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Louth is Ireland's smallest county but by no means it’s least spectacular. Louth was the medieval centre of ecclesiastical Ireland, religious communities springing up throughout the area from the 5th century, such as at the monastery at Monasterboice, and later wealthier sites like the Cistercian abbey at Mellifont. The Normans invaded in the 12th century and established the towns of Dundalk and Drogheda, the county's largest town. Today these towns are busy centres of tourism and trade and are home to many workers travelling to and from Dublin each day.

Louth has an amazing coastline stretching over 88 km from Carlingford Lough to the beaches of Baltray, with many coastal walks and loops available to take in the sea air. In the north, the picturesque Cooley Peninsula is separated from Northern Ireland by the waters of Carlingford Lough, and the town of Carlingford itself is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the country. 

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Things to See & Do


  • St Peters Church
  • Bellewstown Racecourse
  • Monasterboice Monastic Site
  • Carlingford Adventure Centre
  • Funtasia Waterpark
  • Dundalk Stadium
  • county louth golf club

Things to Do

  • Carlingford: Carlingford is a medieval town situated strategically between Drogheda and Carrickfergus. It is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike for its idyllic setting and range of sights and activities, including King John’s Castle, a friary, a mint, a tholsel, town walls and more. If you’re after an active stay while in town, the Carlingford Adventure Centre can offer you a fun and safe way to try some exciting outdoor activities. The centre offers everything from Pier Jumping, Kayaking, Raft Building, High Ropes, Rock Climbing & Abseiling. 

  • Millmount Museum & Tower: This fort and museum offers fantastic views across Drogheda and the River Boyne and hosts a lovely museum. The hilltop was fortified in the 12th century and the present Martello tower was constructed in the 19th century. The museum features a host of exhibitions on archaeology, geology, local industry, and a military exhibition on the fort and it’s role throughout Irish history. 

  • Monasterboice Monastic Site: This early Christian monastery was founded in the 5th century and is most famous for its spectacular high crosses. Inside the ruins of the monastic site stands the impressive Muiredach's High Cross (5.5 metres high), regarded as the finest high cross in Ireland. It features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and is a lasting tribute to the monks who devoted their lives to serving God and teaching the local population. The crosses and graveyard are watched over by one of the tallest round towers in the country.

  • Old Mellifont Abbey: This 12th century site was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. It is well known for its formal style of architecture imported from the abbeys of the same order in France. The most unusual feature in the abbey is the octagonal Lavabo built around the year 1200 CE. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display.

  • Highlanes Gallery: Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is one of Ireland's most important Visual Arts Centre. The gallery was opened in 2006 and presents a programme of national and international temporary exhibitions, as well as exhibitions drawn from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, a fascinating collection dating from the mid-18th century. The gallery also houses a ceremonial sword and mace presented to Drogheda Corporation by King William III after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. 

  • County Museum Dundalk: Opened in 1994, County Museum Dundalk offers an extensive programme of permanent exhibitions, temporary displays, drama presentations, lectures and film. The award winning museum celebrates the story of County Louth’s rich, social, industrial and cultural past and brings history to life in new and interesting ways.