Home to the Conyngham family and world-famous concert venue, Slane Castle Estate extends over
1500 acres in the Boyne Valley, just a few kilometres upstream from Newgrange and the site of the
famous Battle of the Boyne. The Estate includes Rock Farm, an organic farm and ecotourism
destination on the other side of the river. Also on the Estate is Slane Distillery.
The heart of the Estate is Slane Castle, seat of the Conyngham family for more than three hundred
years. It is home to Alex and Carina Conyngham, Earl and Countess of Mount Charles and their
One of the most exciting historic buildings on the island Slane Castle hosts many high profile events
and its rock ‘n’ roll heritage is peerless. The natural amphitheatre has hosted the biggest acts in rock
history including Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, REM, Metallica and the
Red Hot Chilli Peppers. U2 have performed here three times, playing support to iconic band Thin
Lizzy who headlined the first ever Slane concert in 1981. U2 recorded part of The Unforgettable Fire
at Slane Castle.
With the backdrop of the River Boyne and the surrounding parkland of the Estate, it is the perfect
venue to accommodate a wide range of events in unique surroundings.
The Castle is a popular wedding venue and hosts many high profile events and festivals. Please see
social media for up to date information.
Slane Castle Estate is open to visitors and guided Castle tours are available. For more information on
visiting Slane Castle, please see www.slanecastle.ie
Slane Castle has a fascinating history intertwined with that of the Conyngham family who have lived
there since 1703. Castle tours are led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Public Tours
currently run from March to October from Thursday to Sunday. Please check calendar for live
availability. Castle Tour tickets includes admission to the Walking Trail. Private Tours are available
Slane Castle is open to the public from 17 th March to 31 st October and for special and private events
throughout the year.
Browne’s Bar and the Castle Courtyard (in season) are open for brunch, lunch and drinks. Slane
Castle Afternoon Tea takes place on selected Saturdays and Sundays
There’s nowhere else quite like Browne’s Bar, a cosy room named after the Castle housekeeper,
Mary Browne. The bar boasts a fascinating Slane rock concert theme and the memorabilia from 40
years of high profile rock concerts make mesmerising reading. If these walls could talk, they’d tell
some stories. It’s no stranger to great live music and jazz sessions into the wee small hours and is
available for private functions.
Browne’s Bar is open at weekends for brunch, lunch and drinks.
King George IV Ballroom
Slane Castle is one of the most architecturally exciting buildings in Ireland. The King George IV
Ballroom is a highlight, completed in 1821 for the visit of King George IV, this impressive rotunda
with a magnificent domed ceiling is one of the finest examples of Neo Gothic works in Ireland.
Originally designed by Thomas Hopper as a library, it features perfect acoustics and is where U2
recorded The Unforgettable Fire album.
Available for private functions.
Gandon Room Restaurant
The Gandon Room is a completely different and more modern option for dining, designed in a warm,
inviting club style. Accommodating 60 guests, it’s a contemporary alternative within the historic
Open for regular special events and can be booked for private functions.