About The Newgrange And Hill Of Tara Day Tour:
If Ireland's ancient history is a topic of your next trip to the Emerald Isle then a journey to two of its most iconic heritage sites is a must. Depart central Dublin in a luxury tour coach and enjoy guaranteed access to the Newgrange World Heritage Site and Hill of Tara archaeological complex. Tours run four times a week from April till October at 09:00 in the morning.
The Hill of Tara is a neolithic complex in County Meath consisting of numerous monuments said to have played a significant role in the nation's ancient kingship rituals. The area's connection with royalty is compounded by its semi-mythical atmosphere, boasting various standing stones and secluded tombs, some of which date back to the early bronze age.
The Newgrange site is defined by a gigantic cairn covering one of the world's most impressive neolithic tombs. Later in the day you'll also visit Slane Castle and Howth Fishing Village (details below).
- April 1 - October 31.
- Live English-speaking guide.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- April & May: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 09:00.
- June, July & August: Monday and Tuesday at 09:00.
- September & October: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 09:00.
- 17 Lower O'Connell Street.
- Approx. 9 hours.
The first leg of your 9 hour journey will take you to the Newgrange UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll receive guaranteed entry to the inner tomb. Your guide will recount the history of the megalithic structure as best as is currently known, from its ancient function and religious significance to means by which it was constructed - a feat predating the Giza pyramids!
Hill Of Tara:
On the next leg of the day tour you'll be taken to the Hill of Tara, an archaeological complex located close to the River Boyne in Leinster's rolling northern countryside. As a former royal site with great religious significance you'll see monuments such as the 'Lia Fail' coronation stone (Stone of Destiny), various decorated monoliths dedicated to old fertility gods, and the unmistakable remnants of former earthworks. Other features include a statue of St. Patrick and a church dating back to the early 19th century.
From 2018 this day tour also includes a visit to nearby Slane Castle. Constructed in the 18th century as a home for Conyngham noble family, it's situated on a lush green estate spanning 1,500 acres. The area is steeped in history, being close to the site of the Battle of the Boyne and having been subject to the confiscations that took place in the wake of the Williamite War in Ireland.
Slane Castle remains in the possession of the Conyngham family to this day, but is open to visitors who wish to experience the building's remarkable history and architecture. 45-minute guided tours are available daily from early May to November. There's also an onsite distillery that produces the appropriately named 'Slane Irish Whiskey'. Tours of the distillery last 1-hour and should be booked in advance online.
What you do during your visit is entirely up to you. You could simply choose to explore the vast grounds that have played host to numerous concerts by the likes of: U2, David Bowie, Queen, REM, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and more.
The final leg of the tour takes you Howth fishing village, a picturesque town on the Howth peninsula that boasts some of eastern Ireland's most spectacular coastal views. From Howth the coach returns to the O’Connell Street departure point.