Attention all history lovers! Are you looking for something fascinating to do on your next day off? If so, look no further than the fantastic Mellifont Abbey in Drogheda! This abbey is steeped in history, being the first Cistercian Monastery on the island of Ireland. It was built by St Malachy of Armagh in 1142, with the help of St Bernard and a small number of monks from France.

Where can I find Mellifont Abbey?

The Abbey is located along the border of Meath and Louth, being just 17 minutes from the town of Drogheda.

The abbey contains an amazing selection of features, that would amaze any history or architecture lover, With the octagonal lavabo. The abbey is a central point for a lot of Irish and European history, hosting a synod with monks which shaped histories for many years ahead. Not only this, but the abbey was also the site where the treaty of Mellifont was signed, which ended the Nine Years War. As if that wasn’t enough, it was also occupied by William of Orange during The Battle of the Boyne! So, if this sort of history excites you, make sure to visit the fascinating Mellifont Abbey in Drogheda!

  • Visitor centre.
  • Open 10am to 5pm.
  • Adult admission is €5.
  • Child/ Student admission is €3.


Things to do in Co. Louth