Drogheda, on the Boyne is a medieval town just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. Drogheda is the gateway to the world famous Boyne Valley region and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange. Rich in heritage yet young at heart, the largest town in Ireland still has a village feel and a wealth of unique attractions within walking distance of each other. Drogheda derives its name from the Irish Droichead Átha meaning ‘Bridge of the Ford’. It is the largest town in Co. Louth – Ireland’s smallest county – which is named after Lugh, the great God of the Celts.
Quiet lanes reminiscent of times gone by feed into bustling thoroughfares and shopping areas, with an abundance of restaurants, cafés and nightlife. Take the heritage trail around some of the ancient sites within the town’s old walls. Witness the vibrant culture celebrated in the towns’ many festivals and venues. The mighty River Boyne – source of myth and legend slices through the town, yet unites this ancient ground. Throughout its history Drogheda has been a site of military civil and ecclesiastical importance. Drogheda is the ideal centre from which to visit the treasures of Newgrange, Brú na Bóinne, Monasterboice, Oldbridge and Mellifont.
St. Laurence’s Gate, which led to the Friary of St. Laurence, is widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind in Europe. It consists of two lofty circular towers, connected together by a wall, in which there is an archway. It was originally known as the east gate but it was renamed in the 14th century because the street led to the Hospital of St. Laurence. Twice the walls and gates of Drogheda held strong against invasion, firstly when Edward Bruce attacked the town in 1317 and again in 1642 when Sir Phelim O’Neill attempted to take Drogheda. Drogheda surrendered to King William after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Millmount Tower and Museum and St. Peter’s Church, housing the shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett are also within the town.
Fiddle Case Pier at Drogheda Port - New Marina in the heart of the Boyne Valley
Fiddle Case Pier is the new dedicated yacht mooring in the heart of the historic town of Drogheda Co. Louth. The 40 meter pier has been designed for yachts and small leisure craft. It is ideally situated on the north side of the river Boyne, 400 meters upstream of the Boyne Viaduct just past the towns’ commercial shipping quays.
Fiddle Case Pier provides an ideal maritime access to counties Louth & Meath taking in the treasure trove that is the Boyne Valley region. Drogheda is an ideal base from which to explore and learn more about the nearby attractions at Newgrange, Oldbridge, Mellifont Abbey, Monasterboice, and Slane Castle. Wander through time, Ancient gates and walls, passage tombs, monastic ruins, battlegrounds and big houses, family fun, culture, adventure and enjoy the buzzing nightlife!
The riverside Scotch Hall shopping centre is close by for shopping and all supplies in addition to a platter of local restaurants and the four star D hotel. Also within walking distance is the central bus station, rail station, tourist office, Millmount museum and Highlanes art gallery.
Fiddle Case Pier looks forward to your arrival!
For more information visit www.droghedaport.ie