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Mellifont Abbey

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Tullyallen | 10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road), Drogheda, Ireland
+353 41 982 6459
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Super place to visit ... a real step back to ancient times

There is free parking in the grounds of the abbey, and it is free to visit the ruins. There is a... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
DubTwosome
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Dublin, Ireland
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The Old Mellifont Abbey is about 15 minutes from Drogheda. It was the first Cistercian monastery... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
mac09
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lake geneva, wi
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Tullyallen | 10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road), Drogheda, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

There is free parking in the grounds of the abbey, and it is free to visit the ruins. There is a visitor centre but this is only open between April and September. This is a fabulous place to visit – if just to marvel at...More

Thank DubTwosome
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The Old Mellifont Abbey is about 15 minutes from Drogheda. It was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland which was founded in 1142. Now it is ruins to see but interesting to envision. It was on our Irish Heritage Pass, but the Visitor's Center was...More

Thank mac09
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The abbey was build in 1140 based on French architecture of the same order. It was the main Cistercian abbey till 1539 when it became a fortified house. An interesting bit is that William of Orange used the abbey as his headquarters during the Battle...More

Thank Janulik
Reviewed 7 September 2017

What's preserved here is wonderful and we are fortunate to have such a sacred site from the past still a part of our heritage. Being the first Irish Cistercian monastery to be established in the early 1140s by St Malachy, the Chapter House is the...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 21 August 2017

If you like this type of thing then you must visit. Great history and comes complete with a nice visitor center. Not a show stopper but.......

Thank DougieDublinIreland
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this really beautiful place on a sunny evening when the centre was closing. Thankfully the caretaker was friendly and helpful and explained that access was still possible even though the centre and tours were closed. There is a real sense of peace in...More

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We stopped here after a day of passage tomb viewing and it seemed like the perfect antidote. It was quiet, we arrived at closing time for the interpretive center, and no people, but the park is open until late to walk the ruins and read...More

Thank tak309
Reviewed 29 July 2017

This is a great place to come and disconnect from everything for a while. It is free to wander around and sit and chill, although they also provide guided tours, giving more information than what is on the sign at the entrance. The ruins are...More

Thank Strange-Nytmare
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

There are several signs pointing the way to the site making it easy to find. There's also plenty of parking. You are able to wonder through the site for free. There are tours available but I'm not sure the cost. I did enjoy the architecture...More

Thank skylite0
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Visited the ruins of this abbey for the first time and loved it. You could really see the layout of the monastery from the remaining ruins. Free entrance and there is a visitors centre .

Thank holidayseeker
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Liz M
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Response from motorcar1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can visit in October, I think the visitors centre may be closed but you can do the self visit, all the information about the abbey is available on site. I've always visited these way and you can take your time and... More
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jeanne n
22 January 2017|
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Response from Chris G | Reviewed this property |
Hello. im very sure they run tours from Droggeda (local town) and the visitor centre in the town will arrange for you stress free. i suggest renting a car as there is many other beautiful attractions around that area... More
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