Townleyhall Megalithic Passage Tomb
Townleyhall megalithic passage tomb was built by Neolithic people around 3000BC,
it is part of the Boyne valley group of passage tombs which includes the
much larger mounds at Newgrange
, and Dowth
The chamber at Towneyhall is a simple rectangle at the end of a short passage.
Excavations at Townleyhall by George Eogan
began in 1960, Townleyhall was the first of the Boyne Valley passage tomb
mounds to be excavated in modern times.
Concrete markers show where the missing passage orthostats once stood.
Excavations at the Towneyhall showed that people had lived there before
the tomb was constructed, maybe the cremated remains found inside the tomb
were of the people who had lived on the site.
The Townleyhall passage tomb is located in a field just off the N51
Drogheda / Slane road, the mound is visible from the road and access is by
the entrance pictured above. Coming from the Drogheda direction, it is on the
right hand side of the road after the main Townleyhall entrance.
Townleyhall Satellite image.
Ordnance Survey map 35
National Grid Reference O 023 758
GPS position N53.72108 W6.451071
The name Townleyhall is from the surname Townley, unfortunately the
ancient name for the burial mound has been lost over time. The mounds
are visible from Townleyhall, as the crow flies Dowth is 2km from Townleyhall and Newgrange
is over 3km from Townleyhall.
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