Often referred to as 'The Gateway to the Boyne Valley', the town of Drogheda enjoys an exciting and dramatic history. An idea of Drogheda's prehistoric origins becomes apparent from the top of Millmount, a 19th century round martello tower. Today visitors to the town can view the head of Saint Oliver Plunkett at St. Peter’s Parish Church on the main street. There are a number of unique historic attractions, such as monuments and portions of the old Norman town walls dating from the 12th century, including St. Laurence’s Gate and the Butter Gate. There is also a large section of the town wall close to St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, where Cromwell broke into the town in 1649.This is merely the tip of the iceberg and with a host of major historical sites, museums and heritage centres in the town itself, coupled with the actual sites of battles, burial tombs and passage graves just a few miles away, Drogheda is a fascinating walk through time for history buffs and the merely curious alike.
Ireland's Ancient East
The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland. It is at once Ireland’s ancient capital and it’s most sacred and mythical landscape.
In 1849 William Wilde, father of Oscar, wrote of the Boyne that the history of Ireland may be traced through its monuments. This remains true today. Moreover, its sites and monuments are amongst the best examples of their kind in Europe and are all within a short distance of each other. In one day you can visit the great prehistoric tombs at Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) and the site of the infamous Battle of the Boyne. You can look out from the Hill of Tara, sharing the view with the ancient High Kings of Ireland, or be mesmerised by the detail of the Celtic Crosses at Kells. http://www.discoverboynevalley.ie
The award-winning Irish Maritime Festival at Drogheda Port is back on 9th and 10th June 2017 and another stunning fun-filled weekend is promised.
Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the Festival is a busy weekend both on and off the water. As always, the festival is a brilliant event for families. Children will enjoy the Pirate Parade, Viking long boats, water displays, story-telling, paper boat races, Billy Bubbles, archaeology digs, special kids cookery demos and much more. View all the details at www.maritimefestival.ie
When in Drogheda, bring the kids to Funtasia
We have many offers for Funtasia Waterpark, Irelands larget Water & Slide park.
Newgrange, located 15 minutes from The Westcourt Hotel. It was built during the Neolithic period around 3000 BC to 2500 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The site consists of a large circular mound with a stone passageway and interior chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front and is ringed by engraved kerbstones. There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it has been speculated that it had religious significance – it is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on the winter solstice. It is the most famous monument within the Neolithic Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside the similar passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth, and as such is a part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.
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