Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara has been important since the late Stone Age, when a passage tomb was built there. However, the site became truly significant in the Iron Age (600 BC to 400 AD) and into the Early Christian Period when it rose to supreme prominence – as the seat of the high kings of Ireland. All old Irish roads lead to this critical site.
St Patrick himself went there in the fifth century. As Christianity achieved dominance over the following centuries, Tara’s importance became symbolic. Its halls and palaces have now disappeared and only earthworks remain.
There are still remarkable sights to be seen, however. Just one example is the Lia Fáil – the great coronation stone and one of the four legendary treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann – which stands proudly on the monument known as An Forradh.
Guided tours of the site will help you understand the regal history of this exceptional place and imagine its former splendour.
07 May – 23 September Visitor Centre: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
All Year Round access to the Hill of Tara
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Average Length of Visit: 1 hour
As much of the tour is outdoors, visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and shoes suitable for walking over uneven terrain.
Restricted access for visitors with disabilities
046 902 5903 / 041 988 0300
- Audio Visual Show
- Gift Shop
- Guided tours
- Limited Access
Nearby sites to visit
Hill of Tara
The ultimate symbol of Norman glory
Approx. 12.0 km from Hill of Tara
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth)
Step into Ireland’s richest archaeological landscape
Approx. 16.7 km from Hill of Tara
Battle of the Boyne
Where two kings fought for Europe’s future
Approx. 20.5 km from Hill of Tara