Newgrange & The Hill of Tara


Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú) is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, located eight kilometers west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The site consists of a large circular mound with a stone passageway and interior chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front and is ringed by engraved kerbstones. There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it has been speculated that it had religious significance – it is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on the winter solstice. It is the most famous monument within the Neolithic Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside the similar passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth, and as such is a part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site. Newgrange also shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions in Western Europe, such as Maeshowe in Orkney, Scotland and the Bryn Celli Ddu in Wales.


The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish history. The Battle was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James II on 1 July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688.
William’s army (called Williamites), numbered some 36,000 men and was made up of English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Danish and Huguenots (French Protestants). The opposing army (called Jacobites) were mainly Irish Catholics, reinforced by 6,500 French troops sent by King Louis XIV. The Jacobites chose the River Boyne as the best defense against the Williamites progress south towards Dublin. Drogheda was garrisoned and a force of 25,000 men was positioned at Oldbridge, the most likely crossing point. The armies camped on opposite sides of the river. William’s battle plan was to trap the Jacobite army in a pincer movement. He sent a force of 10,000 men towards Slane which drew the bulk of the Jacobites upstream in opposition. With 1,300 Jacobites posted in Drogheda, only 6,000 were left at Oldbridge to repel 26,000 Williamites. All the fighting took place on the south side of the river as the vastly outnumbered Jacobite forces defended their position against the advancing Williamites. William himself crossed at Drybridge with 3,500 mounted troops. The Jacobites retreated across the river Nanny at Duleek and regrouped west of the Shannon to carry on the war.


Hill of Slane. Best known for its association with St Patrick, our national patron saint, the Hill of Slane is traditionally regarded as the location where St Patrick lit the first Pascal Fire in 433 AD in defiance of pagan King Laoighre, the King of Tara. The site later became an important monastery, similar to that at Monasterboice, which was founded by St Erc and had its own high crosses and round tower. Later again, the first Slane Castle was constructed on the top of the Hill. With commanding views over the surrounding landscape, this was an earthen motte castle rather than a stone castle.


Hill of Tara. The Hill is best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland but has been an important site since the discovery of a late Stone Age passage tomb. As you explore this history of this landmark attraction, let the magic and mystery of the Stone Ages wash over you.
The Hill of Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious center in the early centuries after Christ. Held sacred by people from the Neolithic era, Tara was believed by worshippers to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy.
Legend has it that on his mission to Ireland, Saint Patrick first traveled to Tara in order to confront the ancient religion at its most powerful site. The earliest written records in existence show that high kings were inaugurated there; the “Seanchas Mór” legal text specified that the king must drink ale and symbolically marry the goddess Maeve (Medb) in order to qualify for high kingship.

START TIME Your Accommodation / Cruise Ship – 8:30 AM. Approximately
END TIME Approximately 5:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable Clothing, Walking Shoes, & Sunscreen.(Summer Months)
Transport & All Tolls
Bottled Water & Refreshments
Driver/Guide Gratuity
Admission Charges

Other Venues in the area that may be of interest to you.

  • Monasterboice (Celtic Crosses)
  • Newgrange
  • Hill of Slane
  • Hill of Tara
  • Millmount & Montello Tower
  • St Peter’s / St Oliver’s Shine
  • The Jumping Church

We can customise this or any tour to facilitate your interest and preferred destinations.

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Admission Prices


Senior / Group

Child / Student












Centre Exhibition





* Tickets to Newgrange and Knowth include admission to the Exhibition in the Centre

Battle of the Boyne

Admission Charges :

Adult                          € 4.00            Senior / Group             €  3.00
Child / Student        € 2.00            Family                            € 10.00


Hill of Tara

Admission Charges :

Adult:                         €4.00              Senior/Group:              €3.00
Child/Student:         €2.00              Family:                           €10.00


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