Mysterious Newgrange

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You’ve heard about Stonehenge, of course, but are you familiar with Newgrange?

Just across the water, in Ireland, Newgrange is a temple even older than the mysterious stones at Salisbury Plain. 97 standing stones surround the megalithic tomb.

You’ll be with a guide; can’t wander about on your own in here; small groups are let in at one time. The reason will beome apparent once inside. While you wait, be sure to have a look at the entrance and note the patterns carved into the rock.

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What it means? If only we knew…

Entering the mound, after a slightly claustrophobic walk along a long, narrow corridor (not unlike that of the pyramids at Giza), we come to an unusual chamber; one built so that it is illuminated exactly at sunrise on winter solstice. Travelling back 5000 years, I can just imagine standing in this dark chamber, watching the light fill the little room on the morning after the longest night of the year. To help our imagination, the guide shows us how it all works, using a torch.

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Back out in daylight among the the standing stones, we wander. And wonder.

Newgrange practicals

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  • Newgrange is about one hour’s drive from Dublin.
  • The number of visitors is limited, so show up early.
  • Opening hours are 0930 – 1700 daily, longer in summer.
  • Newgrange is part of the Brú na Bóinne complex, which also comprises the mounds at nearby Knowth and Dowth
  • Admission fees vary, depending on what you want to see. For Newgrange and the visitor centre the price is EUR 6/5/3/3 for adults/senior/child/student
  • No photography inside the chamber.
  • Want to visit Newgrange at Winter Solstice? You’re not the only one, so fill in a lottery ticket and hope for the best. Local children draw 50 lucky names at the end of September every year.

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Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

Disclosure: I was at Newgrange as a guest of Fáilte Ireland. Naturally, I have complete freedom to write whatever I want – or nothing at all. As ever.

15 Responses to “Mysterious Newgrange”

  1. Gil 8 August 2014 0624 #

    Thanks for continuing to educate me. Loved the pictures and write-up!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2100 #

      Thank you :)

  2. Mette 10 August 2014 1607 #

    I hadn’t heard about Newgrange before, but what a wonderful fascinating place. I wasn’t too keen on the corridors under the pyramids, but even so I think I would force myself to enter this mound.
    Mette recently posted..Quick guide to Verona

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2101 #

      Not half as far to walk through the narrow corridors at Newgrange either.

  3. Freya 11 August 2014 0024 #

    I have to admit that I did not hear about Newgrange before but it looks very fascinating. It would be very unique to be able to visit Newgrange at Winter Solstice
    Freya recently posted..Climbing to the Roof of the World with Wim Smets

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2101 #

      I’d love to visit at solstice, too.

  4. Muza-chan 11 August 2014 0713 #

    Interesting…
    Muza-chan recently posted..Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Arashiyama bamboo groves

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2102 #

      Very!

  5. Lisa Goodmurphy 11 August 2014 2033 #

    I hadn’t heard of Newgrange before either and it looks like a fascinating site! It’s so interesting to see these sites and imagine what it would have been like to have lived there thousands of years ago. I wish I lived closer to Ireland so I could enter that Winter Solstice lottery!
    Lisa Goodmurphy recently posted..Comfy First-Time Family Camping at the KOA Barrie

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2102 #

      Canada is just across the water :)

  6. Leigh 12 August 2014 1750 #

    Never heard of the place. I’m in awe at how sophisticated some of the building was so many years ago. What a fantastic spot it would be at sunrise on the winter solstice.
    Leigh recently posted..A Hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin in Prince Albert National Park, SK

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2103 #

      Fascinating to think of the ingenious building practices of so long ago, isn’t it…

  7. Sarah 17 August 2014 2017 #

    I’ve heard of newgrange before and ever since I knew what it was I’ve wanted to visit. This rekindles my desire to see it!! Great post:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2104 #

      Glad you like it :)

  8. Lance @ Travel Addicts 30 August 2014 0713 #

    Absolutely loved Newgrange. We were there in the off-season and practically had the place to ourselves. The one thing that surprised us is how old it was — pre-dating the Pyramids at Giza. It’s certainly the oldest place we’ve ever been.
    Lance @ Travel Addicts recently posted..A Behind the Scenes Monticello Tour

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