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Battle of the Boyne

Where two kings fought for Europe’s future

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Battle of the Boyne

Where two kings fought for Europe’s future

See all opening times

Saturday 11th November

We are delighted to announce the reopening of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre today Saturday 11th November. The necessary emergency works have been completed and the Visitor Centre is now fully operational. We look forward to welcoming all visitors once again to Oldbridge House.
The Walled Garden is temporarily closed to the public to facilitate much needed landscaping/maintenance works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Upcoming events include our ever popular Oldbridge Christmas Fair, taking place on November 25th and 26th. The Obelisk Bridge may be closed to traffic but the Oldbridge Estate is still open and accessible via the Donore Road.
There will be plenty of parking available on the days of this event so why not visit us and soak up the festive atmosphere in the large spacious marquee, meander around the small gazebos and marvel at the quality of wares on display. Alongside the wonderful food and craft stalls, we will have seasonal music, to get you in the festive spirit. The Oldbridge Christmas Fair, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November, will open to the public from 10am to 4pm, where better, to start your Christmas shopping, supporting local craft makers and food producers.

Admission

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00
Free admission to the grounds and Walled Garden (battlesite walkways).
Free self-guided admission into the Exhibition for a limited time only.

Getting here

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Oldbridge House
Oldbridge
Drogheda
Co. Meath
A92 CY68

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Battle of the Boyne

On 1 July 1690 (Old Style), King William III clashed with his father-in-law, King James II, on the River Boyne at Oldbridge, County Meath.

Both kings commanded their armies in person. There were 36,000 men on the Williamite side and 25,000 on the Jacobite side. It was the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland. William was victorious – and the continent was changed forever.

On the battleground itself, in a recently restored eighteenth-century house, now stands the Battle of the Boyne visitor centre. The centre contains original weapons and a laser model of the battlefield. It is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to find out more about this pivotal episode in Irish and European history.

Opening Times

September 11th 2023 Please Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre will be closed to the public until further notice. The Tearoom and Parklands will operate as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Open all Year

Groups of 10 or more need to book in advance.

Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Average Length of Visit: Visitor Centre – 45 minutes. Self Guiding Walks – 1 hour

 

Notice

Please note that Visitors to the site who may require special assistance or those with mobility issues should contact the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre directly on +353 41 980 9950 in advance of their visit

Grounds: Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads at all times. No cycling on walkways. No fire lighting. No camping. No Barbeques.

During the winter season, the Visitor Centre may not open due to adverse weather conditions. In the event of bad weather, please phone +353 41 980 9950 before commencing your journey to avoid disappointment and for up-to-date information. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Hazard Warning
Canal and river nearby – deep water caution. Uneven terrain in park lands – suitable footwear required.

Seasonal Opening Times

May – September 

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

October – April       

Daily 09:00 – 16:00

Contact

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Oldbridge House
Oldbridge
Drogheda
Co. Meath
A92 CY68

041 980 9950

Getting Here

Exit 9 on the M1 or via Donore Village

Obelisk Bridge Closure Notice.

Jon’s Civil Engineering Company Ltd on behalf of Louth Co. Co. are to carry out extensive rehabilitation works to the Obelisk Bridge on the L16014 over the coming next 10 months, from 21 August 2023.
Louth Co. Co. have arranged for a road closure.
The proposed date for closing the bridge/road is Monday 21st of August. Please note that the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and the Oldbridge Estate will be open as normal – access only via M1 Exit 9 or through the Signed Diversion Route through the Town of Drogheda.

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Facilities

  • Audio Visual Show
  • Café
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

Restrictions

  • Dogs on lead

Resources

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Battle of the Boyne. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Battle of the Boyne.

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