Millmount Museum & Tower

Millmount Museum & Tower information

Location
Drogheda , Ireland
Telephone
+353 41 983 3097
More information
www.millmount.net
Prices
adult/child museum €3.50/2.50, tower €3/2, museum & tower €5.50/3
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 2-5pm Sun
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Across the river from town, in a villagelike enclave amid a sea of dull suburbia, is Millmount, an artificial hill overlooking the town. The mound may have been a prehistoric burial ground like Newgrange, but has never been excavated.

The Normans constructed a motte-and-bailey fort on top of this convenient command post overlooking the bridge. It was followed by a castle, which in turn was replaced by a Martello tower in 1808. The tower played a dramatic role in the 1922 Civil War, when it was Drogheda's chief defensive feature and suffered heavy shelling from Free State forces. It has been aesthetically restored and offers great views over the town below.

A section of the army barracks is now used as the Millmount Museum . Exhibits include three wonderful late-18th-century guild banners, perhaps the last in the country. There is also a room devoted to Cromwell’s brutal siege of Drogheda and the Battle of the Boyne. The pretty cobbled basement is full of gadgets and kitchen utensils from bygone times. Across the courtyard, the Governor's House opens for temporary exhibitions. There is a smart new restaurant, The Tower, here as well.

The 13th-century Butter Gate , just northwest of Millmount, has a distinctive tower and arched passageway.