Take a day tour from Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ancient Celtic temple at Newgrange, the megalithic site of Knowth, Trim Castle, and more. Learn about the area’s history from a knowledgeable local guide.
What to Expect
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, and the Hill of Slane, an important site in the introduction of Christianity to Ireland. Hear about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. You’ll see the sites of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798.
Your first stop will be 4 Knocks , a passage chamber tomb built around about 5,000 years ago. You’ll enter the tomb and see some of the early inscriptions on the stones inside.
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
• The Hill of Slane, steeped in myth, history, St. Patrick, and the introduction of Christianity
• Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album
• Dowth, the Fairy Mound of Darkness dating to 3000 B.C. and aligned to the setting sun of the winter solstice
•Newgrange, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance that’s older than the Pyramids
• Knowth, and the other megalithic sites in the Boyne Valley, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
• Battle of the Boyne, in 1690 the site of the struggle for the throne of England between King James and William of Orange
• Monasterboice Monastery, and it's wonderful high crosses, dating from 500 A.D.
•Drogheda town, an old Norman town on the mouth of the River Boyne, sacked by Oliver Cromwell during his vicious campaign in the 1640s
- Transport from Dublin
- Informative local guides
- Entry to Trim Castle
What's Not Included
- Entry to Newgrange Monument
Outside the Royal Dublin Hotel on Upper O’Connell Street. Look for a small Ford Transit mini-bus with the HilltopTreks sign.
Know Before You Go
Entry to Trim Castle is included in the tour price.