The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland and only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport. It is Ireland’s ancient capital and its most sacred and mythical landscape.

Visit places filled with unmissable experiences with Maps and Brochures as your guide and Itineraries as your inspiration, prepare for an adventure through a land of legends.  From brave knights, castles and round towers to tales of emigrants, monks and ancient civilisations, Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with stories, culture, attractions, festivals and fun. Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East and has some of the world’s most mythical landscapes. The rich valley is home to a range of heritage sites and monuments including Europe’s largest Anglo-Norman Castle.


1. Brú na Bóinne

Dominated by three large passage tombs, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These tombs are around 5,000 years old, making them older than the pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK.
(Only 15 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

2. Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge House

Brush up on your history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre in the elegant 18th century Oldbridge House. And if you visit during the summer, don’t miss the live demonstrations of cavalry manoeuvers with players in full period dress.
(Only 13 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

3. Historial town of Drogheda

Explore the historical town of Drogheda, a town full of quirky surprises, such as the preserved head of St Oliver Plunkett (yes, really!) on display in St Peter’s Church, or the Martello Tower at Millmount, which was built in the early 1800s as a precaution against French invasion.
(Only 17 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

4. Beaulieu House and Gardens

A stately home with a difference, Beaulieu House has been occupied by the same family since the 1600s. A stunning setting on the banks of the River Boyne and historic walled gardens make this a very special place to visit.
(Only 23 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

5. Slane Distillery and Slane Castle

Take a guided tour of both Slane Distillery and Slane Castle. At the working distillery, you can see and learn how they make their famous Irish whiskey. At Slane Castle, home to the Conyngham family since 1703, you can take in the 18th Century interiors and learn about its colourful heritage and history, including the legendary Slane Rock Concerts.
(Only 24 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

6. Boyne Boats

Experience the Boyne Valley like never before in Ireland’s answer to Game of Thrones – the Battle of the Boyne! Take a trip back in time and learn how the Battle of the Boyne shaped Ireland’s future.
(Only 14 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

7. Listoke Distillery and Gin School

Listoke Distillery and Gin School is a premium, interactive, educational gin experience. Visitors to Ireland’s first and only Gin School are greeted in the school room with a warm welcome and provided with a comprehensive introduction and explanation of the history of distilling and brewing in Listoke and the proprietor’s ancestry.
(Only 22 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

8. Trim Castle

This imposing stronghold, built by Lord of Meath Hugh de Lacy in the 13th century, has been towering over the surrounding landscape for almost 800 years. Several centuries after its creation, the castle was sold by one Arthur Wellesley, better known as the Duke of Wellington. Eventually its austere beauty served as a backdrop for Mel Gibson’s 1995 film, Braveheart. During the summer, you can take a guided tour and climb to the battlements to enjoy spectacular views. Just don’t look down!
(Only 22 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

9. Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings, and for centuries, the centre of political and spiritual life in ancient Ireland. Drop into the visitors’ centre (a converted 19th century church) for a great audiovisual introduction to the site and then take your time exploring superbly named monuments such as the Mound of the Hostages and the Sloping Trenches. And don't forget to enjoy the view – it’s said you can see a quarter of Ireland from here.
(Only 30 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.

10. Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew or Lough Crew is an area of great historical importance near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. It is home to a group of megalithic tombs dating back to the 4th millennium BC, which sit on top of a range of hills. The hills and tombs are together known as Slieve na Calliagh and are the highest point in Meath.
(Only 60 mins from CityNorth Hotel) Click here for more info.


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