Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, is located 6 miles south west of Drogheda near the village of Donore. It is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. The Centre is the starting point for all visits to both monuments, and contains extensive interpretative displays and viewing areas.
Newgrange is a 5000 year old Passage Tomb famous for the Winter Solstice illumination which lights up the passage and chamber at sunrise. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
All visitors wishing to visit Newgrange and Knowth must begin their visit at the Visitor Centre. There is no direct access to either of these monuments.
All admission tickets are issued at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.
- Last tour of monuments 1hour 30mins. before closing time of the Centre.
- Last admission to Visitor Centre 45 mins. before closing.
- All groups of 15 or more must book in advance.
- Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors must expect a delay in the summer months if visiting Newgrange and Knowth and access is not guaranteed. It is advisable to arrive as early in the day as possible. Groups must book in advance and those who have pre-booked are expected at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at the appointed time.
March-April | Daily | 09:30-17:30
May | Daily | 09:00-18:30
June-Mid September | Daily | 09:00-19:00
Mid Sept-End September | Daily | 09:00-18:30
October | Daily | 09:30-17:30
Nov-Feb | Daily | 09:30-17:00
Newgrange opens all year round.
South of the river Boyne on the L21, 2km west of Donore. Sign-posted from Drogheda (off N1), and from Slane (off N2).