County Meath is located on the East coast of Ireland in an area known as the Midlands and is bordered by counties; Louth, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Cavan and Offaly. It is also known as the Royal County as it was once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and is an area rich in historical treasures. Meath is only an hour or so from Dublin City and Dublin Airport and the Dublin Ferry ports.
There are a large number of historical sites and monuments located throughout County Meath, not least of all in the Boyne Valley area, which is the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne. The battle took place in July 1690 between King William III and King Jame II, with the largest number of troops ever on an Irish battlefield.
The Boyne Valley also has three passage tombs, Knowth, Dowth and the world famous Newgrange, which together with over 30 other mounds, is known as Bru na Boinne. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to around 3,000 B.C., which means that Newgrange is older than Stonehenge in England. There is an excellent selection of Meath Hotels and Meath Guesthouses throughout the county.
The Hill of Tara was the coronation place for the ancient High Kings of Ireland and dates back to the Neolithic age. Other sites worth a visit in Meath include, Bective Abbey, which can be found near Trim and is the remains of a Cistercian monastery founded in the mid-12th century. Or visit the medieval towns of Athboy and Trim with the majestic Trim Castle and near Athboy the Iron Age fort, the Hill of Ward.
The pretty heritage town of Kells has a fine example of a monastic settlement and near Oldcastle there are the passage tombs at Loughcrew, which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt by 2,000 years. There are also a number of Norman castles in Meath, such as Dunmoe Castle near Navan. In addition to the many pre-Christian sites in the area the Hill of Slane is known as the place where St. Patrick lit his fires and prepared the Easter feast across from the Druids and their celebrations on the Hill of Tara.
Why not enjoy the “Sport of Kings” at Fairyhouse Racecourse near Ratoath or Navan Racecourse with both flat and National Hunt races to choose from, including the Irish Grand National. Other activities to be enjoyed in County Meath include golfing, for example at Headfort Golf Club or Laytown &Bettystown Golf Club. Walkers can enjoy the scenery on the Royal Canal scenic walks or the Loughcrew Hill Walk and the Boyne Ramparts Walk, to name but a few. There is also angling and fishing aplenty in Meath, for example on the Rivers Slane, Deel and Nanny and the Upper Boyne Lakes.
Whatever your reason for visiting Meath you can book 18 fully approved Meath Hotels and Meath Guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find Meath hotel breaks or a guesthouse to meet your needs.
Located in the town of Ashbourne within easy reach of central Dublin and the airport, this stylish hotel offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Conveniently located across from a bus stop, buses run regularly to O Connell Street, in the centre of Dublin, in 30 minutes. Dublin Airport is just 9 miles away. Each room is well-equipped with a TV, telephone, trouser press, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The Living Room is the hotel's own stylish on-site bar, where guests can unwind with a drink or 2 .Friday and Saturday night The Living Room Bar will be available from 10pm for persons 25 years and over The elegant Library Bar serves a varied contemporary menu and can be reserved for private functions. The Bed Nightclub offers innovative Theme Nights, modern décor and is home to two large bars and an exclusive VIP area. Our night club Friday and Saturday nights will be available for persons 18 years and over.
CityNorth Hotel is a contemporary four star hotel offering high standards of hospitality & service, stylish bedrooms plus excellent value with a very accessible location. The Hotel is situated just off junction 7, on the M1, Dublin to Belfast route, at the gateway to the famous Boyne Valley region. There are many world famous tourist attractions in the area, including The Ancient Burial site of Newgrange, The Battle of the Boyne site &The historic Hill of Tara. Just 20 minutes to Dublin Airport, we provide a 24hr transfer service which must be prebooked and costs €10.00 pp each way. Free Car Parking is provided for the duration of your stay, a charge thereafter at €3.00 per day. CityNorth is less than 10 minutes from the surrounding towns of Drogheda & Balbriggan and 15 minutes from Swords. 0n site facilities include a fitness suite, a beauty & massage treatment room, children's outdoor playground and kids games room. Funtasia, Irelands largest Waterpark and Tayto Park are also near
The Newgrange Hotel is located in the heart of Navan, Co. Meath. Located in the town centre it is a short stroll from all bars restaurants and chopping facilities
The Headfort, a listed building in the heart of heritage town Kells, origin of the famous book of Kells. Your hosts the Duff family have extensively renovated the hotel in recent years, now boasting 45 luxury rooms, Spa Rooms, a choice of lounges & award winning restaurant, The Vanilla Pod. The Headfort personality focuses on its rich tradition of personal Irish service, familar faces & its reputation of fine food. Relax by the open fire or stroll in the beautiful garden after a day exploring the richest heritage Ireland has to offer in the Boyne Valley. Wonderful activity packages with Headfort Golfing Complex, Boyne fishing, Causey Irish Farm, Grove Gardens & Tropical Aviary & Lough Crew Adventure Centre. The Headfort won the coveted 2010 National Gold Medal award-three star.