Information about Drogheda
Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland, known for its tourism and as a centre of industry, and medical care. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange is located 8 km to west of the town.
What to see
Newgrange - Neolithic burial mound. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the Neolithic times before the Celts had arrived on the island, Newgrange is a huge passage tomb. Older than the pyramids, it's a World Heritage Site. The unique and advanced design of this tomb includes a lightbox that beams a shaft of light into the tomb only on the winter solstice. It is part of the Brú Na Bóinn Archaeological Park, located about 5 miles West of Drogheda, local buses run out to the visitor centre.
St. Peter's Church - in the town centre contains a shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett. Relics on display there include some of his bones and, most notably, his severed head.
Highlanes Gallery - Laurence St. A municipal gallery for Drogheda and the north east, aims to be one of the islands most important visual art spaces preseting a dynamic and diverse programme of temporary exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. The gallery is in a former franciscan church and has a 54 seater cafe, run by Andersons Cafe and a craft and design hub for the region-Louth Craftmark.
Laurence's Gate - 13th century Barbican tower which once served as part of the walled defences of the town as well as access in and out of the town from the east. It is currently not possible to gain entry into the tower.
Millmount Museum & Tower - easily one of the most dominant features in Drogheda is the Martello Tower located at Millmount. The site dates back to the 12th century and was used as a strategic point throughout the history of Drogheda from the Seige of Drogheda by Oliver Cromwell to the Irish Civil War. The tower and museum are open to the public.
Shopping mostly takes place in the medieval streeted historic quarter of the town, where the main shopping streets are West Street, Shop Street, Peter Street, and Laurence Street . West Street is the main street and is known as the 'Golden Quarter Mile', it is home to large and small retail shops and several cafes and restaurants. The town centre has five shopping centres, Scotch Hall, Laurence Town Centre, Drogheda Shopping Centre, Abbey Shopping Centre, and Boyne Shopping Centre.
An out of town shopping centre Souhtgate is located at the southern entrance to the town. A number of retail parks have been developed around Drogheda since the year 2000, mainly on the southern and western side of the town. On the northside, is the M1 Retail Park and on the south side is the Drogheda Retail Park.