Family Fun on a Boyne Valley Break

There are few spots in Ireland with more history and mystery than the Meath-Louth region. Here you can take your family on a journey through ancient times by visiting some of the country’s most significant places like Newgrange, The Battle of the Boyne site, and the Loughcrew Cairns.

But with beautiful beaches, theme parks and legends galore, there’s more to explore in the Boyne Valley.
Family enjoying a boat trip in the Boyne Valley

Boyne Valley: A Family Adventure

Boyne Valley: A Family Adventure

Mystical Meath

Kick off your family’s short break with a visit to Meath to see the magical Loughcrew Cairns. Learn about the 5000-year-old passage tombs before exploring the Loughcrew Estate – here, you’ll find a playground for all ages at the Loughcrew Adventure Course. With Ireland’s longest zip-line as one of the main attractions, kids old and young will also enjoy the climbing wall, assault course and archery – you can even stay in the luxury of the house itself if you rent it out for your crew. While the young ones are wearing themselves out, why not take a stroll around the stunning gardens or sip on a cuppa in the coffee shop.

If you fancy an aquatic adventure instead, head to Drogheda and take to the water for a paddle with Boyne Boats. The local history, heritage of the Irish currach, thrill of the outdoors and fantasy of ‘Game of Thrones’ are rolled into one on this unique guided tour through the Battle of the Boyne site. Alternatively, for something a bit faster-paced make your way to Athboy, Trim or Slane for white-water rafting with Boyne Valley Activities. There’s a wide range of water-related and land-based activities on offer – including the option to hire bicycles and enjoy the views from two wheels.

Are the younger members of your family more into animals than an adrenaline rush? If so, The Causey Farm in Navan is right up your street. A real working farm that gives educational tours and lets you get stuck in, Causey offers bread-making classes, turf cutting and a host of other good country activities for all the family.

Speaking of animals (and adrenaline), Meath is also home to Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park in Ashbourne – where a Zoo features Amur tigers, meerkats and buffalo to name just a few. The thrill seekers in the family can try the Extreme Climbing Wall, The Rotator or Cú Chulainn Coaster, Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster with an inversion!

Whatever you choose to do, all that fun is bound to have worked up an appetite. Check out The Bective Restaurant in Kells or its sister eatery The Central in Navan town centre – both with play areas for kids – to ensure full bellies before bedtime.
The passage grave at Loughcrew Cairns
Tank driving at the Irish Military War Museum
Children enjoying Causey Farm
Left: The passage grave at Loughcrew Cairns | Middle: Road testing a tank at the Irish Military War Museum | Right: Children enjoying Causey Farm

Legendary Louth

After a good night’s sleep and a big breakfast, another fun-packed day awaits: it's time to discover what Louth has to offer.

Journey north and over the county border to Collon to visit the Irish Military War Museum, where you’ll gain fascinating insights into Irish participants’ involvement in both World Wars, as well as other military conflicts in world history. Equally interesting and only a short distance up the road is Old Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland (founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh). The Visitor Centre houses an exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages, with examples of their craft alongside remnants of the abbey’s gate and its church.

If myths and magic are your interest, go explore the county’s legends like those of the Goddess Boann (who has lent her name to the River Boyne); Cú Chulainn and Ferdia; and Fionn MacCumhail and the Salmon of Knowledge. Bring the theme of times past to life by checking out Newgrange and the Brú na Bóinne visitor centre. By now, little (and big) tummies are sure to be rumbling – make the whole family happy with a visit to Daly’s Inn near Drogheda or Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant in Dundalk.

Finish your fun 48 hours with a jaunt to Carlingford to visit Carlingford Adventure Centre where you’ll have your choice of land, sea or sky activities. Create amazing family memories canoeing on Carlingford Lough or flying through the trees – plus there’s water trampolines, rock climbing, abseiling, footgolf, and much more to choose from.
The ruins at Melifont Abbey
Children enjoying themselves at Carlingford Adventure Centre
Left: The ruins at Melifont Abbey | Right: Children enjoying themselves at Carlingford Adventure Centre
Whatever you decide to do during your family time in the Boyne Valley, you are sure to return home with happy memories – and exhausted children! But you’ll already be planning to come back soon, as there’s more to explore…


With so much to explore in and around the Boyne Valley, why wait to start planning your visit?
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