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Quick Guide 2011

Discover Ireland’s rich heritage!

Visitor Attractions Millmount Museum Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth The town museum of Drogheda that has won an International Gulbenkian Museum Award. T +353 (0)41 9833097 W Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday all year: 9.30am – 5.30pm Sundays: 2.30am – 5.30pm Site closes Christmas, New Year and Good Friday. Admission (Museum and Tower): Admission is available to the Museum only, Tower only, Museum & Tower and Town Walls. The rate bands below reflect these options. Adult: €3 to €5.50 Senior/Child: €2 to €3 Student: €2.50 to €4 Family: €6 to €12

* Family admission covers two adults & two children Notes: Please note last tours are 60 minutes before closing. St Peters Church Shrine Of Saint Oliver Plunkett Saint Peters Church, West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth Saint Peter’s is one of the finest Gothic Revival churches in Ireland. T +353 (0)41 9838537 Opening Hours: Open daily all year. 8.00am to 6.00pm Winter 8.00am to 7.30pm Summer Notes: A Mass in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett is held in St. Peter’s Church on the last Saturday of every month at 6.15pm. Beaulieu House, Gardens and Car Museum Beaulieu House, Drogheda, Co. Louth Thought to be one of the very first unfortified houses constructed in Ireland. T +353 (0)41 9838557 W

Opening Hours: Beaulieu House, Gardens & Museum are open1st May until mid-September. Monday to Friday: 11.00am – 5.00pm Weekends (July & August only): 1.00pm – 5.00pm Admission: Guided Tour of the House (1 Hour): €8 To the Garden: €6 To the Car Museum: €6 Special rate for all attractions plus tour guide book €20. Battle of the Boyne Oldbridge Estate Oldbridge, Co. Meath The Battle of the Boyne between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II, fought July 1690. T +353 (0)41 9809950 W Opening Hours: Open all year round – Visitor Centre is closed at Christmas and New Year. March-April: 9.30am – 5.30pm May-September: 10.00am – 6.00pm October-February: 9.00am – 5.00pm Last admission to Visitor Centre is one hour before closing time. Car park and main gates are locked one hour after closing of Visitor Centre. Tea Room Pavilion is open at the same times as the Visitor Centre except from 3th November to 1st February. At this time the winter hours are 11.00am to 4.00pm on weekdays and 10.30am to 4.30pm on weekends.

Admission: Admission charges to Visitor Centre: Adult: €4 Senior/Group: €3 Child/Student: €2 Family: €10 Free admission to parklands and walkways. Notes: Events Calendar for 2011, including details of Living History displays is available at Old Mellifont Abbey Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth Old Mellifont Abbey, founded by Saint Malachy in 1142, was Ireland’s first Cistercian Monastery. T +353 (0)41 9826459 W Opening Hours: Mid-May to mid-September subject to confirmation. Admission to the Visitor Centre with Guided Tour: Adult: €3.00 Senior/Group: €2.00 Child/Student: €1.00 Family: €8.00

Monasterboice Monasterboice, Co. Louth Monasterboice is known for its remains of the monastic settlement founded by Saint Buite in the fifth century. T +353 (0)41 9872843 W Opening Hours: Open 24 hours all year round – no entry fee. Admission: Free of Charge to this site. Slane Castle Slane, Co. Meath Tours available during the summer months - contact below for details. T +353 (0)41 9884400 W Opening Hours: Slane Castle is open Sunday – Thursday (from June 5th to September 1st, 2011) For current tour dates and opening times please check the website

Admission: Adults: €7 per person. Children / Students / Senior and Groups: €5 per person. Children under 5 free, groups pre-booked only. Family: €20. Newgrange and Knowth (Brú Na Bóinne) Donore, Co. Meath Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. All access to monuments through Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre. T +353 (0)41 9880300 W Opening Hours: February – April (daily): 9.30am – 5.30pm May (daily): 9am – 6.30pm June – mid-September (daily): 9am – 7pm Mid – end September (daily): 9am – 6.30pm October (daily): 9.30am – 5.30pm November – January (daily): 9am – 5pm Admission: Visitor Centre Only (1 Hour) Adult: €3 Senior/Group: €2 Student/Child: €2 Family: €8 Visitor Centre & Newgrange (2 Hours) Adult: €6 Senior/Group: €5 Student/Child: €3 Family: €15 Visitor Centre & Knowth (2 Hours) Adult: €5 Senior/Group: €3 Student/Child: €3 Family: €13 Visitor Centre, Newgrange & Knowth (3 Hours) Adult: €11 Senior/Group: €8 Student/Child: €6 Family: €28

Notes: Visitor Centre and Newgrange is open all year round. (excl. 24-27 December). Knowth is open from Easter to end of October. Last admission to the visitor centre is 45 minutes before closing time. Last admission to visit any of the sites is 2 hours before closing time. Please note this site can be extremely busy during the summer months – early arrival for booking of the tours is recommended. See for additional information. Hill of Tara Navan, Co. Meath Seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age. T +353 (0)46 9025903 W Opening Hours: Access to the site is available all year round. The Visitor Centre is open from mid-May to mid-September. An Audio visual is available and guides are on site. Admission to the Visitor Centre with Guided Tour: Adult: €3.00 Senior/Group: €2.00 Child/Student: €1.00 Family: €8.00 Admission to the site: Free of charge. Please refer to website for exact times or contact us.

Trim Castle Trim, Co. Meath Trim Castle, the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. T +353 (0)46 9438619 W Opening Hours: Daily from Easter until end of October. Weekends only from November until Easter. Admission: Trim Castle with Guided Tour of the Keep Adult: €4.00 Senior/Group: €3.00 Child/Student: €2.00 Family: €10.00 Trim Castle Grounds Only Adult: €3.00 Senior/Group: €2.00 Child/Student: €1.00 Family: €8.00 Loughcrew Cairns Corstown, Oldcastle, Co. Meath The Loughcrew Cairns are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. T +353 (0)49 854 1060 W Opening Hours Loughcrew Cairns: Open daily all year round. Free Guided tours from June to August (10.00 – 17.00) At other times the key to Loughcrew is available from Loughcrew Historic Gardens. (Please note the climb to the top of the hill is steep and appropriate footwear should be worn.) Admission: Admission is free to this site.

Loughcrew Historic Gardens & Adventure Centre Oldcastle, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)49 8541356 W

Tourist Information Offices & Tourist Information Points

Francis Ledwidge Museum Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath The museum is the birthplace of World War I poet, Francis E Ledwidge. T +353 (0)41 9824544 W

Bru na Boinne (Newgrange) Tourist Office Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre Donore, Co. Meath T +353 (0)41 9880305 E W

The Causey Farm Girley, Fordstown Navan, Co. Meath The highlight of a holiday - lively music, ancient songs, ceili dancing and more. T +353 (0)46 9434135 W Highlanes Gallery St. Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth Highlanes Gallery is committed to fostering appreciation of historical and contemporary art. T +353 (0)41 9803311 W

Drogheda Tourist Information Point Tholsel Building, West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 9872843 E Kells Tourist Information Point Kells Civic Offices Headfort Place Kells, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 9240076 E

Solstice Arts Centre Tourist Information Point Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 909 2300 E W Trim Visitor Center Tourist Information Point Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 943 7227 E W

Festivals Loughcrew Equinox Dawn 20th-22nd March Loughcrew, Co. Meath T +353 (0) 41 988 0300 E W The beginning of Spring when the rising sun penetrates the passage of Cairn T at Loughcrew, illuminating the back stone. Fairyhouse Easter Festival 2011 24-26th April Ratoath, Co. Meath T +353 (0)1 825 6167 E W Drogheda Arts Festival 29th April-2nd May Drogheda, Co. Louth T +353 (0)41 685 7940 E W

Navan Choral Festival 5th-8th May Navan, Co. Meath T +353 (0)87 244 3739 E W ALMC Motor Club Performance Car Show 15th May CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston, Co. Meath T +353 (0)87 618 7829 E W Tattersalls Festival featuring the International Horse Trials 26th-29th May Ratoath, Co. Meath T +353 (0)1 886 4300 Loughcrew Garden Opera 8th & 9th July 2011: “Die Fledermaus� Loughcrew Gardens, Oldcastle Co. Meath T +353 (0)49 854 1356 Opera set in a fully decorated marquee located in beautiful gardens.

Drogheda Samba Festival 24-26th June Drogheda Borough, Co. Louth T +353 (0)86 812 3310 E W

1st-3rd July Bellewstown Racecourse, Bellewstown, Co. Meath T +353 (0)41 984 2111 E W

An Chúirt Chruitireachta Annual International Festival for Irish Harp 26th June-1st July An Grianan, Termonfechin, Co. Louth T +353 (0)1 676 8998 E W

Hill of Tara Lecture Series, Theme: Goddesses and Queens of Tara 6th, 13th, 27th, 29th July T +353(0) 41 988 0300 E W

Kells Heritage Festival 30th June-3rd July Kells, Co. Meath T +353 (0)87 9240076 E W Trim Swift Festival 30th June-3rd July Trim, Co. Meath T +353 (0)87 926 8066 E W Comedy, political satire and debate in Ireland, featuring leading politicians, satirists and social commentators. Seisiún - A Music Trail Through Ireland 5th July – 25th August (Tues & Thurs) Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Road Dundalk, Co. Louth T +353(0)42 932 8887 E W Bellewstown Horse Racing Festival

Hill of Tara lecture series - Theme Goddesses and Queens of Tara. Drogheda Food Festival 2011 12th-14th August Various venues in Drogheda, Co. Louth T +353 (0)87 205 0460 E W Ratoath Autumn Festival 10th-11th September Ratoath, Co. Meath T +353 (0)86 843 5583 Fun fair, foods from European countries, local crafts, face painting, and much more. Navan Live 2011 14th-18th September Navan, Co. Meath T +353 (0)87 940 0710 E W

The 2011 Solheim Cup 23th-25th September Killeen Castle, Dunsany Co. Meath T +353 (0)1 689 3053 E W 23rd Annual O’Carolan Cultural & Heritage Festival 30th September-2nd October Nobber, Co. Meath T +353 (0)46 905 2115 A cultural & heritage festival celebrating Turlough O’Carolan, born in Nobber in 1670. Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival 21st-31st October Co. Meath T +353 (0)46 909 7060 Sprits of Meath Halloween Festival! Fun by day, frights by night!!! Ardee Baroque Festival 2011 18th-20th November Ardee, Co. Louth T +353 (0)41 685 7940 E W The only Orchestral Baroque Festival in Ireland, it prides itself on quality music, venues and a festive atmosphere.

Hotels Bettystown Court Hotel Bettystown, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 981 2900 E reservations@ W Boyne Valley Hotel Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 983 7737 E W City North Hotel Gormanston, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)1 690 0666 E W GPS: 53° 38’ 17.90” - 6° 15’ 26.14” The d Hotel Scotch Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 987 7700 E W GPS: 53° 42’ 50.39” - 6° 20’ 42.39” Headfort Arms Hotel Kells, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 924 0063 E W GPS: 53° 43’ 37.20” - 6° 52’ 29.33” Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa, Self Catering Homes & Golf Resort Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 948 2100 E W

The Millhouse The Old Mill, Slane Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 0723 E W GPS: 53° 42’ 14.82” - 6° 32’ 24.60”

Westcourt Hotel West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth T +353 (0)41 983 0965 E W GPS: 53° 42’53.74” - 6° 21’13.88”

Scholars Townhouse Hotel Kings Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 983 5410 E W GPS: 53° 43’4.08” - 6° 20’54.96”

Historic House

Trim Castle Hotel Castle Street, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 948 3000 E W GPS: 53° 33’ 14.6” - 6° 47’ 27.4”

Tankardstown House Rathkenny, Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 4621 E W

Bed & Breakfasts Crannmor Dunderry Road Trim, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 943 1635 E W Highfield House Maudlins Road Trim, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 943 8182 E W Teach Cuailgne Carlanstown Kells, Co. Meath T +353 (0)46 924 6621 E W Teltown House Teltown Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 902 3239 E The Yellow House 1 Springfield Glen, Dublin Road Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 907 3338 E W Windsor Lodge 1 The Court, North Road Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 984 1966 E W GPS: 53° 43.450’ - 6° 21.829’

Guesthouses Dunsany Lodge Dublin Road, Kiltale Dunsany, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 902 6339 E W Newgrange Lodge Stameen Donore, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 988 2478 E W GPS: 53° 41’40.54” - 6° 26’33.84”

Hostels Slane Farm Hostel Harlinstown Slane, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 4390 E W

Self Catering Balrath Courtyard Balrath, Kentstown Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 5749 E W Beechwood Lodge Holiday Homes Readstown Trim, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 943 6926 E W GPS: 53.510361 - 6.760083 Clonleason Gate Lodge Fordstown, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 8104 E W The Cottages Seabank Bettystown, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 7955 E W GPS: 53° 41’ 25.21” - 6° 14’ 31.02” Decoy Country Cottages Garlow Cross Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 902 6960 E W GPS: 53° 36’14” - 6° 35’09”

Kiltale Farm Cottages Kiltale Dunsany, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 943 6679 E W GPS: 53° 31’ 48.4” - 6° 41’ 19.7” The Quoin Stone & Arch Court Drumconrath, Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 685 4162 E W Rathgillan Farm Holidays Nobber, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 905 2476 E W GPS: 53° 49’ 54.17” - 6° 44’ 25.02” Slane Farm Cottages Harlinstown Slane, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 4390 E W

Cultural Centres Droichead Arts Centre (and Barlow House) Stockwell Street Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 983 3946 E W Francis Ledwidge Museum Janeville Slane, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 4544 E W Loughcrew Historic Gardens & Adventure Course Oldcastle, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)49 854 1356 E W Solstice Arts Centre Railway Street Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)46 909 2300 E W TLT Theatre and Concert Hall East Coast Business Park Mathews Lane Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 9878560 E W

Traditional Music in Pubs Boyles Pub Main Street Slane, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)87 2507358 E W Dalys Inn Main Street Donore, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)41 982 3252 E W

Tour Guides & Tours Aidan Wall Tour Guide T + 353 (0)46 9240961 E Beyond the Blarney Boolies, Oldcastle Co. Meath T + 353 (0)87 151 1511 E Harry Hall Harry Hall Hackney & Tours Kentstown, Navan, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)86 6071608 E W

Hill of Tara Audio Guide & Tours Ingenious Ireland T + 353 (0)1 254 2631 E W Walk in the footsteps of high kings and heroes, with this comprehensive audio-guide to Tara which can be downloaded from our website. Malachy Hand Tour Guide Bellaney Oldcastle, Co. Meath T + 353 (0)87 9672435 E Matthews Coaches Callenburg Inishkeen, Co. Monaghan T + 353 (0)42 937 8188 E W

Monasterboice High Cross and Round Tower c/o Drogheda Tourist Office Tholsel Building, West Street Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 9872843 E Oliver Usher Oliver Usher Auctioneers John Street Kells, Co. Meath T + 353 (0) 861706767 E Oliver Usher Book of Kells Experience T + 353 (0)000000 E W

Cultural/Heritage Courses

Here you can come and learn the lost tradition of currach making and understand the history behind these magical boats.

Beyond the Blarney Boolies, Oldcastle Co. Meath T + 353 (0)87 151 1511 E W

Cultural Tourism Ireland Cultural Tours T + 353 (0)1 2968190 E W

Workshops and tours on Irish Culture and History – Come deeper into Ireland with us! The Boyne Currach Centre Dun Uabhaire, Droichead Atha Drogheda, Co. Louth T + 353 (0)41 9880244 E W

A unique adventure – join archaeologists digging on a research excavation and unearthing the secrets within. Partake in guided tours and try your hand at traditional crafts.

You will find lots to see and do in the Boyne Valley area. There are walks along the Boyne itself and Eco-walks through woods and parks. The towns of Drogheda, Trim, Kells and Slane all have sign posted Historic Town Trails which will take you to the most inspiring and historic areas. Download from our website or simply drop into one of the Tourist Information Centres during your stay. There are plenty of golf courses, both parkland and links for the golf enthusiast. Horse treks are a great way to see the area and you will never be too far away from an equestrian centre. Take in some of the excitement of a day at the races with the areas many horse racing tracks. There is fun and activities for children of all ages, from adventure centres and play parks, go fishing with the family or learn a new skill the fun way. Pampering your cares away is easily done at some of the relaxing spas you will find in the Valley. For information on all there is to see and do log onto

For full up-to-date listings of Traditional Music Sessions in the area, check with the local tourist information office or your accommodation provider when you arrive. Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the completion of this brochure. Fáilte Ireland cannot however, accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, future publications will be amended accordingly. Some sporting activities may by their nature be hazardous and involve risk. It is recommended in such cases to take out personal accident insurance. While most operators would have public liability insurance it is desirable to check with the establishment or with the operator concerned as to the level of cover carried. It is recommended that you pre-check the details of events listed before travelling. © Copyright Fáilte Ireland PRINTED IN IRELAND

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Driving Route

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The Boyne Valley Driving Route is currently being developed and will be fully signposted with interpretation panels at sites by end of 2011. In the meantime you can still follow this 225 kilometre route at your own pace – take a few days to really savour this historic glimpse into Ireland’s history. The route will bring you around the Boyne Valley – leading you to the main towns and villages and to the key and lesser known historic and heritage sites along the way.

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Loughcrew Cairns

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Kells Round Tower & High Crosses


Old Mellifont Abbey


Hill of Slane

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Duleek Church & Crosses

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Donaghmore Round Tower


St. Peter’s Church

Francis Ledwidge Museum



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Townley Hall

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Boyne Valley Sites GPS Coordinates Ardmulchan Church

53° 39’ 29” N - 6° 37’ 15” W

Battle of the Boyne

53° 42’ 24.50”N - 6° 25’ 20.33”W

Beaulieu House

53° 43.7N - 6° 17.7W

Bective Abbey

53°34’56”N - 6°42’7”W

Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange)

53° 41’ 40.20”N - 6° 26’ 46.68”W

Donaghmore Round Tower 53°40’13”N - 6°39’43”W

Donaghpatrick Church 53°41’46”N - 6°45’35”W

Drogheda Walled Town

53° 42’ 42.48”N - 6° 21’ 1.15” W

Duleek Church & Crosses 53°39’18”N - 6°25’5”W

Francis Ledwidge Museum Hill of Slane

53°43’1.245’’N - 6°32’34.5376’’W

Hill of Tara

53° 34’ 52.68”N - 6° 36’ 32.04”W

Killeen Castle

53° 31’ 38” N - 6° 35’ 28” W

Kells Round Tower & High Crosses 53° 43’ 36.48”N - 6° 52’ 24.98” W

Loughcrew Cairns

53° 44’ 38.40”N - 7° 7’ 7.32” W

Loughcrew House & Gardens 53° 44’ 29.41” - 7° 9’ 5.09”

Mellifont Abbey

53° 44’ 33.67”N - 6° 27’ 57.33”W

Millmount Museum

53° 42’ 42.48”N - 6° 21’ 1.15” W

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Beaulieu House

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Millmount Museum and Martello Tower


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The Boyne Valley has great options for walkers of all levels – for maps and more information log onto

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Bective Abbey

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Hill of Tara Trim Castle





53° 46’ 37.64”N - 6° 25’ 2.60” W



Navan Co. Town

Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula

53° 39’ 0.42” - 6° 41’ 10.03”

Patrickstown Viewing Point 53° 45’ 07” N - 7° 05’ 2” W

Slane Castle




53° 42’ 31.38” - 6° 33’ 51.72”


St Peter’s Church, Drogheda 53°42’54”N - 6°21’8”W

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53°43’45.9984’’N - 6°26’49.9992’’W


Trim Castle

53° 33’ 7.92”N - 6° 47’ 25.08”W

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Trim Heritage Town

53° 33’ 7.92”N - 6° 47’ 25.08”W

Please check GPS co-ordinates prior to your journey. The co-ordinates above are submitted by a third party and cannot be guaranteed by Fáilte Ireland.


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Tower of Lloyd

53°41’46.2624’’N - 6°45’35.6184’’W


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