Newgrange – “Although not the oldest passage tomb in Ireland, Newgrange is without doubt Irelands best known prehistoric monument. Dated to around 3200 BC, Newgrange is 1,000 older than Stonehenge and centuries older than the great pyramids of Egypt.  The Boyne Valley complex was designated a World Heritage site in 1993 by UNESCO.”

“Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers, the mound is 85 meters (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 meters (15 yards) high, an area of about 1 acre.”

Glendalough – “Glendalough, from the Irish “Gleann da locha”, meaning the Glen of two Lakes, is one of my favorite places. It combines extensive monastic ruins with a stunning natural setting in the Wicklow Mountains. The beauty and tranquility of the lakes and glacial-carved valley no doubt appealed to St Kevin, a hermit monk, who founded the monastic site near the Lower Lake in the 6th Century.”

Kilkenny –  “Kilkenny is famous for many things: its majestic creeper-clad castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes and secret passages; 1,000 years of history and cracking festivals.

This magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city, right in the centre of Ireland’s Ancient East and just 90 minutes south of Dublin.”

Visit Kilkenny Website

The famous Kytelers Inn dating back to 1324

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower (which you can actually climb up in and see the surrounding countryside).

Ireland’s Medieval Mile

Seans Bar has a detailed and documented history right back to 900AD.  It is right between Dublin and Galway, in the middle of the country in Athlone.

How to get there:

Belfast – Is a short train ride from Dublin.  But you should plan to spend at least one night there to see the sites in the area.  So Belfast deserves it’s own blog page. 🙂