Hill of Tara

Visitors Centre , Tara , Co. Meath

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About Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara is located at Visitors Centre in Tara, Co. Meath.

The Hill of Tara, formerly the 'Seat of the High Kings of Ireland', has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed here.

Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre up until the 6th century and of lesser importance up to the mid 12th century.

The hill rises 300ft and has and has dramatic views towards the Mourne and Cooley Mountains in the north east, the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the southwest and Dublin/Wicklow Mountains in the south.

The site has a number of ringforts, a small Neolithic passage tomb and on the summit of the hill is a standing stone, the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny), at which the High Kings were crowned. According to legend, the stone would scream three times if the choosen one was a true king after completing a number of challenges.

Open Access all year. Guided tours mid May - mid September. There is an admission charge.


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