The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre in Donore, County Meath, is an information hub for the thousands of visitors eager to explore Ireland’s mysterious Neolithic monuments, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. An extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange (a World Heritage site), as well as a model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth.
Located on the south side of the River Boyne, the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is the only access point to Newgrange and Knowth, which lie north of the river. All tours of Newgrange start at the centre, before visitors cross the river via a footbridge and are brought by shuttle bus to the monuments. Because space inside the monuments is limited, places are restricted to around 700 per day at high season, meaning the the summer months are particularly busy.
A seasonal bus service runs from the town of Drogheda to the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre through Donore village. Open all year round, the centre has longer opening hours in summer. As well as a full scale replica of the Newgrange Chamber, the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre features a large interactive exhibition on the Brú na Bóinne area, an audio-visual presentation, the Brú na Bóinne tourist office, gift shop and tea rooms. A large car park and a picnic area are available outside.
The mysteriously beautiful Newgrange prehistoric monument offers glorious views of the Boyne Valley. Among the finest surviving examples of this type of monument in Europe, Newgrange attracts thousands of international visitors every year. Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre to start your own tour of this treasured national landmark.