AS YOU WAIT IN THE DARKNESS OF NEWGRANGE PASSAGE TOMB, ON THE VERY SPOT WHERE PEOPLE STOOD SOME 5,000 YEARS AGO, THE FIRST RAYS OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE SUN CREEP IN TO ILLUMINATE THE BURIAL CHAMBER. A FEELING OF EXHILARATION LEAPS THE MILLENNIA.
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is a opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.
Access to the chamber on the Solstice mornings is decided by a lottery that takes place at the end of September each year. 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. Access via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre or directly to the actual Newgrange monument.
Enjoy our Winter Solstice Special Offer at CityNorth Hotel only 20 minutes away from Newgrange. This offer includes One Night Bed and Breakfast with complimentary tea and scones on arrival for only €49 per person sharing.