Mellifont Abbey, Drogheda

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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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  • August 16, 2017
    The stretch of the Boyne River between the towns of Drogheda and Slane is which brings together the largest concentration of the historical heritage of the island. The majority of the people is approaching the Paleolithic ruins of Newgrange (is the oldest building in Europe), however both the ruins of Knowth and Nowth offer the same attraction without having tranformadas for tourism. In the same line are the remains of Mellifont Abbey. We must deviate slightly from the road, but it is worthwhile to discover the charm of remains which are living history of the island. That is why it is highly recommended to read something about the importance that had these religious enclaves and the subsequent English invasion that did not leave puppet head. In my case I got to the place very early, almost dawn, so it was lucky to find me the Abbey between the fog that began to dissipate. A luxury watch perfectly preserved beginning to draw between fog sink. To be a secluded place and not have the celebrity of Newgrange Abbey still enjoy the main element which was built, the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.
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  • August 4, 2017
    We stopped here after a day of passage tomb viewing and it seemed like the perfect antidote. It was quiet, we arrived at closing time for the interpretive center, and no people, but the park is open u...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    This is a great place to come and disconnect from everything for a while. It is free to wander around and sit and chill, although they also provide guided tours, giving more information than what is o...  more »
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  • March 17, 2017
    A very impressive example of a ruined abbey. Saw some evidence of further damage that might be created as a result of unfettered access but it's also actively maintained as there was evidence of ongoing works when we visited. Close enough to other sites (Trim, Battle of the Boyne and Hill of Tara) that it's worth the visit as part of a day trip. Nicely laid out with limited but sufficient informational notices. Site can be accessed 24/7 but the Tourist Office is only open between May and September. The inner half of the car park gated and closed after 17:30 but was closed today (public holiday) too.
  • April 11, 2017
    Most of the buildings are destroyed - only some foundations remain. Nevertheless, it remains an impressive and beautiful site, and those buildings that are partially intact - the Lavabo and Chapter House - are lovely. There is also a lovely tunnel that I really liked
  • April 17, 2017
    A wonderful historic place to visit and learn about the old monastery.. our kids thoroughly enjoyed visiting and walking among the ruins of the old Abbey..
  • May 27, 2017
    This is a spiritual visit to a 13th century ruins in beautiful Ireland. I enjoyed this place.
  • April 17, 2017
    Beautiful scenery in our little county that I am sorry it took me years to come to. Shall be taking my boys back.

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