1. Ireland
  2. Leinster
  3. Dublin
  4. Newgrange

Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour

Product ID: 40213
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.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Newgrange, a place of astrological, religious, and ceremonial importance
  • Tour Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Europe
  • Discover the amazing Boyne Valley
Full description
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
• Monasterboice Monastery, and it's wonderful high crosses, dating from 500 A.D.
Includes
  • Transport from Dublin
  • Informative local guides
What’s Not Included
  • Entry fees
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Outside the AIB bank on Upper O’Connell Street. Look for a small Ford transit white mini-bus with the HilltopTreks sign.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 179 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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John was great. He was friendly, helpful, and very organized. We got everywhere we needed to be at the best time for the weather and views. Newgrange had a knowledgeable guide and the Hill of Tara had a stunning sunset. Both castles were closed, so it was only possible to get pictures outside.

January 11, 2020

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!

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January 9, 2020

Excellent minibus for of counties Meath and Louth

February 24, 2020

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Product ID: 40213