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Top Choice Modern Irish in Slane

Tankardstown House

Recently restored by the owners of the Conyngham Arms, this spectacular manor house and orangery on 32 hectares 10km northwest of Slane dates from the 18th century. Its evening restaurant, Brabazon, is its centrepie…
Top Choice Pub in Slane


Behind a fire-engine-red facade, this nook-and-cranny-filled pub has snug, stained-glass partitions and a toasty wood stove. It's owned by musician Andrew Cassidy, who hosts a knockout line-up of gigs and trad-music…
Historic Site in Slane

Hill of Slane

About 1km north of Slane village is the Hill of Slane, a fairly plain-looking mound that stands out only for its association with a thick slice of Celto-Christian mythology. According to legend, St Patrick lit a pas…
Castle in Slane

Slane Castle

Still the private residence of Henry Conyngham, Earl of Mountcharles, Slane Castle is best known for its outdoor concerts with massive rock-royalty names: Bon Jovi, Eminem, U2, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Oasis …
Museum in Slane

Ledwidge Museum

This quaint cottage, 1km east of Slane on the N51, was the birthplace of poet Francis Ledwidge (1887–1917). A keen political activist, Ledwidge was thwarted in his efforts to set up a local Gaelic League branch, but…
Bakery in Slane

George's Patisserie

Delicious picnic fare at this sweet little spot includes scones, cakes and specialities such as mini-apple-crumble tarts and wonderful bread. Light snacks like quiches and sandwiches are also available to take away …
Gastropub in Slane

Conyngham Arms

At the back of the Conyngham Arms hotel, its restaurant serves upmarket pub fare: smoked cod chowder, herb-crusted Camembert with red-currant jam, spiced pork sausages with stout black pudding and peat-smoked bacon …
Distillery in Slane

Slane Distillery

Triple cask matured whiskey made on site at Slane Castle was first released in 2017. The castle's 18th-century horse stables are home to a new visitor experience, with tours and tastings.