Hill of Slane

Hill of Slane

Hill of Slane
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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fs001
Dublin, Ireland92 contributions
A very short drive from Slane, and conveniently for those with less mobility, there’s a car park very close by. You still have to walk across grass to the top, but it’s a relatively easy walk. Really lovely views for miles and miles - right down to Wicklow and up towards Down. (I think!)
Written 13 March 2022
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Kris M
Omaha, NE122 contributions
Friends
This place is another wonderful place to wander and absorb history. Abbey and church ruins, with accompanying cemetery, on a picturesque hill with a great view of the surrounding countryside. We were there by ourselves so it was even better to wander alone and not have to deal with others. It’s definitely worth the short drive!
Written 22 February 2022
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Niamh H
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Walk across a field to the ruins on the top of the hill. There is an incline but not too steep. Visit at dusk to see the ruins lit up with blue spot light. The view is amazing from the top. We think that we could see Newgrange in the distance.
Written 30 August 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,560 contributions
Solo
Enjoyed a first visit to the Hill of Slane in a long, long time today. It's as beautiful and peaceful as I remember with mesmerising views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
It's an ancient religious site dating from the 5th century when St Patrick lit the fire here to rival that of King Laoighre who had his pagan fire on the Hill of Tara some 15km away.
5th century yes but the current church ruin dates from the 15th and there's an enchanting college beside it that was run by the fathers in ancient days.
Decent sized car park and a few display boards to aid your visit Free to enter. Beautiful, spiritual place. Well worth your time.
Written 25 April 2021
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Harris’s trips
Dublin, Ireland87 contributions
Couples
Beautiful place with stunning views. Very peaceful and relaxing. A very romantic walk and with great areas for walking the dogs.
Written 5 August 2020
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Cary L
San Diego, CA679 contributions
Just outside the small town of Slane and overlooking the Boyne Valley and its ancient burial mounds, this hill is the site of St. Patrick's first call to the people of the region to convert. Today, the view is spectacular. The hill is crowned with the ruins of an ancient monastery. Well worth the brief drive up, when visiting Newgrange or other historic sites in the area.
Written 17 March 2020
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Aisling
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
An ancient ruined Augustinian monastery ,you can imagine the halls filled with monks and almost hear their chants ,when you examine the walls and see the old fireplaces and nooks and crannies .This is where in earlier days St Patrick came and lit his pascal fire before the druids did at Tara ,which outraged the then High King ,they then had a battle of miracles. Who could out do the other ,all ended peacefully and they resolved their differences .
There is a beautiful view from the walls of the ruin .
Make sure you dont leave anything valuable in the car as there have been some break ins
Written 29 December 2019
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pmintoronto98
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
Couples
Substantial ruins that are definitely worth a look if you are in the area. The tower is largely intact and very impressive.
Written 26 October 2019
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Walmack
Walworth, NY334 contributions
Legend has it that this is where St. Patrick challenged the High King's authority when he defied the no fire edict on Christmas Eve. St. Patrick lit the fire and the High King could see the fire from atop the Hill of Tara a few miles away. It ended up OK as the story says that St. Patrick ended up baptizing the High King.
The ruins are from a Chapel and an ancient college which helped Ireland become known for it's educated clerics.
Written 22 October 2019
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emmmceee
Dublin, Ireland73 contributions
Family
I’ve been up here on a few occasions and it’s a nice short stroll up the hill. There are the ruins of a monastery up here and an old church. I knew it was steeped in history, but didn’t know too much about it. Last Sunday we turned up for the guided tour at 2PM. A group of local volunteers do this every week. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play ball and it rained heavily. We had to content ourselves with standing in the old monastery and listen while our friendly guide explained the history and pointed to things we couldn’t quite see.

The only thing for it will be to return!
Written 19 August 2019
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