Knowth is part of the Newgrange complex at Bru na Boinne, on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath.  These grand monuments were constructed around 3200BC, which means that they are even older than the more famous sites of Stonehenge in England, and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

The central mound at Knowth was built over five thousand years ago, sometime after Newgrange itself was constructed, and before Dowth. 

The main entrance to the great central mound at Knowth.

The central mound is about as large as Newgrange and contains two passages; the western passage is 34 metres in length, whilst the eastern passage is 40 metres long. It is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds.

Nearly half of all of Ireland’s engraved megalithic stones can be found in just this one site. 261 of Knowth’s stones are decorated with rock art. That amounts to 30% of Western Europe’s ancient  rock art.

Two of the smaller satellite mounds which surround the main central mound at Knowth.

This image shows two of the smaller satellite mounds. Their entrances all face in towards the great central mound. 

In Irish mythology, Knowth is known as Cnoc Buí, or the Hill of Buí. Buí is said to have been married to Lugh, a king of the Tuatha de Danann.

In my book, Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean, Conor breaks into the central mound at Knowth with Annalee and  Professor Kilmore-Willows, in order to attempt to steal the Dagda’s cauldron from the eastern passage.

Inside the main central mound at Knowth.

Access to the interior of the mound is prohibited to the general public. However, tours from the Visitor Centre do allow access to the interior of the great mound at Newgrange.

For more information on Knowth and Newgrange,  please click on the following;

If you would like to view an amazing interactive map showing how Knowth relates to all the other Bronze Age and Iron Age sites on the River Boyne, please click here.
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20 Comments on “Knowth

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  3. Lovely pictures, I’ve just finished reading Bending The Boyne by J.S Dunn, a tale about the star watchers who lived ling ago at this place, a fascinating tale and these pictures bring it all to life.


  4. Love this – just read about it in a novel so great to see the photos. Reblogged on BetweenTheLines


  5. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Just read about this in a Kitty Hawk book, so lovely to read this and see the wonderful pictures.


    • Then I hope you fulfil your wish and make it over here one day. Of course I am biased, but Ireland is really one of the world’s rare special places, kind of hiding in full view. Thanks for your comment… I’m glad you liked the post.


  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    memories of a different kind – my husband is Irish and after travelling for work we returned to Ireland for five years before he relocated to Spain. Apart from the rain…. our time in County Meath was wonderful and if you have never visited Ireland I do suggest a trip – whilst Dublin of course is a must there are also some places that celebrate the incredible history of the Irish people going back thousands of years. There was a highly sophisticated culture in the country and it is often overlooked in favour of the stereotypical image of Guinness and Craic….I suggest you follow Ali Isaac as she knows a great deal about the subject.


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