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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bus Stop
“Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East. A passage measuring 19 meters (21 yards) leads into a chamber with 3 alcoves. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice. Newgrange is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art; the most striking is the entrance stone. Access to the Newgrange monument is via the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre. Newgrange is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, it is the jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Newgrange is a large circular mound 85 meters (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 meters (15 yards) high with a 19 meter (21 yard) stone passageway and chambers inside. The mound is ringed by 97 large kerbstones, some of which are engraved with symbols called megalithic art. Newgrange was built by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest. Newgrange is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 meter long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. The amount of time and labour invested in construction of Newgrange suggests a well-organized society with specialised groups responsible for different aspects of construction. Newgrange is part of a complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne. The other two principal monuments are Knowth (the largest) and Dowth, but throughout the area there are as many as 35 smaller mounds.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Landmark
“Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio-visual show and guided tours of the site.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Amazing burial tombs older than the pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK. A must see if you are in the area but go early as gets very busy ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The Blanchardstown shopping centre is Ireland’s largest shopping centre. It has restaurants, a library, a cinema, department stores and clothing shops. There is a leisure plex for bowling, arcade games and soft play for young kids.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. More information including opening times and admission fees can be found on: www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/trimcastle/”
  • 14 locals recommend
Landmark
“Famous location for Braveheart the movie but not only that, an amazing example of an Irish castle, worth a visit.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Tayto Park is Ireland’s only Theme Park and offers a huge variety of things to see, do and experience! Tayto Park has attractions for all ages, from thrill-seekers looking for an adrenalin rush to younger guests who can enjoy fun and exciting activities. It is home to Ireland's biggest rollercoaster, " The Cuchalainn" for those who dare!!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Older than the Egyptian pyramids, mystical and interesting Irish historical site. Park at the museum, the Newgrange bus will bring you out to the site. Nice little coffee shop. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This is the nearest shopping mall for all your shopping needs, clothes & footwear stores, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants, food stores and much more. It's easy to get to and parking is free. It's a much more convenient option than going all the way into Dublin City for purchases such as clothes, books, gifts etc. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Theme Park
“If you are into roller coasters and themed rides this is for you! Irelands best theme park only 15 minutes away. Home of Europes longest wooden roller coaster and many more attractions. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sports
“The National Aquatic Centre (NAC) is an indoor aquatics facility in Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. The Centre houses a 50 metre swimming pool with an associated diving pool, an aquapark and leisure pool, and a fitness centre.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Walking distance from house. Great Shops restaurants even a bar there for drinks if required . Pennys is always a facourite . My personal favourite is TK MAx and River Island ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Leisure complex with waterpark, bowling, roller-skating, crazy golf, rock-climbing, casino and food.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Brownes Bar for food and drinks Gandon Room Restaurant Modern Irish Cuisine Closed Monday to Wednesday”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Slane Castle, Home to the Conyngham Family, Exclusive Weddings, Famous Concerts and now Slane Irish Whiskey distillery open to the public.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Blanchardstown Centre offers a unique shopping & leisure experience. Home to over 180 stores, 3 Retail Parks and 25 Restaurants, it is located just outside Dublin City on the N3, (M50 exit 6) linked to all major motorways making it Ireland’s most accessible and largest destination shopping centre. Parking is completely free.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“One of the most popular restaurants in Drogheda and has featured on many national best places to eat lists. Definitely book in advance. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“One of Navans most popular late night bars with live music most weekends and nice food served all day”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
“Walking distance from house and one of the best bars to go to in Swords. Tuesday night all drnks €4.00 including bottle necks. Food very tasty also”
  • 6 locals recommend
Hotel
“Fabulous gourmet restaurant. Book in for a tasting menu and we'll get you there on an electric bike and back by taxi if you're too full. Gourgeous gardens and surrounding landscape.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“My favourite pub in Drogheda. Old-timey with acoustic folk music at the weekend.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Forge Restaurant is an 18th-century cut-stone building with original features, tucked away in North Meath, near the border with Cavan. The building – constructed by the Napper family of Loughcrew, Oldcastle – was a place to get your horse shod or cartwheel rimmed, and for a chat and a good old tale. It was a social centre for the community. The old Forge of yesteryear has since transformed into a place where people travel from far and wide to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of one of Ireland’s top restaurants.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“If travelling from the North of the country, this is a good place for dinner on the way down.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent standard of cuisine situated along the Boyne river. An ideal place to take a walk afterwards and see the castle. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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