We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Full-Day Castles and Celtic History Tour from Dublin: Newgrange, Hill of Tara

Select Date and Travellers
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland

    Your tour begins in Dublin city centre, where you will meet your guide and set out through the beautiful Boyne Valley. This is one of Ireland’s most important prehistoric areas and the surrounding landscape is dotted with ancient monuments and castles.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Newgrange, Donore Ireland

    Newgrange is one of Ireland’s most impressive ancient monuments in Ireland and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, We do try to get you into this site. It is the largest purpose built burial site and place of ancient worship in Ireland. The monument is built so that it is aligned with the winter solstice which was of great importance to the neolithic people in Ireland at the time.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Monasterboice Monastic Site, 1 Off the N Ireland

    We visit the 6th century monastic site of St Buite, famous for its high Celtic Crosses and round tower. Ireland at this time was called the land of "Saints and Scholars" due to the amount of monasteries and places of study.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Slane Castle, N51, Slane Ireland

    We have our lunch stop normally in the village of Slane, Famous for Slane Castle. There is a short stop and photo opportunity to view the castle that is still lived in to this day. While you are there, hear how U2 recorded their album 'The Unforgettable Fire' in the castle.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hill of Tara (Temair), Ireland

    The Hill of Tara is the ancient high seat of the Celtic Kings of Ireland, 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the other world. It was a very important site to the Celtic people of Ireland as it is where the High King would take his seat and rule over all the other provincial kings. At this site there are many ancient monuments including The Stone Of Destiny (Lia Fáil)

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Trim Castle, Trim Ireland

    Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Europe. Over a period of 30 years, it was built by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the caput of the Lordship of Meath. One of the new administrative areas of Ireland created by King Henry II of England. It is also where the town of York is portrayed in the movie "Brave Heart".

    Duration: 1 hour
    Show More
    Reviews (35)
    Filter reviews
    23 results
    Traveller rating
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    More languages
    Traveller rating
    Show reviews that mention
    All reviews high crosses worthwhile tour free entry small group highly recommend this tour great tour slane theories johnny eamon tara sites stops ireland
    Selected filters
    Updating list...
    1 - 5 of 23 reviews
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    My husband and I went on this tour because we wanted to see some of the ancient places that we have only seen in books. Matt was an amazing driver and tour guide- we got all we wanted and more from our trip! He actually...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Barb L
    Terry-hilltoptreks, Owner at Hilltoptreks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Barb for the excellent review of our day tour of Celts and Castles .... I'm always deighted to hear that our customers have such a great experience and I will pass along your kind words to Matt.

    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    Great day. Our guide, Johnny was very personable and it was great to see all of these sights in a smaller group.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Carol F
    Terry-hilltoptreks, Owner at Hilltoptreks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2019

    HI Carol, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a positive review and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour

    Reviewed 3 July 2019 via mobile

    This was an amazing tour filled with great historical information. Plenty of time at each site to take it all in and take photos and video. Very comfortable coach ride and we stopped at a great restaurant for lunch. I highly recommend this tour, and...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank stevei569
    Terry-hilltoptreks, Owner at Hilltoptreks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2019

    Thank you very much for leaving such an excellent review .... and Im delighted that you enjoyed our tour

    Reviewed 30 May 2019

    This was a great tour. We actually got to go and do a tour of Newgrange and go into it since it is free entry due to construction. Loved all of the sites and was pleased with the amount of time we spent at each...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank KatyBadger
    HilltopTerry, Owner at Hilltoptreks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2019

    Thank you very much to your very positive review and I think Newgrange is quite a unique location, which is where I imagine the Tour guide started talking about other dimensions etc....but these outworldly beings etc are part of our Celtic folklore .... and Irish...More

    Reviewed 11 May 2019 via mobile

    We booked this tour at the last minute and we’re so glad we did. Johnny was our guide who was a very safe driver, well organized and knowledgeable. The small van made it easier to get in and out of places. One of the best...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Forfun12
    HilltopTerry, Owner at Hilltoptreks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Im delighted that you enjoyed our Celts and castles tour with Johnny

    View more reviews
    Questions & Answers
    Ask a question
    13 April 2019|
    Response from Carol F | Reviewed this property |
    The visitor center is closed, but you can definitely go into the monument with the same guided tour as usual. They also have quite nice toilet facilities and tea and coffee set up at the carpark. Worth going.
    2 July 2018|
    Response from Richard H |
    We did get into Newgrange, but not to Slane castle . Newgrange took up too much time.
    Key Details
    Why Book on TripAdvisor?
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall: 800-130-2207