Heritage activities for kids in Meath
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the recently restored 18th century Oldbridge House in Meath, the site of a famous historic battle in the 17th century and a good Heritage activities for kids in Meath.
Visitors to the centre will discover the story of this infamous historic battle between two kings that occurred on 1 July 1690 (or 11 July, according to our modern calendar). At this battle site on the banks of the River Boyne, two rival monarchs, King James II and his son-in-law William III, clashed violently with fearful consequences.
Both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 troops and James had 25,000, the largest number of soldiers ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland, making it a significant chapter in Irish history.
Today the modern visitor centre is located in the restored Oldbridge House. The nearby Townley Hall Woods Trail takes visitors through King William’s Glen where the Williamite troops were ultimately victorious at the Battle of the Boyne. Optional self-guided walks are available through the core battle site and Oldbridge Estate.
Visitor Centre, Audio Visual Show, original and replica 17th Century weaponry displays, laser battlefield model, Tea Pavillion, Gift Shop, Toilets, walled garden.
Self guiding walks through parkland and battlesite.
Partial access for people with disabilities.