Battle of the Boyne Site
Please note the Visitor Centre is currently closed. The Parklands are open 9am to 6pm. The Entry Gate is locked at 5pm and the Exit Gate at 6pm. The Tea-Rooms are providing a take-away service only. All toilets on site are currently closed subject to a risk assessment, deep clean and social distancing signage being put in place. See website and social media for updates
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge House and Gardens
The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish history, part of a wider struggle for power across 17th century Europe.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James II on 1 July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688. James went to Ireland where he rallied his mostly Catholic army, making a stand on the banks of the Boyne outside Drogheda.
The battle is brought to life using a laser battle site model, audio visual film, real and replica weaponry and interactive guided tours. The Visitor Centre is located in the restored 18th century Oldbridge House surrounded by Victorian Gardens and battle site walks.
There is a varied programme of events all summer, including chilrdrens history workshops, Victorian Garden Games and outdoor theatre (see website and social media for details).
Restored Victorian Walled Garden with unique sunken Octagonal Garden, herbaceous borders, Peach House, Dog Kennels and Bothy with exhibition about Walled Gardens in the area. Admission to gardens is free of charge. Dogs and ball games are not permitted in the gardens.
With its skirt of decking overlooking the Victorian Garden and Octagonal Garden, you can enjoy your refreshments to takeaway (currently).
Heritage Walking Routes
Battle of the Boyne - Oldbridge Estate Walks. Over 5 km of scenic walks on the historic battle site, linking with adjacent Boyne Greenway and Boyne Canal Walk. Free of charge. Dogs must be on leads at all times. No bikes permitted on walks.
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre provides Education Packs for both Primary and Secondary School students. For more information, please click here.
Listen to some wonderful audio on the Battle of the Boyne - part of the Boyne Valley Drive:
Get your water bottle refilled for free! Part of the refill.ie network.
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre,
F: +353 (0)41 9849873
Audiovisual Presentation Seating: 51 Duration: 15 minutes Languages: English, Irish, French, German, Italian and Spanish Average Length of visit Visitor Centre: 1 hour approx Self Guiding Walks: 1 hour approx Leaflet/Guidebook OPW leaflets are available in English and other languages. A selection of books, postcards and other souvenirs are for sale in the Tea Pavillion. Tea Pavillion : Capacity 100