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Boyne Valley
— Megalithic Ancient Passage Tombs
— Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth
— Fourknocks

— Ireland's Most Famous Prehistoric Site

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Boyne Valley
— World Heritage Site
Boyne Valley (Brú na Bóinne) is located in the North-East of Ireland — it encompasses the counties of Louth and Meath (see map above).

A designated World Heritage site, Boyne Valley contains some of the most important historic sites and monuments in Ireland. The most popular of the megalithic passage tomb sites include: Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, and Fourknocks — all built over 5,000 years ago.

Knowth is the largest of all passage graves at the Boyne Valley complex. Access to Knowth is by guided tour only — all tours begin at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Center, located near the village of Donore, County Meath.

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Dowth is about the same size as Newgrange and Knowth. Guided tours are not required as they are for the other ancient sites.


Newgrange, Boyne Valley, Louth & Meath Counties, Ireland - Tourism Ireland

Newgrange — massive megalithic ancient passage tombs (graves dating back to ancient times) is Ireland's most famous prehistoric site. Built around 3200 B.C., these tombs are older than England's Stonehenge and Egypt's Pyramids of Giza.

Like Stonehenge, Newgrange is famous for its Winter Solstice on December 21, the shortest day of the year. On this day, the tomb is illuminated by a narrow beam of sunlight which shines through a specially-designed roof box. People who have been lucky enough to have seen the Winter Solstice (it's so popular that access during this time is by lottery) say that its an unforgettable experience.

Newgrange attracts over 200,000 visitors a year. Like Knowth, there is no direct access to the monuments. All guided tours start at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Center, near the village of Donore.

Fourknocks is located about 10 miles southeast of Newgrange, between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. Only the main tomb has been excavated and is open to the public.

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