Top 5 Historical Places to Tour in Ireland

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March 18, 2009 Travel No comments

Top 5 Historical Places to Tour in Ireland

Whenever I go to a new place, I always want to know its history. I just find the history of a country interesting and in a way, discover that my country’s own history is not so bad at all. In Ireland, I got to see the best places to visit in terms of historical significance and here they are:

1)    The Passage Tomb at Newgrange in County Meath- Ireland has been in existence since 6000 B.C. A testament of how old it is, is this place which is touted to be older than the Pyramids and is a World Heritage Site. During winter solstice on the shortest day of the year, at dawn, a ray of light enters the tomb through a narrow passageway.
2)    Hill of Tara- Standing 500 feet and offering an amazing view of County Meath is this spot which is the most important religious site of all of Ireland. The traditional seat of Kings, it has numerous monuments including the Mound of Hostages.
3)    Trim Castle- This castle was built in 1176 and is the largest Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. While it has undergone major renovations in 2000, markings of its tumultuous past still exist. The Anglo-Normans attacked the castle with the most destructive weapons known at that time.
4)    Ceide Fields – Ceide Fields in County Mayo is one of the oldest places in Ieland dating back to 5000 BC. It’s particular distinct feature are its world-famous Neolithic features.
5)    Ancient Stone Port of Dun Aungus- If you want a historical and a scary experience at the same time, check out the Ancient Stone port of Dun Aungus which sits atop 300 foot cliffs. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in approximately 4.5 seconds.

Dun Aungus Stone fort

Dun Aungus Stone fort

Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

 

ceide fields mayo

Ceide Fields, County Mayo

 

Newgrange


  Newgrange , County Meath above

I recommend to check out these places on your travels around Ireland, there are many historical tours that are available on the travel in Ireland web site,.