All access to Newgrange and Knowth is through Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Donore. The centre and Newgrange are open all year round, closing for just a few days in December for Christmas (24th-27th inclusive). Knowth is open from April 1st to November 1st inclusive. The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre serves Newgrange and Knowth and has an exhibition centre, a gift shop, a restaurant and an audio-visual show.
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth.All admission to Newgrange and Knowth is through the Visitor Centre, there is no direct access to these monuments. Visitors are brought from the Visitor Centre to the monuments by shuttle bus.
Location: 2 km west of Donore Village on the South side of the river Boyne.
Directions: For visitors who use Satellite Navigation Systems, please note that your destination is Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. GPS Co-Ordinates:
Latitude 53.694567 Longtitude -6.4463
Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda, (operating twice daily Mon - Sat from 26/03/10, with no Sunday service). This service (163) runs in conjunction with the service to Drogheda from Dublin. Please click here for route timetable. Contact Bus Éireann, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111 or +353 41 983 5023.
|February to April||
9.30 - 17.00
9.00 - 18.30
|June to mid-September||
9.00 - 19.00
|Mid-September to September End||
9.00 - 18.30
9.30 - 17.30
|November to January||
9.00 - 17.00
Last tour of monuments 1 hour 45 mins before closing time of the centre.
All groups of 15 or more must be pre-booked.
Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese.
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.
Photography / Video allowed: Yes, except inside the chamber at Newgrange. Permit required for commercial purposes.
Pets allowed: Guide/Assist dogs only
Duration: 7 minutes.
Language: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. If visiting Newgrange and Knowth, access is not guaranteed. Groups which have pre-booked are expected at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at the appointed time, not at the monuments.
It is advisable to arrive as early in the day as possible to avoid the disappointment of finding all the tours for that day sold out.
|Exhibition and Newgrange (2hrs)||Exhibition and Knowth (2hrs)||Exhibition, Newgrange and Knowth (3hrs)||Exhibition (1hr)|
All 3rd level students will be asked for student ID.
All children under the age of six are free.
People gather at Newgrange for dawn on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rdinclusive. Sunrise is at 8.58am.
All access to the chamber is decided by lottery. However, everyone else is welcome to come and stand on the outside of the monument.
To enter the lottery, you can fill out an application form in Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre when you visit Newgrange. Alternatively you can send your postal address, a contact telephone number and an indication whether or not you have ever visited Newgrange by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .On receipt of these details a member of staff will complete an application on your behalf. Applicants must be over 10 years of age. An adult must accompany children under 18 years of age. Only applications on the official form can be entered into the draw. Applications are valid for the current year’s draw only.
The draw for places at Newgrange for Solstice 2018 will take place on September 28th 2018. Children from three local schools will choose the winning applicants. The successful people will be notified by mid October.
Sixty names are drawn, and each of those sixty people is invited along with a guest to attend on a specific morning. There are ten lottery winners and their guests in the chamber on each of the mornings. Some additional names are also drawn and placed on a reserve list. The reserve list is there in case someone whose name is drawn for the initial list is not contactable or else finds it impossible to travel to Newgrange on the date they have been assigned. The place at Newgrange for dawn is non-transferable. Lottery winners cannot offer their place in the chamber to someone else.
There were 32,522 entries for Solstice 2017.
There is no guarantee that there will be sunlight in the chamber on any of the mornings…the event is totally weather dependent!