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  1. Ireland
  2. Leinster, Ireland
  3. Dublin
  4. Trim Castle

From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

Product ID: 21457
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Experience some of Ireland’s most historic sites on this full-day tour from Dublin. Visit County Meath, home of the Irish High Kings, and see the spiritual Hill of Tara, the high crosses at Fore Abbey, and much more.
About this activity
Duration 10 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
  • Stop at the Loughcrew Passage tomb, the burial site of a legendary High King
  • Visit the Hill of Tara, where the High Kings of Ireland were crowned
  • Visit the Hill of Uisneach
  • Tour Trim Castle, one of Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castles
Full description
This Celtic tour along Ireland’s Ancient East brings you to the historically significant Boyne valley situated in County Meath (the Royal County) from where the ancient High Kings of Ireland ruled. Join this tour for a day of time travel, visiting the Neolithic tombs of Loughcrew, the predominantly Iron Age Hill of Tara, the 7th Century Christian monastery of Fore Abbey, the Hill Of Uishneach (the spiritual center of Ireland), and the Anglo-Norman Trim castle. 

The ‘Hill of Uisneach’ is arguably one of Ireland's most important ancient sites. It is the point at which the five provinces of Ireland met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’. Visitors can also view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set on fire 12 times. Among the remains on site, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900 AD.

Next head to Loughcrew, the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age that are 5000 years old. Get up close and personal to pre-history in these cairns with its still-intact rock art, lavishly decorating the inside walls (built more than 500 years before the first pyramids).

You then travel to Trim castle, the best preserved, most impressive example of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It offers a spectacular insight into the lives and traditions of the people from the middle ages. The visit The Hill of Tara, which is best known for having been the royal residence of the ancient High Kings that ruled Ireland in Celtic times and beyond. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill. Take in this spectacular vista before heading back to the capital.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Admission fees
What’s Not Included
  • Meals

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the Molly Malone statue outside the old stone church on Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Enjoy 10% off your meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish food. Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from downtown Dublin by foot. Quote 'GetYourGuide discount' to the waiting staff.
Customer reviews
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4.6 / 5
based on 87 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.8/5

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- Irish Day Tours -

Product ID: 21457