Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth)
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,
Tel: +353 (0) 41 988 0300
Fax: +353 (0) 41 982 3071
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. An audio visual presentation can be viewed in English, Irish. German, Italian or Spanish.
The last tour of monuments is 1 hour 45mins before closing time of the centre and all groups of 15 or more must be pre-booked. Brú na Bóinne is a very busy site and visitors may experience delay during the Summer months. Individuals are advised to arrive early.
For Guided Tours the maximum number for Newgrange s 24, the tour will last approximatley 1 hour. For Guided Tours the maximum number for Knowth is 48, the tour will last approximatley 1 hour.
All groups of 15 or more must be pre-booked directly with Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.
Tickets for indivduals and small groups are sold on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese.
Photography / Video allowed: Yes, except inside the chamber at Newgrange. Permit required for commercial purposes, please contact the OPW.
Duration: 7 minutes.
Language: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
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)
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.
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.
Feb-April Daily 9.30-17.30
May Daily 9.00-18.30
June-Mid September Daily 9.00-19.00
Mid Sept-End Sept Daily 9.00-18.30
October Daily 9.30-17.30
Nov-Jan (closed Dec 24th-Dec 27th inclusive) Daily 9.00-17.00
Average Length of Visit
A Exhibition: 1 hour.
B Exhibition and Newgrange: 2 hours.
C Exhibition and Knowth: 2 hours.
D Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth: 3 hours.
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.
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 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.
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