Boyne Valley Drive Sites

Drogheda Museum, Millmount

Millmount Museum and Martello Tower are situated on high ground in the heart of Drogheda near to where the river Boyne. Shortly after the Anglo-Norman King Henry II granted him the Kingdom of Meath in 1172, Hugh de Lacy constructed a motte and bailey on a huge mound overlooking the River Boyne. A more substantial stone fort replaced the earlier structure. According to Irish mythology, the mound was the burial place of Amergin mac Míled, druid, bard and judge of the Milesians. Amergin was the son of Míl Espáine and brother of éremón (see Myths & Legends, p. 52).

+353 (0)41 9833097
info@droghedamuseum.ie

Millmount Museum, Millmount Complex,Drogheda,Co. Louth
F: +353 (0)41 9841599

Getting here - Drogheda Museum Millmount is located in the centre of Drogheda town on the south of the river Boyne. Buses and cars should turn into of the Dublin Road onto Mary Street at the Memorial, facing the new Scotch Hall Shopping Centre, and drive to the top of the hill. Turn right into Duleek Street and follow the road turning left into the Millmount Complex.

On foot from the Train Station follow the same route as above. From the Bus Station, Town Centre of tourist Office eirther take the steps to the right of Ollies Public House or walk up Barrack Lane to the Millmount Complex which is directly across the road from the Millmount Public House. Visitor Information

The Museum is open all year except for Christmas Holidays, New year and Good Friday.

Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Please note last tours are 60 minutes before closing

Museum /Tower /Museum &Tower Adult €3.50 /€3.00/ €5.50

Child €2.50/ €2.00 /€3.00

Student €3.00 /€2.50 /€4.00

Family €8.00 /€6.00/ €12.00

Concession €2.50/ €2.00/ €3.00

53.7119
-6.35024

Duleek Abbey

Duleek Abbey began life as a monastic settlement when, in 450 AD, Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, established a bishopric there.

Duleek derives from the Irish Damhliag, meaning ‘stone house or church' and refers to the 5th Century construction, possibly the first stone building in Ireland and the ruins are still visible today.

+353 (041) 982 33 15

Duleek Heritage Group,Newlanes House,Duleek

From M1 Motorway

Take exit 8 and follow the R152 to Duleek.

From Navan

Take the R153 to Kentstown and take a left in Kentstown along the R150 for Duleek crossing the N2.

From Drogheda

Take the R152 out of Drogheda for Duleek

Access year round

Free

53.662
-6.39388

Four Knocks

Four Knocks is a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago.

Four Knocks is a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago. It is located 10 miles southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. The name Fourknocks may be from the Irish Fuair Cnocs meaning Cold Hills.

+353 (0)41 988 0305

It is located 10 miles southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. 

Francis Ledwidge Museum

Introduction to Francis Ledwidge

+353 (0)41 9824544
info@francisledwidge.com

Francis Ledwidge Museum Janeville,Slane,Co. Meath C15DK82

By car:

The Francis Ledwidge Museum is located in Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath. Travel on the M2 from Dublin to Slane. The museum can be found on Janeville Street.

Open All Year

Summer Period - 10th March – 27th October

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Winter Period - 28th Oct – 9th March

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 3.30pm

 

Christmas opening times have not been decided yet, check website for up to date opening times.

Tours can be booked in advance and there are special rates for schools and teachers.

https://www.facebook.com/FrancisLedwidgeMuseum

Adult € 3.00 Senior / Students € 3.00

Child € 1.00 Family € 6.50

Coach Tours € 2.00 per person

Coach Tours

It is advisable that coach tours contact the museum in advance.

53.7067
-6.52803

Highlanes Gallery

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.

+353 (0)41 9803311
info@highlanes.ie

Highlanes Gallery,Laurence Street,Drogheda,Co. Louth

Rail

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.

Bus

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.

By Car

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.

53.7158
-6.34793

Hill of Skryne

Skryne, or Skreen as it is officially known, is a small village situated on and around a hill. The hill is a short distance west of Tara and the area is sometimes referred to as the Tara/Skryne Valley. The Hill of Skryne is actually higher than its more famous neighbour at Tara. One can enjoy wonderful views of each hill from the summit of the other. In the 12th century, Hugh de Lacy granted the Barony of Skryne to his finest knight, Adam de Feipo. He subdivided it and granted twenty of his followers with land grants.

Hill of Skryne, Skryne, Co. Meath

From Navan:

Get on the R147 heading towards Dublin. Continue on this road (through three roundabouts) for about 11Km. Take a left at Ross Cross for Skryne. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne. From Trim: Take the R154 headed towards Dublin/Clonee. After 10Km turn left toward Knightsfield Park. Continue straight onto Knightsfield Park. Continue onto Old Ross Road. Turn left onto R147 and then take the immediate right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

Via M1 Motorway or Drogheda:

Take the M1 (this road is tolled) coming from Belfast. At junction 7, take the R132 exit to Julianstown/Balbriggan (North). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R132. Turn left onto R150. Turn right onto R150/R152. Take the 1st left onto R150. Turn left onto N2. Turn right onto R153. Turn left for the road towards Trim. Continue on this road until you reach Skryne. Take a right for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

From Dublin:

Take the M3 (this road is tolled) headed for Cavan. At junction 6, take the R125 exit to Dunshaughlin/Trim. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R147. At Ross Cross turn right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

53.5843
-6.5629

Hill of Slane

The Hill of Slane rise 158m above the surrounding countryside and can be seen from the Hill of Tara, 16km away.

A well-preserved tower is to be found among the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery, dating from 1512, itself built on site of a monastery founded by St. Erc, a follower of St. Patrick.

+353 (0) 41 9824000 - Local tourist office
slaneforummail@gmail.com

Slane, County Meath

From Dublin head north on the N2 to Slane. Drive straight through Slane and about 600 metres after the crossroads take the first left sign-posted Hill of Slane. Drive up here to the car-park. Walk straight across the field. The mound is situated in the trees behind the monastic site.

From Navan head east on Kells Road toward Flower Hill, Turn left onto Flower Hill, at the Roundabout take 3rd exit onto Slane Road/N51, continue to follow N51, at Slane Village turn left at the traffic lights about 600 metres after the crossroads take the first left sign-posted Hill of Slane. Drive up here to the car-park. Walk straight across the field. The mound is situated in the trees behind the monastic site.

From Drogheda Head west on Patrick Street toward George's Street, Turn right onto George's Street, Continue onto North Road, Continue onto R132, At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51, Go through 2 roundabouts, approaching Slane village take the right at the traffic lights, about 600 metres after the crossroads take the first left sign-posted Hill of Slane. Drive up here to the car-park. Walk straight across the field. The mound is situated in the trees behind the monastic site.

24/7

Free

Hill of Tara

 

The Hill of Tara is the jewel in the crown of the Boyne Valley landscape. A site that has been in use for more than 5000 years as a place of burial and assembly, it grew to fame as the legendary inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. From its rolling slopes one can see all the way to the other great sites of the Boyne Valley, including Loughcrew Cairns, the Hill of Slane, Trim Castle and beyond. In later centuries it remained the focus of Gaelic identity and remains to this day the beating heart of Ireland. 

May to September (Hill of Tara Visitor Centre) +353 46 902 5903. Out of Season contact: (Brú na Bóinne) +353 41 988 0300
hilloftara@opw.ie

Hill of Tara,Dunsany Navan Co. Meath C15 P44W

From Navan:

Get on the R147 heading towards Dublin. Continue on this road (through three roundabouts) for about 8Km. Take a right at the sign for the Hill of Tara. Continue up the hill until you reach your destination on the left.

From Trim:

Take the R154 headed towards Dublin/Clonee. After 5km turn left for Kilmessan on L2205. In Kilmessan take a sharp right onto Skein Abbey. Continue to the end of this road and take a left, arriving at the Hill of Tara.

Via M1 Motorway or Drogheda:

Take the M1 (this road is tolled) coming from Belfast. At junction 10, take the N51 exit to Drogheda (North)/Navan/Collon. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51 for Slane. In Slane take a left onto the N2 towards Dublin. Take a right onto the R153 for Navan/Kentstown. Take a left for the road towards Trim. Continue on this road until you reach the R147. Take a left onto the R147 and continue through the two roundabouts. Take a right at the sign for the Hill of Tara. Continue up the hill until you reach your destination on the left.

From Dublin:

Take the M3 (this road is tolled) headed for Cavan. At junction 7, take the R147 exit to Skryne/Johnstown. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R147. Take a right at the sign for the Hill of Tara. Continue up the hill until you reach your destination on the left.

Access to the Hill is free of charge.

Please see social media for 2021 visitor centre opening hours

https://www.facebook.com/hilloftaraOPW/

Guided Tours: Please see social media for 2021 visitor centre opening hours

Admission to visitor centre with guided tour (Please note, no credit card facilities on site):

Adult: €5.00

Senior/Group: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €12.00

Admission to the site: Free of Charge

53.5813
-6.60963

Kells Town & Monastic Sites

The heritage town of Kells contains many fine examples of early medieval Christian architecture.

(0)46 9240064

For tourist information, brochures and more see:
Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub
Headfort Rd Kells, Co. Meath A82
RY62
(located opposite the Market Cross as one enters Kells from the Navan or Slane road)

From Dublin take the M3 motorway, Exit 10 for Kells South, alternatively take the N3 North through Navan, follow the main road till you enter Kells town.

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. Head west on Main Street/N51 toward Churchlands, Continue to follow N51, Turn right onto R163, Turn left to stay on R163, Turn right onto R162, Take the 1st left onto R163. You are entering Kells Town

53.72730187148076
-6.879900768134526

Loughcrew Cairns

Limited Access

Access to outside spaces only.

Due to ongoing conservation works access to the interior of Cairn T is not possible at present. The rest of the monuments on the hill are not affected by this necessary work.
OPW regret any inconvenience caused.

 

+353 (0)49 8541240 (seasonal). Mobile: 087 0524975
brunaboinne@opw.ie

OPW, Cortown, Oldcastle, Co Meath

From M1 Motorway

At junction 10, take the N51 exit.

Merge onto M3

Continue onto R154

Continue onto L2800 Turn right Destination will be on the left

From Dublin M3

Continue onto Navan Road/N3, take exit onto R163

Continue onto R154

Turn right to stay on R154

Continue onto L2800

Turn right

Destination will be on the left

Limited Access

Access to outside spaces only.

https://www.facebook.com/loughcrewopw/
53.7447
-7.11024