8 Hour Newgrange Day Tour
Take A Private Chauffeur Guided Day Tour Ireland’s Beautiful Boyne Valley on the Newgrange Day Tour
The perfect way to get a great insight into the cradle of Ireland, 5,000 years of Irish history and some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery with a local Driver/guide from Chauffeur Ireland who will take you to visit:
Newgrange — Monasterboice — Mellifont
Drogheda town — Saint Oliver Plunketts head (for the non-squeamish, only!!)
Battle of the Boyne — Hills of Tara — Trim Castle
Other options include — Kells — Saint Patrick & the Hill of Slane — Slane Castle
You can choose to enter any of the Newgrange Day Tour attractions but admission is not included in the price and may mean not all of the sites will be viewed. If you have other sites that you would like to visit your driver would be happy to oblige as long as it is within the tour time.
Your first stop is at Newgrange, the giant Neolithic passage grave complex, 600 years older than the pyramids of Giza. A UNESCO world heritage site and the number one destination here in the Boyne valley and a must see.
Visit to Monasterboice an early 6th Century Gaelic monastic settlement with Ireland’s tallest Celtic cross and a round tower and then Mellifont abbey, the ruins of the first and most important Cistercian monastery began in the 13th Century. (It helps to view them together so that you can get a feel for the transition of old Gaelic Ireland and the influences of Europe into Ireland during the 12 & 13 th Century)
Drogheda town a general drive through explaining the importance of the town in the lead up to the Battle of the Boyne. (The Millmount defenses overlooking the town and Saint Peter’s church – the first Catholic church built after emancipation in a main street and beautifully decorated). The embalmed head of Saint Oliver Plunkett an Irish Saint who was executed in London in the early 18thC and whose head is on display in Saint Peter’s church. The Battle of the Boyne, site of the 1690 battle between the last English Catholic King James I and Protestant King William of Orange, a place of pivotal significance in Irish history.
Then to Tara (The home of Irish High Kings) the most important site of who we Irish are, touch the Lia Fail (King stone) and an explanation about 4,000 years of Gaelic traditions and native/Brehon law. From its highest point you can see the entire Boyne Valley and on a clear day 12 counties of Ireland. Then Trim castle the biggest Norman (Think – Braveheart / Excalibur / Game of Thrones) stronghold in Ireland. Knights in shining armour who conquered Ireland from England & France during the 12 & 13 th Century.
Options with time permitting:
Kells is a small monastic site with a round tower famous for “The book of Kells” in Trinity College.
Hill of Slane, the place where St Patrick lit his famous Paschal Fire, to announce the arrival of Christianity in Ireland in 430. Beautiful views from the top.
Slane castle the family home of the Conyngham family since the 18th century. It holds the yearly Slane Concert event (U2/Michael Jackson/Madonna) within its grounds and plans are in place to open a Whiskey distillery in 2016/17.