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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 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, and has been under intermittent excavation sin…
Historic Site in Loughcrew Cairns

Cairn T

The biggest site at Carnbane East is about 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. In summer, access to …
Amusement Park in County Meath

Tayto Park

An Irish icon, Tayto has been producing much-loved potato crisps since 1954. Alongside the factory, its amusement park has a zoo, rock climbing, zipline and fantastic playground. A slew of whizz-bang new additions i…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Slane

Conyngham Arms

Some of the county's finest cooking is at the back of the beautiful Conyngham Arms hotel. Starters such as mozzarella, tomato and blood-orange salad with white-truffle vinaigrette are followed by amazing mains – Mea…
Top Choice Museum 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 cafeteria, plus a book…
Top Choice Cathedral in Trim

St Patrick's Cathedral Church

That huge steeple you see belongs to St Patrick's Cathedral Church, parts of which dates to the 15th century, although it wasn't granted cathedral status until 1955. Take a look at the beautiful stained-glass window…
Pub in Slane

Boyles

The owner of this pub with its fire-engine-red facade is musician Andrew Cassidy, who hosts a knock-out line-up of live gigs and trad-music sessions. Cash only.
Ruins in Trim

St Mary's Abbey & Talbot Castle

Across the River Boyne from Trim Castle are the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian St Mary's Abbey, rebuilt after a fire in 1368 and once home to a wooden statue of Our Lady of Trim, revered by the faithful for i…