Bru na Boinne, Donore

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Older than the Egyptian pyramids, Bru na Boinne serves as the largest Neolithic archeological complex in Europe, designated as a World Heritage Site. Situated around a wide bend of the Boyne River, this 5,000-year-old site includes mounds, chamber tombs, standing stones, and henges, encompassing about 800 hectares (2,000 acres). The site's star attractions are three passage graves built with an impressive knowledge of science and astronomy and containing significant collections of megalithic art. You can access these tombs by guided tour only, available at the visitor center in the nearby town of Donore. The complex receives only 650 people each day, so arrive at the center as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour. Put Bru na Boinne and other Donore attractions into our Donore trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I have been to this site before and enjoyed it first time 24 years ago, before the visitor centre, when you parked on the road, paid at the little hut and walked up the field, a wonderful experience. ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Central sites of this region is the new Grange. Forms are different, but the role is a pyramid, stone age burial mounds. The Hill is almost no higher elevations of Ireland, and the Hill of Tara as the 360-degree views. On sunny days, beautiful contrast of green and blue sky.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Archaeological site of primary importance in the world and it deserves a thorough visit. In this area were traced almost a hundred funerary monuments, mainly at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. These are the places that you visit with the Guide. These are monuments that have over 5,000 years of history; recent radiocarbon studies have dated the origin to 3,200 BC.  I read many reviews where tourists complained of complicated procedures to access sites. Personally I found it all very well organized and there were neither code nor long waits. Recommend arriving early (we at 9.30 we had a dozen people ahead of queued). Even before arriving in case of employees are demanding the kind of preferred tour waiting time and assign time communicating. Provide clarification about it so as to arrive at the ticket counter "ready" and exit quickly. Great system. Tickets cost 13 euros apiece and includes both trips with the buses come from the visitor center at first site "Knowth", the return to the Center and the second bus (which always starts from the visitors center) to Newgrange (price includes guide on site). Is assigned two stamps from sticking to the jacket with the timestamp that corresponds to the departure of the two shuttle bus. What can we say? Fine organization, set number of people with defined, anyone passing in front of the other (the Italian way!), every bus with 20 people, all seated comfortably. All tourists like diligent schoolchildren! Let's face it that pass in front of no use to anyone and upsets the world! Waiting there is a flyer in Italian movie and documentary material (at the visitor center). In the two sites you will be greeted by guides (strictly English) that explain the history and details. Will accompany each group within each "Tomb". The lesson lasts 15 minutes and ten minutes will be dedicated to visit inside the monument to allow access to the next group. A detail: once you exit the tomb of Newgrange remember you have just visited "the building" the world's oldest.  The pyramids are younger than approximately 500 years! It is true that there has been an accommodation (according to some a little too invasive) because of the precision with which white quartz stones were laid on the façade. ... but this is all original material! Within some small stones were "anchored" with mortar to preserve them from theft (as a souvenir) of inevitable nut jobs. For the claustrophobic ... There is nothing to fear. The tunnel is lit and is only twenty metres long.  Worry if you are of size XXXXL because you are unlikely to let because of large stones reduce the passage.   A lady in the queue don't believe had access. Inside, the morgue is quite wide. Will be switched off the lights to show the simulation of the entry of the ray of sunshine in the summer solstice which will cover the entire stretch of tunnel. Location: little information materials in Italian. Enjoy your visit
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