Mainistir Bhuithe

Mainistir Bhuithe, Drogheda

Mainistir Bhuithe
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Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Cemeteries • Religious Sites • Monuments & Statues
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David B
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Historic Monastery/Classic Celtic Crosses
May 2019
Not a huge site in an active local cemetery, and out of the way near Drogheda, this site represents one of the oldest monastic sites in Ireland and includes the remnants of a classic round tower. Several impressive examples of Celtic crosses on the grounds.
Written June 5, 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,056 contributions
Beautiful High Crosses
Mar 2019 • Friends
Absolutely love the monastic site at Monasterboice. Muirdeachs High Cross is magnificent. It features in most Irish school History books and with good reason as it utterly majestic. Very well preserved too considering it's age. The North and West Crosses are also beautiful as is the round tower that dominates the site. The grveyatds and church ruins are so peaceful and serene.
There's a small hut on the way in that was closed on our visit as it's out of season but I'd imagine it may sell souvenirs or even guided tours in summer? There's a decent sized free car park across the road opposite the entrance path and toilet facilities are available.
It's well signposted but it's a bit off the beaten track down tiny back roads. Trust the signs and you'll see the round tower looming as you approach.
Written March 10, 2019
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Time2judge
Drogheda, Ireland146 contributions
Lovely place
Jan 2019 • Couples
Although this place was invaded by the Vikings around 900ad. It does not seem to have been plundered. There is an old grave yard that is used to this day. The high crosses are very impressive, however they are very hard to read. As you enter the small cemetery. You will see the first of these impressive crosses. Not to worry if you cannot read or make out what is on the cross, there is a small bush to the right and at the bottom of it all is explained. The round tower where the monks took refuge during attacks is amazing and preserved very well. You cannot enter but try and imagine what it would be like to live in one for days or weeks. There is car parking, the road to the site is norrow, no speeding. After your visit a meal in the Monasterboice Inn is a perfect way to end the afternoon, book this place at the weekend to avoid disappointment.
Written January 26, 2019
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Lea F
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Home of the Finest High Cross in Ireland
Jul 2018 • Family
The monastic ruins of Monasterboice are interesting, particularly the well-preserved round tower, but the highlight of the visit is definitely the high crosses. The North and West High Crosses are impressive but have suffered a bit of wear from the weather. Muiredach's High Cross (also known as the South Cross), however, is in amazing condition and features biblical carvings from both the Old and New Testaments. It is an incredible example of early medieval stonework and is definitely worth a visit while it sits in it's current environment. As happens with many historical sites, there has been talk that changes, from installing railings to relocating indoors, may be necessary in order to preserve the high cross.
There's plenty of free parking at the site, free entry to the ruins, and, more importantly, there are clean toilets available for the public. It's also an easy and short stroll from the parking area to the ruins.
Written August 22, 2018
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md1mm
Sheffield, UK1,400 contributions
Wonderful Celtic crosses
Jul 2018 • Couples
At first this looks like a cemetery with an old tower. You know you are in for something special when you see the size of the car park, see that they have good toilet facilities and see the number of visitors. The cemetery covers the last 150 years but the real attraction here are some wonderful huge decorated Celtic crosses. Definitely worth visiting if you are interested in the history of Ireland.
Written July 15, 2018
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,161 contributions
Wonderful Celtic crosses
Sep 2017 • Couples
In Monasterboice you can find the ruins of one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland. It was built in the 6th century and was in use until the 12th century. The most interesting are the round tower - which is in a very good shape, however it is impossible to go inside -, and two high crosses. The Muiredach cross is well preserved, the Biblical stories depicted are clearly understandable. The other cross, called the Tall Cross, is higher, albeit in a worse shape. Definitely worth a stop.
Written October 16, 2017
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JE01
Silver Spring, MD439 contributions
Beautiful crosses!
May 2017 • Couples
Our tour guide took us here for about 30 minutes and we really looked it. The old Celtic crosses are magnificent. This place is off the beaten path a bit but we felt it was worthwhile.
Written May 29, 2017
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Butmomwhy
Saint Louis, MO287 contributions
Stunning Ruins
Apr 2017 • Family
So glad our local friend took us here- just a bit north of New Grange. Ruins of an abbey and beautiful tall crosses.
Written April 25, 2017
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CRRG_Dublin
Dublin, Ireland120 contributions
Group visit by CRRG Dublin motorcycle touring group
Feb 2016 • Friends
Monasterboice was far more interesting than Melifont Abbey, in my opinion. The High Cross is magnificent and the round tower is in near perfect condition. Hard enough place to find but well worth the search and the visit. There is a car park across the road from the graveyard.
Written November 24, 2016
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Robiners
Toronto, Canada39 contributions
An excellent whistle stop on a tour of the area
Aug 2016 • Family
We were staying a short walk away from here. There is a ruin of an Abbey, tour and two amazing crosses. There is also signage that helps interpret the meaning of the carvings on the crosses. It was well worth our walk. For those by car, there is a car park as well.
Written August 24, 2016
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