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Louise D
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Family
Booked the castle tour and dinner in the courtyard. Tour guide was good craic and had great knowledge of the history. We did think the tour was overpriced considering 20 mins was watching a video and the remaining 20 mins was only of 3 other rooms. Price also includes the concert walk but we were told it was closed when our tour was over so go beforehand if you book the last tour as there was no warning on the website about this when we booked unfortunately. Dinner was lovely, staff very friendly - again we found it a bit expensive but a unique experience and good food & atmosphere. We found drinks at dinner very overpriced considering cocktails in the Stalls bar in the distillery were 7/8 euro but were 12 euro in the courtyard - so get them in beforehand! Overall the staff are brilliant, it was a fun experience and something different but it is pricey.
Written August 28, 2021
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Ailise M
Drogheda, Ireland23 contributions
Family
It’s sad to see something with such potential lose it’s way. I’ve been a big fan since Roots took over the foot. It was nothing short of brutal before and now the Silver Fox sells great coffee and food. It’s not cheap but it’s good and a lovely setting so you get what you pay for.

I’ve not been able to get to the outdoor dining yet but the menu screams taste.

Why is the review average rating you are thinking aren’t you? Well today when going for another coffee and snack decided to try to walk. I was genuinely gobsmacked when we were asked for €3 each. I’m €17 down by now for the coffee and sausage rolls but maybe the walk is great so thought let’s do this….

Well lads I don’t know who’s idea it was to charge people to walk around the field, that’s it, you are walking around the field. You literally walk around as far as the eye can see. I can’t figure out what the master mind behind this was. A walk yes super I’m loving it but is a visit to a site like this not meant to be an experience?…. But you are now dicing it up into small bits and charging for it all. Times must be seriously tough but what you are missing is no one will go again. It’s actually off putting now that the management think that little of the visitors.

If you are looking for a walk there is a divine Boyne walk the other side of the river. It starts at the bridge, you’ll see a car park at the lights. And it’s free :-) happy walking
Written September 9, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
This was our 2nd stop of 5 on a 130 km tour north of Dublin. We crossed the 2003 Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge on the M 1 and drove 12 km west on N 51 to this 1785 castle built by the Cunynghams. We parked at the closed Irish Whiskey Distillery entrance for our photo noting it was open on the weekends and for those large concerts for up to 80,000 goers.
Written May 31, 2022
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deborahf780
Bath, UK8 contributions
Family
This is a magnificent castle, it is packed full of exquisite art and phenomenal architecture, especially the Ballroom! Words can't really do it any justice to be honest, this has to be seen in the flesh.

The tour was very interesting and Tina was extremely knowledgeable of the castle and its history. You could tell that she really loved it.
The group was very small and she catered her tour of the castle to both young and old, even my 3yr old and 1yr old!

This castle is steeped in musical history and Tina had many a story to tell, a must see for any music lover!

This castle is not your average huge commercial castle tour, it is welcoming and personable, you can tell that this castle is a well loved family home. We even bumped into Alex, the Earl of Mount Charles and his family out walking their soggy dogs after they took a dip in the Boyne. Such a down to earth lovely family.

I would highly recommend the castle tour and taking a walk down by the Boyne. I look forward to visiting the Slane Distillery tour, well maybe without my 1 & 3yr old!!!
Written April 16, 2022
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland2,309 contributions
Couples
The tour lasts about one hour. The first 30 mins of so are spend in the first room where you watch a introductory video (about 15 mins) and get more background from the tour guide.

You then visit 3 more rooms (dining room, sitting room and ballroom) and a hallway. There is lots of information but very little to actually see. Tickets cost €14 so this really is not great value for money.

On another note, out tour guide (Padraig) was excellent. Again just a pity you cannot see more of the castle.
Written May 15, 2022
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Breda Buckley
9 contributions
Family
This is not a festival. 60eu for a family to walk through a field with very little going on. Foolishly we decided to have a drink at the bar before leaving. After 10 mins of being ignored and watching the staff chat to their friends at another table we left. Very very dissapointed with this "festival". The venue has such potential for something great. I can't imagine anyone who paid for this left feeling satisfied.
Written October 29, 2021
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crazygame
Drogheda, Ireland17 contributions
Family
"Celtic Tiger" is well and truly back. Attended the "Púca Festival" for Halloween at Slane Castle. €65 for the family to walk a few hundred metres through some lights in the forest. Light show projected onto the castle was very impressive but for €65 (including a booking fee on top of the charge) I'd expect a some interactive activities, story telling or some value for money. Call me old fashioned! The "walk" leads you back to the courtyard where you have the opportunity if you want to be stripped of some more money for overpriced and very average food and drink fare. Avoid!
Written October 24, 2021
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Julie A
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Family
Food truck at Slane Castle was literally the worst and most overpriced food I've ever purchased. The person on the truck described the sandwiches as pulled pork when in fact they were room temperature thick fatty slices of porcetta on stale foccacia. The sausage rolls were also room temperature. €60 worth of food that went straight in the bin and we had to stop at inside out in the village instead. How the health inspector hasn't closed them down for serving luke warm pork I don't understand.
Written September 6, 2021
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Emma C
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I brought my parents here for a Jazz and Lunch special in The Gandon, the whole experience was superb. We went to the brewery first for an Irish Coffee and sat by the range, the interior is beautiful. Kept original features from the original farm but still modern and cozy. I treated myself to a quirky, rose gold measure from the gift shop.
We then went for a stroll and enjoyed the grounds. When we arrived for lunch the staff were so welcoming and friendly. The interior is beautiful and very comfortable. The food was divine, we all sampled each other’s and loved everything, the music was obviously jazz, which set a lovely atmosphere in the dinning room. At the end we were surprised with a singing waiter, the whole room was United in soon waving our white napkins overhead while belting out “That’s Amore”. My parents were so delighted with the experience and are still talking about it. Can’t wait to do it again,
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you Emma for your kind words
Written January 6, 2020
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James M
Athy, Ireland25 contributions
Our tour guide William was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Slane Castle and its residents. He made the tour fascinating for all age groups. The tour took us through various rooms and through the many facets of the castle as rock venue and restoration project. The Slane distillery is also onsite but was unfortunately closed due to COVID 19 restrictions but that gives us another excuse to visit again. Do bring a mask, you will be politely asked to wear one.
Written July 19, 2020
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