To be honest, we only ate dessert here. We had a huge lunch and decided to have a dessert and call it a day. The restaurant we wanted was closed on Monday and Franzini's had been recommended along with a couple others. We walked all over Trim and it seemed all the restaurants and even some of the pubs were closed. We had about given up and saw a...more
Dublin Road, Trim, County Meath, Ireland
Good for: Families
You can't miss the castle in Trim. It is huge and stands above the entire town. It's right on the river so a lovely setting. You are required to take a tour and it's probably a good idea because there is ongoing restoration, hidden staircases and lots of ways to get lost. Here's my Journal entry for our first visit in gale-force winds and rain.We...more
Newgrange was really interesting and everything in the museum was very clean and updates. As you enter the building you will sign up for a tour time, then you can walk around the museum and learn all about newgrange. When it is time for your tour you have to walk to the buses which is about a 5 min walk. The tour is interesting but we had a tour...more
Newgrange is the obvious passage tomb to visit in the Brú Na Bóinne complex, especially for the experience of entering the chamber. After that, Knowth might be considered as rather less interesting. However, Knowth has different features from Newgrange. It consists of a series of mounds, the largest of which it is possible to climb for a view of...more
On the advice of our B&B owner we went to Newgrange first. It was nice and quiet when we arrived, but very crowded when we left. We took tours of Newgrange and Knowth (both prehistoric burial sites). Newgrange is impressive - built around 3500BC, the mound is oriented in a way that allows the sun to shine down the passage only around the winter...more
We visited the Newgrange grave site, being one of 3 sites forming the Brú na Bóinne (Palace of the Boyne).It was built in around 3200 BC and the grave was undiscovered until 1699. On the winter solstice, the sun shines in and lights up the chamber. The construction skills displayed by the builders are amazing - apparently they did not have metal...more
We just spotted this place as we drove through Julianstown and decided to give it a try.Its friendly and welcoming in the bar - a traditional place with no pretentions. The menu is not huge, but it was easy to find something that appealed.The service was fine. My pasta with meatballs had been in a micro a little too long, but the other 2 lunchers...more
Booked the cheapest car they have - it was fine for the purpose. Pick up was very easy - the desk is right by the arrivals exit and I didn't have to wait. The cars are parked only 2 minutes walk away, and getting out of the airport and onto the M1 was easy too. Such a contrast to somewhere like Heathrow, where you have to allow an hour from...more
At the Southern end of the village (Dublin direction) you will find a church on the main road.The church has now been converted for use as the local Library, but outside the door stands a reminder of famine times.A large iron cauldron is suspended on a kind of tripod. It dates from the late 1840's, as the mainstay of a soup kitchen which was set up...more
If there is one thing I cannot stand is twee gift shops selling complete tat that is all made in some Chinese sweatshop anyway.I'm glad to say that this place is nothing like that. It features a few leading Irish brands such a Galway crystal and Newbridge silver, together with pottery designers such as Nicholas Mosse (who my wife who knows about...more
I've put this recommendation under gifts, but the main stock-in-trade of this forge is producing ornamenral gates and the like to order.The extensive showroom is worth a look if you are passing through on the main road, although many of the product on sale are bought in from elsewhere. You will find everything from simple gift items to whole...more
Longwood is located a few miles off the old main Dublin-Galway road, just after Enfeild.
It has nothing worth visiting, and nothing to see. No Hotel, no restaurant or pub of note.
This is however part of it's charm, it seems to have all the elements of a 'Typical' midland Irish Village, with all that that implies.
The broad main street is adorned with pub, a post office and a butchers. A general (and very untidy and general it is too) store around the corner. A Garda (police) station, a disused waterpump and an antiques shop. Being Ireland it also features some more modern small housing estates, further fuelling the Celtic tiger until it got caught in the jaws of financial meltdown.
Ahh, forgot the church - painted Turquoise and dark green. An interesting choice, it has to be said. Rather like peanut nut butter and anchovy sandwiches. Or perhaps beetroot and strawberry jam. I guess someone thought it was a good idea.
watters is a local pub and restaurant in the center of slane. i ordered the "sweeny todd" it was a delicious meat pie with a very unique flavor. take a good look at the pictured sign to get the joke. seriously good irish fare at moderate prices. also the guiness was good and cold.more
One of Ireland's most infamous monuments and archaeological sites, Newgrange is amongst the Bru na Boinne World Heritage sites next to Knowth and Dowth. It is popular like Stonehenge with its Solstice astronomical line-ups and viewing of the sun as it appears through its portal. The monument is a large mound complex shaped like a giant kidney...more
One of Irelands most famous Neolithic passage graves, Knowth is in the valley of the Boyne River, at the ancient monument of Brú na Bóinne nearby famous Newgrange. This monument was built after Newgrange, roughly 5,000 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). It is believed to have been built before Dowth. It is similiar in size to Newgrange, but is...more
"Bru na Boinne" is the name of a Boyne River Valley section that is home to the World Heritage sites consisting of the Tumulus Sidhe known as "Knowth", "Dowth", and "Newgrange". These monuments are the largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe that consist of a complex of neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones,...more