Bru na Boinne, Donore

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. Make Bru na Boinne part of your personalized Donore itinerary using our Donore online vacation planner .
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  • We arrived at Dublin Airport at 7am from our flight from the US, grabbed some food, rented a car and headed to Bru na Boinne. We arrived 09:30. The very nice staff informed us of the next bus to Newgr...  more »
  • Absolutely historic and beautiful, absolute must see if you get a chance to go to Ireland. It tells the perfect history of Ireland. The perfect history of Ireland that is forever unforgettable.  more »
  • I'm doing this just to alert some things that went wrong on my going there. I sent e-mail before to schedule or buy tickets, and they said they would just in time. Asked if, with private car, I could visit the place or if it would depend on the bus to go there: they said I would have to check this information on the site but that the last bus would come out to 15:15 h, although the location close to 17:00 h. I do not quite understand but I went there anyway, since it was in Trim (which is near). I got 3:20 pm and that the bus had already left and without him it was impossible to visit the archeological Center. Explain: the visitor center, you buy a ticket at the front desk and make a walk across a bridge, to the bus stop. You can't get there 3:10 pm for example and want to get on this bus because I don't have time. Is this bus going to Bru na Boinne. There's no way you can go walking, is really too far away and they don't let you do that. Another thing I warned there is that the place is too crowded and usually very early already have people to fill the schedule of 2:00 pm (bus leaves every hour, unless corrected). However, the last bus that day, in winter (low season), returned when we were visiting the Museum and saw it wasn't so crowded. Sometimes, then, at the end of the day can be better but honestly I don't know. The visitor centre there is a telescope and there you can find the site that unfortunately we can't visit. We have left to visit the Museum with the history of the place and they charged us for this entry (I don't know if it's free or if they were sorry to charge us).
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