Bective Abbey | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

Bective Abbey

  • Opening Hours
  • Access year round

  • Admission Costs
  • Free

  • Directions
  • From M1 Motorway

    At junction 10, take the N51 exit.

    Continue onto R161 & turn left onto L4010 (Navan Road)

    From Navan

    Take the 1st exit onto Railway Street & continue onto R161 & turn left onto L4010 (Navan road)

    From Drogheda

    At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51

    Continue onto R161 & Turn left onto L4010

    From Dublin M3

    Continue onto Navan Road/N3, take exit onto R156

    Merge onto M3, at junction 7, take the R147

    Continue onto L4010

  • Just off the R161, at Ballina, Co. Meath.

  • Region: Navan , Trim ,
  • Navan
  • (041) 988 0300
  • brunaboinne@opw.ie

Bective Abbey was founded in 1147 for the Cistercian Order by Murchad O'Maeil- Sheachlainn, King of Meath. It was Ireland's second Cistercian Abbey; a ‘daughter house' to nearby Old Mellifont Abbey. The Order had been founded to recapture the original simplicity of monastic life; this was reflected in their restrained buildings.

Bective became an important monastic settlement. The remains now visible at the Abbey date mainly from the 13th to 15th centuries. They include the church, chapter house and cloister. The cloister ruins are particularly Well-preserved and feature pointed, gothic arches typical of Cistercian architecture.

The abbey was suppressed following the dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII in1543.The lands were then rented, and the monastery began to be used as a fortified house.

Today, the ruins provide a maze of passageways with dead ends and interrupted staircases, all asking to be explored. Due to the attraction of its medieval ruins, Bective Abbey has been used three times by Hollywood producers: in 1995 for;Captain Lightfootstarring Rock Hudson,the 1995 blockbuster Braveheart and most recently in 2020 by Ridley Scott for his medieval epic The Last Duel, starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Afleck.

Listen to some wonderful audio on Bective Abbey - part of the Boyne Valley Drive:

Bective Abbey is free to visit and there is a visitor carpark.

For more on the history and archaeology of the abbey, see the video by the National Monuments Service below.

Other Information:

For further information please Contact: Bru na boinne

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Telephone
(041) 988 0300
Email Address
brunaboinne@opw.ie
Address

Just off the R161, at Ballina, Co. Meath.

Directions

From M1 Motorway

At junction 10, take the N51 exit.

Continue onto R161 & turn left onto L4010 (Navan Road)

From Navan

Take the 1st exit onto Railway Street & continue onto R161 & turn left onto L4010 (Navan road)

From Drogheda

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51

Continue onto R161 & Turn left onto L4010

From Dublin M3

Continue onto Navan Road/N3, take exit onto R156

Merge onto M3, at junction 7, take the R147

Continue onto L4010

Opening Hours

Access year round

Admission Costs

Free

Latitude
53.5819
Longitude
-6.70372
Region
GPS: 53.5819, -6.70372

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