The historical sites in Meath offer a glimpse into a past life, where kings and queens resided in castles, epic battles raged and took the lives of thousands. The cobbled streets, many of which have been refurbished now, were more than just a pretty feature but rather the foundation for street markets, carts and noblemen and women riding horses.
This is Ireland’s Ancient East: a place filled with authentic, historic and awe-inspiring sites, relics, and buildings just waiting to be discovered and explored by the modern-day adventurer.
Where kings have walked
Also known as The Royal County, Meath was once the territory of the High Kings – a term used to describe royals who had lordship over Celtic Ireland. These Kings reigned, battled, sailed and lived in and around the area of Meath. There are several notable and historical structures, still standing here today, which include:
The Hill of Tara: This complex historical site – said to be one of the largest Celtic monuments in Europe – is said to be where High Kings were appointed and held their inaugural feasts. It is home to several fascinating ancient monuments, such as the Mound of Hostages, a megalithic passage tomb and the oldest monument on the Hill, and the magical, coronation Stone of Destiny, where high kings were crowned.
The River Boyne: Running 70 miles through County Meath, this waterway is a natural monument to the authentic Ancient East experience. The epic Battle of the Boyne took place on its banks, resulting in victory for the Dutch Prince William of Orange. You can explore its waters by boat and also catch a glimpse of other historical sites such as Trim Castle and the Hill of Slane as you float on by.
Brú na Bóinne: This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been around for almost 6000 years and is considered one of the most important prehistoric landscapes that dates back to the Neolithic period. The ancient ruins of Brú na Bóinne are a collection of tombs, chambers, megalithic art and a host of passage graves, which visitors can see and experience first-hand on a guided tour through the site.
Trim Castle: Residing on the banks of the River Boyne, this Norman Castle structure took approximately 30 years to build. As the largest castle in Ireland, it’s a twenty-sided tower, built in the shape of a cross. This historic site has seen many battles and members of royalty visiting its stony structure, making it an almost magical space to visit for a journey back through time.
Travel and Luxury
Irish history is filled with Celtic, pagan and other mythologies and boasts a rich heritage of kings, queens and battles of yesteryear, most evident in the existence of these ancient sites in Meath.
For history buffs and curious kids alike the area is an exciting place to visit. While here, consider booking a stay at Ardboyne Hotel in County Meath. We are centrally located to a host of historical sites in Meath; you and your travelling companions can rest in luxury, while spending your days immersed in the rich history of Ireland’s Ancient East.
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