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Boyne Valley - Newgrange: Full-Day Celts and Castles Tour

1. Boyne Valley - Newgrange: Full-Day Celts and Castles Tour

The Boyne Valley and the Boyne River extend through the counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland to the sea at Drogheda. Explore this historically important and wonderfully scenic area on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. This tour includes your entrance fee and skip the queue at Newgrange Monument and Bru Na Boinne. Sites and monuments in this area date back over 5,000 years. The story of Ireland and the Irish people can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts, with their mythology and pagan beliefs. Visit Trim Castle, the largest Norman Castle in Ireland and film location of the movie "Braveheart". Visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Hear about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. See the sites of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798. See the list below of the sites included on the tour. • Newgrange, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance that’s older than the Pyramids • Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Europe and the location for the filming of Braveheart • Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album • Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, featuring a number of ancient monuments

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4.7 / 5

based on 701 reviews

Great day out! Our driver/guide got us to the Newgrange site pretty much before anyone else so we easily got admission. Newgrange was very impressive and the newgrange guide very informative and conversational. We ended up having a group philosophy sesh inside at the end of the official guided tour with the tour guide which was great food for thought. Entertaining and insightful commentary on the road trip by our driver/guide between sites. He went out of his way to ensure we had a fantastic experience. Ticked off all the major Boyne Valley attractions and made some great friends too!

The overall impression is excellent. However, one must be prepared in advance that access to the Donjon of Trim Castle is only possible with a special guide and on time. It is advisable to warn "our" guide in advance, so that he lays down the time for this and coordinates with the local schedule. It was a shame to arrive at the castle at 14:15, get an hour and a half of time, but not get to the Donjon because there is a session from 15:00 to 15:45....

Our trip to the Valley of Boyne was wonderful. Everything was very easy...we just hop on and off and enjoyed every site we visited. Our guide was exceptionally great, friendly and accurate in all the details about the different places we visited. The timing was also great, we left on time and arrived back in Dublin at the appointed time.

Our driver John was brilliant., very welcoming, kind, funny and very informative.

The history on this tour is amazing. Well worth doing.