The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh

Mellifont Abbey, located close to the town of Drogheda in Co. Louth is the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh.

The abbey sits on the banks of the River Mattock, approx 10 km north-west of Drogheda. Little of the original Abbey now remains, although visitors can see one of its most unusual features; an octagonal lavabo c.1200. This lavabo was used by the monks to wash their hands before eating.

The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display. Access to site by stone stairway.

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Highlights
  • First Cistercian monastery in Ireland
  • Sits on the banks of the River Mattock
  • One of the most unusual features; an octagonal lavabo c.1200
  • Interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages
Open

Open Daily May 31 to September 05

May 31 to September 05
: Daily 10:00–18:00

Last admission: 45 mins before closing

Prices

Admission Prices 2018

Adult: €5.00
Senior (aged 65+): €4.00
Student (with vaild ID): €3.00
Child: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflet/Guide book (English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish)

PICNIC: Picnic area available on site

PARKING: Public car and coach parking

ACCESSIBILITY: This site is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities

GUIDE TOURS: Guide tours available on request

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Getting There

10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road)

Map Location: 53.742656, -6.465774
Contact Old Mellifont Abbey

Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland


Eircode: A92 K682
T: +353 (0)41 982 6459
E: mellifontabbey@opw.ie
W:
www.heritageireland.ieenmidlands-eastcoastoldmellifontabbey
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