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Mellifont Abbey, Drogheda

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Religious Site
The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c. 1200. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display. Access to site by stone stairway.

Location: 10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road)

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111

Guided Tours: Available on request

Max No: 35 - 40

Duration: 40 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes

Additional Information: The Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.
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  • The Abbey is now a ruin. Not much of the original Abbey remains, apart from a 13th-century lavabo where the monks washed their hands before eating and some Romanesque arches and a 14th-century chapter...  more »
  • This is a beautiful and well represented monastic ruin from the 12th Century. It was established by the Cistercian order and ultimately supplanted nearby Monasterboice. Though these are ruins, and not...  more »
  • This Cistercian Monastery was built in the 12th century. The order was was founded in France in 1098 and this was their first Monastery in Ireland. The ruins are very well preserved and look superb. D...  more »
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  • Mellifont Abbey, located close to Drogheda in County Louth, was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland