Brú na Bóinne Visitor centre is situated on the south side of the River Boyne overlooking the core of the World Heritage Site.
The Centre contains exhibitions that describe the society that created the Neolithic tombs, their homes, dress, food, tools and weapons. Great emphasis is placed throughout the Exhibition on the building of the monuments; why they were built: how they were used; where the building stones were found and how these were moved to the site. The audio—visual show deals primarily with the solar alignments in the Boyne Valley. The extensive exhibition also contains a partial full-scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a replica of one of the smaller sites at Knowth.
The Centre provides other facilities such as tourist information, tearoom, picnic area and parking. The Visitor centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth and a shuttle bus service runs to these monuments from the bus stop which is reached via a pedestrian bridge across the River Boyne.
Visitors wishing to access Newgrange and Knowth should note that this can only be achieved by joining formal tours which leave from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre which is located on the south bank of the river, close to the village of Donore. It is possible to view the mound at Dowth by going directly to the site but it should be noted that there is no public access to the tombs themselves.
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre and Newgrange are open all year round except for December 24th, December 25th, December 26th and December 27th.
Knowth is open this year from April 1st until November 1st inclusive.
Tickets for Newgrange can be pre-booked on-line between 3 months and 36 hours beforehand. On-line booking is advisable to guarantee access.
Walk-in tickets are also available to purchase directly on any day on a first come, first served basis.