See the Ancient Seat of the Irish High Kings
The Hill of Tara - Temair in Irish - in County Meath is a site containing many monuments from Ireland's ancient history. The earliest settlement at the hill goes back to Neolithic times.
Even though its importance peaked as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, this site was important to the local people since the Stone Age, when a passage tomb was built here. The Mound of the Hostages, which got its name from the practice of kings taking hostages from their important subjects to keep them in line, is one of the shorter passage tombs currently open for tourists. Tara also features two standing stones believed to be ancient, depicting the Celtic fertility god Cernunnos.
In the first millenium after Christ, Tara was an important political and religious centre. Today, the Hill of Tara is a major attraction of Ireland's Ancient East. Constantly undergoing new research and excavations by the Discovery Programme team, they continually learn more about this historic site. An as-of-yet not completely dug out temple complex has also been uncovered below the hill - this structure is still actively being researched.
Mid May – Mid September, Monday – Sunday
10.00 – 18.00
Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
Notes for Group Leaders
Site only is free of charge and open all year round, but the visitor centre will give you more information about the Hill of Tara.
Duration of Visit
60 minutes approximately
Hill of Tara, Castleboy, Co. Meath, Ireland