Overlooking the River Boyne, just a few kilometres upstream from Newgrange and the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne, Slane Castle in its existing form was constructed under the direction of William Burton Conyngham, together with his nephew the 1st Marquess Conyngham. The reconstruction dates back to 1785 and is principally the work of James Gandon, James Wyatt and Francis Johnston. Francis Johnston was also the architect responsible for the gothic gates on the Mill Hill, located to the east of the castle.
One of the most exciting historic buildings on the island Slane Castle hosts many high profile events, from its famous Summer Concerts with a capacity of 80,000 people, to intimate events inside the Castle. With the backdrop of the River Boyne and the surrounding parkland of the Estate, it is the perfect venue to accommodate a wide range of events in unique surroundings.
Slane Castle Tours
We provide guided historical tours throughout the Castle which will give you an opportunity to learn about the Conyngham Family, the history of the building and all about the concerts that have been held at the venue over the years.
Tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Booking is online, walk-ins will be accommodated where possible. Book Tour
Listen to some wonderful audio on Slane Castle.
Slane Estate Walking Trail
International rock legends have entertained millions of fans against the backdrop of Slane Castle since 1981. Follow in their footsteps on the Concert Field Walk which starts at the Castle courtyard, and wander through beautiful mature woodlands. Check website for opening times; The walking trail is open and access is free of charge for March and April.
Afternoon Tea at Slane Castle
Slane Castle, in the heart of the Boyne Valley, is proud to introduce a new Afternoon Tea Experience combining a miniature guided tour with the grand tradition of afternoon tea and the modern addition of a glass of fizz.
- Dates: Saturday 19th & 26th March @ 3.30pm
- Mother's Day Sunday, 27th March @ 12 noon & 3.30pm
- We will be releasing dates shortly for future Saturday's.
Price: €50pp - includes glass of bubbles, a non alcoholic option will also be provided
Reservations are essential. Experience begins at the front doors of the castle. Please note any dietary requirements in comment box at time of booking. Book Afternoon Tea
Outdoor Dining at Slane Castle Demesne
The Silver Fox Food Truck located in the sheltered Castle Courtyard is open on Saturdays and Sundays (from 10am to 5pm, grounds open until 6p.m.). On offer are hot drinks and a seasonal menu of light bites - toasties, sausage rolls, cookies, brownies and almond biscuits. The hatch bar is open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Covered seating in the Castle Courtyard ensures even wet days are great at Slane Castle. Booking is not required.
Discover Slane Irish Whiskey
A tour of Slane Distillery takes visitors through our heritage room, barley room, cooperage, and maturation warehouse before a final stop that provides a view of our pot stills and production areas. The tour concludes in the best way possible with a taste of our signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey. Book tours.
Slane has been home to the most famous Irish music concerts since the 1980s. Acts such as Metallica, U2, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, David Bowie, Queen and REM have performed in Slane.
U2, uniquely, have performed three times at the venue – playing support to the renowned Irish band, Thin Lizzy, who headlined Slane with their first show in 1981. U2 later recorded part of their 4th studio album, The Unforgettable Fire, in Slane Castle.
Weddings at Slane Castle
There are a number of compelling reasons for choosing Slane Castle as your wedding venue. Slane Castle operates under a two day exclusive rental policy, which means you and your family can avail of the entire castle for your Wedding Reception and also your Wedding Ceremony. See here for details.