One of Ireland’s most well-known towns, Slane has been shaped by centuries of continuity, personal commitment and constant reinvention. Legend says that over 1500 years ago, St Patrick lit a fire that signalled a transformation in Ireland’s identity.
For over three hundred years, one family – the Conynghams – have added new chapters to the town’s fascinating story as each generation made its mark. And for the past three decades, tens of thousands gather regularly at Slane Castle to enjoy the world’s most famous bands and musicians. During all this, the town has retained its unique charm, beauty and timelessness.
Slane's long and fascinating history is brilliantly outlined on the Slane Historic Trail. There is a wealth of historic sites to explore in the estate village of Slane. Its past is brought to life through a series of plaques and panels placed at points of interest along the route.
The self guided route is 2.2km long and will take approximately 45-60 minutes. It profiles the following points:
- Slane Village Square
- The Diamond
- Rock House
- Erasmus Smith School
- St. Patrick's Catholic Church
- The Old School
- Gate Lodge
- Castle Gates
- Miller's Row
- Slane Mill
- Gothic Gates
- St. Patrick's Church of Ireland
- Conyngham Arms Hotel
- Hill of Slane (by vehicle)
Download Slane Historic Trail Map
Slane Hub and Tourism Centre,
2 Main Street,