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Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour

1. Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided 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 full-day guided tour from Dublin. Sites and monuments in the area date back over 5,000 years. The story of Ireland and the Irish people can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts, with their mythology and pagan beliefs. 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. See the list below of the sites included on the tour. • Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, featuring a number of ancient monuments • Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Europe and the location for the filming of Braveheart • Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album • Newgrange, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance that’s older than the Pyramids

Slane Castle: Entrance and Guided Tour

2. Slane Castle: Entrance and Guided Tour

Discover Slane Castle situated in the beautiful Boyne Valley, a stone's throw from the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne of 1690. The castle is steeped in history and with the River Boyne flowing below the castle, it has a mystical quality. Enjoy a guided historical tour through the castle, where you will learn about its owners, the Conynghams, and how the family fought on both sides of the Battle of the Boyne. See the collective talents of distinguished architects. The parklands, for example, were laid out by the famous landscape architect, Capability Brown. Learn about the modern use of the castle grounds as an internationally recognized outdoor concert venue. In recent decades, the likes of Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n Roses, and Metallica have performed at Slane Castle. The Castle is also home to Gandon Room Restaurant offering a modern Irish dining experience. Named after one of the principle architects of the castle, James Gandon, you have the option of unwinding here after your tour.


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What people are saying about Newgrange

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 702 reviews

What a fun trip and day out of Dublin. I love Irish history and this tour was therefore fantastic. Alex our mini van driver was very knowledgeable and very courteous. He provided us with many interesting stories concerning the sights we saw. Even though it was a misty/drizzly day loved it. Newgrange was spectacular as well as running around, literally the Hill of Tara. Alex took us thru the Battle of the Boyne area and gave us such a fine history of it that I really enjoyed going there after hearing so much concerning that battle. The mini van was so comfortable and easy to get to know others on the bus that added to the fun of the day. 3 others of us hung out together for the rest of the trip which also made it special. Alex also to us to a small place to eat for lunch and it was Fantastic!

Great day out! Our driver/guide got us to the Newgrange site pretty much before anyone else so we easily got admission. Newgrange was very impressive and the newgrange guide very informative and conversational. We ended up having a group philosophy sesh inside at the end of the official guided tour with the tour guide which was great food for thought. Entertaining and insightful commentary on the road trip by our driver/guide between sites. He went out of his way to ensure we had a fantastic experience. Ticked off all the major Boyne Valley attractions and made some great friends too!

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.

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

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