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Hill of Tara

Experience the legacy of the high kings

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Hill of Tara

Experience the legacy of the high kings

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Free Admission

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Co. Meath
C15 P44W

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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.

Opening Times

Hill of Tara accessible all year round

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Visitor Centre Opening Times:

9 May – 11 September 2024

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 17:00

Visitors can avail of a free Audio Visual Show in the Visitor Centre (Church). The Audio Visual Show is available in English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese  It lasts 25 minutes approx.

Free guided tours are scheduled every day. Ask at reception for the next available one.


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.

Dogs should be kept on leads at all times.


Co. Meath
C15 P44W

046 902 5903 / 041 988 0300

Getting Here

Located 12km south of Navan. Off the N3

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  • Audio Visual Show
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours


  • Dogs on lead
  • Limited Access


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

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