Battle of the Boyne

Oldbridge Estate, Drogheda, Co Meath

The Battle of the Boyne, between King William III and his father–in–law King James II, was fought on July 1st 1690. It was the largest battle ever fought on Irish soil with 60,000 troops deployed around Oldbridge Village on the banks of the River Boyne. As part of the wars of the Grand Alliance, 13 different nationalities were present on the day. The three main issues were, the throne of England, French dominance in Europe and power and control in Ireland.

Situated on 500 acres that take in much of the original battlefield, Oldbridge House today provides an interpretative centre for those who wish to learn more about the battle and explore the battlefield itself.

The extensive gardens have been restored and feature an unusual sunken octagonal garden, a peach house, an orchard and herbaceous borders, while the tearoom has been created adjacent to the old stable block. Throughout the year, outdoor theatre, workshops and events such as cavalry displays and musket demonstrations help to recreate a sense of what it might have been like on the fateful day in July 1690.


Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre – Indoor Guided Tour

Pre–booked guided tours of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. In the expert hands of an engaging Battle of the Boyne guide, the highlights tour showcases background and day of the Battle in 1690, bringing to life the three kings and armies who engaged on the banks of the Boyne.

Original, replica weaponry and art. A state of the art laser model of the battlefield explains the logistics on the day.The tour finishes with an award winning audio visual film in the fully seated AV Room.

On flat surface – indoors, Wheelchair accessible.

Group Min 10. - Max. 50, duration 45 minutes.

Group Rate €4.00

Living History Displays  - Interactive 17th Century Military and Social Living History.

Be transported back to the time of the Battle of the Boyne and witness for yourself the skills of a well–trained Musketeer and hear about the regiments who fought at the battle in 1690. Experience Social Living History and meet some of the characters that would have had roles at the battle, such as the Sutler, Barber Surgeon, Paymaster and Gunsmith

On flat surfaces – paved or grass. Wheelchair accessible on paved surfaces.

Group Min. 10. - max. 50, duration 30 mins. 

Selected Sundays and bank Holidays during summer season.

Group Rate €4.00.

Park lands: Self guiding walks through the battlesite and 18th century estate, adjacent to the Boyne Blue Way – canal and river.

Languages: Award winning Audio visual in Irish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin. Handouts in same languages.

Booking :

T. 00353 (0) 41 9809950




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Battle of the Boyne
Nearby Attractions
- Close to Bru na Boinne (Newgrange and Knowth and Old Mellifont Abbey).
- Near to the historic town of Drogheda, picturesque Slane Village, Franics Ledwidge Museum and Slane Castle and Whiskey Museum.
Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath, A92 CY68. Exit 9 – 5 km off M1 Motorway 9 Dublin – Belfast.
- Car Parking and Coach Parking on site.
- Tea Room in Victorian Walled Garden.
- Toilets, wheelchair accessible toilets, baby changing facilities.
- Gift Shop

Tea rooms: located in Victorian Walled Garden.

Groups bookings to be made in advance.

T. 00 353 (0) 41 9842921
Admission Rates
Adult €5.00
Group/ Senior €5.00
Student/Child €3.00
Family €13.00.
Accompanied under 12s go free.
Opening Times
Open All Year. Daily,
10.00 – 17.00
01.05.20 – 30.09.20

Daily, 09.00 – 16.00
01.10.20 – 30.04.20.

2021 dates should be similar.