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It has been said that the entire history of Ireland is represented in the historical sites of the Boyne Valley. The village of Slane lies in the heart of the Boyne Valley and is the ideal base from which to explore this diverse heritage.  For more on the heritage of the Boyne Valley see the Fáilte Ireland Boyne Valley Drive map or download our heritage information pack here.

 The Hill of Slane

The Hill of Slane is traditionally regarded as the location where
St Patrick lit the first Pascal Fire in 433 AD.

The Hill of Slane heritage Boyne Valley
The Hill of Slane

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Ledwidge Museum

The museum celebrates the life of the Meath poet who was killed in July 1917 while serving with the British Army in Ypres in World War I.

Francis Ledwidge Museum Slane
Francis Ledwidge Museum Slane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slane Castle

The ancestral of the Conyngham family since 1701, and standing
on the site of de Fleming stone castle, constructed in the late
12th century.

Slane Castle
Slane Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newgrange – Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site

Older than Stonehenge in the UK and the pyramids in Egypt, Newgrange – situated in the UNESCO Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site – is one of the most spectacular passage graves in Europe.

Newgrange Bru na Boinne Slane World Heritage Site
Newgrange, Slane, Co.Meath

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowth – Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site

Constructed in 3000 BC, Knowth is one of the passage graves in the UNESCO Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

Knowth Bru na Boinne Slane World Heritage Site
Knowth passage tomb Bru na Boinne Co. Meath

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dowth – Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site

The third major passage grave in the UNESCO Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

Dowth passage tomb Bru na Boinne Slane Co. Meath World Heritage Site
Dowth passage tomb, Brú na Bóinne, Slane, Co. Meath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The site of the Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge

Visit the site of this famous battle between William III and James I for the crown of England in 1690.

Battle of the Boyne Bru na Boinne Slane World Heritage Site
Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monasterboice

Monasterboice has two High Crosses from the ninth century. The image of the High Cross today is recognised internationally as a symbol of Irish cultural heritage.

Muireadach's Cross Monasterboice Boyne Valley Slane
Muireadach’s Cross,Monasterboice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mellifont Abbey

Situated in a tranquil valley on the banks of the River Mattock, Mellifont was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland when it was founded in 1142.

Mellifont Abbey Boyne Valley Slane
Mellifont Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ardmulchan Church

A fascinating 12th-century church and ruins.

Ardmulchan medieval church Slane Boyne Valley
Ardmulchan Church, Slane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donaghmore Round Tower

See a beautifully preserved 10th-century round tower.

Donaghmore Round Tower Slane Boyne Valley monastery
Donaghmore Round Tower, Slane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Hill of Tara

Steeped in history and mythology, visit the royal seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland.

Hill of Tara Boyne Valley Co. Meath Slane
Hill of Tara, Boyne Valley, Co. Meath

 

 

 

 

 

Drogheda Museum Millmount

Visit Millmount Museum and Martello Tower constructed in the early 12th Century.

Millmount Museum Drogheda Boyne Valley Slane
Millmount Museum Drogheda Boyne Valley


 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage at the Heart of the Boyne Valley

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