Newgrange is ancient Ireland's best known site.
It is part of the Brú na Bóinne complex of Neolithic (late Stone Age) passage tombs on the river Boyne near Kells and Navan, along with the tombs at Knowth and Dowth.
200,000 visitors venture there every year. Access is only permitted with a guided tour, and visitors are not allowed to take photos.
Susanna had special permission a few years ago to take pictures inside the tomb at Newgrange, and we will be showing you some of them on these pages about the neolithic monuments to give you an idea of the atmosphere and the feelings to expect when entering this ancient monument.
Read the complete story
about Newgrange here.
Read about neolithic Ireland here part one and
here part two.
Find tourist information here on visiting the Bru Na Boinne
complex which includes Newgrange.
Read here about two other neolithic sites, Carrowmore and Carrowkeel both
in County Sligo.
This is the very narrow passage at the tomb, close to the entrance. Visitors have to pass through here in order to get to the cruciform chambers inside. It is very narrow in here!
Note the grooves in the wall on the left. They were made deliberately- probably ground with harder rock. Today we are left to wonder what their meaning or function may have been.
On the 21st December every year, winter solstice, the
early morning sun rays will pass through a roof box which you can see on the
photo at the top of this page above the entrance, and will then penetrate the
inner chamber 19 metres inside the tomb for only a short while, a mere 17
A 1972 study found that the original design was for the
sunlight to reach the back chamber 24 metres inside. However, the Earth
axis had moved slightly in the last 5,000 years which is preventing that from
Read here about the function of the roof box above
the entrance.Visitors are not normally allowed to take photos inside the
tomb. However, we struck lucky. Susanna got special permission a few years ago
and is bringing you exclusive pictures on these pages to give you a
sense of how special the place is.
Here you can see some of the massive uprights that support the ceiling inside the tomb. They have to hold up the weight of the entire mound.
See the wall art at the back on the white background? In the past, there was probably more of it. It looks like a part of the surface might have lifted off the rock. It must have deteriorated over time.
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Warmest regards, Colm and Susanna
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