Bru na Boinne

Bru na Boinne, Donore

Bru na Boinne
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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2-3 hours
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL435 contributions
Book online as soon as possible for the date you want. I forgot to book first thing and by the time I logged on 12 hours later, the Newgrange + Knowth tour was already sold out. I ended up getting the Newgrange tour with chamber access and when we visited, all tours were sold out. So definitely book ahead!

When you visit, put Bru na Boinne visitor's center into google maps otherwise you get sent to a dead end and locked gate. Our B&B host told us this happens frequently. She also told us to get there early, but the first 45 minutes of the "tour" is self guided in the visitor's center so you can arrive up to half an hour late and still make it in time to the shuttle bus out to the monument itself. Toilets and cafe in visitor's center. Gift shop still closed. It's about a 5 min walk to the buses, which are well organized and drop you at the base of the monument where your group meets up with your guide.

The guided portion of the tour was excellent. Our guide explained what the monument is made of, different theories for the decorations, and pointed out details for us to notice. Then we were split in half- about 10 people go into the chamber at a time while the other 10 or so can walk around the monument, looking at the details the guide pointed out. Inside the chamber is narrow and short- ducking was involved and they require you to store your bags in bins before entering. Cameras are allowed (if they do not have buckles on the strap), but you cannot take pictures (our guide said this was out of respect). The chamber was amazing- much more moving than I expected it to be. Our guide again pointed out details to inspect and explained the water tight construction. Then she did a light demonstration of what it would be like during the 6 shortest days of the year when the sunlight streams into the chamber for a brief period of time each morning. It was really something special to experience and it is astounding to think just how old this site is. 100% worth the visit.
Written June 28, 2022
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Astrid L
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The only way to access the interior of the Newgrange tomb (without a private guide), prebooking is essential, as they limit the amount of people to enter the tomb to keep it safe. The visitor's center has a nice (slightly overpriced) cafe, but the gift shop is currently closed because of Covid, which was sad.
The shuttle to the sites was a short walk from the visitor's center, and it was a beautiful walk.
As for the sites themselves, what can you say? Phenomenal. Awe-inspiring. Older than the pyramids, older than Stonehenge. To walk amongst the sites was just amazing. The guides at both Knowth and Newgrange were super informative and wonderful. No photos or videos inside the tomb at Newgrange, but to be able to go inside was nothing short of jaw dropping. There was a demonstration of how the light streams into the chamber on the winter solstice, which is a phenomenon that occurs to this day (and you can even enter a lottery to enter the chamber on the solstice, but the guide said that it's risky - if it is cloudy...
The one thing I would say is that if you have small children, please keep them under control. Our group had a family that was just not watching their kids, and they were grabbing ancient small stones and throwing them... the guide couldn't do much and was obviously a bit flustered by it. Yes, share places like this with your kids, but only if they can respect them.
100% see this. Book your time, go, and enjoy. (We booked about a week and a half in advance and got some of the last spots of the day!)
Written April 24, 2022
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
This was our 3rd stop of 5 on a 130 km tour north of Dublin. After making the mistake of following Google Maps to the Brú na Bóinne (which ended at a dead end locked farm gate), we made our way to the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange, parking among 30 cars and 2 tour buses.
We descended the shaded walkway to the entry docent who stated that the next available tour was in the afternoon. Our tight schedule only permitted a walk through the museum with lots of site details, then over the Boyne bridge to the bus site for a long view of the 340' diameter Newgrange Passage Grave.
Really nice cafe.
Written May 31, 2022
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wexfordstu1
County Kerry, Ireland2 contributions
Myself and my families experience with the customer service at the centre was really awful. The woman we dealt with at reception had an appalling manner and badly needs to have some training on dealing with the public. The term "Jobsworth" immediately sprang to mind.
We had booked tickets for 5 but on the day we had an additional child with us (due to family circumstances) Even though there were 2 free seats on the bus to Newgrange and there was no extra cost involved, she still would not allow us all to visit and 1 person had to wait on their own in the carpark. It left a very sour taste and an awful impression of the place. The staff here need to be more flexible and treat visitors who have traveled a long way with some respect.
Written July 6, 2022
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CarolineWR
U.K.199 contributions
First of all - BOOK online several weeks in advance & book the Knowth & Newgrange package. If you don't, you will only be able to access the exhibition (possibly). If you have English Heritage membership, you get in free!
So well organised and efficiently run. Fantastically attractively designed, informative, glitzy, glossy visitor centre in a gorgeous area. Come a good 40 mins before your booking to have time here first. Then a delightful easy 15 min walk to catch a private bus to Knowth which is stunning, where a brilliant guide will talk you around the site & give you time just to explore. Picked up another shuttle bus at our appointed time & dropped off at Newgrange. Another excellent guide & the chance to go into the centre of the tomb - mindblowing! Back on another shuttle bus to the visitors' centre for refreshments in the excellent café. All staff were wonderful - even the bus drivers were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the sites.
Written June 23, 2022
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Gearoid O
County Kerry, Ireland10 contributions
Business
Fantastic experience as always at both sights at Brú na Bóinne. Looked after very well and the guides are fantastic. Star of the show had to be Caoimhe who was unbelievably polished and informative for someone only starting in the job, her future is bright.
Written August 7, 2022
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irishguide
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
Business
We visited the visitors centre and passage tomb today. We just so happens to arrive on the first day that people have been allowed into the chamber in nearly two years. It was a great experience. I've been going to Newgrange since I was a child but it gets better and better with age.

Thanks to our driver Michael and guide Jimmy.
Written January 28, 2022
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Nomad715716
8 contributions
This UNESCO site is beautifully maintained. We were bused to the sites. Knouth is in the photo and there are at least 21 mounds. The tour guide Jackie is extremely knowledgeable , friendly and very willing to answer all questions. We also visited Newgrange. We were able to walk inside with Paul, our guide, who was also great! The Vistor Center is immaculate and the walk through information area about Bru na Boinne had really well done graphics ! There was a spacious cafe area with delicious sandwiches, some hot foot and lots of desserts. The staff were very friendly there as well as the rest of the building. I highly recommend visiting!
Written August 15, 2022
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OliviaS
Dublin 21 contributions
Family
Very enjoyable visit with excellent guides (Lisa and John). They made the experience very enjoyable. Great family day out. Kids were ages 7-15 and really enjoyed. Younger kids might get tired but we found brilliant.
Written April 15, 2022
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diamonds1974
San Antonio, TX59 contributions
Couples
This was completely awe inspiring! To see the history going back several thousand years BC. If you do not buy the tour to go inside the tombs you are truly missing out!

The tour guides were good, insightful and friendly. Each step of the tour was understandable and informative.
Written July 19, 2022
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