Dublin Environs Travel Guide

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Newgrange

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

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

One of the most spectacular prehistoric sites in the world, Newgrange's Neolithic tomb inexplicably remains something of a hidden gem when compared with less-ancient Stonehenge. The wondrous site is shrouded in myth and mystery, including how the people who built Newgrange transported the huge stones to the spot. 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-shape 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 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. Reserving tickets in advance is a must. Walk-in tickets are rarely available.

Sight Information

Address:

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

Map It

Phone:

041-988–0300-for Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

Sight Details:

  • €7

Published 01/20/2010

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