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Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery

A high point of Neolithic art and design

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Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery

A high point of Neolithic art and design

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Free admission

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Co. Meath

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Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery

The Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs near Oldcastle in County Meath. Spread over four undulating peaks, the tombs are of great antiquity, dating to 3000 BC.

Cairn T is one of the largest tombs in the complex. Inside it lies a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. The cairn is aligned to sunrise at the spring and autumn equinoxes and at these times people gather there to greet the first rays of the sun.

Guided tours of the site explore the history and mythology of these fascinating monuments.

Opening Times

Guides on site 16 May – 11 September  2024

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.


The Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery is a National Monument which is protected in accordance with the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014.
Visitors must not deface or mark any of the stones in the cemetery by scraping them with objects or writing on them. This damages the art which is over 5,000 years old and some of which is only faintly visible. Anyone found to have disfigured or defaced these monuments will be prosecuted. The monuments at the site are in the ownership of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and managed by the Office of Public Works.

The climb to Cairn T is very steep and visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and to be careful.

There is no access for visitors in wheelchairs.

Please note the approach road is very narrow and extreme caution is needed.

Due to ongoing conservation works access to the interior of Cairn T is not possible at present.

The rest of the monuments on the hill are not affected by this necessary work.


Co. Meath

087 0524975

Getting Here

Located 3km east of Oldcastle. off R163, about 80km north-west of Dublin

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  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Guided tours


  • Dogs on lead
  • Limited Access
  • No climbing


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Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Loughcrew.

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