5 Must-Visit Sites in Newgrange and the Boyne Valley

In a world where Instagram shots reign supreme, we cater to the informed traveller who craves more than just superficial snapshots. Real travellers immerse themselves in the experience and satisfy their curiosity about historical sites. For this blog, we’ll be focusing on Newgrange and the Boyne Valley.

These sites are filled with in history, mythology, and beauty, leaving you in awe and wanting more.  If you’re a history buff, nature lover, or a curious soul, this place is for you.


Start With the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre


The Brú na Bóinne (aka Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne) is a prehistoric site encompassing three burial mounds—Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. As a World Heritage property, this site contains Europe’s largest megalithic art. What’s more, the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre has exhibits and displays that allow you to interact and learn the ways of the Neolithic life. The Boyne Valley is a region adored for its beautiful landscapes–the cherry on top of its rich cultural heritage. As you explore the valley, you’ll quickly realise that every twist and turn contains a chapter in Ireland’s past. The landscape offers tranquillity for weary souls and nature lovers with its rolling hills and greenery. 


Explore the Newgrange Tour

Newgrange: Dating back to 3,200 BC (over 5,000 years ago), this UNESCO World Heritage Site is jam-packed with Neolithic history. Our ancestors had incredible precision with the construction of this ancient passage tomb made with meticulous structure. Newgrange stands as a testament to human ingenuity and architectural mastery.


Continue With the Boyne Valley Tours


Monsterboice: Found close to Newgrange, your path takes you to the heart of Irish tradition and folklore. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Celtic high crosses – this place is home to some of the finest carved crosses in the land! With its intricately decorated stone monuments telling stories as old as time, Monsterboice summons travellers from all over.


Hill of Tara:

Visiting Ireland won’t feel right without local myths and legends. This ancient ceremonial site gives you just that. The Hill of Tara is regarded as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. You can feel the echoes of history and explore what’s left of ancient monuments, like the Lia Fáil or Stone of Destiny.


Trim Castle:

You definitely can’t leave without seeing Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle. Trip Castle is within the surroundings of the Boyne Valley and is a tribute to the craftsmanship of medieval times. This ancient castle contains courtyards, towers and walls that knights and nobles visited.


Join the Newgrange Tours From Dublin!

There is more to discover than their storied walls. While some may opt for a half-day tour, we invite you to indulge in a more immersive experience that goes beyond the beaten path. Coach companies typically drive by these magnificent structures. But with our local guides, you’ll get deep insights and anecdotes that will bring the sites back to life. If you’re going to visit such a historical place, you might as well do it right. Who knows, you might just want to come back for more stories waiting to be told.

At John’s Tours of Ireland, you can immerse yourself in Ireland’s Newgrange and The Boyne Valley with their rich culture, history, and landscapes. So come on, let’s explore this enchanting land. Contact us for an experience you won’t forget!

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