Dublin Environs Sights


  • Off N2 Map It
  • Slane
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Under excavation since 1962, the prehistoric site of Knowth is comparable in size and shape to Newgrange, standing at 40 feet and having a diameter of approximately 214 feet. Some 150 giant stones, many of them beautifully decorated, surrounded the mound. More than 1,600 boulders, each weighing from one to several tons, were used in the construction. The earliest tombs and carved stones date from the Stone Age (3000 BC); and in the early Christian era (4th–8th century AD), it was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Much of the site is still under excavation, and you can often watch archaeologists at work. Tours of the site depart from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.

Sight Information


Off N2, near Donore Village, Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland

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041-988–0300-Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Nov.–Jan., daily 9–5; Feb.–Apr. and Oct., daily 9:30–5:30; May, daily 9–6:30; June–mid-Sept., daily 9–7; mid- to late Sept., daily 9–6:30. Last tour leaves from visitor center 1 hour and 45 minutes before closing

Published 08/11/2015


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