Things to do in the Local Area
Our house is situated in the historic village of Slane overlooking the grounds of Slane Castle. The Castle with its bar and gourmet restaurant and home of Slane Whiskey at Slane Distillery is a short walk away. We are also within walking distance to other fine pubs and restaurants in the village itself.
The Hill Of Slane where legend has it that St. Patrick lit the Pascal fire that brought Christianity to Ireland back in the year 432 A.D. and the Ledeidge Museum which is the birth place of Ireland's famous poet Francis Ledwidge are also a short walk away. Our B&B is also a great base for touring the Boyne valley including the historic site of The Battle of the Boyne being only a short drive away. The neolithic sites of Bru Na Boinne, are a short drive away as are Monasterboice and Melifont Abbey, with the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle only a half hour drive away.
We are always happy to advise and share our local knowledge with our guests to make their stay and whole experience in our wonderful country as enjoyable as possible.
Slane Castle hosts many high profile events, from its famous Summer Concerts with a capacity of 80,000 people, to intimate events inside the Castle. With the backdrop of the River Boyne and the surrounding parkland of the Estate, it is the perfect venue to accommodate a wide range of events in unique surroundings.
Slane Castle provides peace, privacy and security for residential and day conferences, meetings, corporate hospitality and banqueting, to meet all budgets. From stunning weddings, large or small, in the Castle’s Reception Rooms, including the Gothic Revival Ballroom created for King George IV, to outdoor activities and team building, Slane Castle’s experienced hospitality and events team will tailor your event to your individual needs in a unique environment.
Slane Whiskey Distillery
The ultimate Irish whiskey experience. There could be no finer setting in which to discover the nature of whiskey than Ireland’s mythical Boyne Valley. Housed within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle Estate, the guided distillery tours uncover a history like no other.
Take a trip back in time as storytellers guide you through the fabric of the Conyngham family tapestry, chapter by chapter. Discover the ancient art of Irish whiskey making. Explore the whiskey distillery where three different types of Irish whiskey are made: Malt, Grain and Pot Still.
Hill of Slane
The Hill of Slane, standing about half a kilometre north-west of the village of Slane is an important complex of prehistoric, early historic and medieval monuments. The hilltop rises to 158m OD and boasts spectacular views of the landscape of Co. Meath.
Best known for its association with St Patrick, our national patron saint, the Hill of Slane is traditionally regarded as the location where St Patrick lit the first Pascal Fire in 433 AD in defiance of pagan King Laoighre, the King of Tara.
Tours of the Hill of Slane are available during the tourist season and can otherwise be arranged by contacting the Hub in Slane.
Francis Ledwidge Museum
Located in the house where he grew up, the Francis Ledwidge Museum celebrates the life of the Meath poet who was killed in July 1917 while serving with the British Army in Ypres in World War I.
The museum is a perfect example of a 19th-century farm labourer’s cottage and houses examples of the poet’s works, artifacts from World War I and other artifacts from the period.
Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin about 20 minutes from Slane village. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Rí meaning ‘Sanctuary of the Kings’ and it is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. The site has been subjected to intensive archaeological research, and much has been learned about its development in recent times through the use of new technologies. Some of the features to see on the hill today include the Mound of the Hostages, a neolithic passage tomb reused during the Bronze Age; Ráth na Rí, the enclosure around the summit of the hill; the standing called the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny); the inauguration stone of the Kings of Tara; the Forrad (The Royal Seat) and Teach Chormaic. It is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.
Newgrange – Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site
Newgrange passage tomb lies just 5km down stream from Slane village in the UNESCO Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.
Older than Stonehenge in the UK and the pyramids in Egypt, Newgrange is one of the most spectacular passage graves in Europe. Famous for its amazing art carved onto the structural stones of the tomb, the site is also renowned for the winter solstice sunrise alignment when the rays of the rising sun on the shortest days of the year shine directly into the 5,000 year-old chamber within the great mound.
Located just 20 minutes from Slane village, Monasterboice features two of the finest high crosses in Ireland which date from the ninth century. These crosses are very finely carved and depict biblical scenes. The site also comprises of two churches and a round tower and it is one of Ireland’s earliest and best-known religious sites.
Situated in a tranquil valley on the banks of the River Mattock, a tributary of the Boyne and just 20 minutes from Slane village, the abbey derives its name from the latin Font Mellismeaning ‘founain of honey’. Founded in 1142 by St Malachi, this was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. It became one of the wealthiest abbeys in Ireland with vast holdings of land. Although the remains at the site are now fragmentary, Mellifont is historically and architecturally significant – it was the first European-style cloistral abbey to be founded in Ireland.