County Meath

With Newgrange and Knowth, the cairn of Dowth is one of the most important passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne archaeological site in the Boyne Valley. Since 1993 these ancient tombs belong to the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

While the two neighbouring tombs are very popular with visitors, it is usually quite quiet at Dowth. One reason for this is that no sightseeing tours are offered for Dowth. Secondly, Dowth has never been professionally restored.

You have to go on your own to explore the tumulus on the north bank of the Boyne. The area is freely accessible, whereby the corridors inside the burial chamber are barred. At the foot of the hill, heavily weathered stones form an irregular base. A real eye-catcher is a tree stretching towards the sky on the hill – mighty, out of place, peculiar…

At first glance, Dowth looks smaller than Newgrange, for example. But this impression is deceptive. The hill is 15 metres high and has a diameter of almost 90 metres. It is supposedly the oldest burial mound of Brú na Bóinne and was built around 3,000 BC.