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Meath County Introduction

Meath County is a land steeped in myth and history. Tradition has it that the High Kings of Ireland wielded their power from Meath, giving rise to the moniker 'The Royal County'. The Boyne Valley's millennia-old burial sites and monuments, ancient castles and monasteries – all these and more are tangible reminders of just how important Meath was in Ireland's political and religious history. The county also has a modern side, with large, contemporary hotels, world-class dining and amusement centres to delight both the young and old.

Hotels in Meath County

There's no shortage of accommodations to be found in Meath County, from stately castle hotels to winsome guesthouses and B&Bs. Four- and 5-star hotels feature tastefully decorated guestrooms, genteel restaurants, invigorating spas and, in some cases, tree-lined gardens dotted with sparkling fountains. Mid-range hotels can also be found aplenty, where you can expect laid-back restaurants and bars, sizable meeting rooms and self-serve laundry facilities. Meath County is home to plenty of both upscale and budget-friendly guesthouses and B&Bs, ideal for those seeking smaller, more intimate accommodations. Most of these establishments offer complimentary perks like breakfast and Wi-Fi, as well as open spaces such as terraces or gardens.

Where to stay in Meath County

Its palindromic name and the fact that it was Pierce Brosnan's childhood home aren't the only interesting things about Navan. This scenic market town boasts some good restaurants and pubs, shops specialising in unique arts and crafts, and picturesque walking areas alongside the River Boyne. The heritage town of Trim, also situated on the river, is another great place to stay. A 3-time winner of the Irish Tidy Towns Competition, it's home to historic sites as well as the annual Trim Haymaking Festival. The village of Ashbourne on the N2 road is an ideal base for exploring South Meath County and for shopping, with a town centre filled with a variety of shops.

Things to see in Meath County

The archaeologically rich Hill of Tara is without a doubt the inspiration for some of Ireland's most enduring heroic and romantic legends. Walk its ruins and imagine the royal acropolis that once stood there, where High Kings ruled over the land for more than 2,000 years. Beautiful Slane Castle is another must-see in Meath County. Sitting in a vast estate by the River Boyne, it's been home to the Conyngham family since the early 1700s. Take a guided tour and see the impressive wood-carved ceiling of the Gothic Revival ballroom, as well as the castle's state-of-the-art Irish whiskey distillery. The castle also hosts the famed Slane Concerts, held in a natural amphitheatre where bands including Queen and U2 have performed. For a day of family fun, head to the beachside Funtasia Entertainment Centre in Bettystown, where the kids will enjoy fairground rides, video and arcade games, and a 3D motion theatre.

How to get to Meath County

You don't have to jump through many hoops to reach Meath County. Located at the hub of the M1, M2, M3 and M4 motorways, it's a mere 30-minute drive away from Dublin. Visitors landing at Dublin Airport or arriving via ferry at Dublin's ports can hire a car or take public transportation to Meath. Frequent services are run by Irish Rail on its Dublin/Belfast line where the stops include the station in Laytown. Bus Éireann also operates regular and Expressway services, with buses frequently plying routes going to and around Meath and surrounding counties like Louth and Monaghan.