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Small-Group Celtic History Tour from Dublin: Newgrange, Knowth
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Small-Group Celtic History Tour from Dublin: Newgrange, Knowth

By Hilltoptreks
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Make the most of your time in Ireland on a small-group full-day tour from Dublin that features a range of historical destinations in the Boyne Valley. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed ruins of Newgrange and Knowth; a trip to the 1690 battlefield in Boyne; and the St. Bhuite monastery.
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Ages 5-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 8h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Cover a lot of ground in one day
  • Hear insightful commentary from your guide
  • Skip the hassle of driving on your own on this comprehensive tour
  • A small group means a personalized experience

  • Transportation in small minibus
  • Qualified friendly guide
  • Enatrance Fee into Newgrange and Bru Na Boinne
  • Entry/Admission - Newgrange
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk St, Dublin 2, D02 KX03, Ireland
    Pickup point is at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:00am. Please be 10 minutes early. Look for a white bus with "Hilltoptreks" written on it.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24779P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • In case of bad weather, rain gear is recommended
    • Items to bring: camera
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Molly Malone Statue
      Suffolk St, Dublin 2, D02 KX03, Ireland
      Pickup point is at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:00am. Please be 10 minutes early. Look for a white bus with "Hilltoptreks" written on it.
      See address & details
    • 1
      O'Connell Street
      Stop: 10 minutes
      See details
    • 2
      Newgrange
      Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
      See details
    • 3
      Oldbridge Estate/Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre
      Stop: 90 minutes
      See details
    • 4
      Monasterboice Monastic Site
      Stop: 40 minutes
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Hilltoptreks
      1,632
      Ireland
      Joined in August 2010
    • kateta
      0 contributions
      Perfect for walk around Glendalough
      Excellent direct trip to Glendalough. Perfect for a long walk without the filler of the other longer tours. Tour guide was fantastic.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • rominad766
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend
      Amazing trip, enjoyed every second of it. Our tourende was incredibly funny and shared the history without it being boring. The horses were amazing
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Jeana S
      0 contributions
      Lovely Way to Spend our Anniversary
      We had an amazing time with our guide, Richard. Richard was able to share a good bit of history and fun facts either us on the tours. We really enjoyed the horseback riding through the country side and lunch in the small village. Seeing the bogs, lakes, church ruins and park were a person favorite and a nice change from Dublin’s quick life.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Gerða V
      0 contributions
      Very good tour !
      Amazing to go horseback riding in the countryside! And the rest of the tour was great, amazing tour guide also! Thanks!❤️
      Written 5 February 2024
    • amydX6042DF
      0 contributions
      Beautiful Day Trip Near Dublin
      Our driver Kevin was very knowledgeable and had great commentary throughout the drive. We really enjoyed all the stops that we made along the trip. Beautiful scenery, some good walks/hikes/food stops. The horseback riding was great as well, lovely scenery and great horses. Lots of picture opportunities all around!
      Written 15 January 2024
    • kerriWato
      0 contributions
      Horse riding in Wicklow
      A great small group experience. Loved the horse riding and thoroughly enjoyed the tour guide. Linda was honest, open and relatable and made the experience awesome. She even gave us great music! One of my fave tours yet.
      Written 24 December 2023
    • Alicia G
      0 contributions
      5 out of 5
      It was a beautiful trip and our tour guide told wonderful Irish stories on the way and informed us about some Irish history. The horseback riding was a great adventure, had to learn how to ride the English way which took some getting use to. The weather was gorgeous, sun was out and the countryside was a beautiful sight to see. I highly recommend this tour if you want to get out of the city and see more of the countryside and small towns. We loved it!
      Written 20 December 2023
    • bddral
      0 contributions
      Take it from me!
      The best thing we did in Ireland! This tour is fantastic. You get to see some of the best natural scenery Ireland has to offer, and all within 8 hours. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and entertaining. I also really like a smaller group setting which allowed us to get to know the guide and fellow passengers better. Please don't miss Gelndalough upper lake!
      Written 26 November 2023
    • davidgY4126BM
      0 contributions
      Wicklow horseback riding
      Awesome experience! Kevin was a great tour guide, very funny and informative . My only recommendation is to clean the helmets, mine stank. Highly recommend, great tour.
      Written 19 November 2023
    • Q4909GLhannaho
      0 contributions
      Easy ride, great tour guide
      Great ride, super peaceful and beautiful in the trails. Horses knew the paths like the back of their hands! Our tour guide was Kevin and he was grand! Super knowledgeable on all of Ireland and had great wit. I was in such a hurry to get to my event that night i completely forgot to tip him I’m sorry! Whoever has him next tip him double he deserves it ◡̈ would love to see him again.
      Written 15 November 2023
    • C890YHmariam
      0 contributions
      Amazing experience
      Awesome for solo travelers. Cozy tour bus. Richard was our guide and he was brilliant, so friendly and very knowledgeable. Had jokes, too! I could tell he takes pride in his work, professional without being too serious. The horseback riding was fun. Would recommend bringing your own boots as the ones they provided were in less than great condition, most with holes in them. Also had to share riding helmets which makes sense for safety but was kinda gross as I thought about it. I’m not into sharing like that. The riding was beautiful, scenery great. The rest of the tour was awesome. I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve already recommended it to a handful of people.
      Written 12 November 2023
    • Natasha J
      0 contributions
      Wonderful Experience
      Wonderful experience, the stable time and the interesting stories for our guide made the day pass so quickly. We were worn out by the end though!
      Written 10 November 2023
    • haleybR9543RG
      0 contributions
      Great time
      This was an amazing experience. I had the best time, and got to see some amazing views. I have very little riding experience and had no issues with this. 10/10 recommend.
      Written 6 November 2023
    • ashley s
      0 contributions
      Very cool
      A very nice and intimate tour. Bernie was very kind and had a lot of knowledge. He was also very funny and gave us some laughs. We enjoyed having him as a guide and enjoyed our day in Wicklow!
      Written 6 November 2023
    • jialA7387XB
      0 contributions
      excellent day out and stunning scenary
      friendly, professional company and tour guide. the intinary was brilliant. we were taking to some beautiful, unforgettable places just outside dublin. I strongly recommend this tour company.
      Written 5 November 2023
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    Cheryl
    Horseshoe Bend, ID8 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Family
    We were supposed to go to Knowth, New Grange, Slane Village and Castle and the village and castle of Trim. We were supposed to stop for lunch in Slane Village at one of Irelands most snug cultured pubs and cafes.

    We did go to Knowth and New Grange, but not the last 2. Instead we were dropped at a rather boring tiny museum where we had to pay $5.00 if we wanted to go in. Not much to see. The lunch was not snug or cultured, but rather a simple buffet cafe with not enough inside tables for the group. It was too hot to sit outside. From there we made a 15 minute stop at a cemetery and abbey.

    Our bus was so tiny we had to walk sideways down the aisle and there was no air conditioning. We were melting.

    Knowth and New Grange were great but I don't know why we weren't taken to the other 2 places but instead were substituted for boring places. I have reached out for a refund but haven't had a response yet.
    Written 10 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    This tour Itinerary was changed in March 23 due to the extended visit in Newgrange. We updated all our platforms about this and emailed everyone who had already booked. I'm sorry that you were not aware of these changes.
    Written 30 September 2023
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    Gabriela Z
    Manresa, Spain10 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    The trip is fine, however, in the title it states "Hill of Tara" which we have not seen. In fact, I have asked the guide, Jill, about that and she said that it is too far away and there is no time for that. Also, the stop at the restaurant in the middle of nowehere is terrible, you are forced to spend money there and eat there.

    A part from that, the trip was nice, she explained everything very well and Newgrange is fantastic.
    Written 5 October 2023
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    We have to change the Itinerary of this since March 23 due to the extended visit of Newgrange and Knowth. You must have booked this months ago. I did try contact everyone about the change.
    Written 7 November 2023
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    Hutch
    Denver, CO37 contributions
    Jan 2020
    What a great trip! Got outside of Dublin and saw some amazing things that I never would have seen on my own. Johnny (the tour guide/driver) was great and very flexible based on what we wanted to see and how long we wanted to spend at each location. Definitely saw plenty that made the time spent in the bus completely worth it (some day tours you just spend all the time driving, not this one!) So glad I ended up booking this last minute.
    Written 26 January 2020
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    Hi I'm delighted that you enjoyed our tour with Johnny and thank you got the 5 star review
    Written 4 February 2020
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    Judy K
    Thousand Oaks, CA41 contributions
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    Jillian was an outstanding tour guide and an excellent driver from Dublin to New Grange with a few other memorable stops. She is so knowledgeable about the history of everything we saw and added dimensions with all the background info she shared. Her love of Ireland came through during the day and her passion for sharing what she knew and experienced growing up in Ireland made the day so memorable.
    We highly recommend you take her tour with Hilltop Treks.
    Written 1 August 2023
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    Thank you very much Daphne for your excellent review and I'll pass along your kind words to Gillian.
    Written 2 August 2023
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    Jake L
    1 contribution
    Feb 2020 • Family
    We really enjoyed our adventure with HilltopTreks. The driver and tour guide, John, was fabulous. He was able to get us in to see New Grange early and we didn't hit any snags there. I guess it can be a problem sometimes. Along the way towards lunch time we stopped at a little spot that served us delicious soup and sandwiches. This was amazing, as it was cold outside and actually started snowing while we ate.
    Not to mention the wonderful places we got to see and enjoy with my family.
    Love this company and our driver John. Will be happy to recommend to anyone.
    Written 21 February 2020
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such an excellent and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with our guide John.
    Written 22 February 2020
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    Monique B
    Baltimore, MD14 contributions
    Apr 2023 • Couples
    Newgrange and Knowth are definitively worth seeing. The local guides were very informative. Unfortunately, our driver/guide was not very talkative and we learned little from him. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in ancient history.
    Written 9 May 2023
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    Thank you very much for the very positive review.
    Written 10 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Ian W
    3 contributions
    Jun 2023 • Couples
    The Boyne Valley tour to see Newgrange was fantastic. Gillian the guide was so knowledgable and really knew the history. She was also funny and very pleasant to be with. These historic monuments are so amazing and interesting. We had time to walk around with the monument guides & learn more information about Knowth & Newgrange. Then we went to the historic home for lunch at 2.00 which was a bit late. The walled gardens were lovely but you had to pay to get into the house which if you're not interested in battleground history is pointless. The break here seemed a little too long but the next drive through the beautiful countryside was relaxing and the Abbey ruins and Celtic cross were well worth the wait. Small bus so only about 14 people so that's great and Gillian is a fantastic guide. Well worth the cost and time. Highly recommend it.
    Written 20 June 2023
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    Thank you very much for the excellent and detailed review.
    Written 21 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Theresa D
    Portland, OR3 contributions
    Apr 2023
    My husband and I took this tour in April 2023 and enjoyed it immensely. We were driven in a van with about 12-14 people from Dublin out to Newgrange. The driver was friendly and shared a few insights long the way (though it wasn't actually his job to be a guide). We arrived at the visitor's center and had a bit of time to look around--probably could have used a bit more, as it was nicely done and there was plenty to learn there. But then we needed to walk a little to meet a different driver to visit the first site (Knowth). Our guide there was deeply knowledgeable and very engaging as he described the site and what it all meant. The same thing occurred when we moved on to the second site (Newgrange) with a different guide. Though I have visited Neolithic sites before, this is the first time I got a sense of the humans who built them as intelligent people functioning at a high level with a low level of technology. Fascinating experience, highly recommended.
    Written 21 May 2023
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    Thank you very much for the excellent review
    Written 22 May 2023
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    KarenM1_10
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    I was so happy to find this tour. It was difficult to find a small group tour that visited all the locations that I had an interest in seeing. Gillian was our guide, and she did a great job. She provided us with a wealth of information about the sites we would be visiting along with her personal story of growing up in this area. I would highly recommend this tour.
    Written 5 October 2023
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    Thank you very much Karen for your excellent review.
    Written 7 November 2023
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    TravelBug132512
    East Longmeadow, MA81 contributions
    May 2023 • Couples
    I just completed the Day Tour of Boyne Valley with Richard on May 23rd, and I have to say I left quite disappointed. I had booked this tour 3 months before my travels as it included not only Newgrange and Knowth, but also Trim Castle and Hill of Tara. Sadly these 2 stops were replaced by Battle of Boyne Vistor Center and Monasterboice. While Newgrange and Knowth were great, I did expect our tour guide to accompany us and explain more outside of the OPW tour (I had taken a tour with another company in 2019 where this was standard practice). The Battle of the Boyne and Monasterboice were just a waste of time. Too much time spent, not enough to see and I found myself hoping we could leave these sites earlier to see something else, more interesting. Overall, you are really just paying for transportation as well as your entrance fees to Newgrange and Knowth. Unless Trim Castle and Hill of Tara are added, there wasn't anything special about this tour.
    Written 23 May 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your tour with us.
    Written 24 May 2023
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