Information on Covid-19 if you are visiting the Boyne Valley

Last updated: 8th June 2020

Please adhere to the advice from the Ireland’s Health Service HSE to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Please read the guidelines on the HSE website to learn how to protect yourself and otherspractice social distancing and the importance of regular hand washing.

Government Recommendations

The current restrictions are still in place and everyone is urged to stay home where possible. Staying at home is the best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to your friends, families and communities until restrictions begin to ease. The Irish Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business was published on May 18th, from which point Ireland will re-open in a slow, phased way.  The Plan sets out five stages for unlocking restrictions, at three-week intervals.

Download Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business.

Ireland is now in Phase 2 of the roadmap June 8th 2020.

The advice is to stay local - within your county or within 20 kilometres of home. You can see the full list of measures in place right now by clicking here.

Visitor accommodation, attractions, activities and tourist facilities are reopening on a phased basis where social distancing can be maintained and pending government approval of each phase (announced in advance of each phase). To plan your visit to the Boyne Valley, visit our blog of up to date features of the Boyne Valley

  • OPW sites are reopening on a phased basis, please visit this site for further information and see below the sites that have reopened /are due to reopen in Counties Meath and Louth, across the Boyne Valley.
  • Please see our Whats on page for upcoming events across the Boyne Valley.
  • Restaurants and cafes are due to reopen during Phase 3 on June 29th 2020, pending Government confirmation.
  • Hotels, Hostels, B&B’s, Guesthouses, Self-Catering and other tourist accommodation are currently taking bookings and are due to reopen during Phase 3 June 29th 2020, pending Government confirmation (brought forward from phase 4).
  • Bars that operate as restaurants will reopen on June 29th Phase 3 2020, pending Government confirmation.
  • Museums, galleries and other cultural outlets are due to open during Phase 3 June 29th 2020, pending Government confirmation.
  • The Boyne Valley has many beautiful walks available for people to enjoy while adhering to the 20km rule currently in place until July 20th.
  • Retail reopened on June 8th with staggered reopening times, check with each retailer on reopening dates and check opening times.
  • As part of phase 4 of the roadmap, it is planned that you will be able to travel outside your locality and beyond the 20 kilometre restriction in phase 3 on June 29th.

Please refer to the individual businesses for reopening as dates may vary.

County Meath and County Louth OPW Sites

Site Name

Items (if applicable)

Phase 1 May 18th

Phase 2 June 8th
(pending government announcements – please check before travel)

Phase 3

June 29th

Phase 4

July 20th

(pending government announcements – please check before travel)

Phase 5

August 10th

Bective Abbey

Full Site

Open

 

 

 

 

Bru Visitor Centre

Newgrange

Knowth


Dowth

 

Grounds Only

Grounds Only, possibly to top of mound

Grounds only

 

 

 

 

To open

To open

To open


To open

 

Hill of Slane

 

Graveyard

Grasslands

Open

Open

 

 

 

 

Hill of Tara

Works Required

 

To open

 

 

 

Loughcrew

Works Required

 

To open

 

 

 

Oldbridge

Gardens & Parklands & carpark

Open

 

 

 

 

Old Mellifont Abbey

Grounds only

Open

 

 

 

 

Trim Castle

Grounds only

Open

 

 

 

 

Travel and Public Transport

  • For the latest information on travel to Ireland, please check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here
  • For travel within Ireland, public transport is operating with revised timetables. Please check with the individual service provider or visit transportforireland.ie or their dedicated covid 19 page
  • For the safety of everyone please exercise social distancing and follow the guidelines as set out by the Government of Ireland.

International travel
The current advice for phase 2 is: