Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

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Located in the Boyne Valley and beside the 5,000 year old Loughcrew Cairns is Loughcrew Megalithic Centre. At Loughcrew Megalithic centre visitors will find Nelly’s Kitchen Café, Maggie Heaney’s Cottage and Benny’s Workshop. These traditional thatched cottages surround the courtyard where people love to sit and relax after an enjoyable hike up to the highest point in the Boyne Valley.

In Nelly’s Kitchen Café visitors can warm up with good quality food and beverages. We believe we serve the best beverages around using a long established brand name Bewleys as our source. Our cakes and treats are all homemade and our staff use the freshest ingredients for our hot and cold meals. It’s the perfect place to relax after taking a trip up the ancient Loughcrew Complex.

Maggie Heaney’s Cottage is a 1700’s heritage museum located in the courtyard of the centre. Here visitors can get a feel for what life was like in a traditional Irish cottage. Inside the visitor will get to see antique furniture from times gone by, an audio visual from a past inhabitant explaining life growing up in this cottage and also information about the Loughcrew Cairns and the legend of the Cailleach (Witch).

Benny’s Workshop also makes up part of this traditional courtyard and is available for events, meetings and special occasions. Some events it has been used for include; yoga, sound meditation, children’s fun day, art/photography exhibitions, archaeological talks and craft fairs to name a few. Make sure to keep a close eye on our website to ensure you don’t miss an event.

Leave your car in our car park and take a short hike to the peak of Sliabh na Cailli. This is where you will find some of the ancient passage tombs which make up the Loughcrew Complex. Cairn T is the most impressive tomb in the complex and draws a large crowd at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. On these days the rising sun illuminates the chamber and in particular the beautifully decorated stone in the back recess. On a clear day visitors will be able to see over half of Ireland from the top of Sliabh na Cailli (Hill of the Witch) and while you are there it is a must to make a wish on the Hag’s Chair.

Nelly's Café at Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

In Nelly’s café visitors can warm up with good quality food and Bewley's coffee. Friendly service makes Nelly's café the perfect place to relax after taking a trip up the ancient Loughcrew Cairns. On a sunny day you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in our courtyard.

Also in the centre is Maggie Heaney's cottage. Here you can join a daily tour that brings you back to a simpler time in Irish life. Groups are very welcome and can be accommodated in our event hall. With an attaching playground, there's something for all the family.

Accommodation available all year round with our cosy cottage hostel or tranquil campsite.

Food Served

  • Soup
  • Sanwiches
  • Paninis
  • Wraps
  • Cakes
  • Scones


  • Bewley's Coffee
  • Bewley's Tea
  • Red & White Wine


0867361948 and 0872113624
Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath