St Peter's Roman Catholic Church

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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's actually two churches in one: the first was designed by Francis Johnston in a classical style in 1791; the neo-Gothic addition was built in the late 19th century.

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1. St Peter's Church of Ireland

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St Peter's Church of Ireland (not to be confused with St Peter's Roman Catholic Church) is the church whose spire was burned by Cromwell's men, resulting…

2. Highlanes Gallery

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Set in a beautifully converted 19th-century monastery, this gallery has a permanent collection of contemporary art, along with regular temporary…

3. Butter Gate


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

4. Magdalene Tower

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The 14th-century Magdalene Tower is the bell tower of a Dominican friary founded in 1224. It was here that England's King Richard II, accompanied by a…

5. St Laurence's Gate

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Astride the eastwards extension of the town's main street is the 13th-century St Laurence's Gate, the finest surviving portion of the city walls (which…

6. Millmount Museum & Tower

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Overlooking Drogheda, Millmount is an artificial hill that may have been a prehistoric burial ground like Newgrange, but has never been excavated. The…

7. Battle of the Boyne Site

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More than 60,000 soldiers of the armies of King James II and King William III fought in 1690 on this patch of farmland on the border of Counties Meath and…

8. Dowth


The circular mound at Dowth is similar in size to Newgrange – about 63m in diameter – but is slightly taller at 14m high. Due to safety issues, Dowth's…