Sprawling north-west of Dublin, County Meath is one of Ireland’s 32 traditional counties. It has been nicknamed the “Royal County” due to its history as the ancient Kingdom of Meath, which served as the main seat for the High King of Ireland from the 9th to 12th centuries.
Things to do in Meath
Whether you want to be immersed in Irish history or are looking for family fun, you’ll find what you’re looking for in County Meath.
Explore Brú na Bóinne. Occupying a bend in the River Boyne, Brú na Bóinne is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area home to some of the most important Neolithic remains in the world. It encompasses the Megalithic passage graves of Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth, as well as standing stones, henges and mounds. Guided tours are available from the informative Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.
Learn about the Battle of the Boyne. In 1690, the Boyne River played host to a brutal battle between forces loyal to King James II and King William III, resulting in King James II fleeing to France. At the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, you can learn about the events leading up to the conflict, which was the largest battle on Irish soil. The adjacent battle site is dotted with interpretive signs detailing the events.
Get your thrills in Emerald Park. Originally established in 2010 as Tayto Park, this potato-themed amusement park is located in the town of Kilbrew. You can ride the wooden Cu Chulainn Coaster and fly around the turns of the Flight School or experience the stomach-dropping Rotator. In the Junior Zone, there are kid-friendly attractions, such as a steam train ride, while the on-site zoo is home to big cats, primates and birds of prey.
Getting around Meath
County Meath is around 30 minutes' drive from Dublin and Dublin Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Buses travel to towns and villages throughout the county, although renting a car gives you greater freedom to explore the area.