Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, just five kilometres west of the town of Drogheda, Co. Louth, lies Oldbridge House. The house is believed to have been designed by the architect George Darley and was built in the mid-eighteenth century for the Coddington family. Following a careful programme of restoration and development, the house, its stables and adjoining gardens opened to the public in 2008 as a new visitor centre exploring the history and heritage of the Battle of the Boyne.


This famous battle is one of the defining moments in Irish history. On the 1st of July 1690 (old Julian calendar) standing in opposition, King William III commanded 36,000 troops against King James II and his 24,000. This was the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battle field. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe, and power in Ireland.

Situated on 500 acres that take in much of the original battlefield, Oldbridge House today provides an interpretive centre for those who wish to learn more about the battle or to explore the battlefield itself. The extensive gardens have been restored and feature an unusual sunken octagonal garden, a peach house, an orchard and herbaceous borders, while a tearoom has been created adjacent to the old stable block. Throughout the year, outdoor theatre, workshops and events such as cavalry displays and musket demonstrations help to recreate a sense of what it might have been like on that fateful day in July 1690.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Visitor Centre in Oldbridge House.

Facilities:
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.

Oldbridge House
Oldbridge House was built in the 1740’s by either John Coddington or his nephew Dixie Coddington. It is believed to have been designed by George Darley, a local mason architect who also designed the renovated Dunboyne Castle, Dowth House and The Tholsel in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

To the left of the house there is a cobble stone stable yard with fine cut stable block. This originally contained coach houses, stables, tack and feed rooms.

To the right of the house is a small enclosed courtyard which contains the former butler’s house which is not open to the public.


Walkways
Optional self guiding walks are available through the core battle site and Oldbridge Estate. Use of these walks are free of charge. Parking is available in the Main Car Park. Several orientation panels and maps are located at the start and access points to the walks.

The walks are colour coded on our information panels and the tops of way markers on the walks are painted to match. Each walk is timed and measured from the starting point.

Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear as all the walks are on grass, except the Boyne Canal towpath which adjoins the site and is surfaced with gravel.

Dogs are welcome on site but owners must keep them on leads at all times and pick up after them. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the Walled Garden or the Visitor Centre with the exception of Guide Dogs.

Bicycles are not permitted on the walkways or the Walled Garden.

Tea Pavillion
The Tearoom Pavilion at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is under the management of Brambles Cafe Deli Ltd. With its skirt of decking overlooking the Victorian Garden and Octagonal Garden, you can enjoy your refreshments inside or on the the contemporary outdoor furniture.

The emphasis is on quality nutritional food, complemented by an excellent wine/drinks list, specialty coffees and confectionery.


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