Welcome To Dunboyne


Dunboyne in Irish is “Dun Buinne”, meaning “Boyne’s fort”. Located in County Meath, it is found at the cross junction of the R156 and R157. Dunboyne is said to be home of many of the rebels of the 1798 Rebellion against British rule in Ireland.
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Information Dunboyne Ireland

In County Meath, Dunboyne is today a satellite town of Dublin. Dunboyne in Irish is “Dun Buinne”, meaning “Boyne’s fort”. Located in County Meath, it is found at the cross junction of the R156 and R157. Dunboyne is said to be home of many of the rebels of the 1798 Rebellion against British rule in Ireland. Although there are other towns built on islands in Ireland, Dunboyne is held to be the only one that is entered and exited in its totality via bridges and so is regarded as the only town to be built on an inland island. The Castle River is a tributary of the Tolka – it has caused floods as recently as 2002. Alleviation work has been carried out to mitigate the risk of flooding in the future. A Georgian house called Dunboyne Castle is now the Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa. The shell of the structure was used as the basis for the hotel. Sitting on over twenty acres, the hotel has all of the modern conveniences while retaining a rural atmosphere given its large gardens. The spa facilities are set over three floors. The hotel caters for weddings and conferences. Dunboyne Castle was originally home to the Butler family, who were the Lords of Dunboyne. The estate eventually passed to the Mangan family. Simon Mangan was a lieutenant to the monarchy during and after late Victorian times. The Dunboyne Castle house was transformed into a convent in the 1950s, ultimately closing in the 1990s due to dilapidation. It was recently restored to become the hotel that it is today. Another big family of landowners in the area was the Hamiltons, who owned Ballymacoll Estate. One of their number was the vicar of Trim and Dunboyne. William Rowan Hamilton, meanwhile, was a famed nineteenth century scientist. Until the 1980s, the environs of Dunboyne were a farming area for both dairy and vegetable produce. Today, few farmers still exist.

Attractions Dunboyne Ireland

Bru Na Boinne Centre (Newgrange) - Donore

Located at Donore, this centre is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Visitors to Newgrange and Knowth must begin their visits at the Visitor Centre. There is no direct access to either of these monuments and access is by guided tour only.

Kells High Crosses - Kells

The Kells High Crosses are decorated with biblical scenes and are regarded as the country's most important crosses. The Market Cross is located at the junction of John Street and Castle Street. Its original location was probably at the entrance to the ancient monastery. The other four crosses are situated in the grounds of Saint Columba's Church. The ninth century South Cross is the oldest, the twelfth century East Cross is also referred to as 'the unfinished' because its decoration is incomplete. The North Cross has been reduced to its base and the 10th century West Cross is the most decorated of the five.

King John's Castle - Trim

Located in Trim, the "Power and the Glory" exhibition brings to reality the lifestyle of Norman times. King John's Castle, built in 1220, is the largest and best preserved Norman Castle in Ireland and was used as a location for the award winning film Braveheart

Loughcrew Corstown - Oldcastle

The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000BC. The tombs are located on three different hills and Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is situated on Carnbane East. This tomb has inside a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. During the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the inside of the tomb.

Newgrange Open Farm - Clane

Located close to Clane, a traditional working farm where you can enjoy a unique hands on experience. Visitors can hold and feed farm animals, view demonstration displays of crops, vintage farm machinery, tractor and trailer rides. There's also a Coffee shop, picnic area and car park.