Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth

  • Opening Hours
  • Click here to see opening arrangements and available booking times.

     

     

     

  • Admission Costs
  • From 1 January 2022

    ADULT: €8

    SENIOR (60 and over): €6

    CHILD (12-18): €4

    CHILD (under 12): FREE

    STUDENT (valid student ID required): €4

    FAMILY (max. 2 adults & 5 Children aged 12 -18): €20

     

    Ticket availability is very limited.

    Pre-booking tickets is essential – all visitors including children / infants must have a ticket.

    For wheelchair users or visitors who require special assistance please email brunaboinne@opw.ie  in advance of booking.

    For group bookings (15 tickets+): email brunaboinne@opw.ie

  • Directions
  • NB: Do not go directly to Newgrange or Knowth, all access is via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Eircode A92 EH5C) 

     

    Location

    2km west of Donore Village on the L21

    Google Maps Link

    Directions

    From Navan: Take the turn for Duleek and veer left for the Boyne Road. Once you reach the N2 junction, take a right and sharp left for the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre From Drogheda: Take the Donore Road from the Bus Station which is located just off the N1 on the south side of the River Boyne. Travel about 7km (4.5 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side. Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda. This service runs in conjunction with the service to Drogheda from Dublin. Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (0) 1 8366111 or +353 (0) 41 983 5023.

    Via the M1 Motorway: Take the M1 heading north, leave the motorway at the Donore Exit near Drogheda, (Brú na Bóinne is clearly signposted before the exit). There is a toll of 1.50 Euro before the Donore exit. Travel about 6km (4 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.

    From Dublin: Take the N2 north via Ashbourne towards Slane. Turn right about 2km south of Slane.

    From Trim: Take the R161 to Navan and follow directions from Navan. From Slane: take the N2 Ashbourne route from Slane, turn left approx 2 km outside of Slane and follow the signs for Brú na Bóinne.

  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,

    Donore,

    County Meath

    A92 EH5C
     

  • Region: Drogheda , Slane ,
  • Donore
  • +353 (0) 41 988 0300
  • brunaboinne@opw.ie
  • heritageireland.ie/visit/places-to-visit/bru-na-boinne-visitor-centre-ne...
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The new state of the art, immersive visitor experience focuses on the monuments of the World Heritage Site during the Neolithic period. It transports visitors back 5000 years to the pinnacle of passage tomb building when Brú na Bóinne contained some of the largest buildings in the world.

The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies and the monument building process.

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth. Do not go directly to the monuments as you will not gain entry. Visitors are brought via shuttle bus to the monuments.

 

Visitor Centre, Newgrange and Knowth

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth. The Visitor Centre exhibition is a fully interactive visitor experience exploring the Neolithic culture, landscape and monuments of Brú na Bóinne.

Visitors at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre exhibition

Visitors are brought via shuttle bus to these monuments and pre-booking tickets is essential. Pre-booking for the Visitor Centre only is not required.

 

BOOK A TOUR

There are 4 tour options available:

  1. VISITOR CENTRE EXHIBITION

Available now

 

  1. NEWGRANGE TOUR PLUS EXHIBITION

Available now – 2 March 2022

A visit to the exterior of Newgrange (Knowth closed until March 2022)

No access to the chamber at Newgrange

Includes exhibitions in Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

 

3. BRÚ NA BÓINNE TOUR – OUTSIDE ONLY

Available from 3 March 2022

A visit to exteriors Knowth and Newgrange

No access to the chambers at Newgrange or Knowth

Includes exhibitions at Knowth and Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

 

  1. BRÚ NA BÓINNE TOUR PLUS NEWGRANGE CHAMBER

Available from 3 March 2022

A visit to Knowth and Newgrange

Guided tour of the chamber at Newgrange

Includes exhibitions at Knowth and Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

No access to the chambers at Knowth

Dowth: Visitors wishing to see Dowth can access the exterior of the monument directly via the N51. There is no access via the Visitor Centre.

 

BOOK A TOUR

 

Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre

Notice

  • Universal access is limited at the monuments — those who require special assistance or those with mobility issues please contact us in advance of visit.
  • Brú na Bóinne is a very busy site.
  • Tickets are limited.
  • Visitors may incur long delays or not gain access to the sites.
  • Access is not guaranteed without pre-booked tickets

 

Other Information Image

Newgrange

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.

Knowth

The passage tomb complex lies to the west of Newgrange. The large mound covers two passage 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.

Knowth Image

Dowth

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.

Dowth Image


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.

Dowth Winter Solstice Sunset Image


Dowth Winter Solstice Sunset (Photo: Ken Williams, Shadows and Stone Photography)

Listen to some wonderful audio on Brú na Boinne - part of the Boyne Valley Drive

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Brú na Bóinne. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Brú na Bóinne.

Download the Brú Na Boinne Outside Covid social story

 

 

Facilities
  • Café, gift shop/tourist information, picnic area, shuttle buses to Monuments,
  • Universal access is limited at the monuments – those who require special assistance or those with mobility issues please contact us in advance of visit
  • No pets – guide dogs with ID permitted
  • No drones
Heritage Categories
Town
Telephone
+353 (0) 41 988 0300
Email Address
brunaboinne@opw.ie
Address

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,

Donore,

County Meath

A92 EH5C
 

Directions

NB: Do not go directly to Newgrange or Knowth, all access is via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Eircode A92 EH5C) 

 

Location

2km west of Donore Village on the L21

Google Maps Link

Directions

From Navan: Take the turn for Duleek and veer left for the Boyne Road. Once you reach the N2 junction, take a right and sharp left for the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre From Drogheda: Take the Donore Road from the Bus Station which is located just off the N1 on the south side of the River Boyne. Travel about 7km (4.5 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side. Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda. This service runs in conjunction with the service to Drogheda from Dublin. Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (0) 1 8366111 or +353 (0) 41 983 5023.

Via the M1 Motorway: Take the M1 heading north, leave the motorway at the Donore Exit near Drogheda, (Brú na Bóinne is clearly signposted before the exit). There is a toll of 1.50 Euro before the Donore exit. Travel about 6km (4 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.

From Dublin: Take the N2 north via Ashbourne towards Slane. Turn right about 2km south of Slane.

From Trim: Take the R161 to Navan and follow directions from Navan. From Slane: take the N2 Ashbourne route from Slane, turn left approx 2 km outside of Slane and follow the signs for Brú na Bóinne.

Opening Hours

Click here to see opening arrangements and available booking times.

 

 

 

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Admission Costs

From 1 January 2022

ADULT: €8

SENIOR (60 and over): €6

CHILD (12-18): €4

CHILD (under 12): FREE

STUDENT (valid student ID required): €4

FAMILY (max. 2 adults & 5 Children aged 12 -18): €20

 

Ticket availability is very limited.

Pre-booking tickets is essential – all visitors including children / infants must have a ticket.

For wheelchair users or visitors who require special assistance please email brunaboinne@opw.ie  in advance of booking.

For group bookings (15 tickets+): email brunaboinne@opw.ie

Latitude
53.6947
Longitude
-6.44625
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