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Dowth Hall

Photo credit - Eamonn Gosling Masterpiece Aerial Photography 

Please note: Dowth Hall is not open to the public at this. More details on the Boyne Valley National Park will be announched in due course. 

The Boyne Valley National Park will be the 7th in Ireland and will join Wild Nephin in Mayo, The Wicklow Mountains National Park, The Burren National Park in Clare, Killarney National Park in Kerry, Glenveagh National Park in Donegal and Connemara National Park in Galway. 

Dowth Hall

Dowth,
Slane,

Co. Meath

(not open to the public at present)

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Castlekeeran monastic site

The early Christian monastery of Castlekeeran is situated in the valley of the River Blackwater. Very little remains of the structure of this 8th century monastic settlement  but with three high crosses, an Ogham stone and a early cross slab grave on the wall of the one remaining part of the church it was worth paying a visit to. 

Castlekeeran,

Kells,

Co. Meath

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St Ciaran's Holy Well

St. Ciaran's (also seen as St. Kieran's) Holy Well is near both Castlekeeran (and its monastic site) and Carnaross townlands (approximately three miles). The well is of bedrock and is accessible by crossing one of two bridges across a river. The main well is situated beside a large ash rag tree and has two steps descending into its gorge; two others are proximal and follow along the rock streambed.

St. Ciaran's Well

Castlekeeran,

Co. Meath

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Ardee Castle

Located on the east side of Castle Street, this building ranks as the largest fortified town house to survive in Ireland. The mass of its masonry makes it the most noticeable of the remains of the medieval town of Ardee. Dating from the fifteenth century, this structure is known as ‘Ardee Castle’, ‘St Leger’s Castle’ and ‘Pipard’s Castle’.

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Ardmulchan Church

The town land of Ardmulchan hugs one of the most beautiful bends on the River Boyne between Navan and Slane. For the most part the area was retained by Hugh de Lacy until sometime at the end of the 12th century. This was at a time when defense of the Boyne was vital to the establishment of the Norman colony in Meath. A substantial motte was built, along with a church and several chapels rebuilt on pre Norman foundations. The church tower may be as early as 13th or 14th century. The present ruins of the church seem to be 15th century.

Boyne Rd, Navan, Co. Meath

Please be careful pulling out of the laneway onto the main road when exiting, as visibility is restricted.

View location on Google Maps here 

From Navan:

Take the R153 (turning right over the bridge if heading northbound towards Cavan) for Duleek/Ashbourne. Take a slight left at the first junction for the Boyne Rd. Continue on the Boyne Rd for about 3km, you will see signs on the left for Ardmulchan.

From Dublin:

Take the M3 (this road is tolled) headed for Cavan. At junction 8, exit toward R147/Navan (South). Merge onto Navan (South). Turn left onto R147. Turn right onto the R153 for Duleek/Ashbourne. Take a slight left at the first junction for the Boyne Rd. Continue on the Boyne Rd for about 3km, you will see signs on the left for Ardmulchan.

Via M1 Motorway or Drogheda:

From the M1 (this road is tolled) coming from Belfast, take the exit for junction 10, take the N51 exit to Slane/Drogheda North. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto N51 headed for Slane. If coming from Drogheda take the N51 headed towards Slane also. In Slane take a left on the N2 towards Dublin. About 2km outside Slane turn right onto L1600 for Trim/Navan. Continue straight down this road for 6 km until you see the signs for Ardmulchan on the right.

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Athlumney Castle Navan

Athlumney overlooks a key strategic point, where the Leinster Blackwater drains into the Boyne. The placename derives from the Irish for "Loman's ford", referring to Lommán of Trim. Archaeological digs uncovered an Early Christian souterrain.

The motte at Athlumney (which preceded the existing castle) was built in the years after 1172 when Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath granted the title of Baron Skryne to his ally Adam de Feypo; he in turn granted Athlumney to a relative Amauri de Feipo, who built the motte.

Convent Rd, Navan, Co. Meath.

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Athlumney is situated on the East Bank of the Boyne River and to find it take the M3 from Dublin to Cavan. Exit at junction 7 and follow the signs for Navan. At Navan take a right turn onto Athlumney Rd towards Kentstown This is the R153. Take the first turn right onto Convent Rd which is a narrow road with a one way system, so you will have to exit from it's other end when leaving. You can park near a green area in the Athlumney Castle housing estate just adjacent to the Castle and have a good walk around.

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Battle of the Boyne Site

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge House and Gardens

 

+353 (0) 41 9809950
battleoftheboyne@opw.ie

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Oldbridge House
Oldbridge
Drogheda
Co. Meath
A92 CY68

See website for further details.

View location on Google Maps 

By car: 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 N2 (Slane/Ashbourne and off N51 (Slane/Drogheda) – the N51 is Not Suitable for Coaches. Coach Parking available in Visitor Centre Car Park.

Bus Services from Drogheda to the Battle of the Boyne www.buseireann.ie

Bru na Boinne (Newgrange and Knowth) bus link 188

TFI Local Link Route 188 connecting Rathcairn, Athboy, Navan, Duleek, Donore, and Drogheda with Brú na Bóinne and the Battle of the Boyne Site.  The route operates 8 times per day, 7 days per week providing improved access to our heritage sites.  Access the Athboy to Drogheda timetable and many more Local Link timetables available at www.locallinklmf.ie/rrs-daily-services.

Airport

Distance from Dublin International Airport is 44Km

Port

Distance from Dublin Port is 50km

Distance from Dun Laoghaire Port is 63Km

Locate Us:

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October 2023 Update

Visitor Centre   -   Open 9am to 4pm (see details below)
Tea Room         -   Open 9am to 4pm 
Walled Garden -   Open 9am to 4.30pm
Parklands         -   Entrance Gate open 8am to 4pm
                             Exit Gate open 8am to 6pm

Please note due to an emergency building issue, the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is temporarily closed.  The tearoom, walled garden and parklands remain open and the OPW Guiding team have relocated the Battle of the Boyne experience to the nearby Stable Yard, so please come and visit.  OPW apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

May - September    (Open Daily)   10am - 5.00pm

October - April     (Open Daily)   9am - 4.00pm


PLEASE NOTE:  Main Entrance Gate to estate locked at 4pm sharp.  Exit Gate locks at 6pm sharp.  A call-out fee will apply for vehicles still parked in car park after the 6pm deadline. 

See website and Facebook for up-to-date information on visiting and access.

http://facebook.com/battleoftheboyne

Adult                      €5.00

Senior/Group         €4.00

Child/Student        €3.00 (Children under 12 are free of charge)

Family                  €13.00

No group bookings available until further notice

Online Booking – BOOK HERE

If you are unable to book online please telephone 041 980 9950 for assistance.

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Beaulieu House & Gardens

Beaulieu House is a 17th Century house and gardens.It is one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland and designed around an old Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne, who was granted a Patent to the lands in 1666, by Charles II.

Situated on the north bank of the river Boyne between Drogheda and the Irish Sea, the estate was originally owned by the ‘St. Oliver' branch of the Plunkett family and was the Army in Ireland and Governor General of Drogheda at the time of the Restoration of Charles II.

+353 (0)41 9845051
beaulieu.house.garden@gmail.com

Beaulieu House, Gardens & Car Museum,Drogheda,Co Louth

For opening times, please visit http://beaulieuhouse.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/BeaulieuIreland

Please see website for bookings and prices

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Bective Abbey

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 Mellifont Abbey in Louth. The Cistercians had been founded to recapture the original simplicity of monastic life; this was reflected in their restrained buildings.

(041) 988 0300
brunaboinne@opw.ie

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

View location on Google Maps here 

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

Access year round

Free

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Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth

The new state of the art, immersive visitor experience focuses on the monuments of the World Heritage Site during the Neolithic period. It transports visitors back 5000 years to the pinnacle of passage tomb building tradition.

The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies and the monument building process.

+353 (0) 41 988 0300
brunaboinne@opw.ie

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,

Donore,

County Meath

A92 EH5C
 

NB: Do not go directly to Newgrange or Knowth, all access is via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Eircode A92 EH5C) 

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Location

2km west of Donore Village on the L21

Google Maps Link

Directions

From Navan: Take the turn for Duleek and veer left for the Boyne Road. Once you reach the N2 junction, take a right and sharp left for the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre From Drogheda: Take the Donore Road from the Bus Station which is located just off the N1 on the south side of the River Boyne. Travel about 7km (4.5 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.

Via the M1 Motorway: Take the M1 heading north, leave the motorway at the Donore Exit near Drogheda, (Brú na Bóinne is clearly signposted before the exit). There is a toll of 1.50 Euro before the Donore exit. Travel about 6km (4 miles) to the village of Donore, turn right passing Daly's Brú na Bóinne Bar and Restaurant on the right, travel about 1km, the Visitor Centre cark park is on the right hand side.

From Dublin: Take the N2 north via Ashbourne towards Slane. Turn right about 2km south of Slane.

From Trim: Take the R161 to Navan and follow directions from Navan. From Slane: take the N2 Ashbourne route from Slane, turn left approx 2 km outside of Slane and follow the signs for Brú na Bóinne.

 

Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service (Route 163) between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda. See Bus Eireann website for details. This service runs in conjunction with the service to Drogheda from Dublin. Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (0) 1 8366111 or +353 (0) 41 983 5023.

Bru na Boinne (Newgrange and Knowth) bus link 188

TFI Local Link Route 188 connecting Rathcairn, Athboy, Navan, Duleek, Donore, and Drogheda with Brú na Bóinne and the Battle of the Boyne Site.  The route operates 8 times per day, 7 days per week providing improved access to our heritage sites.  Access the Athboy to Drogheda timetable and many more Local Link timetables available at www.locallinklmf.ie/rrs-daily-services.

 

Click here to see opening arrangements and available booking times.

 

 

 

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Brú na Bóinne Tour plus  Newgrange Chamber
ADULT: €18
SENIOR (60 and over): €16
CHILD (12-17): €12
CHILD (under 12): FREE
STUDENT (valid student ID required): €12
FAMILY (max. 2 adults & 5 Children aged 12 -17) : €48

Visitor Centre Exhibition only
ADULT: €5
SENIOR (60 and over): €4
CHILD (12-17): €3
CHILD (under 12): FREE
STUDENT (valid student ID required): €3
FAMILY (max. 2 adults & 5 Children aged 12 -17): €13

 

Pre-booking tickets is essential, up to one month in advance

For wheelchair users or visitors who require special assistance please email brunaboinne@opw.ie in advance of booking.

For group bookings (15 – 24 tickets): email brunaboinne@opw.ie

 

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