Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Draw
is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the
sun. At dawn, from December
18th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the
floor of the chamber. As the sun
rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes
Admission to the chamber of Newgrange for the Winter Solstice sunrise is by
lottery. Application forms are available at the reception desk in the Brú na Bóinne
, where there is a special post box for completed application forms.
There were 30,532 applications submitted for the 2014 Winter Solstice Draw.
Application forms are now available for the
2015 Solstice Lottery Draw which will take place on September 25th 2015.
Applications by email
There is no on-line application system, however the obliging Staff at
the Visitor Centre will fill out a form on your behalf.
Email the following information to
- Your Name
- Telephone Number (including international code)
- Email address
At the end of September each year, 50 names are drawn by local school children,
10 names for each morning the chamber is illuminated, 2 places in the
chamber are awarded to each of the lottery winners. A reserve list is also drawn,
the reserve list is there in case someone whose name is drawn for the
initial list is not contactable or else finds it impossible to travel to
Newgrange on the date they have been assigned.
Places allocated by lottery are non-transferable.
Lottery winners cannot offer their place in the chamber to someone else.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland
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