Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Brú na Bóinne

Newgrange

A startling 80m in diameter and 13m high, Newgrange's white round stone walls, topped by a grass dome, look eerily futuristic. Underneath lies the finest Stone Age passage tomb in Ireland – one of the most remarkabl…
Top Choice Historic Site in Around Drogheda

Monasterboice

Crowing ravens lend an eerie atmosphere to Monasterboice, an intriguing monastic site down a leafy lane in sweeping farmland, which contains a cemetery, two ancient church ruins, one of the finest and tallest round …
Top Choice Castle in Trim

Trim Castle

Proof of Trim's medieval importance, this remarkably preserved edifice was Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman fortification. Hugh de Lacy founded Trim Castle in 1173, but it was destroyed by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, Irela…
Top Choice Historic Site in Brú na Bóinne

Knowth

Northwest of Newgrange, the burial mound of Knowth was built around the same time. It has the greatest collection of passage-grave art ever uncovered in Western Europe. Early excavations cleared a passage leading to…
Top Choice Ruins in Around Drogheda

Old Mellifont Abbey

In its Anglo-Norman prime, this abbey, 1.5km off the main Drogheda–Collon road (R168), was the Cistercians' first and most magnificent centre in Ireland. Highly evocative and well worth exploring, the ruins still re…
Top Choice Historic Site in Blacklion

Cavan Burren Park

Just 3km south of Blacklion, within the Cuilcagh Mountain Park and traversed by the Cavan Way walking route, this otherworldly megalithic site was identified in the 1870s but farmed until the 1950s and only establis…
Top Choice Historic Site in Loughcrew Cairns

Cairn T

At Carnbane East, Cairn T is 35m in diameter, with numerous carved stones. One of its outlying kerbstones, the Hag’s Chair, is covered in gouged holes, circles and other markings.Light pierces the chamber on the spr…
Top Choice Ruins in Trim

Bective Abbey

The extraordinarily preserved yet little-visited ruins of Cistercian Bective Abbey are off the R161, 7km northeast of Trim. Founded by Murchadh O'Melaghin, King of Meath, in 1147, the abbey was confiscated by Henry …
Top Choice Brewery in Carlingford

Carlingford Brewing Company

Tours of this craft brewery 8km southwest of Carlingford on the R173 start with a sample, take you through the brewing process (one to 1½ hours) and then end with three more tastings. The post-tour lunch of local ch…
Top Choice Visitor Centre in Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

Built in a spiral design echoing Newgrange, this superb interpretive centre houses interactive exhibits on prehistoric Ireland and its passage tombs. It has regional tourism info, an excellent cafe, plus a book and …