HISTORY OF DROGHEDA MUSEUM
The origin of Drogheda Museum lies with the foresight of the Old Drogheda Society. The society was founded in 1964 by a group of concerned citizens for the preservation of Drogheda’s historical monuments and the collection and recording of historical material relating to the town and surrounding area. 10 years later in 1974 Millmount Museum was officially opened and in 2013 achieved full accreditation by the Heritage Council, under the museum standards programme for Ireland. Today Drogheda Museum stands proudly in the bailey yard of Millmount Cultural Quarter surrounded by craft studios and a fine restaurant. The adjacent tower, built in 1808, standing on top of the Anglo Norman fortified motte offers a magnificent panoramic view of the ever expanding town of Drogheda and its surrounding area.
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Drogheda is regarded as the Gateway to the historic Boyne Valley with a wide range of attractions such as the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre for Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Monasterboice High Crosses and Round Tower, Mellifont Abbey, The Hill of Slane, Slane Castle,Hill of Tara,Irish Military War Museum, Beaulieu House and many other places of interest. The Boyne Valley also has some of the fine leisure facilities to cater for those interested in golf, fishing, horse riding, walking, cycling, water sports, horse racing and many other activities.
The Boyne Valley Garden Trail comprises of historic and beautiful gardens and select garden centres in Counties Meath and Louth. Eco-friendly, formal, urban and rural gardens are waiting to be explored. Select garden centres offer an array of plants and advice. Year round events in the gardens and historic house and centres. For more information and opening arrangement visit www.boynevalleygardentrail.com
The Westcourt Hotel, has been transformed into the hippest liveliest designer hotel in the region. After a major refurbishment the Westcourt Hotel now attains the status as the most popular hotel in Drogheda and
the surrounding area. West29 Restolounge, located in the heart of the Westcourt Hotel, winner of best eating establishment 2012 at Drogheda Chamber Business awards. West29 offers a delicious range of fresh cuisine including steaks, pasta, burgers, seafood to name a few and a wide range of tapas. Barroco Tex Mex here at the Westcourt Hotel is a great place to unwind. Choose form a vast menu of Tex Mex items or not! We have lots of non spicy food too.
The Barbican is in the very centre of Drogheda. It provides a place where groups from the public, private and community sectors can meet. The Barbican can cater for small to medium scale shows, dance classes, meetings, rehearsals, workshops, business seminars, training days and conferences.
www.thebarbican.ie, find us on Facebook or phone on 041 9807416
Thrill Seekers and petrol-heads alike will love a trip to WhiteRiver Park, an exciting outdoor kart racing venue located just 5 minutes from Drogheda, on the Dunleer - Collon Road. Whether you're 8 or 80 years old speed lovers won't be disappointed here. WhiteRiver Park provides all the equipment you need to go racing, from karts to helmets, suits, gloves etc. Stylish Alpha Karts are designed
to give a very realistic race kart feel and the circuit is super smooth with lots of demanding corners and gradient changes. See www.WhiteRiver.ie for individual, group, party bookings or more details. Call 041-9819100
Irish Military War Museum & Park - Opened in County Meath on the 6th of June 2014, the Irish Military War Museum offers a fascinating insight into Irish participants’ involvement in both World War One and World War Two, as well as other military conflicts in world history. The Irish Military War Museum, covering 5,000 square feet of floor space, will represent a distinctly non-political but ‘must see’ educational and historical resource for people of all ages and from right across the island of Ireland and beyond. The museum is open from 10am till 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. We are closed on Mondays. imwm.ie
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St. Mary’s Old Church of Ireland - was built in 1807 on the site of an ancient Carmelite Monastery. The site was within the town walls when they were erected in the 13th century. From the south/east wall the visitor can view Cromwell's Mount from the where the Parliamentarian forces attacked and breached the walls in
1649. Cromwell led his forces through the steep valley, still known as 'The Dale', pursuing the defenders who retreated to nearby Millmount Fort. Part of the old town walls can be seen in the church grounds.
St. Peter's Church of Ireland - The present church stands on the site of an earlier church which must have been established before 1230 A.D. During the massacre which followed the Cromwellian siege of the town in 1649, a large number of citizens, who sought refuge in the church's old wooden steeple, were burned to death. The present church was erected in 1751 and around the interior walls are many excellently carved memorial tablets of the 18th and 19th centuries. The churchyard contains a very unusual Cadaver Tombstone, dating to 1520. It is embedded in the wall to the north east.