Garden Group Tour: Battle Of The Boyne Site

Date: Sunday 27th June

Time: 11.30 am on location.

Details: Aisling Mc Mahon of the OPW & Site Manager for The Battle of the Boyne site [Drogheda] will give a personal guided tour to the group.

Numbers: limited to 18

Also: [update] this post on the boyne site

New To The Garden Group:

I recommend you read the garden group guide. The two previous trips were to Irelands Eye and the war memorial park. Dena Williams and her family The Garden Group was also featured in the Mail On Sunday recently.

Our Tour will include:

The Walled Garden and Tea Room 2008, this part is the only part that is fully open to the public at the moment. The layout of which is as per the 1808 and later OS maps.

However, by special arrangement, we have permission from the contractors who are currently on site restoring the outer walls, to access their site, subject to certain limits as there are health and safety concerns. We will also see the Octgaon which the group will be able to see pre- restoration.

And… On the day they visit we will also have living history displays taking place for free on the front lawn with people in period costumes firing muskets with gunpowder and doing cavlary displays.

Please Note:

  • There will be no charge for the tour of the gardens.
  • Anyone planning on bringing children should know that they must be supervised by a parent/ guardian at all times.
  • We are not booked into the centre for a tour but can go in afterwards by buying a ticket and self guide. There are also numerous walks throughout the battle site and Oldbridge Estate that are self guiding and there are directional panels at various locations or one can pick up a free map from reception.
  • There is also a Tea Room located in the Walled Garden.
  • See website for further info

Garden Group-ees

  • Booking: via comment here only
  • Contact me: see below. not a problem 😉
  • Other: the train/ nor bus stops here. My suggestion is car pooling from Dublin City or Swords meeting point. Most of you know each other. Most people drive anyway. If you are stuck leave a comment it will be easily solved. 
  • Dress Code: advised to wear suitable footwear as all the walks are on grass, except the Boyne Canal towpath which adjoins the site and is surfaced with gravel.
  • Duration: I conferred Aisling and 2.5 hours should see you well
  • Weather: the weather…. your guess is as good as mine.
  • Lunch: I had suggested bringing a picnic. That’s what I will be doing anyway. All things going good it’ll be a flask of coffee and some nice sambos!
  • Anything else: leave a comment below or gimme a call. 
  • Directions: The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village.  The site is sign-posted from the  M1 (Dublin/Belfast), Exit 9, off N51 (Slane/Drogheda), Not Suitable for Coaches, and off N2 (Slane/Ashbourne). Also see google maps

Contact Me:

Note of thanks: to Nic Reilly for putting me in touch and to Aisling McMahon for taking my call and arranging this for us.

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36 replies
  1. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    A Chara John

    to quote Sarah

    I’ll be there with bells on! Im sure himself is also up for a day out!

    She didn’t say anything about your bells.
    That aside. My life has always been brighter with you in it 😆

    brilliant stuff mate

    *that leaves 10

  2. George Foxe
    George Foxe says:

    Aye Peter I’d like to go, Presumably with +1, will verify, think I’ll leave the little darlings at home though, we’ll see. Any special advice for walking on gravel? 🙂

  3. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    A Chara Stephen,

    absolutely my friend 😀 Pleasure meeting the clan on Irelands eye. It will be an honour to see them again.
    Look forward to it.

    beir bua
    5 – 3 children [so to speak]
    *leaves 6 spots

  4. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:


    it just keeps getting better 😀
    although we have spoke on the phone i’ll look forward to meeting the nipper in person

    2 – 1 nipper
    *leaves 4 places

  5. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    A Chara jennifer and Jason,

    really looking forward to this now. brilliant 😀

    *that leaves 1 place…. which isn’t really fair… so the next 1 – 3 people to pop their names down is fine. Then we are on the waiting list.
    There normally 2 at least for no apparent reason can’t make it… so if you do wish to go still, type away.
    Best for now

  6. Brian Hollinshead
    Brian Hollinshead says:

    Hi, got your name from Ashling, would like to be part of your group visit to Oldbridge on June 27th. Are there still spaces within quota?
    Thank you

  7. Angela
    Angela says:

    How did I miss this blog post? Anyway, I’d like to come along too, if possible – does anyone has room in a car going from Dublin? Ta muchly…

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