Newgrange and Hill of Tara Day Tour from Dublin
Our first stop of the day is in the small picturesque fishing village of Howth. We drive through Howth Summit where you can appreciate spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay. Let the fresh sea breeze invigorate you before we head to the countryside via the coastal route.
Continuing to Newgrange, this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is dated 3,200BC and is one of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe predating the Egyptian pyramids! Older than Stonehenge, for 5,000 years the ancient megalithic tomb at Newgrange in County Meath has housed the remains of Stone Age ‘aristocracy’, sheltering the spirits of the long dead from the outside world. As part of your experience, you will be taken on a guided tour inside the tomb of Newgrange. We are one of the few companies who can provide you with this unique experience.
The Hill of Tara was once the ancient capital of Ireland. It was here that the King of Ireland was decided. Legend says that stone called the Lia Fail cried out when the true King touched the stone. Why not visit the Hill and touch the stone and see if it cries out! 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. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ.
* We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear and bring a jacket/coat with you.
- Full guided tour in English with a local expert
- Hill of Tara
- Howth village
- WI-FI on board
- Entry/Admission - Bru na Boinne
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Optional gratuities
- Food & beverages
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions: MON-TUE-FRI-SAT (March-Oct)
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable footwear and bring a jacket/coat
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
This full day tour from Dublin is organised by Gray Line and is a wonderful way of visiting these essential prehistoric sites. Pick up is in O´Connell Street at 9.30 and the coach is modern and comfortable. You start quietly with a short stop in Howth on the coast overlooking Dublin. There is not much to see here, but I suspect that we are filling time for the visit slot at Newgrange. An hours drive takes you to this site, where you spend half an hour with a local guide. This consists of 10 minutes outside getting background then 10 minutes inside where the winter solstice is recreated and then 10 minutes walking round the tomb. Access is controlled as you have to bus out to the site and each group is limited to 24 people. After a very good lunch stop at the Ardboyne hotel in Navan (I recommend the bar meals - but a carvery is also available) you go on to the Hill of Tara which we saw in bright sunshine and saw the archaeological remains and the splendid views. You are back in Dublin by 6. All credit to Trevor (the guide) and Alan (the driver) for a very successful day.
Trevor and Captain were great. This is my first time to Ireland and I wanted to be a complete tourist. I am so glad I took the tour. If I were to try to do this on my own, not sure if I would have gotten all the great history and life of Ireland. No only did I go to a bucket list place. Neolithic times are one of my favorite, Trevor actually was amazing with all the "other" history of Ireland. This is my first time to Ireland, but not my last. Going into the tomb at Newgrange and being part of the "reenactment" of winter solstice was just the icing on my cake. The Hill of Tara was even more than I expected. Thank you Trevor and Captain for making my experience amazing.
Great experience, and fantastic guide. Hill of Tara was better than expected. Newgrange was awe inspiring.
Our guide Eoin (spoiler pronounced Owen) was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. We stopped in Howth on the way over for a quick break, then on to Newgrange. If you are claustrophobic you may not enjoy going into the tomb - but you really don't go in very far. There is a point where the lights are turn off - but they allow those who are uncomfortable with that to leave in advance. The views are spectacular - rolling hills and sheep. The lunch stop at a hotel offered lots of traditional choices in hofbrau style of service. The Hill of Tara is where Eoin really got to share his expertise on the history and majesty of the location. Read up on the fairy tree and come prepared with your wish. It was a wonderful and memorable day.
We really enjoyed this tour. My husband and I have never taken a guided tour like this before and we have barely left the country before ( Canada ) so we were apprehensive about driving to these sights on our own. We enjoyed meeting Des and Brian and they were informative and very nice to us. I loved that there were several stops on this tour so we got a variety of places to see. Having never been to Ireland we wanted to see everything the coach was very comfortable, and WiFi was nice to be able to check in with the family at home while we drove. Des's driving was excellent, I am very picky as a former school bus driver myself, I am rarely comfortable with the way other people drive. High marks.. . It was a nice day out and a great value.
We had the time of our lives on the trip to Newgrange and Tara. The bus trip was a lot of fun and the tour guide and driver were very knowledgeable. we had the time of our lives.
We were picked up right in the heart of Dublin making it easy to get to the site. The tour guide, Brian, was excellent. The information provided was interesting, relevant, and fun. Newgrange itself was beautiful and the guides there did an excellent job of presenting the site in all of its glory. Brian was again wonderful on the Hill of Tara where he was able to help build a picture out of the mounds, which are really all that's left of a tremendously historical site. Great tour, would definitely take it again.
This is a very interesting tour made even better by our guide and driver Eoin who kept us informed and entertained the whole day
Dom was an amazing guide and driver. He showed us amazing places to take pictures and gave wonderful explanations of the histories of the places we went.
The tour was really cool. Howth was pretty interesting. It was early when we got there, so not everything was open yet, but it was really charming! Newgrange was pretty impressive. The Hill of Tara was just okay, and I could have skipped it. Especially since the chapel exhibit was closed. Regardless, I'm so happy I went!
The tomb and solar clock is set in the most breath taking country side, we were amazed by the tomb and marveled the ancient residents understanding of the movement of the sun. Makes you wish you could travel in a time machine.
We were so glad that we decided to embark on this day trip. Newgrange is an incredible site and felt like hallowed ground. It was an amazing experience and the bus driver was exceptionally pleasant and helpful. We spent a week in Ireland and this was a highlight on our trip. It's also a nice distance from Dublin, just far enough so that we felt that we had a full day of adventure, but not so far as to be exhausting. To experience such history moves the soul and provides a depth of understanding at to the age of this beautiful land.
We had a great time on this tour. Jerry was a great guide. Newgrange is a really cool place to visit.