Newgrange - UNESCO

Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in County Meath, Ireland, is an attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year. This ancient monument is considered to be one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe. This ancient passage tomb dates back to around 3200 BC, making it over 5000 years old. It is located in the Boyne Valley in County Meath and was built by a society of people who left no written records.

The site features a large circular mound with an inner chamber that is accessed through a long passage. The impressive entrance stone at Newgrange is adorned with intricate carvings, including spirals and other symbols that have yet to be deciphered.

The most impressive feature of Newgrange is its roof box which allows sunlight to penetrate the inner chamber during the winter solstice for just a few minutes each year. This phenomenon creates a stunning display of light and shadow throughout the chamber, attracting even more tourists during this time. Visitors can learn about the history and significance of Newgrange through guided tours provided by knowledgeable guides who offer insights into this fascinating monument.

Aside from its historical significance, Newgrange is also surrounded by breathtaking scenery that makes for great photo opportunities.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Subhalakshmi Dihingia
    4 months ago
    We went to New Grange on a Saturday from Dublin for a day trip as it’s only around 1.5 hours away. The tickets to see this place was free although you have to book them online and there are limited tours. We opted for an afternoon tour. I think there are a few tours every few hours. Once you reach Newgrange, they arrange another vehicle to take you the actual monument. Now this place is ancient and dating almost around 4000years ago. There was a person/tour guide who was explaining the history of New Grange. You can only see the
  • Julie Holm
    9 months ago
    Really good! Good tour guides, and the monument is cool. It is however a tight squeeze on the inside of the Newgrange, so we aware of that if you’re a bigger person. The walks around the area is easy.
  • Daniel Cunningham
    9 months ago
    Amazing place! I recommend doing the tour through the visitor center where they will take you to Knowth and Newgrange via bus. The tour guides were very informative. Incredible history and a such a mysterious site.
  • Hazel Thompson
    a year ago
    We had a lovely tour around Newgrange but we're unable to go into the Monuments due to Covid which was a pity, but still amazing to be able to see the dedication if the craftsmen who not only built them, but also restored it. It was a lively introduction by our guide to the Spirals and also the stories behind how the monuments came about. We were there on a beautiful day and had the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and wonderful scenery. Recommended visit for families especially if the Monuments are all open for a visit.
  • Jorge Baptista
    a year ago
    Amazing experience where you can see and touch stone markings made by someone over 5000 years ago. The tour guides are very nice. You get an explanation and a tour inside the tomb (you can't take pictures inside) and then you can explore the outside on your own.

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