Constructed over 5,000 years ago, making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza, Newgrange is the oldest astronomical observatory in the world. What’s more remarkable is that it still works! It’s an ancient timing advice, which allows sunlight to penetrate the chamber only on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth.
All admission to Newgrange and Knowth is through the Visitor Centre, there is no direct access to these monuments. Visitors are brought from the Visitor Centre to the monuments by shuttle bus.
Newgrange is open all year round except for December 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.
Last admission to the Visitor Centre is 45 minutes before closing.
Average Length of Visit:
A Exhibition: 1 hour.
B Exhibition and Newgrange: 2 hours.
C Exhibition and Knowth: 2 hours.
D Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth: 3 hours.
Feb – April; Daily 09.30 – 17.30.
May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30.
June – Mid Sept: Daily 09.00 – 19.00.
Mid – End Sept: Daily 09.00 – 18.30.
October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30.
Nov – Jan: Daily 09.00 – 17.00.
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