Calling all history lovers! Do you want to explore Ireland’s answer to the great pyramids? If so, look no further than the famous Newgrange in Co Meath. This huge circular mound was built by Pre-historic Irish people, of whom we know very little about. Although, what we do know is that they were fantastic architects. This is proven by Newgranges alignment with the sun, something that can be seen at the Winter Solstice each year. This is where the sun shines through its “roof box” and illuminates the entire passage, leading to the end burial area. This is one of the most important Pre-historic sites in Europe, being older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza
How do you get to Newgrange from Dublin?
Newgrange’s purpose has been long argued, with some speculating it is a prime example of some sort of ancient Temple. Whatever the reasoning, it has left a remarkable imprint on Irish society and genealogy. Ireland’s Ancient East has become a popular trail for tourists in recent years, and no doubt, Newgrange is the peak of this journey! The site itself includes multiple different mounts, a visitor centre and a cafe. The site can only be explored via guided tours, these depart from the Bru Na Boinne visitor centre on the southside of the River Boyne, which surrounds the area. So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your day off, and explore the fascinating history that awaits you at Newgrange in Co Meath!
- Guided tours.
- Visitor centre.