The Hill of Tara is Ireland's most sacred stretch of turf occupying a place at the heart of Irish history, legend and folklore. It was the home of the mystical druids, the priest-rulers of ancient Ireland, who practised their particular form of Celtic paganism under the watchful gaze of the all-powerful goddess Maeve (Medbh). Later it was the ceremonial capital of the high kings, all 142 of them, who ruled until the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century. It is also one of the most important ancient sites in Europe, with a Stone Age passage tomb and prehistoric burial mounds that date back up to 5000 years.
Although little remains other than humps and mounds on the hill, its historic and folkloric significance is immense.
Tara destination guides
Newgrange and Hill of Tara Day Trip from Dublin
Don't miss the chance to take this popular tour of the Boyne Valley, one of Ireland's most important historic locations. You'll get a sense of the ghosts of Ireland's past at the tombs of Newgrange and visit Tara Hill, full of historical monuments Leave Dublin behind and head to the Hill of Tara deep in the Irish countryside.
Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs
See the most ancient parts of Ireland on this full-day trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley. Travel through the counties of Meath and Louth and see primeval sights in places like Loughcrew, Trim and Ardee. Then, visit the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach in Monasterboice before exploring the historical town of Drogheda with your expert guide.