One of the most famous landmarks in all of Ireland, you’ll need to give yourself three hours to fully explore this national monument.
2. Trim castle
Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, is one of the most impressive in Ireland. It’s no wonder Hollywood chose Trim Castle as the backdrop for the film Braveheart.
3. Hill of Tara
142 kings are said to have reigned from the Hill of Tara. Modern day facilities at the visitor centre include an audio visual show, while guided tours of the Hill of Tara are available on request.
In ancient Ireland The Hill of Tara was revered as the dwelling of the gods and an entrance to the Otherworld of eternal joy and plenty where no one ever grew old. Legends of St Patrick tell of him coming first to Tara in order to confront the ancient religion at its most powerful site. What do we get from visiting these places? More than can be put into words but also an understanding that much of true history has been kept from us to bury understanding of the power these places held/hold.
4. Tayto Park
Tayto Park is Ireland’s largest theme park and will be on everyone’s summer to-do list. Out top tip is to opt for the €15 wristband, or else you will have pay each time you go on the bigger rides.
5. Loughcrew Megalithic cairn
Loughcrew Tombs are nestled on Co Meath’s highest peaks in Oldcastle. During the summer months there is a guide at the Cairn, at other times it is locked, so to get inside collect the key at the nearby Loughcrew Gardens.
6. Rathbeggan Lakes
There are plenty of activities for the kids at Rathbeggan Lakes with picnic tables and BBQ spots dotted around the lake.
7. Slane Castle
When the whiskey distillery opens its doors, you will be able to take a combined tour of the castle and distillery and also visit the on-site restaurant and bar.
8. Knowth and Dowth
Like Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth passage tombs were built around 5,000 years ago. Knowth has two passages and is surrounded by seventeen satellite cairns. The nearby Dowth is the only one of the three large Brú na Bóinne Passage Tombs which is not accessible from the Visitor Centre – you must drive directly to the site.
9. Irish Military War Museum
Fancy learning how to drive a tank? Or would you like to see how soldiers lived in the trenches? The Irish Military War Museum has it all.
10. Causey Farm
The Causey Farm Summer Camp is a great way for children to explore the outdoors and get their hands dirty while having fun with their friends.
11. Oldbridge Estate
Family entrance to the museum at Oldbridge Estate only costs €10 and there is plenty more besides, with a walled garden, tea rooms and lively re-enactments of famous battles each month.
12. Loughcrew Adventure Centre
The home of the annual Tough Mudder adventure challenge, Loughcrew is also a great placeto take children of all ages. The younger children will love running around, discovering Alice in Wonderland sculptures while oder kids will be kept busy with activities such as the Zipline, Climbing Wall and Witches Ropes.
13. Girley Bog Eco Walk
Girley Bog is one of the few remaining raised bogs in County Meath. This protected habitat is the perfect place to go for some peace and quiet as you listen to the birdsong as you walk.