Newgrange

Newgrange

Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth)

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,
Donore,
County Meath
Tel: +353 (0) 41 988 0300
Fax: +353 (0) 41 982 3071
Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie

Newgrange Monument

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre has re-opened after its major refurbishment.  Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is the first point of call for those wishing to take a tour of the megalthic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and view Dowth as tickets are required to gain entry. The centre itself contains extensive Interpretive displays and viewing areas.

 

Critical Information

The new state of the art, immersive visitor experience focuses on the monuments of the World Heritage Site during the Neolithic period. It transports visitors back 5000 years to the pinnacle of passage tomb building when Brú na Bóinne contained some of the largest buildings in the world. 

The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies and the monument building process. 

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth. Do not go directly to the monuments as you will not gain entry. Visitors are brought via shuttle bus to the monuments 

 

Bookings

Groups:

Groups of 15 or more must prebook one of our group time slots by emailing brunaboinne@opw.ie for availability.

 

Individuals:

In early March, all tickets will be ‘walk-in’ and sold on a first come first served basis.

Online booking will be fully reintroduced by the end of March on the Bru na Boinne website. The online booking system is for parties with 14 people or fewer.

Walk-in tickets for the Brú na Bóinne plus Newgrange Chamber tour will be phased out and online booking will be essential for this option.

 

Brú na Bóinne is a very busy site.

Tickets on both tour options are limited.

Visitors may incur long delays or not gain access to the sites.

Access is not guaranteed – without pre-booked tickets (when they are introduced)

               

Facilites at Brú na Bóinne

Car/Bus park, minibus shuttle service to Newgrange and Knowth, viewing areas, toilets, disabled toilets, tourist information point and tearooms (seating capacity of 110)

 

Location

2km west of Donore Village on the L21

The Sat Nav Coodinates for the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre are Latitude 53.694567 and Longitude -6.4463.

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Directions

From Navan: Take the turn for Duleek and veer left for the Boyne Road. Once you reach the N2 junction, take a right and sharp left for the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

From Drogheda: Take the Donore Road from the Bus Station which is located just off the N1 on the south side of the River Boyne. Travel about 7km (4.5 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.
Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda. This service runs in conjunction with the service to Drogheda from Dublin. Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111 or +353 41 983 5023.

Via the M1 Motorway: Take the M1 heading north, leave the motorway at the Donore Exit near Drogheda, (Brú na Bóinne is clearly signposted before the exit). There is a toll of 1.50 Euro before the Donore exit. Travel about 6km (4 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.

From Dublin: Take the N2 north via Ashbourne towards Slane. Turn right about 2km south of Slane.

From Trim: Take the R161 to Navan and follow directions from Navan.From Slane: take the N2 Ashbourne route from Slane, turn left approx 2 km outside of Slane and follow the signs for Brú na Bóinne.

 

Opening Times

March & April 2020

Open: 9:30

Last shuttle to monuments 15.00

Last admission to Visitor Centre 16.45

May, June, July & August 2020

Open: 9:00

Last shuttle to monuments 16:30

Last admission to Visitor Centre 18:15

September 2020

Open: 9:00

Last shuttle to monuments 15:30

Last admission to Visitor Centre 17:15

October 2020

Open: 9:30

Last shuttle to monuments 15:00

Last admission to Visitor Centre 16:45

November & December* 2020

Open: 9:00

Last shuttle to monuments 14:30

Last admission to Visitor Centre 16:15

CLOSED 24TH – 27TH December inclusive

*Earlier opening on winter-solstice mornings (18th – 23rd December) with regular options suspended.

 

Tours and Average Length of Visit

On 1st March 2020 new tour options begin that include visiting both Newgrange and Knowth as standard.

The previous options of visiting Knowth or Newgrange only are no longer available.

 

1. Brú na Bóinne Tour – Outside Only:

This is a visit to Knowth and Newgrange exterior only.

 

2. Brú na Bóinne Plus Newgrange Chamber Tour:

This is a visit to Newgrange and Knowth, which includes access to the chamber at Newgrange.

 

Average duration of both tour options is 2 hours 45 minutes including the visitor centre exhibitions.

 

Admission Fees

1. Brú na Bóinne Tour – Outside Only:
Adult €12
Senior/Group €10
Children (12-17) €8
Family* €28

2. Brú na Bóinne Plus Newgrange Chamber Tour:
Adult €18
Senior/Group €16
Children (12-17) €12
Family* €48

3. Visitor Centre Exhibition Only:
Adult €5
Senior/Group €4
Children (12-17) €3
Family* €13

Children under 12 are free but still require a ticket.
*Family is 2 adults and up to 5 children

 

Other Information

The passage and chamber at Newgrange is low and narrow and maybe not suitable for visitors with claustrophobia or mobility issues – please contact us in advance if you have any concerns.

There is no access to the passages and chambers at Knowth on either tour option.

The monuments are outdoor sites with no shelter, please dress appropriately for the weather.

Photographic is not permitted in the passage or chamber at Newgrange

Permit is required for commercial filming/photography.

Large bags are not permitted inside Newgrange; visitors will be asked to leave them in the secure containers provided while they are in the chamber.

 

Newgrange

Newgrange with large stone in forefront

Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.) is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The passage tomb is surrounded by 97 kerb stones, the most impressive is the large entrance stone which is covered in swirls and designs. Inside the large mound there is a long passage leading into a chamber which branches off three ways. The corbelled roof inside the burial chamber it still watertight and supports an estimated 200,000 tonnes of cairn. The cremated remains of the dead were laid on large stone basins inside the chamber which usually were accompanied by grave goods. 

At dawn on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (December 21st), a shaft of sunlight enters the chamber of Newgrange through a specially designed opening over the doorway which illuminates the Chamber.. On December 21st 1967, Professor MJ O'Kelly was the first person in modern times to see this now world famous event.

Knowth

Knowth

The passage tomb complex lies to the west of Newgrange. The large mound covers two passge tombs placed back to back which is surrounded by 127 massive kerbstones. Outside this large passage tomb there are eighteen small tombs

Over three hundred decorated stones make up Knowth which represents the greatest concentration of Megalithic art in Western Europe. Recurring motifs on these stones include, circles serpentine forms and spirals. One of the most impressive features of Knowth is the corbelled roof in the eastern tomb ascending to a massive height of almost 6m.

Dowth

Dowth

Dowth is the least well known of the other two although it compares in size. The mound is surrounded by a kerb of 115 stones and has two tombs facing westwards. On the 21st of December, the rays of the setting sun illuminate this passage and circular manner in manner similar to the winter solstice at Newgrange.

 At least thirty-eight of the stones at Dowth contain megalithic art, the circle meaning the most common motif used. In general, the art at Dowth is less impressive compared to Newgrange and Knowth.

There is no access to the interior of the Dowth Mound, but visitors may still walk around the outside and admire the monument and views.

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