• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Travel through mystical Celtic Ireland on this full-day bus tour from Dublin! In the company of an expert guide, journey back in time to Boyne Valley, home of the Hill of Tara and the Neolithic tombs of Newgrange. Afterwards, stop in the town of Howth, a beautiful Dublin Bay fishing village, for a taste of Irish culture that dates back to the Viking Era.

Highlights

  • Seven-hour tour from Dublin to Newgrange and Hill of Tara
  • Go back in time to the seat of the High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara.
  • Guided tour of the Neolithic tombs at Newgrange
  • Friendly and experienced local guide

What You Can Expect

Newgrange and Hill of Tara Day Trip from Dublin

Burial Chamber at Newgrange

Your journey through ancient Ireland begins bright and early at Lower O’Connell Street in Dublin, where you’ll embark en coach to Boyne Valley. Be sure to grab your own breakfast to enjoy for the trip through the Irish countryside and the County of Meath. 

Your first stop is the Hill of Tara, one of Ireland’s most prized relics of spiritual and political heritage. Used as far back as the Stone Age for rituals and festivals, the Hill of Tara is revered as the ceremonial seat of the Celtic High Kings from the 1st-century AD  through to the 1100s. Its continued political significance stretches to the turn of the 19th century, when it became a battle site for the Irish Revolution. Explore some of the ancient monuments before continuing on to Newgrange. 

The UNESCO World heritage site of Newgrange dates back to 3200 BC – preceding Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids! Follow your guide into the cairn to tour the passage tomb, where you’ll witness mystical Neolithic stone carvings and ‘basin stones’ that once held sacred human remains. 

Before heading back to Dublin, your coach will stop in the picturesque coastal village of Howth. Enjoy sweeping views of Dublin Bay – spotted with colorful fishing boats – and see more impressive Viking-Era monuments. Your 8.5-hour tour returns to the starting point on Lower O’Connell Street in late-afternoon.

Customer Reviews

tmorizuka Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I found it essential to visit these place to familiarize myself with the old and mystical history of Ireland
dating back 5,000-6,000 years ago.

shanleyfam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We were so glad that we decided to embark on this day trip. Newgrange is an incredible site and felt like hallowed ground. It was an amazing experience and the bus driver was exceptionally pleasant and helpful. We spent a week in Ireland and this was a highlight on our trip. It's also a nice distance from Dublin, just far enough so that we felt that we had a full day of adventure, but not so far as to be exhausting. To experience such history moves the soul and provides a depth of understanding at to the age of this beautiful land.

Jeff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a trip. Not only did Gerry and Michael provide the coach with the standard tourist information about the places we visited, they added lots of local antidotes and personal stories that brought the day alive. A day of exploration, mingled with fun and humour, these two blokes were the best. Don't go on a trip without them Many thanks for the memories, Jeff.

Maureen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a great time on this tour. Jerry was a great guide. Newgrange is a really cool place to visit.

Whirlwimd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour guide and diver were very accommodating and knowledgeable.

Heidi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I wish I remembered the name of our guide I'm sure TripAdvisor can find his name through GrayLine Tours for 27 March but we had a wonderful day visiting both the Hill of Tara and Newgrange. Although I wished we had more time to spend at Newgrange 90 minutes is not enough to appreciate the site and take advantage of it's lovely visitor center and restaurant/gift shop hint hint, we are grateful we were able to see it and that for the most part the weather cooperated. Although we visited the Hill of Tara a second time on a different tour with a different guide, that is another site worth taking in twice not only because of its size but also its history. We didn't have time to visit the gift shop or cafe on either visit because I wanted to use that time for photos, but we received a special surprise on our arrival this particular day, a rainbow!!

Stephane Cote Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Jean W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide, Eion, was a hoot! I'd go anywhere with him.
To visit Newgrange, you must be with a tour and have an appointment, so we reluctantly took a bus tour. Never thought it could be so fun and interesting. Newgrange was fabulous and I thought the schedule and plan they have set up is very well thought out.
While it was Newgrange that we wanted to see we'd recently read Frank Delaney's Ireland, the Hill of Tara was also very interesting.
Highly recommend this tour especially if Eion is the driver/guide. He's the modern day version of an Irish storyteller.

Elizabeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The Newgrange site is fascinating and impressive. I loved being able to enter the structure and imagine being part of the people who used it as a ceremonial site. Our tour guide on site was knowledgeable as was our guide on the bus. Our tour bus guide was funny and knowledge and even in pouring rain gamely took us on the Tara grounds. He was unstoppable. The lunch at Newgrange was very nice, as promised. Highly recommend this day trip.

gaptoothgone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guide Jerry was fun and informative. This is a shorter day trip from Dublin--full of history and a brief stop in Howth
was a favorite with my sisters. Beautiful countryside everywhere you look.

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