Local Tourist Attractions
Skerries Heritage Mills
Discover Ireland’s Heritage Mill in Skerries county Dublin. This is a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with associated mill pond, mill races, wetlands and is the perfect place to visit on a day trip or bring the family with easy to access from train, bus or car.
Located in County Louth, was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland.
Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb – Boyne Valley, Ireland
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The name Ardgillan is derived from the Irish “Ard Choill” meaning “High Wood”.
In 1185 Henry II of England granted 600 acres of land in Malahide to Richard Talbot. Malahide Castle was the home of the Talbot family until 1976 when the estate was sold to the Council.
The castle was originally a Norman Tower House until the last quarter of the 18th century when it was extended and castellated.
Newbridge Demesne Regional Park
Newbridge Demesne covers an area of 150 ha. (370 acres).
The park was probably designed by the Wexford landscape gardener Charles Fritzell about 250 years ago. The parkland is a good example of an eighteenth century landscape park with perimeter woodland belts and fine vistas across lawns and wildflower meadows. Newbridge House built by the Cobbe family in the mid 1700s is open to the public and is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It is a focal point in the park and the cobbled courtyard includes a restaurant, and a range of interesting outbuildings.
Other visitor attractions include Newbridge Traditional Farm where you can see old breeds of farm animals, as well as displays of machinery were part of Irish farming life in previous centuries. The Walled Garden has extensive orchards and a collection of old Irish apple varieties. Two 19th Century glasshouses have recently been restored and sections of the walled garden have been replanted with herbaceous borders.
Newbridge Demesne Regional Park
Swords Castle – Ward River Valley
Swords Castle is situated in the centre of the ancient town of Swords about 15 Km north of Dublin City.
It is the former residence of the Archbishop of Dublin and it is the only fortified residence of the Archbishop to survive in a reasonable state today. The buildings that make up the castle form a rough pentagon enclosing an area of approximately 0.5 Ha with a perimeter wall of 305 meters.
The castle was built over a period of 400 years starting before 1200 AD. The Castle’s being restored by Fingal County Council working with the state training organisation FAS.
Located 2 minutes off the M1 motorway and 20 minutes north of Dublin airport.
This Egyptian themed entertainment center is the newest addition to the Funtasia family business, boasting the first of its kind in Ireland , pirates cove interactive waterpark, featuring over 200 water gushing activities including the adrenalin pumping super bowl speed slide and the Boomerang.