Hotels Near Meath Heritage Sites
The 4* Pillo Hotel & Spa Ashbourne is located in the heart of County Meath and its heritage filled countryside, with plenty to experience and explore during your stay.
Bru Na Boinne
Bru Na Boinne meaning the Palace or Mansion of the Boyne is the name given to one of the world’s most important archaeological landscapes, dominated by the historic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. These tombs are over 5000 years old and constructed during the New Stone Age.
In honour of these monuments, Bru Na Boinne has been given the title of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO so it is well worth visiting during your stay in County Meath. For more details, please contact www.heritageireland.ie or 041 988 0300
Trim Castle is a strong focal point in the town of Trim and was used during filming of the film, Braveheart with Mel Gibson. This castle was built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173, it is known to be the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. Trim Castle is open to visitors every day from mid-March to October and open weekends in winter. To visit the keep/castle section of the building is by guided tour only and an admission charge will apply.
For more information, please call 046 943 8619
Located east of Oldcastle, just off the R163, Loughcrew Cairns is home to 5000 year old passage tombs which are some of Meath’s oldest monuments. On top of the highest hills in Meath, visitors to the tombs can also view some of the most stunning views in Ireland. Loughcrew Cairns is open all with free guided tours throughout June, July and August with a key available in the coffee shop to explore the tombs.
For more details on Loughcrew Cairns, please contact 041 988 0300.
Located in the Boyne Valley overlooking the Boyne River lies Slane Castle. The castle reopened to the public in 2001 after an extensive reconstruction lasting 10 years. This reconstruction was due to a devastating fire in 1991, completely destroying the Eastern section facing the River Boyne. Overlooked by the castle is the hill of Slane, where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire. In doing so he was summoned to the High King of Tara and Ireland as a result was converted to Christianity. As well as being steeped in history, Slane have now opened their own whiskey distillery.
For more information on Slane Castle, please contact 041 982 0643 / www.slanecastle.ie
Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara is located halfway between Navan and Dunshaughlin off the N3 and filled with myth and legend. In historic times, 142 Kings are have said to have reigned in the name of Tara. It was here that the most powerful of Irish kings held their great feasts and were approved by the Earth Mother Goddess Maeve.
Tara is one of the largest complexes of Celtic monuments in Europe and from the top of the hill, there are spectacular views towards the Mourne and Cooley Mountains in the North East and of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the South West.
Access to the Hill of Tara is available all year round. For more information please call 046 90 259 03