Newgrange 30 miles northwest of Dublin, in the Boyne Valley.
Dating back to 4000 B.C., this UNESCO World Heritage Site holds a prehistoric tomb that is older than both Stonehenge in England and the pyramids in Egypt.
The tomb entrance is a narrow passage made of large stones that leads into a covered burial chamber. During the winter solstice, the rising sun shines through a small opening above the tomb's doorway and illuminates the chamber, which is at other times pitch black. An interpretive center with a small cafe are nearby. Two more passage tombs--Knowth and Dowth—are in the area. Day tours from Dublin are available.
Newgrange Farm--a working farm with animals to feed and pet--is especially fun for children and just a few miles down the road.
Monasterboice This graveyard holds one of the best preserved high crosses in Ireland.
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