- Location: 2 km west of Donore village on the south of river Boyne in Bru na Boinne, Republic of Ireland.
- Best Time to Visit: During the summers..
- Preferred timings: 10.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
- How to reach:
Dublin Airport (DUB) also known as Airport Bhaile ítha Cliath is the nearest airport, located in Collinstown, 10 km north of Dublin City. Dublin is connected to a number of cities throughout the world. One can find a good number of flights to a wide range of European destinations including Paris, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Madrid, and Frankfurt.
If you are coming down from Dublin, take M1 towards Drogheda. If you are coming down from the west, you need to take the N52 via Navan/Slane. Follow the brown/white signage for the Visitor Centre which is located west of Donore village.
Drogheda is the nearest rail station which is well connected with Belfast and Dublin. Take a local bus from the bus station (just a 15 min walk from the rail station) to reach the Visitor Centre.
From Dublin, take no. 100X bus from the Busaras bus station to reach Drogheda. If you are coming down from Belfast, you need to take BE service from the Europa Buscentre to reach Drogheda. From Drogheda, you can take no. 163 bus to the Visitor Centre.
- Preferred Timing: 09.30 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
- Entry Fee: â‚¬2.90 onwards
- Nearest Rail Station: Drogheda
- Nearest Airport: Dublin Airport (DUB)
If you are the one who gets attracted to archaeology, if you are the one who can go anywhere to see the archaeological splendors, and if you are the one who wants to see one of the largest prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe, then Bru na Boinne or the ‘Palace of the Boyne’ is the site that you cannot afford to miss out. A World Heritage Site located in County Meath in the Republic of Ireland, Bru na Boinne Archaeological Park is complex which can amaze any visitor with its rich exhibition of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones and henges that date back to 35th century BC — 32nd century BC. The use of scientific and astronomical knowledge in its structure, particularly in the passage grave of Newgrange, just makes the visitors spellbound. Also often known as the ‘Bend of the Boyne’, Bru na Boinne was also the site of the famous ‘Battle of the Boyne’ in 1690.
Visiting Bru na Boinne
In order to visit Bru na Boinne, you must come through the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, as there is no direct access to these monuments other than the visitor center. There are almost 40 passage graves in Bru na Boinne which you can explore. Most of the monuments in the site are located on the north side of the river. The passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are some of the most popular attractions here due to their amazing collection of megalithic art. The other attractions include Cloghalea Henge, Townleyhall passage grave, Monknewtown henge, and ritual pond and Newgrange cursus, etc.
You can visit the site at your own pace, or you can also avail of the guided tours arranged by the visitor center. Guided tours of 1-hour duration for Newgrange (max 24 persons) and Knowth (max 48 persons) are available for the visitors. The last tour starts before 1 hour 45 minutes before the closing of the centre. Groups of 15 or more visitors must book their tours in advance.
Also visit the Audiovisual presentation that is available in 6 languages including English, Irish, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The 7 minutes presentation has a seating capacity of 30 persons.
It would be wise to reach Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre early in the morning as it may get difficult to find tours due to the sold-out of tickets. Summer months may be a bit crowded, and visitors may experience some delay due to heavy foot-fall.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=DbKkwCx5zyM: To find out the quiet beauty and the mysticism of the Boinne region in Ireland, watch this video! You will be transported back in time.
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=GZcZcMtSWxs: To have a guided tour around Bru na Boinne, and find out more about the rich pagan culture of the land, click on this link.