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East Ireland | County Meath

Knowth Passage Tomb is one of the most important Neolithic Monuments in Europe and toghether with Newgrange and Dowth, has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes it one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland. It is located about 4 km east of the village of Slane, in County Meath (the only access to the monument is through the Bru na Boinne Visitor Center, which is well signposted from the N2 road). This great mound (about 12 m high and 67 m in diameter) was constructed around 3000 BC by Neolithic people who settled this area 6000 years ago. It has 127 large kerb stones, which almost all are decorated, what makes it one of the greatest collections of Megalithic art. The mound of Knowth has two independent passage tombs, the eastern aligned on the equinox sunrises, and the western aligned on the equinox sunsets. Neolithic people gathered then here for their ceremonis, rituals and important burials. There are also dozen of much smaller satellite tombs scattered around the main cairn and reconstruction of timber circle, originally built about 2500 BC. In the late Iron age and early Christian period Knowth has been inhabited for the first time, it became a hill fort with enclosing ditches, and then it was enlarged into a fortified house during the Norman period. Excavations conducted by George Eogan of University College Dublin has began in 1962 and whole site was uncovered from layers of soil gathered through centuries. In 1982, during the excavations, stunning flint macehead was found. It represents one of the finest artifacts from Neolithic Europe and is now housed in the National Museum of Ireland – Archeology. Knowth megalithic tombs can be visited only by guided tours from Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre. The tour is very interesting and well organized.

    • March 25th - April:
      • Daily: 9:30 - 17:30
    • May:
      • Daily: 9:00 - 18:30
    • June-Mid September:
      • Daily: 9:00 -19:00
    • Mid-End September:
      • Daily: 9:00 - 18:30
    • October-November 2nd :
      • Daily: 9:30 - 17:30
    • Adult: €5
    • Senior/Group: €3
    • Child/Student: €3
    • Family: €13
    • Phone: +353 41 988 0300
  • CAR PARK :
    • Yes

Photos from Knowth