Boyne Valley, Celtic Ireland & Trim Castle Day Tour

Single Day Tour Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

You’re taught to believe history is made of separate eras. The Prehistoric Period, the Pagans, the Bronze Ages, and so forth. But here’s the thing. In reality, cultures and civilizations slowly evolve, clash, and merge. And nowhere is this more apparent than in central Ireland.

On this tour, you will see curious Celtic art intertwined with Christian symbolism, admire one of the grandest Norman castles and meander over the mythological landscapes of Pagan kings. Walk along city walls that have experienced 700 years of wars... Before stopping in a local café for a cup of tea.

Join this tour and discover the best way to travel through the cultural history of Ireland in a day.

Itinerary

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Depart Dublin

This tour departs at 09:15am from opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin.

You will travel from Dublin deep into the gorgeous, green landscape of County Meath. This area is soaked in ancient history, and they even say the mythical High Kings of Ireland once lived here.

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Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb

Your first stop is the Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb. More than 5,000 years ago Neolithic farmers constructed this site. That’s older than the pyramids. So, wander in and come face to face with some of the oldest human history you can encounter.

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Drogheda

After this, your tour will take you into the town of Drogheda. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch in the historic town center by the banks of the River Boyne and explore the walls and fortifications.

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Monasterboice

After lunch, it’s time to see one of Ireland’s finest relics at Monasterboice, the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach. This huge and famous masterpiece depicts Biblical tales and combines Celtic art with Christian symbolism. Study the carvings and see if you can figure out their meaning.

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Bective Abbey

The tour will then continue to the 12th century Bective Abbey. You will have time here to take a few photos and enjoy the simple architecture of this ancient monument.

Bective Abbey was used as a location during the shooting of the 1995 historical action-drama movie Braveheart.

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Trim Castle

Now it’s time to compare the peaceful and subtle religious architecture with the mighty, fortified Trim Castle. You can let your imagination run wild at this hugely impressive Norman castle. There are walls to climb, a large castle keep to explore, and plenty of reconstructions and curios to discover.

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Return to Dublin

And now it's time for you to head back to Dublin. You’ve ventured through 5,000 years of history in a day. After all that time travelling, it may be the perfect time to enjoy a pint of the black stuff.

Returning to Dublin at 6:30pm.

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You explore in top of the range 16 seat mini-coaches. This means you never get lost, you always take the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving.

You support the local communities. You do this because we take you to the lesser known attractions and recommend locally owned accommodation. What’s more, for every ton of carbon we use, we donate £10 to environmental and community projects.

You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and along the way you can choose where you want to eat, sleep and which attractions you want to see. So, if you want to stop off and feed a highland cow or maybe linger longer in the castle courtyard with a glass of wine, you can.

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What's included

Places you will explore:

  • Fourknocks - Walk into a 5,000-year-old tomb and find an ancient Celtic ‘smiley face’ carving.
  • Drogheda - One of Ireland’s oldest towns and a treasure trove of cozy cafes, riverside walks, and intriguing history.
  • Monasterboice High Crosses - Standing five meters tall, this cross is a masterpiece of Medieval European stonework.
  • Bective Abbey - The simple design of this well-preserved abbey reflects the pious builders’ rejection of extravagant embellishments.
  • Trim Castle - It’s easy to wander astray in Europe’s largest Norman castle.

Discounts:

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, Rabbie's Tours don't carry children under 5 years old)​.

Important information:

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.

Tour inclusions:

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide.

Tour exclusions:

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Tour accommodation.

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