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Day Trip from Dublin : New Grange , Knowth, Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara

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 Day Trip from Dublin : New Grange , Knowth, Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Delve deep into ancient Irish history during this full-day tour to Newgrange monument (or Knowth monument dependent on availability) and the Hill of Tara from Dublin. With your small group, limited to 13 people or fewer, visit Norman Castles, sacred burial mounds, royal coronation sites from the Iron age and Megalithic temples. Learn about the ancient history infused in some of the Boyne Valley's landmarks such as the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, and Newgrange. Pickup and drop-off in central Dublin.
  • Visit Newgrange, Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara
  • Guided tours of each site uncover tales of ancient Irish history
  • Small group of 13 people or fewer
  • Round-trip transportation from central Dublin
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Local guide
Live commentary on board
Tour escort/host
Food and drinks
Admission to Newgrange/ Knowth 18 euro
O'Connell Street Upper , O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1, Ireland

beside the Gresham Hotel Pick up is at 7.45 AM Drop off at 5.30 PM

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Start your day tour in the Boyne Valley by meeting your guide at the Gresham Hotel on O'Donnell Street in central Dublin. With your small group of 13 people or fewer, board your comfortable tour vehicle and set off into the countryside.

Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and have a look around the Interpretive Centre. Take a tour of the Temple and Mound (entrance at own expense) and learn about the ancient history behind the impressive site. (Depending on availability, Newgrange may be substituted with a visit to Knowth monument).

Then, depart for the trip to Trim Castle, filming site for scenes from the movie 'Braveheart'. Follow your guide on a tour of the castle, considered the finest example of a Norman castle in Ireland. Stop for lunch at the Trim Castle Hotel (own expense). 

Depart for the Hill of Tara around mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour that includes stops at the Fairy Tree, the Well of the White Calf, the Mound of the Hostages, the Fort of Kings and the Stone of Destiny. 

Travel back to Dublin, concluding your tour in Ireland's capital.
Stop At:  
Trim Castle
12th century Norman Castle -- largest in Ireland Braveheart the movie ---- many scenes shot here
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Hill of Tara (Temair)
Ancient Sacred Site , Ceremonial centre of the Celts and the Druids Coronation site of the High Kings of ireland
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Megalithic mound /Temple 3,2000 BC
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessiblity
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 13 people per booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sacred Irish Tours
You can cancel up to 5 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 4 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 4 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 5 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "An added bonus is the small tour van that allows you to have a good view of the rolling countryside." See review


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Fascinating trip
Diane S
, Nov 2019
This was a great tour. Group was small; tour guide was excellent. We learned a lot. I hghly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Thank you for your kind review and for taking the time to share . I am very pleased you enjoyed your Tour Best Wishes Liam
Liam Lawlor Newgrange and Hill of Tara
Maury C
, Sep 2019
I called Liam a borderline genius, bur you can drop the borderline part. His explanations and his knowledge of each place and the ancient mystical ways made the tour much more than I expected. I recommenf that if you want to visit Newgrange and the hill of Tara gi with Liam. Much more than just a tour guide. He makes each place come alive and he makes you think. Call him now!!!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Thank you for taking the time to share and for your "wonderful " review . I am delighted to took away so much from your visit to the ancient sites . Best Wishes Liam
Guided by a True folklore believer
, Aug 2019
The sights did not disappoint. The guide, however, did. When the dowsing/diving rods were brought out, we knew that hitorical fact was not going to be had. Liam is a true folklore believer, and came off as somewhat of an evangelist, preaching his beliefs. For those with a beliefs in science, hooky is the only term that comes to mind. The trip is very guided, no free time at the stops. It was also evident that we were speeding from stop to stop to make up time. The van is not air conditioned and did get quite hot, because it just happened to be sunny that day. And finally, our pictures were posted on Liam' website without authorization.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi thanks for taking the time to share and I am glad the sights did not disappoint . I do believe that the ancients possess a great wisdom which is of relevance to modern man and my intention on to tour is simply to share some of those insights particularly as they pertain to Newgrange and the Hill of Tara .I do make reference to the many scientific studies that have been undertaking at sacred sites around the world and the book list I supply on my website allows the curious or the dubious to investigate further ,should they wish to do so . The tour itinerary is a very full one ( 9 to 10 hours ) and the vast majority of my guests have commented that the tour is well organised and evenly paced . There is air conditioning in the mini bus but most guests prefer to open the windows and avail of the fresh country air . I take photos throughout the day as a courtesy to my guests and post them on my website where they are downloadable --- they are deleted after 4 weeks .During the course of the tour ,guests are Asked if they would like to have photos taken and where they indicate no their wishes are of course respected always . If you would like your photos removed please let me know and I will delete them immediately Best Wishes Liam
, Aug 2019
I very much enjoyed Liam's tour to Newgrange, Trim, Tara. Newgrange is a place I wished to visit for some time now and I wasn't disappointed. Liam is very knowledgeable on ancient Irish history and world history, very enjoyable day, would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Thank you for your positive comments --- its great that you got to visit Newgrange and the Hill of Tara snf that you enjoyed it so much . Take Care Liam
, Jun 2019
We have been on a number of day tours in the last couple of years with excellent guides and so our expectations are pretty high. Our day with Liam exceeded our expectations. It was an excellent day. We learned SO much from him. He took our concept of the Ancient sites to levels we didn't know existed. He enriched our knowledge of Irish History, Mythology and folk lore. Liam's passion for these were obvious. The group size of 15 was perfect. No question was unanswered. We enjoyed our day so much we contacted him later in our trip hoping to join him on a Wicklow outing but he was not going to be in the area at the same time. Thanks Liam. Our day with you was among the highlights of our month in Ireland.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi thank you for your very positive comments ,its great that you enjoyed the tour while learning a little of the history ,mythology and spirituality of the ancient Irish .Thanks also for taking the time to share . Best Wishs Liam
, Jun 2019
Liam’s depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for Irish history and mythology makes for a fascinating and informative day. An added bonus is the small tour van that allows you to have a good view of the rolling countryside.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for your kind remarks ,great to hear you enjoyed the tour and thanks for taking the time to share . Best Wishes Liam
Fun tour with lots packed in
, Apr 2019
Liam was a great guide and really knowledgeable about the history and lore of the places we visited. The sites were also close enough to each other that you never felt like you were in the car too long. The only thing I might have changed was to have given us a chance to explore the town of Trim -- look in the shops and maybe pick our lunch spot ourselves. Where we ate was fine, but it was a cute town and I'd have liked to play around a bit.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Hi KVTH Thank you for your kind remarks and for taking the time to share . The tour is 9 hours long and the schedule tight --which does not leave time for exploring the town of Trim .Of course anyone is free to skip lunch and explore the town should they choose to do so . Take Care Liam
The group size is small and the...
Marina R
, Sep 2018
The group size is small and the selection of sites is well though. LOVED the tour guide!
Journey in a mystic world with energetic dimensions
, Jul 2018
Our guide had a profund historical knowledge and opened us new insights of the very past (Neolithicum) Tara Hill. Due the tide season the program had to be changed, that was a little bit unfortunate. (visit NewGrange) But overall very interesting!
Best small group tour around
doug a
, Jul 2018
Most fun and informative tour I have ever been on. Sacred Tours is an outstanding tour company. No one should miss this tour.

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