Newgrange Winter Solstice - December 18th to 23rd 2019
Access to the interior of Newgrange to experience the rising sun illuminating the chamber on the Solstice mornings
was decided by lottery. Places for December 2019 were allocated at the end of September.
All are welcome to gather outside the entrance to the Newgrange mound on each of the mornings from
December 18th to December 23rd inclusive, sunrise is at 8.58am.
A few hundred people are expected to stand at the entrance to Newgrange on December 21st
and the approach road will be closed. More
Information on December 21st ...
On the other mornings: December 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd the
numbers at Newgrange are usually much smaller. The best way to get there is to go to
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
and get a shuttle bus to the site.
There is no charge for this and the Centre will open at 7.30am.
Once you get to Newgrange, you will be allowed on site from 8.30am (once it begins to get light)
until 9.30am. After 9.30am, there is no direct access to Newgrange. There is no charge to go on site up until 9.30am.
After dawn, when the Lottery winners come out of the chamber, people who have
been waiting outside will be brought inside in groups of 20 people. Once all the
people at the monuments have left the site, normal arrangements and normal
admission prices will apply. Guided tours will commence at approximately 11.30am.
Please dress appropriately and wrap up well.
Please respect the monument and other visitors.
All dogs and /or other pets must be kept on a lead.
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 and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433