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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    Please see website for bookings and prices

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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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    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 east of the Hill of Tara and the area is sometimes referred to as the Tara/Skryne Valley. 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

    Eircode (O'Connell's Pub): C15 EY76

    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.

    Free access.

    Free access.

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    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

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    Monasterboice

    The historic ruins of Monasterboice (Irish: Mainistir Bhuithe) are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. It was founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe who died around 521, and was an important centre of religion and learning until the founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142.

    The site houses two churches built in the 14th century or later and an earlier round tower, but it is most famous for its 10th century high crosses.

     

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    Monasterboice

    Collon

    Louth

    Just west of and clearly visible from the M1 motorway, just north of Drogheda. 5km from Tullyallen, 8km from Drogheda

    Access : Sited across a minor road from the carpark. Level but gravel-covered paths around the well-kept site.

    Open All Year

    No Admission Fee.

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