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From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

1. From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

The Boyne Valley and the Boyne River extend through the counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland to the sea at Drogheda. Explore this historically important and wonderfully scenic area on a guided tour from Dublin. This tour includes your entrance fee and skip the queue at Newgrange Monument and Bru Na Boinne. Discover the sites and monuments in this area that date back over 5,000 years. Learn about the story of Ireland and the Irish people that can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts and their pagan beliefs. Visit Trim Castle, the largest Norman Castle in Ireland and film location of the movie "Braveheart". Proceed to visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Hear about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. See the sites of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798. Finally, head to Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album, before heading back to Dublin.

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4.7 / 5

based on 701 reviews

The overall impression is excellent. However, one must be prepared in advance that access to the Donjon of Trim Castle is only possible with a special guide and on time. It is advisable to warn "our" guide in advance, so that he lays down the time for this and coordinates with the local schedule. It was a shame to arrive at the castle at 14:15, get an hour and a half of time, but not get to the Donjon because there is a session from 15:00 to 15:45....

Our trip to the Valley of Boyne was wonderful. Everything was very easy...we just hop on and off and enjoyed every site we visited. Our guide was exceptionally great, friendly and accurate in all the details about the different places we visited. The timing was also great, we left on time and arrived back in Dublin at the appointed time.

Very interesting tour. Two Neolithic monuments and several other sites are visited. The best, Trim Castle.

Our driver John was brilliant., very welcoming, kind, funny and very informative.

The history on this tour is amazing. Well worth doing.