The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn. At sunrise on the shortest day of the year, for 17 minutes, direct sunlight can enter the Newgrange monument, not through the doorway, but through the specially contrived small opening above the entrance known as the ‘roof box’, to illuminate the Chamber.
In line with the current Government Guidelines, the Newgrange chamber is currently closed to visitors, therefore the Office of Public Works will once again live-stream the Winter Solstice for all to view. They will be streaming live on the video link below at 8:45am (GMT) on the 20th, 21st and 22nd December, so make sure to join us to view the spectacular phenomenon and learn some fascinating facts.
Live Video (22 December 2021)
Tuesday 21 December 2021
Monday 20th December 2021
Members of the public are advised not to travel directly to the site, as there will be road closures in place around Newgrange itself.
Visitors may enter through the Visitor Centre prior to travelling to the Monument. However, in adherence with the Government Guidelines, OPW must remind visitors that the wearing of face coverings within the Centre and on the buses is obligatory.
In line with the revised Government Guidelines, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre and the site at the Newgrange Monument – though not the passage tomb itself – are currently open to visitors. Access to the site is only available through the Visitor Centre, which is open daily from 9am to 4pm. For further information and online booking, please visit heritageireland.ie