Boyne Valley - Places to Visit

Newgrange AerialNewgrange is a Stone Age passage tomb built 5,200 years ago which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The passage and chamber at Newgrange are aligned with the rising sun on the mornings around the Winter Solstice.

Knowth is a Stone Age Passage Tomb in the Boyne Valley and with Newgrange and Dowth makes up the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dowth - part of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. The passage and chamber at Dowth are aligned to the setting sun on the evenings around the Winter Solstice.

Battle of the Boyne - visitor centre on the site of the 1690 battle between King James and King William.

Hill of Slane - The burial place of king Sláine in Irish mythology, St. Patrick is said to have lit the first paschal fire on the hill.

Slane Castle Distillery - Whiskey distillery located within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle.

Ardmulchan - The ruins of Ardmulchan Church are on a magnificent elevated site overlooking the River Boyne. Dating from the 12th Century, the church’s remains include a square bell tower.

Francis Ledwidge Museum near the village of Slane is the birthplace of World War I poet Francis Ledwidge. The 19th century farm labourer’s cottage houses the poet’s works and artefacts from World War I.

Monasterboice - 10th century Round Tower and High Crosses.

Mellifont Abbey - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1142, was a model for other Cistercian abbeys built in Ireland.

Duleek Abbey - one of the great churches of the 12th century, St Mary's Abbey, was built by the Augustinians on lands presented to them by Hugh de Lacy, overlord of the Boyne Valley.

Kildemock Jumping Church - the wall of the Church is said to have jumped in 1715. Local legend says the wall moved to exclude the grave of an excommunicated man outside the building.

Hill of Tara - seat of the High Kings of Celtic Ireland, it has monuments dating back to the stone age about 5000 years ago.

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was built by Hugh de Lacy who was granted the lands of the Kingdom of Meath by King Henry II of England in 1172.

Bective Abbey - Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne founded in 1147.

Fourknocks - a passage tomb built around the same time as Newgrange.

Ardbraccan - a place of Christian worship since the 7th century.

Sheela-na-Gig - set in the wall of a farm yard at Balgeeth, Ardcath, Co. Meath.

Labyrinth - walk a labyrinth designed to reflect the megalithic spirals at Newgrange.

Loughcrew - cluster of Megalithic Tombs on the Carnbane East Hill. The chamber at Cairn T is aligned to the rising sun on the days around the spring and autumn equinoxes.

Fore Abbey - built in the 13th century by Hugh de Lacy the Norman Lord of Meath. Many of the buildings that remain today are from the 15th century.

Moylagh Castle - The fortified Tower with attached Church was build in 1470, the Tower is now the dominant feature with very little of the church or stone castle remaining.

Kells - Celtic Crosses, Round Tower, St. Columbkille's House.

The Boyne Canal system - a series of canals running parallel to the River Boyne from Oldbridge (Battle of the Boyne site) to the town of Navan.

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Boyne Valley Gardens - Walled Gardens, Woodland Walks, Rose Gardens and Nature Trails.

Boyne Valley Whiskey Tours - Coming Soon.

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Ancient Ireland’s Mysterious Tombs, an article printed in the New York Times.

John L. Stoddard's account of his visit to Newgrange and the Hill of Tara in 1901.

Boyne Valley Tour as described in 'The Charm of Ireland', published in 1914.




Boyne Valley Map
1.  Brú na Bóinne - Stone age Passage Tombs at Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth)
2.  Hill of Tara – Seat of the Celtic Kings of Ireland.
3.  Trim Castle - the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
4.  Loughcrew- cluster of Megalithic Tombs on the Carnbane East Hill.
5.  Kells - Celtic Crosses, Round Tower, St. Columbkille's House.
6.  Mellifont Abbey - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1142.
7.  Monasterboice - Early Christian site with round tower and 10th century Celtic High Crosses.
8.  Battle of the Boyne - the site of the 1690 battle between King James and King William.
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