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The small village of Dunboyne lies to the south of Meath, a short-drive from the border of both Kildare and Dublin. This leaves you well placed to explore the historic sites of Meath, while leaving plenty of time to take in the sights and sounds of Dublin City Centre, and the stunning stately homes of Kildare.
Thanks to its location just 25-minutes north of Dublin City Centre, exploring the nations capital is high on the list of many Dunboyne travel itineraries. Before you decide to navigate your way along the bustling Grafton and O’Connell Streets, take time to enjoy the wonderful Meath countryside that surrounds you as you holiday in Dunboyne.
Located close to the M2, M3 and M4, Dunboyne has visitors well placed to set off to explore much of Meath, and indeed Westmeath, with the ancient sites of Brú na Bóinne, Loughcrew Cairns and the Hill of Tara all less than one hour from the village. This trio of sites will transport you back thousands of years, as you explore the lands of some of the earliest settlers in Ireland. The Hill of Tara in particular is a site worth checking out, as it is here that over 100 ancient High Kings of Ireland are believed to have been crowned.
Dunboyne is also a short-drive from the famous Battle of the Boyne location, while the picturesque Boyne Valley will allow you to explore even more of the wonderful Meath countryside. Head to the historic town of Trim where Bective Abbey lies in wait, while the iconic 12th-century Trim Castle is another must visit attraction when visiting Dunboyne. Trim Castle is the largest Norman Castle in Ireland and lies 30-minutes north of Dunboyne.
With Dublin City Centre located less than 20km from Dunboyne, a day trip to the capital city is perfect for any short-break to Dunboyne. As you head south, you’ll pass by the popular Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, while Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo are among the first attractions you will see as you enter Dublin. Other attractions to consider visiting while coming to Dublin from Dunboyne include the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, the Jameson Distillery and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublinia.
Continue towards the city centre and Temple Bar, home to many of Dublin’s iconic bars. If you’re a first time visitor to Dublin then Temple Bar is an area you simply must experience. The cost of drinks here can be rather pricy though, so do suss out other areas of the city once you’ve sampled the friendly atmosphere that awaits you in the Temple Bar area of the city. Not far from here you will also find Dublin’s oldest bar, The Brazen Head, while Dawson’s Lounge on Dublin is considered the smallest bar in the city, and worth exploring if you can manage to get a seat.
The North Kildare towns of Maynooth, Leixlip and Lucan are all a short-drive from Dunboyne, with several castles just waiting to be explored in these areas. Indeed, as you head from Leixlip to Celbridge take time to explore the impressive stately home of Castletown House, one of several magnificent stately buildings spread around Kildare. With the Irish National Stud, Kildare Village Shopping Centre and several popular racecourses all nearby, Dunboyne’s border location ensures you have plenty of variety when planning a trip to this South Meath town.