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BRU NA BOINNE VISITOR CENTRE
Bru na Boinne visitor centre is situated on the south bank of the river Boyne,
just south of the passage tombs at
Newgrange and Knowth. It is appox: 6km
west of the M1 motorway and is clearly sign posted from both directions. Any
one wishing to visit Newgrange or Knowth, must do so via the Visitor Centre as
there is no public access to the tombs.
The centre has on display some fine  replicas
of artifacts that were excavated  from the
near-by tombs, like this flint  Mace-head
(pictured right) and also 2 of the side
chambers that have been re-constructed
complete with carvings and ceremonial bowls.
Also on display are some fine information
boards and scale models showing the
time-line and construction of the tombs.
In one of the re-consructed side
chambers,the west chamber,which is
believed to be the main chamber,is this
triple inter-locking spiral motif expertly
re-carved.This motif has become the
emblem of the Bru na Boinne centre
and tomb complex.
Pictured right is the south chamber,
expertly re-constructed complete with
carvings at the back and sides
and               ceremonial bowl at the
bottom.
Also on display at the visitor centre is this
replica wooden sledge (pictured left) that
would have been used during the building
of the tombs.
                 
For information about opening hours and admission fees contact the
visitor centre :  +353 41 988 0300
or
e-mail:brunaboinne@opw.ie
You can also visit the Heritage Ireland web site for more information about
other wonderful sites throughout Ireland. Just click the link below.
www.heritageireland.ie
PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
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