WhereDrogheda Tourist Office The Tholsel Drogheda Louth
While it is generally accepted that the town of Drogheda was established by the Normans, the area around the mouth of the Boyne has a history that stretches back thousands of years. The stones used to build the famous passage graves at Newgrange and Knowth were transported to their present locations byway of the river. St. Patrick landed at the mouth of the river and made his way along the river to Slane where he lit the Paschal Fire. Throughout its history Drogheda has been a site of military, civil and ecclesiastical importance.
Gateway to the Boyne Valley
Drogheda is the gateway to the world famous Boyne Valley region and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange. The mighty River Boyne – source of myth and legend – slices through the town, yet unites this ancient ground. Drogheda is the ideal centre from which to visit the treasures of Newgrange, Brú na Bóinne, Monasterboice, Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge, Old Mellifont Abbey and Beaulieu House to name but a few. Call into to the Drogheda Tourist Office, located in the Tholsel, home to 'Drogheda, Gateway to the Boyne Valley' interactive tourist exhibition, and discover all there is to do and see in the area.
Rich in heritage yet young at heart, the largest town in Ireland still has a village feel and a wealth of unique attractions within walking distance of each other. The Drogheda skyline is punctuated with spires and belfries rising from the heart of the town below. Pay a visit to St. Peters Church, home to the relic of Saint Oliver Plunkett. Take the heritage trail around some of the ancient sites within the town’s old walls. Explore Millmount Museum and Martello Tower, home to a fascinating collection of military memorabilia and artifacts, and a great vantage point to view the town.
Social & Cultural Scene
Witness the vibrant culture celebrated in the towns many festivals and venues. Browse the beautiful local artisan crafts in Millmount's Craft Quarter. Take time to see Highlanes Gallery, housed in a former 19th century Franciscan Church, home to the Municipal Art Collection as well as several international temporary exhibitions. Drogheda's quiet lanes, reminiscent of times gone by, feed into bustling thoroughfares and shopping areas, with an abundance of restaurants, cafés, bars and nightlife to enjoy.
A warm welcome awaits you in Drogheda – Céad mile fáilte.