Explore historic castles and Ireland's rich Celtic heritage on this full-day tour from Dublin. Admire the prehistoric monuments of Boyne Valley, visit the Hill of Tara, the seat of the Celtic Kings and see the UNESCO-listed ruins of Newgrange.
DURATION: 8 hours
STARTING TIME: 9.20 am
MEETING POINT: AIB Bank on Upper O'Connell Street
OPENING SEASONS: All year-round. Tour is offered Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
WHO CAN COME: Tour is suitable for everyone
Highlights◾ Tour the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and the Hill of Slane, an important site in the introduction of Christianity to Ireland
◾ Visit the Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Europe, where the movie Braveheart was filmed
◾ Explore Newgrange, a place of astrological, religious, and ceremonial importance
What is included✔ Pickup from Dublin city by minibus
✔ A local Irish qualified guide
✖ Entry fees
✖ Food and drinks
What to expectExplore The historical Boyne Valley through the scenic Meath and Louth counties on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. The place is scattered with prehistoric sites and monuments that date back over 5,000 years. The story of Ireland and the Irish people can be traced back to this valley from the first early settlers of the Neolithic people and their megalithic tombs to the Celts, their mythology, and their Pagan believes.
You will visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and the Hill of Slane, an important site in the introduction of Christianity to Ireland. Listen from your tour guide about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy and see the locations of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798 that have left their unique marks on this beautiful land.
The tour includes visits to the following sites:
◾ FourKnocks: a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago. You will be able to enter this tomb and see some of the early inscribed stones.
◾ Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, featuring several ancient monuments
◾ Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Europe and the scene for the filming of Braveheart
◾ The Hill of Slane, steeped in myth, history, St. Patrick, and the introduction of Christianity
◾ Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and family home since 1701
◾ Newgrange, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance
◾ Monasterboice Monastery, and it's beautiful high crosses, dating from 500 A.D.
Not included/Bring with youPlease bring with you walking shoes, rain gear and of course your camera
Where we will meetOutside the AIB bank on Upper O’Connell Street. Look for a small Ford transit white mini-bus with the HilltopTreks sign.
Cutoff time before activity
- 12 hours
Additional InfoIn case of bad weather, rain gear is recommended
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. Is there a stop for lunch,
A. Yes we stop for lunch along the way (not included in cost)
Q. Do we enter Newgrange monument
A. No, we do not enter the Newgrange Monument, but we do visit Fourknocks which is smaller, and we have this to ourselves usually
Q. How do I recognize your tour bus
A. All our buses are white and have “Hilltoptreks” written on them
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