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Newgrange/Bru na Boinne Visitors Centre

Brú na Bóinne is one of the largest and most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe


Brú na Bóinne, which means the ‘palace’ or the ‘mansion’ of the Boyne, refers to the area within the bend of the River Boyne which contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes. It is located close to the east coast of Ireland approximately 40 km north of Dublin city, about 8km west of the medieval town of Drogheda and about 5km east of the village of Slane.


The archaeological landscape within Brú na Bóinne is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age. An additional ninety monuments have been recorded in the area giving rise to one of the most significant archaeological complexes in terms of scale and density of monuments and the material evidence that accompanies them. The Brú na Bóinne tombs, in particular Knowth, contain the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Western Europe.


The natural heritage of Brú na Bóinne is also of importance and it encompasses several Natural Heritage Areas. The Boyne River Islands are one of the country’s few examples of alluvial wet woodland which is a priority habitat under the EU Habitat Directive.


Brú na Bóinne was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in December 1993 in recognition of its outstanding universal value. The scale of passage tomb construction, the important concentration of megalithic art as well as the range of sites and the long continuity of activity were cited as reasons for the site’s inscription.

Opening Arrangements:
Date Day Time
March-April Daily 09:30-17:30
May Daily 09:00-18:30
June-Mid September Daily 09:00-19:00
Mid Sept-End September Daily 09:00-18:30
October Daily 09:30-17:30
Nov-Feb Daily 09:30-17:00
Newgrange opens all year round.


Address: Donore, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Phone: +353 41 9880300
Website: http://www.newgrange.com