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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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  • You can tell this place is run by a bureaucratic government department because there was no tour during lunch time and no way to book before arriving. There is also no information I could see about wh...  more »
  • I have to say I was very impressed by the Bru na Boinne Visitors Centre. I have been many times but never thought to review it as I just saved my words for Newgrange. But then I saw it come up as a su...  more »
  • Very nice visitor center. It is new, modern, and well-maintained. An interesting contrast to the prehistoric mound. You take a short bus ride to the site. Our guide was very knowledgeable about its hi...  more »
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  • Loved it! We had Frank as a guide and he made the location even better. If you go to Ireland this is a must see. 5000 years old.
  • Very well laid out but the giftshop is a little expensive. The walk to the buses was really nice and scenic although the actual buses could use an update.
  • Just the "Visitor Center" for 3 important stone age monuments, ie Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth, witch can be visited by this VC only (they say). Primarily, it's for collecting a lot of money for parking, entry, and stupidly organized bus transfers, leaving the visitors ONE hour only per monument on a controlled ("guided") tour to get their own idea about the monuments, Dowth not included at all. Even if Knowth and Newgrange might be the most important stone age sites in Ireland, we had a much more impressive experience at Dowth, when visiting the site on our own, and could stay there nearly a whole day, watching the sun turning around..
  • Wonderful bang for buck tours. Exhibition is easy to navigate. Strangely spiritual.
  • Neolithic world heritage site. We spent all day here. Newgrange is amazing the chamber inside is unbelievable. Lots of hushed wows from our group. Our guide Mal was fabulous very informative and a really friendly guy.