Attractions

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 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 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 Museum in Drogheda

Millmount Museum & Tower

Overlooking Drogheda, Millmount is an artificial hill that 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 conven…
Top Choice Church in Drogheda

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church

Displayed in a glittering brass-and-glass case in the north transept, the shrivelled head of St Oliver Plunkett (1629–81) is this church's main draw (the rest of the martyr was separated at his hanging in 1681). It'…
Gardens in Around Drogheda

Sonairte

At this inspiring not-for-profit ecology centre 10km southeast of Drogheda in Laytown on an 18th-century former farm, you can wander through a walled organic garden, visit a beekeeping museum and take a biodiverse n…
Viewpoint in Cooley Peninsula

Flagstaff Viewpoint

Travelling along the Cooley Peninsula from Carlingford to Newry in Northern Ireland, a quick 3km detour rewards you with sweeping views of Carlingford Lough, framed by forested mountains, green fields and the sparkl…
House in Drogheda

Beaulieu House & Gardens

On the banks of the River Boyne, reached by a driveway lined with lime trees, this grand hipped-roofed house with red-brick trim dates from circa 1626. It's one of Ireland's best-preserved unfortified mansions, with…
Museum in Dundalk

County Museum Dundalk

Different floors in this worthwhile museum are dedicated to the town's early history and archaeology, and to the Norman period. One floor deals with the growth of industry in the area, from the 1750s to the 1960s, i…
Gallery in Drogheda

Highlanes Gallery

Set in a beautifully converted 19th-century monastery, this gallery has a permanent collection of contemporary art, along with regular temporary exhibitions.Attached is a shop featuring high-quality Louth craftwork,…