Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Draw

Applications can be made by email to Please supply your Name, Address, Country, Telephone number and email address.

Winter Solstice Sunbeam inside Newgrange Winter Solstice Sunbeam inside Newgrange

Newgrange Lottery ApplicationPeople gather at Newgrange for winter solstice dawn on each of the mornings from December 19th to December 23rd inclusive. Sunrise is at 8.58am. All access to the chamber is decided by lottery. However, everyone else is welcome to come and stand on the outside of the monument.

The lottery draw for places in the Newgrange chamber for the Solstice sunrise takes place in September. The successful people are notified by mid October.

Eight names are drawn for each of the solstice mornings. Each person drawn can bring a guest to attend on a specific morning, resulting in sixteen people on each of the five mornings. Some additional names are also drawn and placed on a reserve list. 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.

The place at Newgrange for Winter Solstice dawn is non-transferable. Lottery winners cannot offer their place in the chamber to someone else. There are typically about 30,000 entries for Solstice Lottery.

There is no guarantee that there will be sunlight in the chamber on any of the mornings, the event is totally weather dependent!

Winter Solstice 2006
Newgrange Winter Solstice Illumunation viewed from the entrance

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Newgrange Roof-box : Winter Solstice Sunbeam

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