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Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old and visit one of the tombs. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however, Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.
The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.
I'm only too delighted to get back to you following our really successfuland enjoyable trip to Ireland recently. In fact I meant to thank Tony Keane for all his help since my initial enquiry last June/July.
Our driver from Enfield coaches, Pat Walsh, was delightful. The standard of the transport provided was very high and perfectly suited to the size of our group.
In Dublin the accommodation and breakfasts were of an equally high standard.
Tony Keane was absolutley indispensable to me in planning this trip. Apart from booking and aranging the accommodation and transport for us, Tony also gave me the names of several useful contacts and provided us with sample
itineraries all of which were invaluable.
From my point of view it has been an absolute pleasure working with your organisation and i look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again. Thoroughly efficient and extremely good value.
Thank you very much indeed.
Helen Tobin, Middlesex, England