Co. Meath is known as Ireland’s heritage capital as it is home to some of the Country’s most important and ancient sights. This mystical valley of the Boyne which is often referred to as the’ Valley of the Kings’ is an opportunity for visitors to travel back through time, right back to early civilization in Ireland. Discover our journey from the earliest settlers at Newgrange, to the High Kings of Tara and the transition from paganism to Christianity sparked by St. Patrick lighting the Paschal fire on the Hill of Salne, the monks who wrote the Book of Kells and the Celtic era evident the beautiful artwork on the High Crosses in Kells and Monasterboice, the Anglo-Norman invasion and its relics at Trim Castle during the 11thC and the beginning of Protestant Rule Ireland as a result of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Visitors to this amazing County could easily spend a few days discovering our rich and unique heritage and Newgrange Lodge provides the perfect base to complete this journey.
Self Guided walks of the historical village Slane and the town of Drogheda are available.
Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth (1 minute walk from the Lodge)
A world heritage UNESCO site that was constructed over 5000 years ago by Ireland’s first settlers, these Megalithic passage tombs predate the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge in England.
Monasterboice (15 minutes by car from the Lodge)
One of Ireland’s earliest Christian settlements from the 5th Century. Famous for its fine examples of Celtic High Crosses from the 10th C.
Mellifont Abbey (15 minutes by car from the Lodge)
The Abbey was founded in 1142 and it was the main Christian Abbey of Ireland until 1539.
Battle of the Boyne Estate (10 minutes by car from the Lodge)
One of the most famous and significant land battles fought in Irish history. The Battle took place between Protestant King William of Orange III defeated Catholic King James in 1960 and at stake were the British Throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland. This beautiful estate is located on the Battle site and there is a fantastic exhibition explaining the history and significance of this fight for Europe and the Irish.
The Hill of Slane (15 minutes by car from the Lodge)
Located overlooking the village of Slane and Slane Castle, it is said that it was here that St. Patrick lit the Paschal fire that was seen burning by the High Kings of Ireland and their Druids from the Hill of Tara over 1600 years ago. The act of defiance is said to have been the spark that ignited Christianity in Ireland.
The Hill of Tara (35 minutes by car from the Lodge)
The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.
Trim Castle (30 minutes by car from the Lodge)
Built by Hugh De Lacy in 1173, this is the Irelands largest and best example of an Anglo Norman Castle. The castle and grounds are featured in the epic movie Brave Heart. In medieval times this castle would have been a menacing symbol of Norman power in Ireland.
Kells Heritage town and High Cross (35 minutes by car from the Lodge)
The historical village of Kells is most famous for its association with the Book of Kells. It is also home to a number of famous High Crosses dating back to Celtic Christian times, the Crosses display beautiful biblical scenes and Celtic patterns dating back to this period. Visitors will also see the influence of both a pre-Norman monastic enclosure and a walled Anglo Norman settlement located in the town.
Loughcrew Cairns (90 mins. by car from the Lodge)
Dating back 5000 years, these famous passage tombs are some of the oldest monuments found in Ireland. They are located on Co. Meath’s highest hills and visitors will enjoy amazing views of the country side at this ancient site.