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.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James II on 1 July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688. James went to Ireland where he rallied his mostly Catholic army, making a stand on the banks of the Boyne outside Drogheda.
The battle is brought to life using a laser battle site model, audio visual film, real and replica weaponry and interactive guided tours. The Visitor Centre is located in the restored 18th century Oldbridge House surrounded by Victorian Gardens and battle site walks.
- To help manage visitor numbers and in order to maintain safe social distancing, we have reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and pre-booking online is essential.
- If you have made a booking to visit the Battle of the Boyne Exhibition please allow some extra time for parking as the car park is extremely busy at all times, particularly at weekends. The gates may close briefly if the car park is at capacity.
- If you are unable to book online please call us on 041 980 9950 for assistance.
- For our online booking CLICK HERE
- Please note that the Visitor Centre, Main Gates & Car Park may be closed due to weather conditions. Please contact the Visitor Centre at 041 980 9950 to avoid disappointment.
- See website and Facebook for up-to-date information on visiting and access.
There is a varied programme of events all summer, including chilrdrens history workshops, Victorian Garden Games and outdoor theatre (see website and social media for details).
Restored Victorian Walled Garden with unique sunken Octagonal Garden, herbaceous borders, Peach House, Dog Kennels and Bothy with exhibition about Walled Gardens in the area. Admission to gardens is free of charge. Dogs and ball games are not permitted in the gardens.
With its skirt of decking overlooking the Victorian Garden and Octagonal Garden, you can enjoy your refreshments to takeaway (currently).
Heritage Walking Routes
Battle of the Boyne - Oldbridge Estate Walks. Over 5 km of scenic walks on the historic battle site, linking with adjacent Boyne Greenway and Boyne Canal Walk. Free of charge. Dogs must be on leads at all times. No bikes permitted on walks.
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre provides Education Packs for both Primary and Secondary School students. For more information, please click here.
Get your water bottle refilled for free! Part of the refill.ie network.
The Battle of the Boyne was the largest ever assembly of troops on an Irish battlefield.
Audiovisual Presentation Seating: 51 Duration: 15 minutes Languages: English, Irish, French, German, Italian and Spanish Average Length of visit Visitor Centre: 1 hour approx Self Guiding Walks: 1 hour approx Leaflet/Guidebook OPW leaflets are available in English and other languages. A selection of books, postcards and other souvenirs are for sale in the Tea Pavillion. Tea Pavillion : Capacity 100
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
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
Distance from Dublin International Airport is 44Km
Distance from Dublin Port is 50km
Distance from Dun Laoghaire Port is 63Km
GPS: 53.722699, -6.412969
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.
UPDATE: Free access to Visitor Centre, for summer 2021
Child/Student €3.00 (Children under 12 are free of charge)
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.