We found Knowth to be incredibly interesting, especially the number and variety of tombs on site. The artwork on the stones is incredible, especially the Calender Stone, elsewhere described as the oldest calender known to man. The area around the site should be properly explored, not rushed to get a proper appreciation of the amount of work it took to build and decorate the main mound and the ancilliary tombs, some of which predate the main mound. There is evidence that wooden structures may have predated the stone structure, in order to properly align the passages to the lunar and solar movement.
Newgrange is without equal in the world. The stunning appearance as you approach the monument and the detailed work involved in restoring the structure and enabling a reenactment of the passage of light into the tomb, while in the confines of the tomb is like being there so many years ago, the feeling is eerily familiar to many..
Dowth is as yet not excavated, but surely it cries out for Archaelogical examination of the highest order. Make funds available for the work to be carried out, to complete what would be a highly unique and exciting adventure. It is not yet part of the tour as a result.
My advice, arrive early and pay to visit both tombs in the one day. the free exhibition should be given time before visiting the tombs, which are only a short bus journey from the centre. Read up before you go, you might have something to add, but most of all, ask questions, explore properly, bring a light lunch if you want to extend your time on site(s) (but hot / cold food is available) a still camera and a video camera and enjoy your visit.
The entrance fee is quite low, it includes the bus journey(s), if you visit both sites together it is very reasonable, as you get 2 individual bus journeys (c. 5 mins there and back in both cases) you can take your time and return in a later bus. Relax, you're in Ireland, as the locals say, "you're in your grannies", you might find a peculiar tingle when you enter the tombs, like maybe you belong here, or your ancestors did. No need to rush - cead mile failte, a hundred thousand welcomes. Do come back again or visit Tara, which is nearby or many other interesting sites which can be found on the (Knowth.com) website.
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