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From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

1. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

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.

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Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour

2. Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour

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

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Slane Castle: Entrance and Guided Tour

3. Slane Castle: Entrance and Guided Tour

Discover Slane Castle situated in the beautiful Boyne Valley, a stone's throw from the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne of 1690. The castle is steeped in history and with the River Boyne flowing below the castle, it has a mystical quality. Enjoy a guided historical tour through the castle, where you will learn about its owners, the Conynghams, and how the family fought on both sides of the Battle of the Boyne. See the collective talents of distinguished architects. The parklands, for example, were laid out by the famous landscape architect, Capability Brown. Learn about the modern use of the castle grounds as an internationally recognized outdoor concert venue. In recent decades, the likes of Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n Roses, and Metallica have performed at Slane Castle. The Castle is also home to Gandon Room Restaurant offering a modern Irish dining experience. Named after one of the principle architects of the castle, James Gandon, you have the option of unwinding here after your tour.

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4.7 / 5

based on 815 reviews

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!

Our trip to the Valley of Boyne was wonderful. Everything was very easy...we just hop on and off and enjoyed every site we visited. Our guide was exceptionally great, friendly and accurate in all the details about the different places we visited. The timing was also great, we left on time and arrived back in Dublin at the appointed time.

The guide was an amazing fella, the sights were amazing too, very few minutes on the bus and plenty of time seeing the sights

Our driver John was brilliant., very welcoming, kind, funny and very informative.

The history on this tour is amazing. Well worth doing.