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Mellifont Abbey, Drogheda

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • Rather off the beaten track but well worth seeking it out. We were the only two visiting this 12th century Cistercian monastery. A quiet place of contemplation to either sit and enjoy the ruins, or st...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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..
  • This is a spiritual visit to a 13th century ruins in beautiful Ireland. I enjoyed this place.
  • Beautiful scenery in our little county that I am sorry it took me years to come to. Shall be taking my boys back.