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.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING VISITOR EXPERIENCE
From 10 May 2021 until further notice.
All admission to Newgrange and Knowth is through Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre only
Brú na Bóinne Tour – Outside only
A visit to the exteriors of Newgrange and Knowth
There is no access to the chamber at Newgrange
This is the only tour option available and is self-guided
We are currently not able to sell heritage cards
Approximate Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Please note that tickets are very limited.
Admission is managed through times tickets – Pre-booking tickets is essential
There are no ‘walk-in tickets’ available. Please do not arrive without having booked your tickets in advance
Pre-booking online is possible up to 30 days in advance of visit
A maximum of 6 tickets can be booked online
Click HERE to see opening arrangements and available booking times
Last booking time is 15:20
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Face covers are mandatory during your visit except for those who are excused under legislation
For wheelchair users or visitors who require special assistance please email email@example.com in advance of booking
Café is only available to those booked on tours (takeaway only)
The Gift shop is closed
Please follow Government travel guidelines (domestic and international travel)
Brú na Bóinne Plus Newgrange Chamber Tour: Not Available at Present
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre only: Not Available at Present
Click HERE to see available booking times
Please follow Government guidelines on domestic and international travel.
- Universal access is limited at the monuments — those who require special assistance or those with mobility issues please contact us in advance of visit.
- The passage and chamber at Newgrange is low and narrow and may not be suitable for visitors with claustrophobia or mobility issues – please contact us in advance if you have any concerns.
- Brú na Bóinne is a very busy site.
- Tickets on both tour options are limited.
- Visitors may incur long delays or not gain access to the sites.
- Access is not guaranteed without pre-booked tickets
- Photographic is not permitted in the passage or chamber at Newgrange. Permit is required for commercial filming/photography.
- Large bags are not permitted inside Newgrange; visitors will be asked to leave them in the secure containers provided while they are in the chamber.
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 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.
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.
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
- 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
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,
2km west of Donore Village on the L21
Google Maps Link
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.
Update: Free admission Summer 2021
1. Brú na Bóinne Tour – Outside Only:
Senior(aged 60+) €10
Children (12–17) €8
12 are free but still require a ticket.
*Family is 2 adults and up to 5 children