Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Draw
The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is closed because of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation. Applications can be made by email to
BrunaBoinne@opw.ie. Please supply your Name, Address, Country, Telephone number and email address.
People gather at Newgrange for winter solstice
on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive. Sunrise is at 8.58am.
All access to the chamber is decided by lottery. However, everyone else is welcome to come and stand on the outside of the monument.
The draw for places at Newgrange for Solstice 2020 will take place in September.
The successful people will be notified by mid October.
Names are drawn for each of the solstice mornings, each person drawn can bring a guest
to attend on a specific morning. Some additional names are
also drawn and placed on a reserve list. The reserve list is there in case
someone whose name is drawn for the initial list is not contactable or else
finds it impossible to travel to Newgrange on the date they have been assigned.
The place at Newgrange for Winter Solstice dawn is non-transferable. Lottery
winners cannot offer their place in the chamber to someone else.
There were 30,500 entries for Solstice 2019.
There is no guarantee that there will be sunlight in the chamber on any of the
mornings, the event is totally weather dependent!
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433