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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 be…
Top Choice Pub in Cooley Peninsula

Fitzpatrick's

Overflowing inside and out with bric-a-brac – milk cans, lanterns, antlers, church pews, crockery, street signs, barrels, bellows, bank notes, even tables dangling upside-down from the ceiling – Fitzpatrick's is a l…
Top Choice Bar in Drogheda

Grey Goose

Drogheda's newest and hippest venue has a vast downstairs bar with herringbone floors, stained glass and leather sofas, and a grand piano in its upstairs cocktail lounge, the Birdcage, where a resident DJ spins cool…
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 Pub in Around Drogheda

Glyde Inn

Dating from 1770, this wonderful pub anchors Annagassan life. It has its own beer, Linn Duachaill (named for a local Viking settlement currently being excavated), which is also the name of its excellent restaurant (…
Top Choice Cafe in Dundalk

Strandfield

On a working farm, this skylit, retrofitted barn houses a wondrous bakery, deli, florist and homewares shop as well as all-organic vegetarian cafe. For breakfast, expect French toast with walnuts and honey or smashe…
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 Mediterranean in Dundalk

Eno

Bare boards, bold colours and conversation-piece objets d'art established Eno as central Dundalk's best restaurant, along with outstanding wood-fired pizzas and Med-inspired dishes such as angel-hair pasta with Duna…
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'…