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Navan is the county town of Meath, and a popular area for visitors seeking to discover the tales of some of Meath’s famous historic sites. A focal point along Ireland’s Ancient East, a trip to Navan has you well placed to take in the many iconic sites of County Meath, while the central location of the town ensures you can easily reach the coast, while Dublin City and Mullingar in Westmeath are less than a one-hour drive away.
From ancient sites and high street shops to ruined castles and pubs aplenty, there’s lots to be enjoyed with visiting Navan and the surrounding area. The town is a popular racing venue thanks to the regular meetings at Navan Racecourse, while the Royal Tara Golf Club is a short-drive away in the historic town of Tara. The ruined castles of Dunmoe and Athlumney are located just outside Navan, and worth exploring while visiting the area. Other historic attractions near Navan to consider visiting include the Donaghmore Round Tower, which is located on an early-Christian settlement believed to be founded by St. Patrick, while Bective Abbey which overlooks the River Boyne is another must see attraction. From here can also make the short trip north into Louth and the town of Drogheda where you can visit the 12th-century Mellifont Abbey.
A short-break to Navan will leave you well placed to visit many of Meath’s famous ancient sites, with the iconic Hill of Tara less than 15-minutes from the town. It is at this location where ancient high kings of Ireland are believed to have been crowned and buried, with over 100 high kings thought to have been crowned here over a thousand years ago. From here head east towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, home to a trio of passage tombs – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Located on the bend of the River Boyne, Brú na Bóinne contains Ireland’s most important Neolithic landscapes, with the tombs dating back over 5000 years ago. If you’re visiting Navan during the winter months, the days leading up to the Winter Solstice can be particularly busy around Brú na Bóinne, although the passage tombs tend to attract large crowds across the year.
Navan leaves you well placed to visit two iconic Meath castle, Trim Castle and Slane Castle, while there are several castles dotted around the county. The ancient stone circle site at Loughcrew Cairns is a 30-minute drive from Navan, while the Boyne Valley region of the county is also work exploring, with many scenic routes just waiting to be experience on foot, bike or car. If you’re visiting Meath with kids, Tayto Park theme park is worth setting aside a day to visit, while Dublin City Centre is less than one hour away, with plenty of attractions and activities available for all ages.
As the main county town of Meath, Navan has several accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, while the surrounding towns are also home to many great hotels including converted castles and spectacular spa hotels. If you’re planning a trip along Ireland’s Ancient East and looking for accommodation options in historic Meath, look no further than Navan.