Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange and Knowth
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR VISITORS
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is currently undergoing a major refurbishment for approximately 6 months
Shuttle buses for tours of Newgrange and Knowth (from 28th March) will not be affected.
While the visitor centre building is closed, a temporary reception/ticketing area and limited facilities will be available in the carpark of the visitor centre.
- There is no exhibition or audio-visual show.
- Although pre-booking online is not available, admission is free of charge during the works.
- Groups and individuals have to check in at the visitor centre carpark. Those who go directly to the sites will not gain entry.
- There is a maximum of 48 on each tour so delays can occur as the tours fill up.
Admission tickets for individuals and small groups (14 or fewer people) are issued daily on a first come on a first served basis only and are not available for pre-booking.
- We have a limited number of places reserved for groups each day and these places must be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A group is 15 or more people.
- Be here as early in the day as you can to avoid disappointment.
- To see both sites takes about 3 hours, to see one takes about 2 hours.
- We are here https://goo.gl/maps/LsybKZ1VDtn
- There is no universal access, those who require special assistance or those with mobility issues please contact us in advance of visit.
The Office of Public Works apologises for the inconvenience caused.
If you have any queries regards this or for visitors with disabilities or special requirements please contact us at email@example.com +353 41 9880300
All up to date information will be available on our website http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/brunaboinnevisitorcentre/ and Facebook page.
Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.) is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The passage tomb is surrounded by 97 kerb stones, the most impressive is the large entrance stone which is covered in swirls and designs. Inside the large mound there is a long passage leading into a chamber which branches off three ways. The corbelled roof inside the burial chamber it still watertight and supports an estimated 200,000 tonnes of cairn. The cremated remains of the dead were laid on large stone basins inside the chamber which usually were accompanied by grave goods.
At dawn on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (December 21st), a shaft of sunlight enters the chamber of Newgrange through a specially designed opening over the doorway which illuminates the Chamber. On December 21st 1967, Professor MJ O'Kelly was the first person in modern times to see this now world famous event.
The passage tomb complex lies to the west of Newgrange. The large mound covers two passge tombs placed back to back which is surrounded by 127 massive kerbstones. Outside this large passage tomb there are eighteen small tombs.
Over three hundred decorated stones make up Knowth which represents the greatest concentration of Megalithic art in Western Europe. Recurring motifs on these stones include circles serpentine forms and spirals. One of the most impressive features of Knowth is the corbelled roof in the eastern tomb ascending to a massive height of almost 6m.
Dowth is the least well known of the other two although it compares in size. The mound is surrounded by a kerb of 115 stones and has two tombs facing westwards. On the 21st of December, the rays of the setting sun illuminate this passage and circular manner in manner similar to the winter solstice at Newgrange. At least thirty-eight of the stones at Dowth contain megalithic art, the circle meaning the most common motif used.
There is no access to the interior of the Dowth Mound, but visitors may still walk around the outside and admire the monument and views.
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