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Bru na Boinne

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Address: Stalleen Road, Donore, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-41-9880300
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Space is limited each day to 650 people, but it is well-worth the visit...
Space is limited each day to 650 people, but it is well-worth the visit. The site is 5,000 years old, which makes it older than the pyramids. Historians was once believed Newgrange was a passage tomb, but now is believed to be an ancient temple.
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I had no idea there was a monolithic site that was older than Stonehenge...but you bet I was put in my place! Such an interesting place, the tour guide was short sharp and shiny... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I had no idea there was a monolithic site that was older than Stonehenge...but you bet I was put in my place! Such an interesting place, the tour guide was short sharp and shiny, but very informative! If you're claustraphobic I don't recommend trying to squeeze through the small passage to the middle, but if you're not - do it!... More 

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Fascinating ancient monument that pre-dates both Stonehenge and the Pyramids. You are transported by bus to the mound and then take a guided tour which was very informative. If you are rather large you have to squeeze down the passage; not for those with claustrophobia! We enjoyed lunch in the cafe and there is a reasonable shop for momentoes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This site is huge and an interesting visit (as long as you are not scared of the dark!) The visitor centre is a long distance away which is odd as you go to the centre, buy your tickets then get bussed to the site. The guide was knowledgeable and the day was good.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

After arriving to Dublin, we immediately drove here and visited Newgrange. Excellent! We discovered this was a very good way to acclimate to driving in Ireland. It was a rural community that was beautiful, safe, and charming! The center was interesting with a delicious cafeteria, homemade foods! Newgrange is not to be missed!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Just like the National Trust at the Giants Causeway, the heritage police have this place sewn up so tight you can't even get near it. You can't go to the monument or even within a mile of it without a tour guide and you can't get a tour without waiting in the visitors centre for hours. I wouldn't mind if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was spending a couple of weeks in Europe on business and when a friend shared that Ireland was high on her foreign travel list I made plans to spend a weekend exploring the Emerald Isle. While Saturday was consumed with sites in Dublin, we opted to take a road trip and the first stop was Newgrange. This is a... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I promised myself when I came to Ireland, I was coming here, no matter what. And it did not disappoint. The chamber inside is much smaller than I expected. I loved the history and the tour our guide gave us. We only had a group of six, so we had ample time to simply absorb the sacredness of the space.... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

What a great spot. Really enjoyed the visitor centre but of course the tour up to Newgrange was the star of the show. It was a beautiful sunny day and cold enough to freeze the nose off your face, but totally worth it. My favourite part was where the tour guide dismissed the modern graffiti inside (didn't want to talk... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

3rd February 2015 was my first visit to this spectacular site, but it won't be my last. The visitors centre staff were very attentive and very informative. The exhibition in the visitors centre was excellent. The staff in the tea rooms were lovely and food excellent. We went on the 12.15 pm tour to Newgrange and it was amazing. The... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

One of the most famous sites in all of Ireland is Newgrange. This ancient site is over 5,000 years old and you can really get the sense of that when visiting. There's also the option to visit Knowth from the same Visitor's Center. Buses operate to take people to the sites and all tours are scheduled. Keep in mind, it... More 

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