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Mellifont Abbey

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Address: Tullyallen | 10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road), Drogheda, Ireland
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+353 41 982 6459
10:00 - 18:00
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Lovely place to sit and reflect

The Abbey is now a ruin. Not much of the original Abbey remains, apart from a 13th-century lavabo where the monks washed their hands before eating and some Romanesque arches and a... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Maura C
Drogheda, Ireland
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Drogheda, Ireland
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The Abbey is now a ruin. Not much of the original Abbey remains, apart from a 13th-century lavabo where the monks washed their hands before eating and some Romanesque arches and a 14th-century chapter house. The day I visited I was the only person there apart from a family group. Lovely seats around to sit and contemplate life and the... More 

Thank Maura C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is a beautiful and well represented monastic ruin from the 12th Century. It was established by the Cistercian order and ultimately supplanted nearby Monasterboice. Though these are ruins, and not much remains other than the footprint of the Abbey, it gives you a good idea of the layout. During the normal season, there is a visitor’s center that is... More 

Thank John Y
Dublin Ireland
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647 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This Cistercian Monastery was built in the 12th century. The order was was founded in France in 1098 and this was their first Monastery in Ireland. The ruins are very well preserved and look superb. During the tourist season they have tours and a visitor centre. At other times you tour yourself and read the displays which are excellent and... More 

Thank motorcar1
Dunshaughlin, Ireland
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017

A central point of 12th century Post-Norman Christianity. I was there in Winter, it's a very peaceful site by the river but if you are interested in more detail of the origins I suggest a visit when OPW guides are available. A visit to nearby Monasterboice would be also recommended, a contrasting pre-Norman exhibit.

Thank patrickfarrell55
San Angelo, Texas
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The ruins are a wonderful photo opportunity, but little else available out there. But, again, I love photo opportunity and unique places to photo.

Thank nonni0321
Dublin, Ireland
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1,187 reviews
852 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 563 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit to Mellifont. Good number of information boards to allow self guide but there is also a visitors centre open May to September The lavabo is really well preserved, the gate house and chapter house also. The rest is low walls and foundations but still easy to see how resplendent jt must have been in its pomp.... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

While driving around Drogheda we came across the very ancient Abbey originally built in 1142. It has such a fascinating history including William the Orange using the Abbey during the Battle of Boyne in 1690. The day we visited the Abbey, the tourist office was open so we arranged to have a guided tour. Mauve was an excellent and very... More 

1 Thank Maureen S
Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Difficult to find - down a narrow road. Mostly demolished but worth a visit. Some restoration work being carried out.

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Drogheda, Ireland
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71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Once you reach this haven of peace you will know why the monks once settled here . All that can be heard are the birds and the cows in the fields , the stream flowing by and the odd tourist . One of my favourite places to visit

1 Thank 734runnerbrady
Dundalk, Co. Louth
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161 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Visited here on a lovely Autumn afternoon. All the colours of the surrounding hedges and river flowing in the background made the visit to these old Cistercian Abbey ruins all the more intriguing. Very enjoyable walk round the ruins with well presented information boards that are all so easy to read and photograph. Some fabulous scenes for taking photographs. Highly... More 

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