Boyne Valley Heritage Sites
The Boyne Valley Drive’s most attractive feature is its incredible range of historical and heritage sites. The sites and structure that line the route range from ancient times to recent centuries. County Meath is known as the Royal County and its importance throughout Irelands extensive history is plain to see along the Boyne Valley Drive.
Boyne Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest monuments in Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Newgrange predates even the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge. These structures are a wonder to behold as you take into account the manpower and intricate design that went into them thousands of years ago.
There are also two castles to be found along the route: Trim Castle & Slane Castle. Trim Castle dates back to Anglo Norman times in the 12th Century. It is one of the best preserved Anglo Norman Castles in existence. It has a rich history including more recently being used in the award winning film Braveheart. Slane Castle was built in 1785 and is a marvel to look upon as its architecture is very impressive. There are multiple sights on the grounds of this great castle. The grounds in which Slane Castle is based are well known for holding rock concerts in the summer months.
There are a number of churches and abbeys that are a part of Boyne Valley’s heritage sites. These range from large structures to quaint ruins. Those interested in religion’s role in Ireland’s history will be fascinated while wandering the grounds of these historical religious sites.
Due to the vast amount of history that can be uncovered in the area there are many museums that are very informative and cater for history enthusiasts and others alike. These museums have exhibits that range from ancient Ireland to modern times.
The towns and villages that have been established in the Boyne Valley each have different charms and characteristics. You’ll find heritage sites in and around the towns as well as plentiful facilities such as hotels, restaurants, pubs and shopping facilities.