Battle of the Boyne

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The Battle of the Boyne between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II, was fought on 1 July 1690 (11 July according to our modern calendar). Both kings commanded their armies in person, 36,000 on the Williamite side and 25,000 on the Jacobite side - the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and power in Ireland. The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the recently restored 18th century Oldbridge House, which is on the battlesite. Free access to the battlesite, parklands and the formal gardens.

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre in County Meath with cannons Musket Display at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre County Meath

Battle of the Boyne Site

Where William of Orange defeated King James II in 1690.


The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village. The site is sign-posted from Exit 9 off the M1 (Dublin/Belfast), off N51 (Slane/Drogheda) - Not Suitable for Coaches, and off N2 (Slane/Ashbourne). Coach Parking available in Visitor Centre Car Park.


March –April Daily 09.30-17.30

May-September Daily 10.00-18.00

Oct-Feb Daily 09.00-17.00

Last admission 1hr before closing.

Site closes Christmas and New Year

Car Park and Main Gate locked one hour after above closing times.

Admission Charges

Adult: €4.00

Group/Senior: €3.00

Child/Student: €2.00

Family: €10.00

Free admission to the grounds (battlesite walkways).

Guided Tours

Self Guide through Visitor Centre.

Groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked

Length of Tour: 1 hour

Living History displays take place during the Summer months. Please see for details of dates and times of these displays.

Audiovisual Presentation

Seating: 51

Duration: 15 minutes

Languages: English, Irish, French, German, Italian and Spanish

Average Length of visit Visitor Centre: 1 hour approx Self Guiding Walks: 1 hour approx

Calavry display at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre Tea Rooms at Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Co. Meath


OPW leaflets are available in English and other languages. A selection of books, postcards and other souvenirs are for sale in the Tea Pavillion.

Facilities Original 17th century weaponry, laser battlefield model, exhibitions, audiovisual presentation, display of replica 17th Century weaponry, walled garden, car and coach parking. Centre is accessible to visitors with disabilities- including Tea Pavillion and toilet facilities.

Optional self-guiding walks on Battlesite Walkways and Boyne Riverside Walkway. Caution- deep water.

Tea Pavillion : Capacity 100.

353 (0) 41 9809950
Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath