Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, the gateway to the famous passage tombs Newgrange and Knowth is currently undergoing a major refurbishment for approximately 6 months. The refurbishment, will include a "state-of-the-art" exhibition celebrating megalithic art at Knowth.
Brú na Bóinne
Dominated by three large passage tombs, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These tombs are around 5,000 years old, making them older than the pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK.
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The reburbishment will also see updated interpretative displays, upgrading of mechanical and electrical facilities, an improved café and better universal access.
Minister Regina Doherty welcomed the work: “The Brú na Bóinne centre is the biggest tourism attraction in Meath and one of Ireland’s greatest heritage assets.
“Last year, 300,000 people came to the county to visit the site and we want to build on that activity. The investment announced will help us to complement one of the world’s oldest known structures with a very modern state of the art visitor experience. This is the most significant investment in the site in over 20 years and reflects this Government’s belief that Meath can benefit more from tourism – in terms of local jobs and revenue,” she said.
OPW have stated that "while the visitor centre building is closed, a temporary reception/ticketing area and limited facilities will be available in the carpark of the visitor centre."