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.
- 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!
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.
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.