The 5,200-year-old Newgrange is an ancient passage tomb found in the Boyne Valley, Drogheda, Co. Meath. It is part of Bru Na Boinne Megalithic Cemetery, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is older than the Pyramids in Egypt and also Stonehenge in England and is part of a range of 35 or so monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne. The other main monuments are at Knowth and Dowth.
It is a special place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.
The visitor centre at Newgrange allows access to the monument itself which has a diameter of 85m, with the internal passage tomb and chamber being 19m. It is surrounded by 97 large kerbstones, some engraved with rock art.
The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun on the mornings around the Winter Solstice when the day is the shortest and the night is the longest so the passage and chamber light up with the low winter sun.
A lottery happens every year to allow visitors entry to see this spectacular event which is also streamed online.
Video of Newgrange
This video is a review of the history of the Neolithic passage tomb and the surrounding area at Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland.
Video Credit: National Geographic