Boyne Valley, Leinster
Boyne Valley, Leinster
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
Encompassing Louth and Meath, Ireland's most popular holiday location was the ancient capital and had the most sacred and mythical landscape of the country.
Did you know? Constructed around 3200BC, Newgrange is 500 years older than the pyramids of Egypt and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in England!
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The gateway of the Boyne Valley, Drogheda is the largest medieval town in Ireland. Drogheda was first an Anglo-Norman port and became their primary strongholds in the 13th century when the town walls were complete. Today, the town still has a village feel and a wealth of unique attractions within walking distance of each other. Drogheda Museum Millmount is one of County Louth’s most significant heritage sites. Known as the ‘cup and saucer’, it offers spectacular views over the town and its majestic steeples. It is home to a military exhibition of Ireland’s struggles displaying guns, swords and John Boyle O’Reilly’s death mask.

St. Laurence Gate was built in the 13th Century. Originally one of ten gates which allowed entry and exit to the medieval town, it stands almost 20 metres in height, and is one of the most impressive examples of its type in Europe.

St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church is set right in the heart of Drogheda’s main thoroughfare. This towering Gothic Revival church dates back to the 18th century. The church is also famous for housing the shrine of St Oliver Plunkett, who is credited with bringing Jesuits to Drogheda.

Activities near the Boyne Valley

The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located near the river Boyne. You can see a quarter of the landscape of Ireland if you stand on the top of the hill on a clear day! This archaeological complex contains some highly interesting monuments such as the Lia Fáil (meaning Stone of Destiny), a standing stone located within an area known as the Forrad (The Royal Seat) which served as the inauguration stone for the High Kings of Ireland.

New Grange is a World Heritage Site and is one of the largest and most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Three large passage tombs dominate this archaeological complex: Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, believed to be built in the late Stone Age about 5,000 years ago.

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle is incredibly well-preserved and is possibly the first stone castle in Ireland. Trim, the town around the castle, was enclosed by stone walls in the 13th century and contains more medieval buildings than any town in Ireland! Trim is now a prosperous and busy market town.

Kells is the town where the famous Book of Kells, a highly ornate version of the four gospels in Latin, was written (it is exhibited in Dublin in the Old Library of Trinity College). The town, established by St Colmcille in the 6th century, was once one of the most important ecclesiastical centres in Ireland and the many High Crosses dating from as early as the 9th century still bear witness to the fact. Although Kells became an important Anglo-Norman walled settlement, it is its monastic heritage that best survived.

Loughcrew is a site of megalithic burial grounds dating back to approximately 3500 and 3300 BC during the Neolithic Age. The site contains about 30 passage, which makes it one of the most important and considerable prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland.
Melifort Abbey
Don’t miss a trip to Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142. Tucked in beside the River Mattock, by 1170 it had 100 monks and 300 lay brothers and became the model for Cistercian monasteries in Ireland. It was the main abbey in the country until it was closed in 1152. Little of the abbey remains but the visitor centre has an interesting exhibition of the work of masons in the Middle Ages. It’s an ideal spot for a summer’s picnic!

At the Battle of the Boyne Centre in Oldbridge, you can learn of the historic battle between two Kings which occurred on 1 July 1690 (11th of July according to our modern calendar), an event that shaped the course of Irish history. William had 36,000 men and James had 25,000, the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.

Monasterboice boasts one of the tallest round towers and two of the tallest and well-preserved high crosses in Ireland. The crosses contain carved murals depicting biblical scenes which are fine examples of Celtic art. The monastery was founded in the late 5th century by St Buith, a follower of St Patrick. The site includes the ruins of two churches and a cemetery.
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