Golf & Leisure

Things to do in Meath and Local Attractions

The picturesque village of Dunboyne is a short walking distance from Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. Home to a number of traditional Irish bars, cafés and boutiques it’s the ideal way to experience local hospitality.

Co Meath, Ireland’s Heritage Capital was once the territory of the High Kings of Ireland. Steeped in heritage there is plenty to discover. Be sure to check out Boyne Valley Campaign by clicking here.

Battle of the Boyne Site  

Oldbridge House was built in the 1740’s by either John Coddington or his nephew Dixie Coddington.

It is believed to have been designed by George Darley, a local mason architect who also designed the renovated Dunboyne Castle, Dowth House and The Tholsel in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

To the left of the house there is a cobble stone stable yard with fine cut stable block. This originally contained coach houses, stables, tack and feed rooms.

To the right of the house is a small enclosed courtyard which contains the former butler’s house which is not open to the public.

Bective Abbey 

Today, the ruins of Bective Abbey provide a maze of passageways with dead ends and interrupted staircases, all asking to be explored. Archaeological excavations led by Geraldine and Matthew Stout in 2009-2012 uncovered the remains of a large medieval barn, providing vital information on rural monastic life and farming methods in medieval Ireland.

Bective Abbey is free to visit and there is a visitor carpark.

Newgrange – World Heritage Site 

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. Newgrange was built by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Hill of Tara 

The Hill of Tara is the jewel in the crown of the Boyne Valley landscape. A site that has been in use for more than 5000 years as a place of burial and assembly, it grew to fame as the legendary inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. From its rolling slopes one can see all the way to the other great sites of the Boyne Valley, including Loughcrew Cairns, the Hill of Slane, Trim Castle and beyond. In later centuries it remained the focus of Gaelic identity and remains to this day the beating heart of Ireland.  


Avoca is an Irish-run business that spans one of the world’s oldest surviving manufacturing companies and Ireland’s most exciting stores and food markets. For further information please click here


Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of Ireland’s premier horse racing venues. Situated in the parish of Ratoath in County Meath. It is the home of the Irish Grand National. The racetrack itself is a one-mile and 6.5 furlong right-handed circuit, with a 2.5 furlong straight and a slight uphill finish. If you have yet to experience the exhilaration or race day in full swing, you really are missing out. Feel your pulse beat faster, hear you heart beat louder as the horses thunder down the famous Fairyhouse home straight to the roar of the crowds.


Luttrellstown Castle Resort offers world-class golf experiences Luttrellstown Castle Golf & Country Club is situated within the 567 acre walled estate of Luttrellstown Castle, only 20 minutes’ drive to from our Hotel. The 18-hole championship parkland course with McKenzie/Steele design.


Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa benefits from the proximity to world class training pitches. Dunboyne GAA and Dunboyne AFC have sports training facilities available for hire. Contact the hotel for further details.