners of 16 prestigious awards. We’re growing, and we’ve created a Business Operations Manager position reporting to our CEO, David McConn.  To find out more and how to apply click here.

 

Depot Coordinator Required For Our Dublin 12 Depot

We are seeking to recruit a Depot Coordinator for our Dublin 12 depot.  This role is ideally suited to ex-drivers and one that will see the successful candidate take ownership of the coordination and up-keep of the depot.  D Licence a distinct advantage! Working hours: 16:00-20:00 Working days: 5/7 For more information and how to apply click here.

Mechanical Foreman

An exciting new role at our Head Office in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin has arisen that will take ownership of the Garage based in Rathcoole.  Fantastic career advancement opportunities!  For more information and how to apply click here.

 

Send your cover letter and CV for our Head Office based positions to hr@dualway.com

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Graduate Program

The Dualway Group Graduate Program 2014

We hire for attitude and train for success.
The 2014 Graduate program offers a Graduate (Level 7 or above) the opportunity to join a fast paced dynamic company on a 12 month fixed term contract. Develop or build on your experience in planning, logistics, customer service, scheduling and on the spot problem solving! You will spend the first 9 months of the program training and working in the nerve centre of our company – the operations department.

Join the Operations team who manage the 50 vehicles and 70 drivers who work an array of diverse duties…..from city tours, scheduled day tours, scheduled orbital services, private coach hire, wedding transfers… You will become an integral part of this team and contribute daily to the successful running of the operation.For the last 3 months of the program, you can spread your wings and work in another function within the organisation choosing from….Sales and Marketing, Finance or Human Resources.To register your interest in our Graduate Program, please submit your CV and cover letter to dualwayhr@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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CSR/Community

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Environment

Environmental Policy

“Protecting the environment for future generations”

One of the core values Dualway holds close to its heart is to work as a sustainable, green organisation. As a transport company Dualway reduces the number of cars on the roads by operating its scheduled services and school runs.

Environmental Policy – Dualway Fleet:

Dualway is committed to its team and its community. That’s why Dualway is striving to operate as a near zero emission operator. Dualway’s fleet is minimum Euro 2 low emmissions with 50% of its fleet Euro 4 or above making it one of the greenest fleets in Dublin.
The Group commitment to the reduction in fuel usage has led to its acquisition of a depot close to the city centre and driver refresher courses focus closely on driving with fuel efficiency in mind with a target to reduce fuel waste by 15% per annum.

Environmental Policy – Dualway Depot:

Dualway has undergone an energy survey by SEI has worked through 2010 to manage energy consumption throughout the organisation. Following their recommendations the depot has been upgraded to maximise energy efficiency and reduce waste. Measures taken to date include:
* Switching to Airtricity
* Full insulation to regulation standard of offices and team canteen
* Energy efficient lighting
* Reduction in fuel usage by 15% using most fuel efficient route planning, new depot, driver training and newer vehicles

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About The Dualway Group

A wholly Irish owned and family-operated, premium Dublin-based transport and tourism operator specialising in passenger transport, sightseeing tours and Dublin visitor hospitality.

Coach Hire

With its professional, friendly and immaculately groomed team and its fleet of vehicles ranging from 29 to 80 seaters, Dualway’s knowledge and experience in the transport and hospitality industry ensures that every aspect of your event, from the booking stage to transport on the day, will be in good hands.

Sightseeing Tours

City Sightseeing open top bus tours offer the perfect way to enjoy city sightseeing. Operating in over 90 destinations around the globe, the Dualway Group own and operate the City Sightseeing brand in Dublin carrying 300,000 Dublin visitors annually on its sightseeing tours.

Gray Line –and operating in over 150 destinations and 6 continents worldwide, the Dualway Group own and operate the Gray Line Ireland license offering a diversity of day and extended tours to suit to every visitor taste.

Dublin Visitor Centre

The Dublin Visitor Centre, owned and operated by the Dualway Group, provides information on top attractions, things to do in Dublin and around Ireland, by the friendliest visitor information team in the Dublin. The Dublin Visitor Centre team have tried and tested and put together Dublin’s best activities and tips to ensure that visitors to Dublin get the best experience to suit their budget and time.

Awards

  • Fleet Coach & Bus Safety Award 2013
  • Ireland Excellence Award 2012
  • EFQM Level 4 2012
  • City Sightseeing Worldwide Tour Operator 2011