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Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the most sacred site in ancient Ireland


The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin in Co. Meath. It is said that a quarter of the landscape of Ireland can be seen from the hill. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Rí meaning ‘sanctuary of the kings’ and it is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. Although few of its monuments survive the test of time, it is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.


Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage tomb was constructed there.


The Hill of Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio visual show and guided tours of the site. Exciting new research and excavations by the Discovery programme team continue to add to our understanding of the site.


General Information : As much of the tour is outdoors, visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and shoes suitable for walking over uneven terrain

Opening Times: Open daily End May - mid September from 10 am - 6 pm. Last Admission 1 hr before closing

Audio Visual Presentation: Tara, Meeting Place of Heroes. seating for 50. Duration 22 minutes. Languages: English - French - German - Italian

Facilities: Public car / coach parking area, toilets close to site, visitor centre and guided tour

Coffee Shop: Coffee shop close to site. Telephone 046 - 26222. A seating capacity of 57 in Summer and 35 in Winter

Length of Visit : Average length of visit 1to 2 hours

Admission Prices: Adult €2.10 - Children / Student €1.10 - Senior Citizen €1.30 - Family €5.80 - Group rate €1.30 pp




Address: Tara, Co. Meath
Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie
Phone: +353 46 9025903
Website: http://www.heritageireland.ie