Local Attractions

There’s lots to do when staying at Ma Dwyer’s B&B in Navan.

We’ve compiled a short list of some of the places you can visit.

Sporting Activities:

Fishing:

Wild Brown Trout:

Rich in stocks of wild brown trout, the river Boyne flows through Navan town and offers superb fishing to visiting anglers. (www.fishinginireland.info)

Rainbow Trout:

For experienced and first-time anglers, Rathbeggan Lakes on the N3 between Navan and Dunshaughlin invites you fish their 4 acre lake which is stocked with Rainbow Trout. They offer lessons and tackle is available for hire. (www.rathbegganlakes.com)

Golf:

Visit Headfort Golf Club in Kells, a 36 hole course on the banks of the river Blackwater surrounded by beautiful scenery, which was awarded “Best Parkland Course to Golfers 2015” by Golfers Guide to Ireland. (www.headfortgolfclub.ie)

Swimming:

Aura Leisure Centre in Navan offers visitors the use of its Gym and Health Suite along with; 25m pool learner pool, kiddies pool, sauna & steam room and two water slides. (www.auraleisure.ie/navan)

Horse Racing:

Navan Race Course (www.navanracecourse.ie) and Fairyhouse Race Course (www.fairyhouse.ie), home to the Irish Grand National, offer regular fixtures throughout the year and both are located locally.

Pitch n Putt:

With beautiful Pitch n Putt courses in Navan, Castletown, Kells, and Clonee, visitors are spoilt for choice! (www.royalmeathpitchnputt.ie), (www.ppui.ie)

Horse Riding:

Bachelors Lodge Equestrian Centre (www.bachelorslodge.net), and Kells Equestrian Centre (www.kellsequestrian.com) offer visitors lessons in horse riding and leisurely rides through the countryside.

Performance and Festivals

The Solstice Arts Centre:

Described as “Meaths hub for the Arts”, the Solstice Arts Centre offers a wide range of performances throughout the year in its wonderful, purpose built centre in the heart of Navan town. (www.solsticeartscentre.ie)

Loughcrew Opera:

With the annual Loughcrew Opera Festival, fans of opera are in for a real treat as they enjoy the performance while enjoying view of the rolling countryside. (www.loughcrew.com)

Slane Concert:

One of Irelands most highly anticipated concerts, Slane concert is an annual event which draws its audience from around the globe. Past Acts include Queen, Guns N Roses, Thin Lizzy, U2 and more recently, Foo Fighters. (www.slanecastle.com)

Le Chéile Arts and Music Festival:

Headline Acts for the 2015 festival include the Meteor award winning Meath band Ham Sandwich and Damien Dempsey. (www.lecheile.com)

Body and Soul Festival:

Closely connected with the tradition of the summer solstice, this festival is a celebration of life. Situated on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, there is something for everyone at this festival. (www.bodyandsoul.ie)

Family:

Tayto Park:

Tayto Park is a theme park and zoo. It recently opened its new roller coaster “The Cú Chulainn” named after the mythical Irish hero, which is the largest wooden roller coaster in Europe. (www.taytopark.ie)

Rathbeggan Lakes and Family Park:

With many activities to enjoy such as abseiling, water rolling, nature walks, pet farm and zip line, families are sure to have a fun day out at Rathbeggan Lakes. (www.rathbegganlakes.com)

Dublin Zoo, Pheonix Park and Áras an Uachtaráin:

Irelands largest zoo in Irelands largest park, visit the lions, wolves, seals and crocodiles in Dublin zoo. Or take a leisurely stroll in the Phoenix Park where wild deer hide among the trees, or have a picnic outside Áras an Uachtaráin. (www.dublinzoo.ie), (www.president.ie), (www.phoenixpark.ie)

Newgrange Farm:

A fun day out with all the family! Feed the calves and lambs, hold a chick or hug a puppy, or play in the sand pits or maze. With a coffee shop, gift shop and picnic areas, you are sure to have a lovely time here. (www.newgrangefarm.com)

Play Centres:

Huckleberrys Den (Navan) and Best O’Matz (Kells) are wonderful local play centres for children from 1-10 years. Each facility has excellent coffee shops on site so parents can relax and enjoy a coffee and a chat or some lunch while the children play. (www.huckleberrysden.ie) (www.bestomatz.ie)

Outdoor Playgrounds and Parks:

There are a number of outdoor parks for children located within walking distance of Ma Dwyers, for example, a new park and nature walk has opened on the opposite banks of the river Boyne in recent years.

Causey Farm:

Popular with hen parties and birthday parties, Causey Farm is very popular with adults and children alike. Seasonal events also take place at Causey Farm, with large crowds drawn here for their Christmas and Hallowe’en events. (www.causey.ie)

Loughcrew Adventure Centre:

A fantastic day out for families and groups, this adventure course is located outside among lakes and woodland. Visitors can choose to do either a full day or half day of activities and can choose from a range of activities. (www.loughcrew.com)

The Zone Activity Centre:

The Zone in Navan is very popular for all age groups. With a large indoor karting track, paintballing and archery as some of the activities available, visitors to The Zone can be sure of a good time! (www.thezone.ie)

Pudden Hill Activity Centre:

Pudden Hill boasts both indoor and outdoor activity centres and provide a diverse range of activities. Laser clay pigeon shooting, paint-balling, junior and senior karting and a seasonal pet farm are all on offer here. (www.puddenhill.com)

Funtasia (Bettystown):

Located in the seaside resort of Bettystown, Funtasia boasts fairground attractions galore just a stones-throw from the sandy beach. (www.funtasia.ie)

Funtasia Water Park:

Based in Drogheda, a 20 minute drive from Navan, you can spend a whole day at this indoor water park. Other activities include twin indoor zip line, bowling, disco roller skating and a luxurious casino. (www.funtasia.ie)

History:

Newgrange:

Newgrange in the Boyne Valley in Meath is a five thousand year old passage tomb. It attracts huge crowds annually but particularly for the Winter Solstice. This is a top local attraction and for those visiting Ireland, this monument is a must see! (www.newgrange.com)

Slane Castle:

Home of the famous concert and the famous whiskey, visitors to Slane castle will be astounded by the scenery surrounding the castle as well as the beauty of the castle itself. Tours are available. (www.slanecastle.ie)

Trim Castle:

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. Its construction begain c. 1176 and took thirty years to complete. In 2000 it was opened to the public but access for those with disabilities is very restricted. Scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Braveheart’ were filmed here. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_Castle)

Book of Kells:

The Book of Kells was hand-written c. 800 A.D. in St Colmcilles Monastery on Iona, off the coast of Scotland. After a Viking raid in 806 A.D. the monks fled to Ireland and too refuge in a monastery in Kells in Meath. The books celebrates the four gospels. It is thought that the book was completed at the monastery in Kells. The book is held in Trinity College Dublin and attracts over half a million tourists per year. (www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells)

Heritage town of Kells:

Kells is considered to be one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. As you stroll through the street, visitors will notice the unique layout of the town, which is circular in shape as if in homage to its past. The High Crosses, Round Tower, St. Colmcilles House and St Colmcilles Well are all worth stopping to appreciate. (www.meath.ie/Tourism/MeathsTownandVillages/Kells)

Spire of Lloyd:

Known as Irelands only inland lighthouse, the Spire of Lloyd, located just outside the town of Kells, was erected in 1971 by the first Earl of Bective. It is thought that he constructed the tower in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor, but it also created great local employment. On a clear day it is possible to see as many as eight counties from the top of the tower. The tower is open most weekends, these dates are posted on their facebook page. (www.facebook.com/kellsonline)

Hill of Tara:

In the heart on the royal county, the Hill of Tara is truly one of Irelands treasures. It was the seat of the High King of Ireland and an ancient site associated with Kingship rituals. Some monuments on the site include the Mound of the Hostages and the Liath Fáil. (www.hilloftara.org)

Loughcrew Cairns (Passage Tombs):

The Cairns at Loughcrew located between Oldcastle and Kells were contructed c. 3200 B.C. with the purpose of measuring time. There are over 30 mounds in total, mostly on the 2 main hills. ‘Cairn T’ is aligned with the spring and autumnal equinox. (www.megalithicireland.com/loughcrew.htm)

Kieran Well:

Located approximately 5km from Kells town, with both a pagan and a Christian presence at this site, it is believed that the waters of the well have specific healing powers. A rock feature known as “The Chair” is said to heal ailments of the back. The water flowing through the well is thought to cure foot problems, stomach disorders, toothache and warts. (http://www.megalithicireland.com/St Ciaran’s Well, Castlekeeran.html)

Nightlife:

Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants

There are a host of pubs, clubs and restaurants in Navan that are second to none when it comes to live music, entertainment and delicious food. Visitors to the town are guaranteed a great night out. Some of the venues in the town regularly have celebrity guests, please see the links below for what is coming up in the area.

The Palace Navan

www.liveatbeggys.com

www.thecentral.ie

www.theroundobar.com

www.ryansbarnavan.ie

www.zucchinisnavan.ie

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