Newgrange / Boyne Valley

Newgrange is a passage tomb or ancient temple that is over 5,000 years old. It is located on the north side of the river Boyne in County Meath. Newgrange is a large mound, with a kerbstone base, some of which have examples of megalithic art. Its main feature is a 19 metre passage with three alcoves that are completely illuminated over the course of 17 minutes by the rising sun through a small roof box during the Winter Solstice (December 19th to 23rd).

Newgrange is believed to be a place of spiritual, religious, astrological and ceremonial importance. It is part of a series of monuments along a stretch of the winding river Boyne; there are two other significant mounds in the region – Knowth & Howth, which is collectively known as Brú na Boinne (Mansion by the Boyne).

There is also a large and varied range of other historical sites and places of interest in the Boyne Valley including Monasterboice – a round tower and 10th Century High Crosses mark an early Christian site, the Cistercian Bective Abbey founded in 1147 by the King of Meath, the Hill of Tara, seat of the Hill Kings in Ireland, Trim Castle, Slane Castle and Rathmore Church, which was built in the 15th Century by Sir Thomas Plunkett.

Visit the Boyne Valley Gardens where you can relax in scenic walled gardens and rose gardens or stroll through peaceful woodlands and nature trails. The bustling town of Drogheda is also located in the Boyne Valley region, here you can shop until you drop, and while you're there, why not visit St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church where you can see the famous St. Oliver Plunkett shrine, the centerpiece of which is his preserved head!

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