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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

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.

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Convent Rd, Navan, Co. Meath.

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.

Free, but with a deposit left at Athlumney Manor B&B

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Battle of the Boyne Site

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge House and Gardens

    The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish history, part of a wider struggle for power across 17th century Europe.

    +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.

    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

    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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    Updated (10 May 2021)

    Visitor Centre open: 10:00- 16:30.

    Walled Garden open: 10:-00- 17:30.

    Public Toilets open:  10:00 - 17:00

    Tea Pavilion open for outdoor dining only. Takeaway Service available .

    Entrance Gate to the Oldbridge Estate closed at 17:00, Exit Gate closed at 19:00 sharp.

    A call-out fee will apply for vehicles still parked in car park after the 7pm deadline. 

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

    http://facebook.com/battleoftheboyne

    UPDATE: Free access to Visitor Centre, for summer 2021

    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
    info@beaulieuhouse.ie

    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 nearby Old Mellifont Abbey. The Order 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.

    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 when Brú na Bóinne contained some of the largest buildings in the world.

    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

     

    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. Bus Route(s): Bus Eireann operates a bus service between the Visitor Centre and Drogheda. 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.

    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.

    Tours: 9:20am to 5:20pm.

    See website for up-to-date information.

     

     

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    Update: Free admission Summer 2021

     

    1. Brú na Bóinne Tour – Outside Only:
    Adult €12
    Senior(aged 60+) €10
    Children (12–17) €8
    Family* €28

    12 are free but still require a ticket.
    *Family is 2 adults and up to 5 children

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    Collon House

    Built in 1740 in the Irish Long House style, Collon House was the home of Anthony Foster, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

    Collon House, steeped in history, is full of character and charm; its gracious rooms are exquisitely furnished with period antiques and paintings, retaining the atmosphere of early Georgian living, making this a rare opportunity to experience less than one hour from Dublin City Centre, and thirty minutes from Dublin Airport.

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    collonhousereception@gmail.com

    Collon House Collon Co. Louth

    Arriving by car

    Collon House is in the centre of Historic Collon village on the N2 Dublin Derry/Londonderry road, 55kms/35 miles north of Dublin City.Or if driving from Dublin/Airport North on the M1, take junction 10, and the Collon Road, if driving Southbound on the M1, take junction 12, and the Collon Road.

    Arriving by Bus/Coach

    Fast and frequent coaches operate between Collon and Dublin city centre, see collinscoaches.ie for timetables.Local buses operates to Drogheda, to connect with expressway services, see buseireann.ie

    Arriving by Train

    The nearest Irish Rail/Iarnrod Eireann station is Drogheda, 9 miles away, see irishrail.ie for timetable.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Collon-House/572335932820797
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    Donaghmore Round Tower & Cemetery

    Saint Patrick is said to have first founded a monastery here, giving charge of it to one of his followers, St. Cassanus. The existing ruins, however, do not date back that far. The architectural style of the church indicates it was built in the 15th Century. Most likely, it replaced an older church built in the Romanesque style; a carved Romanesque head is incorporated in the south wall of the bell tower. The round tower predates the church and was built in the 9th or 10th century. It is well-preserved though missing its conical cap.

    Slane Road,Navan

    From Dublin take the M3 motor way(this road is tolled), leaving at Exit 8 or N3 to Navan, on continue through Navan and take a right just beyond the turn for Kentstown, you will see a sign N 51 Kingscourt /Drogheda, go up Flower Hill and keep right round the roundabout at the Round O public house. The cemetery is about a mile on the left-hand side of the Slane road, you will see a sign with a P (Park) & + Cross, turn left here and a few yards up this road you will see a Round Tower and gate leading to the cemetary.

    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. Continue on the N51 through slane towards Navan after approx 9kms there should be signage for Donaghmore Round Tower & cemetary

    Free

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    Donaghpatrick Church

    Saint Patrick`s Church was built in 1896, designed by J.F. Fuller, an authority on the Hiberno-Romanesque style

    In 1862 the London-trained Fuller had answered an advertisement for a district architect under the Irish Ecclesiastical Commissioners; he was chosen from among 97 candidates: St. Patrick`s is one of his finest creations.

    Donaghpatrick Church and site

    Donaghpatrick,Teltown,Co. Meath

    From Dublin take the M3 motor way (this road is tolled), leaving at Exit 9 At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto N51, Go through 2 roundabouts, At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kells Road/R147. Continue to follow R147, (6km) Turn right toward Windtown Road, Turn left onto Windtown Road, Donaghpatrick, Co. Meath

    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. Coming from Drogheda take the N51 headed towards Slane also. Continue on the N51 through Slane. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto N51, Go through 1 roundabout, (13km) Turn right onto Ratholdren Road, Continue onto Windtown Road for 3km and then you reach Donaghpatrick.

    Free

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