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Bru na Boinne

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Bru na Boinne

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Full-Day Castles and Celtic History Tour from Dublin: Newgrange, Trim Castle
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Full-Day Castles and Celtic History Tour from Dublin: Newgrange, Trim Castle

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Make the most of your time in Ireland on a small-group full-day tour from Dublin that features a range of historical destinations in the Boyne Valley. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed ruins of Newgrange; Trim Castle, Europe’s largest Norman castle; and the Hill of Tara, seat of the Celtic Kings. Stop for lunch near Slane Castle, where U2 recorded their album 'The Unforgettable Fire.'
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Karen M wrote a review Mar 2020
Bothell, Washington15 contributions4 helpful votes
This was absolutely the highlight of our time in Ireland. Fascinating story, well presented. Get a bit of info before you go, just for context. Easy to get to, easy to walk around, great guides... Eerie, beautiful, Loved this!
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Date of experience: June 2019
WeDreamOfTravel wrote a review Jan 2020
Texas852 contributions133 helpful votes
It took us two stops here before we could get in, but it was one of the favorite activities of the entire two-week vacation on the Emerald Isle. The day we arrived, we drove north of Dublin Airport and stopped at several historic sites, including this one. Sadly, we arrived too late to enter because all the tickets for every tour had been taken. They don't take reservations, visitors can't get tickets online, so we thought we had missed our chance. Fast forward to the next-to-last day in Ireland. We drove up here from Dublin super early in the morning just so we could get tour tickets. The visitor center was closed for remodeling, so there was no fee to enter. Got tickets to see both locations (Newgrange and Knowth) and can't say enough fabulous things about them! Visitors can enter the tomb with a guide. No photos are allowed inside, but it's an experience you'll remember even without pictures. The guide explains how the tomb was constructed, and demonstrated with a flashlight what happens when the sun is aligned exactly with the tomb's door to illuminate the interior. Amazing! With so many interesting things to do during a jam-packed vacation, it's hard to select which sights to see, activities to do, and places to go. If you, like we, enjoy learning about ancient history, this spot which is older than the pyramids of Egypt should be on your must-see list. We are so thankful that we managed to make it on a tour here. Although we didn't have to pay (since the visitor's center was closed for remodeling), we think this location is one of the spots with free access for OPW cardholders. We bought our Office of Public Works (OPW) cards at our first stop in Ireland and used them daily, sometimes multiple times a day. Something to consider purchasing if you're history buffs.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Scott A wrote a review Dec 2019
Queensland, Australia52 contributions18 helpful votes
We loved the experience of Newgrange. Amazing to learn about and visit a site older than the pyramids ... and enjoy the enthusiasm and hospitality of staff who bring the history and archaeology to life - as if for the first time. We were helped and guided in a small group (did not feel herded or handled) and had time to spare. The new visitor centre is beautiful (opened December 2019) and has a great new walk-through experience. This is a must-do &/or worth doing again for those who have not seen the new displays and facilities.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Larry B wrote a review Dec 2019
Prince George, Canada428 contributions176 helpful votes
We were late in the season and late in the afternoon arriving at this venue. We didn't have time to look at the interpretive center. There is a bit of a walk and a bridge to cross to get to the bus terminal but it is worth it. I would suggest that this cold be made a full day if you want to take in all the trips to the different monuments and visit the museum. There is a food truck on site with the basic burger and hot dog fare.
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Date of experience: September 2019
CincyWahoo wrote a review Dec 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio147 contributions50 helpful votes
This is truly an amazing site. What the early Irish were able to do at this site is amazing. This was definitely a highlight of our trip to Ireland.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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