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13 Awesome Things To Do In Meath, Ireland

Meath is a County in Ireland known for its ancient sites and history. Along with these varieties of things to do in Meath, it’s proximity to Dublin makes it one of the best day trips to do from the city.

13 Things To Do In Meath, Ireland

1.Explore the Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is an archaeological complex in Country Meath of Ireland. It is located near the River of Boyne and it runs between Dunshaughlin and Navan. Hill of Tara used to be the seat of the kings during Stone Age.

It contains a number of ancient passages tombs, Ireland’s Stonehenge and historical ruins.

Opening Hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00  for the Visitor Centre

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Child/student €3 | Senior €4 | Family €13

Contact Information

Location: 12km south of Navan. Off the N3

Email: +353 46 9025903

Phone: hilloftara@opw.ie

2. Check out Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Although Slane Castle is located in the town of Slane and considered one of the must-see castles in Ireland.

Slane Castle is located within the Boyne Valley and is set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate.  The castle was built in 18th-century and has been a family seat for the Conyngham family.

Today, the castle is a famous concert venue which held concerts for world music icons such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Queens, Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

Opening Hours

The guided tours to the castle are seasonal and only if there’s no event. To check for the latest tour schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults: €12.00, Children: €7.20, Students, O.A.P.’s & Groups: €10.80, Children under 5 years are free

Contact Information

Location: Navan Road, Slane Meath

Email: jemma@slanecastle.ie

Phone: +353 41 9820643

3.   Athlumney Castle

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Athlumney Castle is a tower house and a fortified house in Navan. It was built in 1172 and was burned down in 1649 by Maguire who held the castle to prevent Oliver Cromwell, an English military and a political leader for taking over it.

During 17th-century, it was burned down again by James II, the King of England and Ireland at that time. It was said that a Catholic Bishop tried to renovate it back to its original splendor but he died before he made it happen.

Now, the ruins of Athlumney Castle is a national monument in Navan.

Opening Hours

No one oversees the castle except the caretaker who lends you the key to the gate. As a rule of thumb, try to call in advance or go during the day.

Admission Fee

Free, although the caretaker requires a small deposit for the key. They will return the deposit to you when you return the key.

Contact Information

Location: Kentstown Road, Athlumney

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 41 9880305

4.   Bective Abbey

Bective Abbey Meath

 

Bective Abbey is a historical place in Bective, 15 minutes from Navan. The Cistercian Abbey sits overlooking the river of Boyne. The Abbey was founded in 1147 during the time that Bective became an important monastic settlement. Under King Henry VIII, the monasteries were dissolved in 1543 and they were converted to fortified houses and towers.  The Abbey is now registered as a national monument in Ireland.

Opening Hours

Open all year and anytime

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: R161, Ballina, Co. Meath, Ireland

5.   Dunmoe Castle

Dunmoe Castle sits in a tranquil spot overlooking the river Boyne 4 km east of Navan. The castle was built for the D’Arcy family in the mid-15th century. It marked the western edge of The Pale, an Irish area under the control of the English government.

The present structure of the castle has all the characteristics of an Anglo-Norman during 15th -16th century.  It was originally a rectangular-shaped edifice with a tower at each corner.  Two of these towers have crumbled away, as the entire back part of the castle.

Opening Hours

The castle is open to the public and no one really oversees it. Just enter the gate but as a rule of thumb, go during the day.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Dunmoe, Co. Meath

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 41 9880300

6. Donaghmore Round Tower

Donaghmore Round Tower Navan

The Donaghmore Round Tower is a well-preserved 10th-century structure located just northeast of Navan. The tower is found on the site of a religious settlement thought to have been established in the 5th century by St. Patrick.

At the site, visitors can see the remains of a church and the round tower, both of which has interesting carvings and sculptures.

Opening Hours

Open all day

Admission Fee

Free

7. Go back in time with Brú na Bóinne ( Boyne Valley Tombs)

Brú na Bóinne ireland

Brú na Bóinne or Palace of the Boyne is valley tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. Brú na Bóinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however, these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

If you are in the area, this is one of the best places to visit in Drogheda Ireland.

Opening Hours

February – April: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

June – Mid September: Daily 09.00 – 19.00

Mid – End September: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

NovemberJanuary: Daily 09.00 – 17.00

Admission Fee

For the Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth:

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

Contact Information

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9880300

For more information about Brú na Bóinne, click here.

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8.Learn history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre Meath

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the 18th century Oldbridge House which is the exact location of the infamous battle between two kings; King James II and his son-in-law William III. The battle had the largest soldiers deployed in the history of Irish battlefield. King James had over 25000 troops while William III had over 36000 soldiers.

The battle took place on July 1st, 1690 where William’s forces defeated King James’ army. The battle is one of the most symbolic battles in the history of British Isles.

Opening Hours

May – September Daily 9.00 – 17.00

October – April Daily 9.00 – 16.00

Admission Fee

 Adult €4 | Group/senior €3 | Child €2 | Family €10

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: battleoftheboyne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9809950

9. Check out Mellifont Abbey

Mellifont Abbey Meath

Mellifont Abbey is the first abbey built in Ireland on 1142 through the orders of Saint MalachyArchbishop of Armagh. It housed over a hundred monks and three hundred laymen. The ruins of the abbey are still standing 10 minutes away from the center of Drogheda.

Opening Hours

31st May – 5th September: Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Email: mellifontabbey@opw.ie

Phone: +353 1 836 6111

10.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower

.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower Drogheda

The Martello Tower was built in the mound of Millmount in 1808 after Oliver Cromwell attached the town that killed over 2500 men on September 11th, 1649. The tower was created to avoid the same destiny and to prevent the invasion of the French people. Today the tower complex houses the Millmount Museum which houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm | Sunday and Bank Holiday 2 pm – 5 pm

Admission Fee

Museum-Adult €3.50 | Child €2.50 | Student €3 | Family €8 | Tower-Adult €3 | Child €2 | Student €2.50 | Family €6 | Tower and Museum-Adult €5.50 | Child €3 | Student €4 | Family €12

Contact Information

Location: Millmount, Drogheda, Louth

Email: info@droghedamuseum.ie

Phone: +353 41 9833097

11.Trim Castle

trim castle ireland

Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of River Boyne in the town of Trim and currently the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle was built in 1173 by Hugh de Lacy, the castle was used as a center of Norman administration for the Lordship of Meath. It is also probably best known as the setting for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.

This castle in Ireland boasts imposing twenty-sided towers protected by curtain wall and moat. It was a great example of experimental military architecture during its period. If you want to learn more about the legacy of this castle, this day trip from Dublin is a must.

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary depending on the season. For an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

€5 per adult, €3 for student and €13 for a family of 4. It includes access to the Trim Castle grounds and audio-visual show at the visitor center. You can get the ticket from the visitor center.

Contact Information

Location: Trim, Co Meath

Phone: +353 46 943 8619 

Email:  trimcastle@opw.ie 

12.Kells Round Tower and Crosses

Kells Round Tower and Crosses

Kells Round Tower and High Crosses are national monuments in Ireland. It is located in Kells, a town in Meath known as monastic settlement and it boasts religious significance. The Book of Kells, which contains the 4 Gospels of the New Testament was completed in this monastery.

The tower is over 80 feet high while the crosses are over 10 feet which were all built during the 9th to the 10th century.  There’s also a church in the area that offers exhibition for visitors. This highly informative exhibition is free although a donation is welcomed.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Kells, Meath

Phone: +353 1 835 8022

Email: info@meathtourism.ie

13. Watch horseback racing at Laytown beach

 

Laytown is a seaside town in County Meath. It is popular for archaeological digs such as Tara Brooch, and Hiberno-Norse ring pin. It’s also the home of Laytown Races which is held annually every September at the beach.

Laytown Races ist he only race event run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club.

Opening Hours

For information on the dates, click here.

Admission Fee

ADULT                              €10.00

SENIOR                            €6.00

STUDENT                         €6.00

CHILD                               Free under 16 but must be accompanied by an adult

Contact Information

Location: Laytown Races, Laytown Strand, Laytown,  County Meath

Phone: +353 (0) 41 9842111

Email: info@laytownstrandraces.ie

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10 Top Things To Do In Drogheda Ireland

Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It is known for its tourism and as a center of medical care. Drogheda lies between 2 counties, with the southern part of the town located in County Meath and the rest in County Louth. If you are planning a trip to this town, here are the top things to do in Drogheda, Ireland.

Things To Do In Drogheda Ireland

1.Go back in time with Brú na Bóinne ( Boyne Valley Tombs)

Brú na Bóinne ireland

Brú na Bóinne or Palace of the Boyne is valley tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. Brú na Bóinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however, these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

If you are in the area, this is one of the best places to visit in Drogheda Ireland.

Opening Hours

February – April: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

June – Mid September: Daily 09.00 – 19.00

Mid – End September: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

November – January: Daily 09.00 – 17.00

Admission Fee

For the Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth:

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

Contact Information

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9880300

For more information about Brú na Bóinne, click here.

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2.Have fun at Boyne Boats Adventure

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Want to listen about the battle of Westeros? I mean the battle of the Boyne! This popular activity in Drogheda features the currachs, a traditional Irish boat. Visitors take a boat tour along the Boyne canal. And as you paddle along the Boyne navigation system, the guide tells the history that shaped Ireland and the popular story of the Battle of the Boyne. It is entertaining with an audio-enhanced experience and the best part? Games of Thrones shot some scenes in the area where guides acted as bit players. Check out their stories about their GOT experience.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Adult (18+) €20 | Teenager (13-17) €15 |  Child (3-12) €10 | Family of 4 (2 Adults & 2 Chilren) €50

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: info@boyneboats.ie

Phone: +353 86 361 6420

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3.Learn history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre Meath

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the 18th century Oldbridge House which is the exact location of the infamous battle between two kings; King James II and his son-in-law William III. The battle had the largest soldiers deployed in the history of Irish battlefield. King James had over 25000 troops while William III had over 36000 soldiers.

The battle took place on July 1st, 1690 where William’s forces defeated King James’ army. The battle is one of the most symbolic battles in the history of British Isles.

Opening Hours

May – September Daily 9.00 – 17.00

October – April Daily 9.00 – 16.00

Admission Fee

 Adult €4 | Group/senior €3 | Child €2 | Family €10

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: battleoftheboyne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9809950

4. Check out Magdalene Tower

Magdalene Tower Drogheda

Magdalene Tower is a landmark located at the highest point of the northern part of Drogheda, County Louth. All that now remains of the once important of Saint Mary Magdalene is freestanding single-bay three-stage bell tower.

Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded the monastery in 1224.  It was here Ulster chiefs acknowledged their submission to Richard II, King of England in 1367.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: 9 Magdalene St, Upper Mell, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

5. Visit Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Slane Castle is located within the Boyne Valley near Navan and is set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate. The castle was built in the 18th century and has been a family seat for the Conyngham family. Today, the castle is a famous concert venue which held concerts for world music icons such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Queens, Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

Although Slane castle is not part of Drogheda, it is closed enough for a quick trip. It’s only around 15 minutes drive away from Drogheda and it’s one of the best day trips from Dublin and one of the best castles in Ireland.

Opening Hours

The guided tours to the castle are seasonal and only if there’s no event. To check for the latest tour schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults: €12.00, Children: €7.20, Students, O.A.P.’s & Groups: €10.80, Children under 5 years are free

Contact Information

Location: Navan Road, Slane Meath

Email: jemma@slanecastle.ie

Phone: +353 41 9820643

Check out this Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour for just €35

6.St Laurence’s Gate and the Drogheda Walls

St Laurence's Gate things to do in drogheda

St Laurence’s Gate is a fortified gateway built in 13th century as part of the walled fortifications in Drogheda. The Anglo-Normans made the town as one of their primary strongholds by building walls around it that enclosed 113 acres area. Drogheda was one of the largest walled towns during that time.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Laurence Street, Drogheda, Louth

Email: droghedatouristoffice@gmail.com

Phone:  +353 41 9872843

7.Explore the Beaulieu House and Gardens

Beaulieu House and Gardens Drogheda

This unfortified mansion is a journey back through Ireland’s past. The house was built in the 1600s by de Verdun family. Noble families and statesmen lived in the mansion since then which whom was a big part of the Irish history.

Beaulieu House is surrounded by 4 acres of gardens and grassy terraces for plant lovers.

Opening Hours

June 1st -September 1st.

Monday-Friday, 11-5pm.

Weekend Opening in July and August, 1pm-5pm

To verify the opening hours, make sure to call in advance.

Contact Information

Location:  Cross, Beaulieu, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 PD3R, Ireland

Email: info@beaulieuhouse.ie

Phone: +353 41 9838557

8. Check out Mellifont Abbey

Mellifont Abbey Meath

Mellifont Abbey is the first abbey built in Ireland on 1142 through the orders of Saint MalachyArchbishop of Armagh. It housed over a hundred monks and three hundred laymen. The ruins of the abbey are still standing 10 minutes away from the centre of Drogheda.

Opening Hours

31st May – 5th September: Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Email: mellifontabbey@opw.ie

Phone: +353 1 836 6111

9.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower

.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower Drogheda

The Martello Tower was built in the mound of Millmount in 1808 after Oliver Cromwell attached the town that killed over 2500 men on September 11th, 1649. The tower was created to avoid the same destiny and to prevent the invasion of the French people. Today the tower complex houses the Millmount Museum which houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm | Sunday and Bank Holiday 2 pm – 5 pm

Admission Fee

Museum-Adult €3.50 | Child €2.50 | Student €3 | Family €8 | Tower-Adult €3 | Child €2 | Student €2.50 | Family €6 | Tower and Museum-Adult €5.50 | Child €3 | Student €4 | Family €12

Contact Information

Location: Millmount, Drogheda, Louth

Email: info@droghedamuseum.ie

Phone: +353 41 9833097

10.Peruse arts in Highlanes Gallery

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Highlanes Gallery is a public art gallery and visual arts exhibition centre which opened in 2006. It showcases national and international temporary exhibitions and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection which includes fascinating collections dating back from the 18th century.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm

Admission Fee

Admission to the gallery is free but a donation is welcomed.

Contact Information

Location: 36 St Laurence St, Lagavooren, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 F7PH

Email: info@highlanes.ie 

Phone: +353 (0) 41 9803311

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Brú na Bóinne: The Boyne Valley Tombs Guide For First Time Visitors

Brú na Bóinne (Palace of the Boyne) or popularly known as the Boyne Valley tombs are passage tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda, County Meath.

The site covers over 780 hectares where the majority of the monuments are located on the north side of the river.

Bru na Boinne contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. It is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Aside from these three spectacular ancient sites, there are over 90 Neolithic monuments dotted across in Brú na Bóinne.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, this famous River Boyne Valley is considered one of the best attractions in Ireland.

Things to see in Bru na Boinne

Newgrange

newgrange passage tomb

Newgrange was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC. Which means it is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. It is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones. Some of these kerbstones are decorated with megalithic art.

Newgrange is also popular during the winter solstice. During winter solstice dawn, the sun shines on the roof-box of the passage tomb which illuminates the floor of the main chamber. It is said to be the oldest astronomically orientated structure in the world.

The winter solstice experience is done yearly and it’s only limited to a few people. Selection of the visitors is done based on a lottery. For more information on the lottery, click here.

Knowth

knowth passage tomb

Knowth, on the other hand, is a 5000-year-old mound which the western passage ends in a rectangular chamber. Like Newgrange, the mound is encircled by 127 kerbstones decorated with megalithic art. The Knowth site also contains one-third of all the megalithic art in all Western Europe, with over 200 decorated stones were found during excavations at Knowth.

Dowth

Dowth Passage Tomb

Dowth is one of the three principal tombs of the Brú na Bóinne. Unlike Newgrange and Knowth, Dowth creation is unknown, but the features of the tomb aligned with the other passage tombs which date approximately between 3200 and 2900 BC. It is also less developed as a tourist attraction than its neighbors because of its lower chamber and the decoration is less visible compared to others.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

Brú na Bóinne Opening Hours

February – April: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

June – Mid September: Daily 09.00 – 19.00

Mid – End September: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

November – January: Daily 09.00 – 17.00

Brú na Bóinne Admission Fee

There are different admission fees depending on the attraction you want to see. Please note that Dowth is not officially included on the tour to Brú na Bóinne. However, visitors can go on their own to Dowth through private transportation.

A. Exhibition

Duration:  1 hour

Adult: €4.00

Sen/Group: €3.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €10.00

B. Exhibition and Newgrange

Duration: 2 hours

Adult: €7.00

Sen/Group: €6.00

Child/Student: €4.00

Family: €16.00

C. Exhibition and Knowth

Duration: 2 hours

Adult: €6.00

Sen/Group: €4.00

Child/Student: €4.00

Family: €14.00

D. Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth

Duration: 3 hours

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

How to get to Brú na Bóinne from Dublin

Knowth Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne is only less than 40 km from the city which makes it one of the most popular day trips from Dublin.

There are several ways to get to Brú na Bóinne.

Through private car

Depending on which area of Dublin you’re on, you can head to M1. Drive from M1 to Meath and then take exit 9 from M1. Then follow Donore Rd and then turn right to Staleen Rd. Then turn right again and you will see the entrance to Brú na Bóinne.

Through Uber or Taxi

You can simply book an Uber or take a taxi to Boyne Valley tombs. Taking an Uber might cost you between €95-€130 and €75-€90 for Taxi.

Through Train

Take a train from Connolly Station (Irish Rail) to Drogheda. Trains leave every hour and it takes an hour to get to Drogheda. Train fare is between €9-€14 for one way. Then from Drogheda station, take a taxi to Brú na Bóinne. This might cost between €14-€17 for an almost 9km trip.

Through group tours

There are several companies that offer tours to Brú na Bóinne from Dublin. The best thing about these tours is you can also combine Boyne Valley tombs with other attractions in the area such as the imposing Slane Castle and Trim Castle, Navan and other attractions in the Drogheda area.

You can check the tours below:

Newgrange, Slane Castle, and Trim Castle tour (€35 per person) and Boyne Valley, Trim Castle & Drogheda Tour (49 per person) are both good deals. But if you are travelling with friends, this private tour of Boyne Valley and Trim Castle Day Tour might be a better option.

 

Contact Information for Brú na Bóinne

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9880300

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10 Awesome Things To Do In Tralee, Ireland

Tralee is the capital city of County Kerry. There are several things to do in Tralee which makes it one of a popular stop in Dingle Peninsula along with Dingle.

Here are the best things to do in Tralee Ireland.

1.Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum Tralee

Kerry County Museum is a museum inside the Ashe Memorial Hall located in the centre of town. The museum collects and preserves the heritage and archaeological artifacts of County Kerry.

Visitors can enjoy the medieval times through recreated medieval town in the lower ground floor of Ashe Memorial Hall.

Opening Hours

January – May:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm

June – August:
Open daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm

SeptemberDecember:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm

Bank Holiday weekends:
Sunday and Monday, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee

Adult/Senior/Student: €5.00

Child: FREE (accompanied by an adult)

Family: €10.00 (2 adults, 3 children)

Contact Information

Location:  Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny St, Co. Kerry, V92 CXE3, Ireland

Email: info@kerrymuseum.ie

Phone: +353 66 712 7777

2.Blennerville Windmill

Blennerville windmill Tralee

Blennerville Windmill is located along Tralee Bay and only 8 minutes away from the centre of Tralee. The windmill is 21.3m high with 5 floors and it made of stone. The windmill was built in 1800 order of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett. It suffered decays on the 19th century but it was also restored and was opened again in 1990.

Today, Blennerville Windmill is the only commercial windmill in Ireland open for public tours.

Opening Hours

June-August 9:00 am- 6:00 pm | April/May/September/October 9:30 am -5:30 pm

Admission Fee

Adult €7 | Student/OAP’s €5 | Children over 5 years €3 | Children under 5 years free | Family €20 (2 adults and 3 children)

Contact Information

Location: Windmill Street, Blennerville

Email: blenmill@eircom.net

Phone: +353 66 7121064

3.Tralee Town Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tralee Town Park is one of the largest public urban parks in Ireland. It covers around 35 acres and it’s adjacent to the Kerry County Museum. It is also the home of Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

Tralee Town Park is famous for its Rose Garden and Garden of the Senses which both won several awards. It is a good place to relax and just watch the world go by.

4.Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral Tralee Ireland

Ardfert Cathedral is part of the monastery built by St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’ in the 6th century. This monastery consists of 3 medieval churches, 2 ogham stones, and graves.

The churches are a great example of the Romanesque style with interesting carvings.

Opening Hours

29th March (Opens at 12noon) – 26th September

Daily 10 AM  – 6 PM

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Ardfert,  Co. Kerry, V92 KR7P

Email: ardfertcathedral@opw.ie 

Phone: +353 (66) 713 4711

5.Banna Strand

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want a change of environment, a trip to the beach is what you need in Tralee. Banna Strand or Banna Beach is a Blue Flag status beach in Tralee Bay. It’s a walkers’ paradise and it extends miles after miles with magnificent views of the mountains, Dingle Peninsula and Kerry Head.

6.Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tralee Bay Wetlands is a nature and activity centre. It is located in Tralee Bay Nature Reserve which encompasses over 8000 acres extending from Tralee town to the Maharee Islands. It is a designated Natura 2000 site.

Visitors can enjoy pedal boats, canoes, picnic areas, interactive displays, and safari boat trip. There are also viewing points, cafes and retail shops in the area.

Opening Hours

10 am—5 pm Daily

Last Admission 4.30pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6/€10 Child €4/€6

Senior Citizen/Student: €5/€8

Family Pass: €20/€32

(2 adults, 3 children)

For the rates of individual activities, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ballyard, Co Kerry, Ireland

Email: info@traleebaywetlands.org

Phone: +353 66 7126700

7.Fenit

Fenit Marina Kerry

Fenit is a small island in Tralee Bay connected to the mainland through a small sandbar. Located 10 km from the centre of the town, the Fenit harbour is an important seaport for fishing, freight import, and export.

This charming fishing village is home to just over 500 people. The activities in the island consist of walking along the beach, fishing and appreciating the beautiful mountains nearby.

8.Ratass Church

Ratass Church is a medieval church and a national monument in Tralee. It is known for its ogham stone, or a medieval alphabet used to write the early Irish language.

The church is located in a graveyard in Quill.

9.Ballyseedy Wood Walk

Ballyseedy Wood Walk is a wooded walking trail in Tralee. It was first mapped during the 16th century for  Sir Edward Denny. It is now a sustainable woodland recreational amenity for visitors and one can enjoy a tranquil walk here. Visitors can also check out the castle in the area, Blennerhassett estate and plantation, the view of Slieve Mish Mountain and the rolling hills.

10.Tralee Aqua Dome

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Want to try some water activities? Tralee Aqua Dome is a popular recreational activity center in town. It features waves, rapids, lazy rivers and the famous Flume slide for children. There’s also a spa and sauna for adults. And if you are a fan of golf, there’s an 18-hole miniature golf course in Aqua Dome.  It is one of the most popular activities in Tralee with kids.

Opening Hours

September – End June: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 – 19:00

July 1st – Mid August: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 – 21:00

Admission Fee

Adult € 16.00

Junior under 18 yrs / OAP / Student € 13.00

Under 2 FREE

For the complete list of prices, click here.

Contact Information

Location: THE AQUA DOME Dan Spring Road

Email:  info@aquadome.ie

Phone: +353 (0)66 7128899

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6 Awesome Things To Do In Cahir, Ireland

Cahir is a small town in County Tipperary in Ireland. It is known for its castle, natural wonders, and architecture. Because of this, there are several awesome things to do in Cahir and if you are in Cork City, it can be a good side trip from Cork.

1. Visit Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in Ireland. It is located on an island in the river of Suir, in the town of Cahir, County Tipperary. Built-in 1142 by the Prince of Thomond, Conor O’Brien, it was designed as a defensive castle with state-of-the-art facilities. However, the castle was besieged multiple times during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Opening Hours

March-Mid June
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid-June – August
Daily 09.00 – 18.30

September – Mid October
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid October – February
Daily 09.30 – 16.30

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Castle St, Townparks, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Email: cahircastle@opw.ie

Phone: +353 (52) 744 1011 

2.Explore Mitchelstown Cave

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mitchelstown Cave is located between Mitchelstown in County Cork and Cahir in County Tipperary. It is only 15 minutes away from the center of Cahir. Mitchelstown is a limestone cave known for its beautiful caverns and speleothems. It is also considered as the finest limestones caves in Europe.

The cave was discovered by Michael Condon, a farm worker, accidentally in May 1833 and was first explored and mapped by James Apjohn in 1834.

Opening Hours

February: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 4pm | March to October: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 5pm | November: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 4pm | December and January: (open weekends only) | (open 26th December to 6th January 10am to 4pm)

Admission Fee

Adult: €9

Child: (up to 12 years old) €3.50

Family: 2 adults up to 2 children (up to 12 years old) €20

Minimum 2 adults for a tour.

Contact Information

Location: Burncourt, Tipperary

Email: visit@mitchelstowncave.com

Phone: +353 52 7467246

3.The Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage Cahir Tipperary

The Swiss Cottage is an ornamental cottage located in Cahir. It was part of the estate of Lord and Lady Cahir and they used it for entertaining guests. The cottage is now used as a historic house museum.

Opening Hours

16th March – 27th October
10:00 – 18:00 – Last Admission – 17:15

28th Oct – 3rd November
09:30 – 17:00 – Last Admission – 16.15

4th of November
09:30 – 15:30 – Last Admission – 14:45

Site closes for 2018 season on the 4th of November.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Please note there are no credit and debit card facilities at this site

Contact Information

Location: Ardfinnan Road, Farrannagark,  Co. Tipperary

Email: swisscottage@opw.ie

Phone: +353 52 7441144

4.The Vee

The Vee Ireland

The Vee refers to a V-shaped turn on the road leading to a gap in the Knockmealdown mountains. It overlooks one of the best vistas in Tipperary including beautiful mountains, a lake and the amazing flowers along the way.

Aside from the view by the road, one can also explore the beautiful Bay Lough or the climb to the tomb of Colonel Grubb. And if you happen to visit Cahir in winter, check out this place for some Aurora sightings.

5. Relax at the Sensory and Mobility Garden

The Sensory and Mobility Garden was specially created to be accessible and enjoyable to all especially for people with disabilities. The garden contains several features, such as scented plants, sculptures, water features, Braille signs, and pathways of different textures to stimulate the senses. It provides a relaxing place to unwind and is also a mobility practice area.

6. Cahir Abbey

Cahir Abbey Ireland

Cahir Abbey or Priory of St. Mary in Cahir was a medieval priory and a national monument in Cahir. It was founded in 12th century by Galfrid de Camville, Anglo-Norman Baron of Cahir. The priory was known as the house of Augustinian Canons.

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