Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, is one of Ireland's most important visual art spaces.
Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, which opened in 2006, is one of Ireland's most important visual art spaces. Serving the North East region, it presents a programme of national and international temporary exhibitions, as well as exhibitions drawn from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, a fascinating collection dating from the mid-18th century.
The gallery is sited in the former Drogheda Franciscan Church and Friary known, locally, as ‘High Lane Church'; the building - gifted by the Franciscan Order to the people of Drogheda in 2000 - has carefully and lovingly preserved the character of the original. The gallery houses the town's most treasured heirlooms: a ceremonial sword and mace presented to Drogheda Corporation by King William III after the Battle of the Boyne. Only towns that have successfully withstood sieges were presented with such swords: Drogheda's is particularly fine, while the accompanying solid silver mace is one of the largest, and most magnificent, in Ireland.
Listen to some wonderful audio on Drogheda - part of the Boyne Valley Drive
Highlanes Gallery welcomes visits from groups. In order to make your visit as pleasant as possible we ask that all groups book in advance, in that way we can arrange a customised guide and facilitate any catering requests. For schools, we can arrange a talk on the collection or temporary exhibition plus an insight into how galleries are managed from the planning of an exhibition to environmental monitoring. Since January 2012 tours are charged at a rate of €30 per group/class or €1 per person. More information at www.highlanes.ie
Highlanes Gallery,Laurence Street,Drogheda,Co. Louth
Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/ Belfast) and Suburban trains (Dublin/Drogheda/ Dundalk) with trains departing approximately every half hour from 07:30 - 23:20 daily. For more info see www.irishrail.ie or call +353 (0) 41 9838749.
Drogheda is serviced by both Intercity (Dublin/Dundalk/ Belfast) and Suburban bus services (Dublin/ Drogheda/ Dundalk),in addition to other national routes, with buses departing from 07:15 - 00:00 daily. For more info visit www.buseireann.ie or call +353(0) 41 9835023.
From the Nort:
Take the M1 south to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately before the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.
From the south:
Take the M1 north to Drogheda and exit at the N52 / Drogheda off-ramp (immediately after the M1 Boyne bridge) and follow the signs for town centre.
From the west:
Take the N52 via Navan / Slane, cross over the M1 (with the M1 Boyne bridge to the south) and follow the signs for town centre.
Once in the town
Once in the town Turn on to West Street (adjacent to the Bridge of Peace)•At the end of West street go straight through the junction up St Laurence Street and the gallery is at the top of the hill on the right - slightly offset from the street•Note there is no parking within the gallery complex.
There are several parking options in Drogheda – visit www.highlanes.ie for more details on directions and parking.
Highlanes Gallery are open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, and will remain closed on Sundays. It will be open on key Sunday and Bank Holidays throughout each year including May Bank Holiday Weekend to coincide with the Annual Drogheda Arts Festival, and the October Bank Holiday Weekend.
Admission to the Gallery is free – visitors may choose to leave a token donation, suggested at €2.