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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.
Maine Alumni Group – 21 Sep 2014
Simply an amazing assortment of attractions, almost too much to take in all at once. I also thought the lunch time we spent in Adare with its beautiful park also was a very special attraction for me. I was amazed I liked the Jaunting cars so much. Our driver was a magically gifted comedian. John and Fiona were superb. Hats off to them. Fiona was there for us whenever we needed something.
Everything in this tour was wonderful (!) But, the dinner/show at Bunratty Castle was a notch above and was the highlight of the tour. WE LOVED IT!! John, our driver, simply could not have been more helpful. Fiona.....AHHH, YES.....Fiona. I suspect that every man on this tour fell in love with Fiona. Whatever you pay her......it's not enough. She was the PERFECT tour guide.
Maine Alumni Group