• 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

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.

Thomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Have been to Newgrange three times - which I strongly recommend if you are in the Dublin area. This tour was the best.

Tracy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was an amazing tour. Jerry was our guide and he was fabulous. He was funny and really took the time to make the trip enjoyable. The tomb at Newgrange is absolutely stunning. It is worth a trip to see. The Hill of Tara was very interesting and had a very cool Fairy Tree we were able to go look at, as well as the Rock of Destiny. The weather was extremely windy, but still worth the time to see these amazing pieces of history. I would recommend that you not miss this site and going with this tour was well worth it.

Helen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing our driver Eion was awesome so much historical knowledge was shared. Newgrange dated over 3000 year BC was a wow experience and the Hill of Tara, the historical events just blow me away. It was great craic as the Irish would say!! Would highly recommend, this is a must see. Eion was a lot of fun and made our day a truly memorable one !!!

Angela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The best thing was our bus driver Eoin, who was hilarious and indefatigably informative. He really went the extra mile and certainly has the gift of the gab.
The Neolithic site of Newgrange was astonishing, and the Bronze Age remnants of Tara truly awe-inspiring.

Kristopher K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was amazing and gave a good history of all the points that we stopped at. Loved this and would recommend to anyone. it was also nice that the tour wasn't rushed and really gave you time to see and enjoy the monuments.

Michelle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The trip was very enjoyable. Trev and Kev were a dynamic travel duo. They told us tales - tall and true. The weather was beautiful and showed off the countryside in all its splendour. Newgrange was fascinating. I would highly recommend this tour.

Terry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fun afternoon spent touring Newgrange and Hill of Tara. Highly recommend this tour.

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