In the morning visit the Millmount Tower and Museum. Take in the spectacular views and explore the history of Drogheda. Millmount is the oldest surviving centre of settlement in the town with a dramatic history and many stories to tell.
Head across the river and have a snack at Relish Cafe in the Highlanes Gallery before exploring the fascinating visual art exhibitions as well as items relating to Drogheda’s past, including a ceremonial sword and mace presented to Drogheda Corporation by King William III after the Battle of the Boyne.
Stop by the impressive St Laurence's Gate, one of the finest examples of a medieval town gate and wall in all of Ireland. Make your way up the hill and have lunch at the luxurious Scholars Townhouse Hotel and Restaurant. Steeped in history and built in 1867 by famous architect Pugin, a former residence and school led by the Christian Brothers from its beginning up until 2005. Retaining the buildings history and heritage there are memorials on the grounds of the Irish historical figures that attended or worked at the School, including John Philip Holland (inventor of the submarine), famed economist T. K. Whittaker and Eamonn Ceannt, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
After lunch a number of choices await you:
- Bring the family to Funtasia Waterpark Drogheda for an afternoon of swimming, splashing and plenty of excitement!
- Visit the Irish Military War Museum in nearby Collon, where you can learn about military history and get 'hands on' with the equipment and vehicles.
- Book an appointment to visit Beaulieu House and Gardens, an oasis of calm just outside Drogheda, where you can stroll around the beautiful walled garden. It is also home to the annual Vantastival music festival.
Return to Drogheda for your gourmet evening meal in West 29 Restolounge at the Westcourt Hotel, followed by a drink in the hotel's bar, Woodrow's, named after Woodrow Wilson who spent time in the hotel whilst visiting Ireland before becoming U.S. President.
Finish the evening with some traditional Irish music, dance and culture at one of the many venues throughout the town during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (11-18 Aug 2019). The culture scene continues all year round; take in a show at the Droichead Arts Centre or the Tommy Leddy Concert Hall and Theatre (TLT), both home to a variety of drama and comedy performances and shows.
Settle in for the night in one of the luxury hotels before heading off to explore the rest of the Boyne Valley in the morning!