Spanning the banks of the River Boyne, Drogheda is a lively port town on the east coast of Ireland. It was originally settled as two Norman towns in neighbouring Irish kingdoms, which were united in 1412. Archaeological remains dating from the Neolithic period dot the surroundings, including the UNESCO-listed passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.
Things to do in Drogheda
A short drive west of Drogheda is Newgrange, an immense passage tomb that dates back to around 3200 BC. It forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex of Brú na Bóinne, which encompasses prehistoric henges, burial mounds and standing stones. Join a guided tour to learn about the tomb’s construction and its archaeoastronomical significance.
Occupying a former Franciscan church is the Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, which showcases changing displays of national and international artists. It's particularly renowned for its collection of 20th-century female artists, including the likes of Evie Hone and Nano Reid. A highlight of the gallery is a ceremonial sword and mace gifted to the town by King William III after the Battle of the Boyne.
To learn more about the Battle of the Boyne, head to Oldbridge House, an 18th-century property where 17th-century weaponry and audiovisual displays bring the history to life. In 1690, the forces of King James II and King William III fought across the Boyne River in what was the largest battle on Irish soil. You can stroll through the walled garden and the surrounding parklands or embark on a self-guided walking tour through the adjacent battle site.
Getting around Drogheda
Drogheda is around 40 minutes’ drive from Dublin and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connect to the Drogheda (MacBride) railway station and buses travel throughout the town. The centre of Drogheda is compact enough to explore on foot.