Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour

OPERATED BY GRAY LINE IRELAND

THE NEWGRANGE & HILL OF TARA TOUR IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES?

  • Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour: One of the only ones 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 Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour from Dublin city centre to the famous passage tomb. Visit the famed burial chamber, with entry guaranteed. Stops at the Hill of Tara, the 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: €37.00
Child: €27.00

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 Newgrange & Hill of Tara 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, the 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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THE NEWGRANGE & HILL OF TARA TOUR IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES?

  • Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour: One of the only ones 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 Newgrange & Hill of Tara Tour from Dublin city centre to the famous passage tomb. Visit the famed burial chamber, with entry guaranteed. Stops at the Hill of Tara, the 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: €37.00
Child: €27.00

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 Newgrange & Hill of Tara 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, the 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 & Hill of Tara

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 was 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, visitors 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 along the north Dublin coast, past 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) 1 685 4045
Email: info@dualway.com

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