Newgrange/Brú na Bóinne

Newgrange/Brú na Bóinne

Map
Newgrange, Donore, , Ireland

To the north of Dublin, the rural county of Meath and the Boyne Valley comprise an area rich with ancient sites. The best known among these is Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old passage tomb and ancient temple that predates Stonehenge (it’s part of a larger complex called Brú na Bóinne). Every year on December 21—the shortest day of the year—the tomb plays host to a phenomenon straight out of Raiders of the Lost Ark: as the sun rises, it pierces a window above the entryway, sending a shaft of light down that illuminates the center of the tomb like a laser beam. Since the site is beyond overrun on the day itself, it’s a better idea to visit some other time and simply watch the video of the event shown at the Visitor Center.

Other Nearby Things to Do
Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
This temple to the city’s renowned stout—a prod... Read More
travel package
A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity Co... Read More
Trinity College and The Long Room Library in Dublin
An oasis of tranquility in the teeming center o... Read More
National Museum of Ireland Archaeology in Dublin
There are three branches of the National Museum... Read More
Phoenix Park in Dublin
Europe’s largest enclosed urban park—encompassi... Read More
photos
Walking into this somber, dignified Protestant ... Read More
Nearby Hotels
suitcase
The hotel’s main building is a five-minut... Read More
The hotel's owners include Bono and The Edge of... Read More
The Westbury Hotel in Dublin
The Westbury is blessed with one of the best lo... Read More
photos
Remodeled in 2005, this Edwardian-era mansion i... Read More
camera and maps
Part of the Halpin brand, this boutique propert... Read More
It may be something of an eyesore from the outs... Read More
Nearby Restaurants
Fallon & Byrne Restaurant in Dublin
The opening of Fallon & Byrne in 2006 was s... Read More
camera and maps
As one-third of the Ely group of restaurants, t... Read More
camera and maps
Featured on television and in books, Chef Kevin... Read More
suitcase
Down a few steps, into what was once Mitchell&r... Read More
journal
Reservations aren’t accepted at this supe... Read More
camera and maps
The Quartier Bloom is Dublin’s small, but... Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement