Newgrange is a neolithic passage tomb that has been opened up to the public with tours. It is centered in the Boyne Valley which is hugely important for Irish archaeology as the ancient centre of early Celtic kingship. The construction is hugely advance for it's time, the ceiling having been devised in such a way that it has not let in water for over 5000 years. Light only enters the tomb through a slit over the door at the Winter Solstice which would have taken an advance knowledge of mathematics. This effect is done for you on the tour with electric lights. The visitors centre is extremely interesting in its own right, as it is built as part of the landscape, has fascinating information available, a good gift shop and a nice cafe.
The easiest way is by car driving up the M1 then taking the N51 at Junction 10 heading for Slane and follow the brown heritage site signs for like twenty minutes. There are buses too and they're easy to get from the city and usually not to expensive.
First To Review: Orla-Jo D.
Jan 1, 2012
Newgrange is a fascinating example of a part of our history and culture we know little about. It proves an understanding of science that preceeds the Egyptians but due to the lack of writing that our African or Mediterranian counterparts had there is little to no record of what might have been going on. The centre has lots to see while your waiting for a tour and be sure to investigate the gift shop.
Even the walk to get your bus is beautiful and takes you over the Boyne river which runs through the valley that was the centre of ancient political power in Ireland.
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Jul 1, 2012
A beautiful site of tombs. You go under the hill and see how small people once were. It's really stunning view with all the others sculptures. And the visiting centre is also very well organized. Some tombs though can be closed for public. Worthe of a visit :)
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