Dublin Environs Sights


  • Off N2 Map It
  • Slane
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

How the people who built Newgrange transported the stones to the spot remains a mystery. The mound above the tomb measures more than 330 feet across and reaches a height of 36 feet. White quartz was used for the retaining wall, and egg-shaped gray stones were studded at intervals. The passage grave may have been the world's earliest solar observatory. It was so carefully constructed that, for five days on and around the winter solstice, the rays of the rising sun still hit a roof box above the lintel at the entrance to the grave. The rays then shine for about 20 minutes down the main interior passageway to illuminate the burial chamber. The site was restored in 1962 after years of neglect. The geometric designs on some stones at the center of the burial chamber continue to baffle experts. Tours of the site depart from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.

Sight Information


Off N2, 2 km (1 mile) west of Donore Village, Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland

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041-988–0300-Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

Sight Details:

  • €6
  • 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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