Ireland's Ancient East
5,000 years of Irish Heritage
When you explore Ireland’s Ancient East from the Boyne Valley on Ireland’s east coast through medieval Kilkenny down to the Viking City of Waterford, you will wander through 5,000 years of incredible history. In these lush, green lands, tales of feuding dynasties hide behind once magnificent architecture; ghostly ancient passage tombs pre-date the Egyptian pyramids; and knights, kings, monks and Vikings loom large in living stories. This is 5,000 years of history. This is Ireland’s Ancient East. Drogheda in the Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East and is the perfect place to kick-start your Irish adventure. You are invited to experience four themes throughout Ireland’s Ancient East:
Ancient Ireland: Including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow
Early Christian Ireland: Example include Monasterboice, Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey
Medieval Ireland: Including Trim Castle in Meath, the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and the Viking Triangle in Waterford
Great Houses: Encompassing the wide range of Ireland’s beautiful Heritage Houses & Gardens all along the East coast and inland with many still welcoming guests or offering garden tours
With easy and fast access to Dublin – 30mins by motorway, Drogheda offers visitors the perfect base to explore and experience Ireland’s Ancient East. Wander through 5000 years of history in Ireland's Ancient East, where culture and heritage are rooted in the landscape.