Are you planning a Family trip to Ireland’s largest town Drogheda County Louth? Well perhaps we can help you with deciding what to do! Drogheda has plenty of things to do with the family, from interesting historical sites, amazing art galleries to shopping centres and leisure centres. It can be hard to pick what will be fun for all the family, well, we’ve done a bit of the hard work for you! Here are a few(not all) of the top things that we think all the family will enjoy on a visit to Drogheda.
Brú na Bóinne
Located a small 8km outside of Drogheda town this is one of the area’s most interesting historical sites. Brú na Bóinne means ‘palace’ or ‘mansion’ of the Boyne. This area is supposed to contain some of not only Ireland’s, but the World’s most important prehistoric landscapes! At this site there are 3 different tombs from the Neolithic era built over 5,000 years ago. The tombs are known as Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange. Knowth is said to have the most extensive assembles of megalithic art in Western Europe. There are guided tours of both Knowth and Newgrange that can be joined from the visitors centre. The tours are enjoyable, interesting and a must if you are looking for something interesting to do in Drogheda.
You can find more information about the tours here: http://www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/visitor-information/
High Lanes Gallery
If art is your thing, we’ve got you covered! The High Lanes Gallery is located on Laurences Street in Drogheda town. A transformed Franciscan church this delightful Gallery often has interesting exhibitions featuring some of the best artists in the North East. From photography, Children’s artwork to exceptional pieces dating back as far as the 17th century; your family won’t be stuck for things to see and do in the High Lanes Gallery. There is also a lovely little cafe in the gallery that serves artisan food as well as tea and coffee.
Make sure to keep an eye on the High Lanes Gallery’s Facebook and their website to keep up to date with the exhibitions on:
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
A breathtaking structure located in Drogheda’s Town Centre this church has a rich historical background making it a must see when visiting Drogheda. Built in 1884 and made of local limestone, this imposing French Gothic styled structure is located on Drogheda’s busy West Street. The architecture isn’t the only interesting thing about this church, inside you can find a shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett. At the centre of this shrine you can find something incredible, what is believed to be the actual head of Oliver Plunkett which is well over 700 years old. We suggest that if you and the family intend to visit this monument that you would not go during a mass time, and also to be respectful when observing this shrine that is sacred to the Catholic Church.
You can find more information about St. Peter’s Church here:
Scotch Hall Drogheda
Perhaps a bit of retail therapy is more your style? Well look no further than Scotch Hall. Located in Drogheda town beside the lovely Boyne River you can shop until you drop!! With over 40 different shops you and the family will have lots of things to do in Scotch Hall. You’ll be spoiled for choice from big fashion brand shops, electrical shops, book stores to delicious cafes and eateries.
For more information on what shops Scotch Hall has check out this link:
Funtasia Waterpark Drogheda
Located on the outskirts of the town Funtasia Waterpark Drogheda is perfect for a family day out. At 30,000 Sq. Ft. Funtasia Waterpark is Ireland’s Largest indoor Waterpark! Don’t let your fun day out with the family be affected by the unpredictable weather, this heated Water Park is the same temperature all year around. With over 200 different water-based activities your family will be hard pressed to run out of things to do. If you’re planning a trip down to Funtasia Waterpark, book online and you can save as much €45.00!
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From amazing historical monuments to massive entertainment complexes, Drogheda has got an incredibly mix of things to do and see with the family. But keep in mind that these are only a few of the MANY things to do in Drogheda. Part 2 of this list is coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook and subscribe to the email list!!