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Drogheda

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Drogheda is a large town on the East coast of Ireland.


Get in[edit]

Drogheda is midway between Dundalk to the north and Dublin to the south. By car it can be easily accessed from the Dublin-Belfast M1 motorway which bypasses the town. If you are travelling from Dublin there is a toll after the Julianstown exit but this can be avoided by taking the exit which leads into Drogheda. Drogheda has a train station on the south side of the town on the Dublin Road which run trains to and from Dublin and Belfast almost every hour (more trains are run during peak times). There is a Bus Éireann station in the centre of town (opposite McDonalds) which offer buses to and from the main cities and towns as well as surrounding villages in the North East.

Get around[edit]

  • The town is generally small enough to walk around, but there are several taxi ranks in the town centre and it is generally easy enough to get one.
  • There is a good bus service to outlying residential areas.
  • There are buses to the nearby coastal towns of Termonfeckin and Clogherhead

See[edit][add listing]

Newgrange Neolithic Burial Mound
  • Newgrange[1] Neolithic burial mound. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the Neolithic times before the Celts had arrived on the island, Newgrange is a huge passage tomb. Older than the pyramids, it's a World Heritage Site. The unique and advanced design of this tomb includes a lightbox that beams a shaft of light into the tomb only on the winter solstice. It is part of the Brú Na Bóinne Archaeological Park, located about 5 miles West of Drogheda, local buses run out to the visitor centre.
  • St. Peter's Church [2] in the town centre contains a shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett. Relics on display there include some of his bones and, most notably, his severed head.
  • Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St, 00 353 41 9803311, [3]. M-Sa 10:30AM-5PM. A municipal gallery for Drogheda and the north east, aims to be one of the islands most important visual art spaces preseting a dynamic and diverse programme of temporary exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. The gallery is in a former franciscan church and has a 54 seater cafe, run by Andersons Cafe and a craft and design hub for the region-Louth Craftmark. free.
  • Laurence's Gate. 13th century Barbican tower which once served as part of the walled defences of the town as well as access in and out of the town from the east. It is currently not possible to gain entry into the tower.
  • Millmount Museum & Tower, [4]. Easily one of the most dominant features in Drogheda is the Martello Tower located at Millmount. The site dates back to the 12th century and was used as a strategic point throughout the history of Drogheda from the Seige of Drogheda by Oliver Cromwell to the Irish Civil War. The tower and museum are open to the public.

Do[edit][add listing]

Go down to the pub in the evening and have a few drinks with the locals. You're in Ireland; you may as well.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Scotch Hall[5] is a large shopping centre in the town centre with plenty of high street shops
  • Laurence Town Center, [6]. Another shopping centre.


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Aisha's Cafe & Bistro, 4 Wellington Quay (walk down by the river), (041) 984 3472. 10AM-10PM (flexible). This is a Lebanese restaurant, serving both traditional Lebanese and Western dishes. They are very friendly and the food is good. One unique feature is that they don't have an alcohol licence, but you can bring in your own drinks and they don't charge a corkage fee, making this a really cheap choice. Inexpensive. (53° 42.835',-6° 21.263')

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • McPhails, Lawrence Street. One of the busiest bars.
  • Earth, West Street (at the back of the Westcourt Hotel). A nightclub. Regulary packed to capacity and well known among the young local community. Contemporary decor and a spacious smoking room, this club attracts all ages, especially the younger generation. Door policy is strict but the cocktails are delicious.
  • Storm, Stockwell St. Another nightclub. It draws a regular more older crowd than Earth.
  • Fusion Nightclub, George's Street. Easily the best nightclub in town, perhaps even in the North-East. Excellent mix of modern chart and rock, with some old school funk and hip hop thrown in for good measure. Choose from either the brand new club with modern sounds (DJ Decky) or the alternative and indie beats in the newly renovated "Old Fusion" (DJ Seargent Pepper). Too noisy for you? Why not venture out to either of the two huge beer gardens complete with bars, or the soothing sounds of the Chillout bar. Truly a club for all tastes and types. Unfortunately this nightclub is now closed.

The Mariner Bar on the quays has a wonderful decor festooned with brass portholes, fish tanks,standard divers suits and marine artefacts.They do a nice hot chocolate with whipped cream if you are not in the mood for a pint. There are many other bars littered all around the town and all are buzzing on weekends. Each with a different feel and atmosphere to them

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Green Door Hostel, Dublin road. Nice hostel in a good location.
  • Boyne Valley Hotel, Stameen. Nice hotel on woodland with leisure centre, restaurant, gardens.
  • The D, Attached to Scotch Hall. Great hotel, great bar and restaurant. Nice clean rooms. Excellent breakfast.

Get out[edit]

Drogheda is reasonably close to both Dublin and Belfast with regular buses and trains going each way.

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