Bru na Boinne
Bru na Boinne
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • BrianaEbmeier
    Plano, Texas3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this!
    Outstanding and fascinating exhibit and tour to Newgrange and Knowth. Bring water. Allow 3-4 hours. We had a great lunch in the cafe. Buy tickets we’ll in advance. Don’t miss it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, United Kingdom638 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, not to be missed.
    Firstly - book your experience on line before hand, we made the mistake of not doing so and missed the opportunity to go inside Newgrange. The site is easy to find as it is well signposted and there is plenty of car parking. There is a small walk to the entrance where we were welcomed by staff. The display in the reception building is very good and ends at a cafe where there is plenty of food and drink choice and space while waiting for the bus that takes you to Newgrange. The tour of the site was informative and interesting. This is a half day experience but very much worth the visit as it appeals to all ages - remember to book in advance.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Carol K
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make time to visit Newgrange!
    Very interesting tour. The visitor's center provides great information on the discoveries and facts related to the sites. Don't skip over the exhibits in the visitor's center, make time to do that before your tour. We toured NewGrange and went inside (worth it, and wasn't claustrophobic feeling). Beautiful area and beautiful drive from the visitor's center to the NewGrange site. Worth your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Sarah M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids
    Amazing experience of passage tombs that are over 5000 years old (older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids). I was taken aback by how awestruck I was when I finally saw Knowth, as you spend time in the visitor centre before the bus takes you up and you think you've got your head around it all - and then you actually see it. I was also surprised that they let you walk on the tomb at Knowth. Make sure you're ready to book your tickets the day they go on sale (30 days before) as they get snapped up quickly.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Alibellderry
    Derry, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best history lesson ever !
    Took my US niece aged 9 and nephews 15 & 12. They thoroughly enjoyed it and were amazed Newgrange was older than the pyramids. Staff were very informative & friendly. Book tickets in advance but keep trying if they booked out. Did not feel crowded at monument as group size well controlled. Cafe food was excellent.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • ProctorParquette
    Manchester, New Hampshire99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of our trip to Ireland
    This site is beautiful, well-preserved, and historic in the oldest sense. A nice visitor center. It was slightly annoying to have to take a shuttle from the visitor center to each site, but totally understandable once we realized how important these sites are to history. 5000 BC is when they were made!! The tour guides are informative and give you a great understanding of what you're seeing and all the work that has gone into getting that knowledge. The highlight is getting to go inside the Newgrange mound and seeing the simulated lighting of the center during the summer solstice. Awe-inspiring.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Patrick L
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book 3 weeks ahead if you want to be sure of getting in
    In 2018 I showed up without pre-booking and managed to get a place o the last tour because I was on my own. At that time the Visitor centre was closed for refurbishment, and I only got to see Newgrange, not the other tomb at Knowth, but it was absolutely fascinating. I'm making a return trip to Ireland next week and hoped to do the full visit with a group of friends. I just tried to book on-line: the main tour is listed as sold out for the next 3 weeks. Even the option of just going round the Visitor centre is sold out a week ahead. You can only book for visits up to a month ahead, so you need to plan carefully. Sadly, I'm only in Ireland for a few days so had to abandon the plan to visit the Bru this time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • MAP12
    New Orleans, Louisiana600 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful site, such history!!!
    We drove to Brú na Bóinne on our way from Dublin to Belfast. Signs were good, so it was easy to find. We had reserved a tour ahead of time as recommended and were glad we did - there were several people turned away because they didn't have reservations. Newgrange was amazing and Knowth very interesting, too. Group of 8, from grandma to 5-year-old and all enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Simon
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must go, amazing experience, Well worth the visit. Book early
    Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre and Newgrange and Knowth tour. A really interesting place . The guided tour is also very interesting and very informative. The guides were great. It is very well organized and well worth spending a morning or afternoon visit there. Well worth the time and price. You must book early in advance. The tour inside Newgrange is a must.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Lita L
    100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mysterious Bronze Age site predates the Egyptian Pyramids
    Be prepared to fully experience Bru na Boinne's archaeological sites of Newgrange and Knowth by allowing at least 3 hours. Advance booking is a must, as they typically turn away drop-in visitors without advance tickets. To understand and enjoy the chamber's full experience, arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour. Allow yourself time to take in the visitor center's excellent exhibit before making the 5-minute walk to the shuttle bus area. The staff of the visitor center is extremely helpful and the tour guides at the chambers are quite knowledgeable. Savor the scenery, slow down, and enjoy the trip back in time!
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
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wexfordstu1
County Kerry, Ireland4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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Lita L
100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Be prepared to fully experience Bru na Boinne's archaeological sites of Newgrange and Knowth by allowing at least 3 hours. Advance booking is a must, as they typically turn away drop-in visitors without advance tickets. To understand and enjoy the chamber's full experience, arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour. Allow yourself time to take in the visitor center's excellent exhibit before making the 5-minute walk to the shuttle bus area. The staff of the visitor center is extremely helpful and the tour guides at the chambers are quite knowledgeable. Savor the scenery, slow down, and enjoy the trip back in time!
Written August 19, 2023
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Bonsack
Bristol, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Another review is hardly needed for this top notch heritage experience which is well worth the price. We enjoyed this, our 2nd visit, the first was 20 years ago, and we are very impressed by the way the story, tour and facilities have been developed. However, we noticed that a small number of people turned up who had not booked (there were no spare places) and a few even turned up at a small car park by one of the monuments and tried to get on our shuttle bus! It seems they had not realised that all tour visitors have to go to the visitors centre and after showing tickets etc., take an allocated seat on a shuttle bus to the sites from there. This is very clear on the website but I guess I’d someone else books it for you then …

Our guides were excellent and engaging. The restaurant food was high quality and the coffee was great!
Written October 3, 2023
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Sarah M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Amazing experience of passage tombs that are over 5000 years old (older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids). I was taken aback by how awestruck I was when I finally saw Knowth, as you spend time in the visitor centre before the bus takes you up and you think you've got your head around it all - and then you actually see it. I was also surprised that they let you walk on the tomb at Knowth. Make sure you're ready to book your tickets the day they go on sale (30 days before) as they get snapped up quickly.
Written June 29, 2023
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Susan
Queenscliff, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This place blew my mind! Older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Built to trap Sunlight at the Winter Solstice and as a passage -style tomb. The visitor centre is all encompassing with extensive displays covering all aspects of the 3 sites which are connected. The guide was excellent with descriptions of the uses and those who would have built the system and how they used it and how they built it. Some of the decorative stones are estimated at several tonnes and their source is about 70 kilometres from the site. Inside the main tomb at Newgrange you can see graffiti from the time when access was unrestricted. Well worth a visit, plan for traffic en route and the slowness of narrow roads regardless of google maps advice because visitor numbers are limited and booked times cannot be altered. Also we booked this attraction weeks before we got there and even then we couldn’t get the dates and times we preferred.
Written September 16, 2023
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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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Shelley W
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This one is for history buffs, but it delivers on stunning views as well. Our whole family really enjoyed seeing these ancient tomb sites. We got to enter one of the tombs and see the intricate roof-work that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. We loved climbing to the grass-covered roof of one of the mounds, laying down and gazing at the clouds drifting by. Tour guides are great, and the tours are just the right length - not too long but enough time to hear interesting facts and take in these peaceful and mysterious sites.

One important note: Be sure to book ahead! You will likely not be able to get a tour the day of, and we saw a couple disappointed people turned away. The amount of people who can visit in a day is limited to protect the sites.
Written September 1, 2023
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Patrick L
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
In 2018 I showed up without pre-booking and managed to get a place o the last tour because I was on my own. At that time the Visitor centre was closed for refurbishment, and I only got to see Newgrange, not the other tomb at Knowth, but it was absolutely fascinating.

I'm making a return trip to Ireland next week and hoped to do the full visit with a group of friends. I just tried to book on-line: the main tour is listed as sold out for the next 3 weeks. Even the option of just going round the Visitor centre is sold out a week ahead. You can only book for visits up to a month ahead, so you need to plan carefully. Sadly, I'm only in Ireland for a few days so had to abandon the plan to visit the Bru this time.
Written July 30, 2023
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Erlante
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
These monuments are really impressive ! The megalithic art at Knowth is really wonderful and the architecture inside Newgrange as well. Visit both if you can.
I would recommend arriving much earlier than the time indicated on your ticket, because if you arrive at this time you will only have about 30mn to visit the exhibition. But the exhibition is actually amazing and it took me 1h to visit. Then you take buses to the different sites.
Also, if you do not have a car, a good option to join the visitor centre is to rent a bike in Drogheda, there is a greenway all the way to the Battle of the Boyne site and from there the road is very comfortable for cycling.
Written August 27, 2022
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CarolineWR
U.K.275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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