Four Knocks | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

Four Knocks

  • Opening Hours
  • Exterior of site open 24/7.

    Access to monument: please contact keyholder for opening times.

  • Admission Costs
  • Free entry but a cash deposit must be given to the keyholder if you wish to enter the tomb.

  • Directions
  •  

    Eircode for keyholder's house: A42 FN40

     

    Directions to Fourknocks from Drogheda:

    Travel 14 km via Duleek to Ardcath Village.

    Travel South East towards Garristown for 1.5 km (passing the school and church).

    Turn left at cross roads towards Clonalvy (Fourknocks is signposted).

    Travel for 2 km (passing Donnellys Pub in Clogherstown on the right).

    Turn left onto a narrow road.

    Travel for 0.5km to collect key at White's house which has a plaque with the name WHITE built into the stone wall at the roadside. There is a red hay barn behind the house.

    Travel 1.5 km to a STOP sign where the road joins an equally narrow road, keep to the left.

    Travel a short distance to a fork in the road, keep to the right towards Naul.

    Travel for 175 meters, the Fourknocks pedestrian entrance is on the left hand side.

    The pedestrian entrance is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

     

    Directions to Fourknocks from Dublin and the Naul:

    Take the M1 northbound, and exit at Junction 6.

    Turn left on to the R122 towards Naul

    Drive 5km to Naul village.

    In Naul, turn right onto the R108, towards Drogheda.

    After 2km turn left onto the L5624, signpost for Clonalvy.

    Drive 2.5km, Four Knocks tomb is on your right.

     

  • Fourknocks,

    Stamullen,

    Co. Meath

  • Region: South East Meath ,
  • Bellewstown
  • +353 (0) 1 8354722 (keyholder) / +353 (0)41 988 0305 (OPW)

Four Knocks is a neolithic passage tomb built about 5000 years ago. It is located 10 miles southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. The name Fourknocks may be from the Irish Fuair Cnocs meaning Cold Hills.

These passage graves are decorated with abstract art and bear the earliest depiction of a (possible) human face found in prehistoric art in Ireland. Three earthen mounds were excavated by the National Museum in 1950-1952. One covered a passage grave to crucification plan, with decorated uprights and lintels resembling the Newgrance designs but also links with megalithic art in north west Wales.

The contents of this tomb were intact and so the results were of immense importance and value to students of the megalithic period in Ireland and the world. The contents found were of great importance with fragmentary human remains representing dozens of bodies of all ages and sexes. These were accompanied by grave offerings (stone beads and miniature hammer pendants, bone pins etc.) in the three side chambers.

For more information on the archaeological excavations click here.

Four Knocks Image

Access

The key for the entrance door to Fourknocks Passage Tomb can be obtained from the White family (phone: +353 (0) 1 8354722) before 6pm, who lives over a mile from the Tomb . Directions are signposted from Fourknocks  (see map below).

The keyholder house (Eircode A42 FN40) is found west of the tomb - turn left at the Y-junction with the white and green house then keep going straight up the narrow track where the main road turns to the left. The Whites' house is some distance up here - the 5th on the right.

A cash deposit must be given which is refundable on the safe return of the key. The key should be returned before 6pm.

The entrance is via a stone stile, there is no access for wheelchairs.

Four Knocks map

For more information on this site phone Brúna Bóinne Tourist office +353 (0)41 988 0305

Heritage Categories
Telephone
+353 (0) 1 8354722 (keyholder) / +353 (0)41 988 0305 (OPW)
Address

Fourknocks,

Stamullen,

Co. Meath

Directions

 

Eircode for keyholder's house: A42 FN40

 

Directions to Fourknocks from Drogheda:

Travel 14 km via Duleek to Ardcath Village.

Travel South East towards Garristown for 1.5 km (passing the school and church).

Turn left at cross roads towards Clonalvy (Fourknocks is signposted).

Travel for 2 km (passing Donnellys Pub in Clogherstown on the right).

Turn left onto a narrow road.

Travel for 0.5km to collect key at White's house which has a plaque with the name WHITE built into the stone wall at the roadside. There is a red hay barn behind the house.

Travel 1.5 km to a STOP sign where the road joins an equally narrow road, keep to the left.

Travel a short distance to a fork in the road, keep to the right towards Naul.

Travel for 175 meters, the Fourknocks pedestrian entrance is on the left hand side.

The pedestrian entrance is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

 

Directions to Fourknocks from Dublin and the Naul:

Take the M1 northbound, and exit at Junction 6.

Turn left on to the R122 towards Naul

Drive 5km to Naul village.

In Naul, turn right onto the R108, towards Drogheda.

After 2km turn left onto the L5624, signpost for Clonalvy.

Drive 2.5km, Four Knocks tomb is on your right.

 

Opening Hours

Exterior of site open 24/7.

Access to monument: please contact keyholder for opening times.

Admission Costs

Free entry but a cash deposit must be given to the keyholder if you wish to enter the tomb.

Latitude
53.596625394939736
Longitude
-6.3264664844144685
Images
Four Knocks aerial shot
Four Knocks aerial shot
Four Knocks megalithic art
Four Knocks megalithic art
Four Knocks megalithic art
GPS: 53.596625394939736, -6.3264664844144685

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