Discover Boyne Valley, Birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East

The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland and
only 20 minutes outside Dublin city.

It is Ireland’s ancient capital and
its most sacred and mythical landscape.

Visit places filled with unmissable experiences with Maps and Brochures as your guide and Itineraries as your inspiration, prepare for an adventure through a land of legends.  From brave knights, castles and round towers to tales of emigrants, monks and ancient civilisations, Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with stories, culture, attractions, festivals and fun. Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East and has some of the world’s most mythical landscapes. The rich valley is home to a range of heritage sites and monuments including Europe’s largest Anglo-Norman Castle.

Discover Boyne Valley, Adventure Activities

Walk, Sail & Cycle Boyne Valley:

Explore Boyne Valley’s abundance of heritage sites by boat, bike and foot. Take an electric bike from Rock Farm, wander around Newgrange and float along River Boyne with Boyne Boats to marvel at Trim Castle.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann comes to Drogheda in 2018

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Drogheda, August 12th-19th 2018:

The countdown is on to the most important Irish music and cultural event of the year, and this year it's going to be at the heart of the Boyne Valley! Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann comes to Drogheda in 2018 and brings together thousands of people from across the world for a week of exciting events dedicated to all aspects of Irish music, song, dance and other cultural arts.

At the mouth of the majestic River Boyne, that most Irish of rivers, Drogheda is perfectly positioned to host this wonderful celebration of 'ceoil agus craic'. Not only has the Drogheda Comhaltas group succeeded in bringing the Fleadh to the Boyne Valley for the first time this year, it has also secured its return for 2019!

To keep up to date with events, follow the Fleadh's website, as well as its social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. Up-to-date accommodation lists are also included here. More festival updates will be published also on our "What's On" events page.

Discover Boyne Valley, Tours and Itineraries

Tours & Itineraries:

The dramatic landscapes have been the background to the film Braveheart and you can even take a trip in a paddleboat from Game of Thrones. The area offers some of Ireland’s best seasonal cuisine through the Boyne Valley Food Series and is home to an emerging number of distilleries. Try your hand at creating your own gin at Listoke Distillery or embark on a whiskey tour at Boann and Slane Castle.

Discover Boyne Valley, Myths and Legends

Myths & Legends of Boyne Valley:

There is 5,000 years of history at Boyne Valley, with the Brú na Bóinne monuments dating back further than Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza. Visit the site of the Battle of Boyne and relive history at Trim Living History.

Discover Boyne Valley, Award Winning Food Destination

Discover Boyne Valley, Award Winning Food Destination:

The Boyne Valley, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland brings to you food experiences fit for any King or Queen. The rolling farmlands are home to a growing number of artisan producers where their products are used in a number of restaurants and eateries.

Discover Boyne Valley, Birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East

Discover Boyne Valley

Heritage Sites - Historic sites, historic trails, heritage towns, scenic drives

Tour Guides - Local expert tour guides, walking tours, cycling tours, chauffeur tours

Tour Organisers - Full package tours with accommodation, self-drive, private escorted and coach tours

Itineraries - Suggested 3 day & 7 day itineraries to discover the region

Discover Boyne Valley, Birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East

Plan your visit

Things to do - adventure activities, cultural experiences, heritage trails

Places to stay - Hotels, Guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast accommodation options

Food & drink - Restaurants and Pub guide for quality food & drink experiences

Special offers - Updated special offer in accommodation and activities

Getting around - car hire, coach hire, camper / motorhome hire, electric bike hire options

Tourist information - Local tourist offices in the region

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Brochures & Guides - Download PDF brochures and holiday / event guides in the region

Maps - Interactive maps showing main points of interest and suggested driving routes

Audio tour - Listen to the incredible story of the Boyne Valley

So memorable in ancient history and so rich in monuments of the past ... that the history of Ireland might be written in tracing its banks.

 - William Wilde, The Beauties of the Boyne (1849)

Listen to this wonderful audio on the Boyne Valley Drive: