County Meath Tourist Attractions List of sites and attractions in County Meath
Trim Castle, , County Meath
Trim, also called King John's Castle, newly restored as a "preserved ruin," is the most massive and important Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It proved all but impregnable for over 4 centuries (late 12th to mid-17th), suffering only one siege during that entire period. In fact, until it collapsed sometime in the 17th century, it never underwent any significant alteration. For anyone with imagination, Trim is a virtual gateway into medieval Ireland.
Newgrange, , County Meath
Poised atop a low hill north of the River Boyne, Newgrange is the centerpiece of a dramatic megalithic cemetery dating from more than 5,000 years ago. The massive, heart-shaped mound and passage tomb were constructed, it seems, as a communal vault to house cremated remains. The tomb's passage is so perfectly aligned with the equinoctial sunrise that the central chamber, deep within the mound, is marvelously illuminated at the winter solstice.
Hill of Tara, , County Meath
Of ritual significance from the Stone Age to the Christian period, Tara has seen it all and kept it all a secret. This was the traditional center and seat of Ireland's high kings, who could look out from here and survey their realm. Although the Tara hill is only 512 feet above sea level, from here you can see each of Ireland's four Celtic provinces on a clear day. The site is mostly unexcavated, and tells its story in whispers. It's a place to be walked slowly, with an imagination steeped in Ireland's past.
Loughcrew, Oldcastle, County Meath
At this little-known site, not far from Newgrange, a series of cruciform passage tombs crown two hills. On the east hill, a guide unlocks the door to one of the domed tombs, answering your questions with a personal touch not possible at the larger, more popular sites. More rewarding, however, is a hike up the west hill to a second, more solitary series of tombs where the connections to be made between ruin and imaginative reconstruction are your own.
Kells, County Meath
Kells (Irish: Ceanannas, meaning ‘Great Chief Abode’) is a town in County Meath in Ireland. The town lies on the N3 road, and lies 16 km (10 mi) from Navan and 65 km (40 mi) from Dublin. In recent years the town has expanded considerably with many Dublin commuters moving to the town. Kells is ideal for a short trip back into the middle ages. The town can boast a high number of medieval buildings, monuments and even a stunning replica of the famous "Book of Kells".
Navan, County Meath
Navan is a burgeoning town on the banks of the River Boyne and is the administrative town of the county. The Blackwater river meets the river Boyne on the eastern side of the town at the ancient Poolbeg bridge. Many beautiful riverside walks are available. Navan is a great shopping venue with an open air market every Friday. Navan is the county town of Meath. It provides a ideal starting point for many of the scenic walks throughout the county. The Boyne Way begins at the meeting of the Blackwater and the Boyne and heads east over a disused humpback canal bridge. The canal was built between 1759 and 1800, but was abandoned in 1923 when it proved financially unviable.
Slane, County Meath
Slane (Irish: Baile Shláine) is a village in County Meath, in Ireland. The village stands on a steep hillside on the left bank of the River Boyne at the intersection of the N2 (Dublin to Monaghan road) and the N51 (Drogheda to Navan road). The village centre dates from the 18th century. The village and surrounding area contains many historic sites dating back over 5,000 years. Slane Castle stands on the river about 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) upstream from the center of the village. The castle grounds have been the site of large rock concerts since 1981. This concert has never been free. There is an ancient well in the grounds of the castle near the river. In Irish mythology, the well blessed by Dian Cecht so that the Tuatha Dé Danann could bathe in it and be healed.
Ashbourne, County Meath
Situated on the N2, Ashbourne is a thriving town that has seen much development since 1996. On the northern outskirts of the village is a monument to the only major incident of the 1916 Easter Rebellion to take place outside Dublin. The monument has a dual image - on one side the figure is in the form of Christ, on the other an insurgent. Ashbourne provides a good base for exploring South Meath and the Boyne Valley.
Trim, County Meath
Trim is a small town located in County Meath, on the banks of the river Boyne about 45km. (28 miles) North-West of Dublin. The name comes from the Irish 'Baile Atha Troim', which translates as 'the town of the ford of the alder trees' and its origin dates back to the 5th. century A.D. Among its more recent claims to fame is the filming of a major part of 'Braveheart' there in 1994/95. Now the castle has been very successfully restored and opened to the public. The reconstruction has made minimal changes to the Castle and makes the best use of the existing structure with minimal alterations.
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