Slane Castle is known for its beautiful grounds, its heritage and it’s world famous concerts.
Slane Castle is located near the village of Slane within the Boyne Valley, on the N2 heading north from Skryne. It stands beside the river Boyne about a
kilometre upstream from the village. The entrance is off the Slane Navan Road.
This castle has been the seat of the Conyngham family since it was built during the late 1700’s. The lands were bought in 1703 by Henry Conyngham, a brigadier-general. Slane castle overlooks the river and is only 10 Km from Newgrange and the visitor’s centre of Brú Na Boinne. It is only 11.6 Km from ‘The Battle of the Boyne’ site near Drogheda. There is an ancient well on the grounds of the Castle near the River Boyne and according to Irish mythology it was blessed by Dian Cecht, the God of healing so that the Tuatha Dé Danann could bathe in it and be cured of all ailments bar decapitation.
Later Christian reinterpretation of pagan sites dismissed this notion and it is now known as Our Lady’s well, where the Legion of Mary pilgrim every August.
The current owner is also a Henry Conyngham, who under the British peerage system is the 8th Marquess Conyngham. His eldest son is Alex and an Earl, under the same system.
Fire in Slane Castle:
A fire in the Castle in 1991 caused extensive damage, gutting completely the eastern section which faces the River Boyne. However, after complete renovations taking ten years it reopened in 2001.
Slane Castle Concerts
Since 1981 Slane Castle grounds has been a very popular Rock and Pop Festival venue. With people coming from many countries around Europe and beyond to see their Rock idols; such as Madonna, Rolling Stones, Meatloaf, Prince, U2, Bruce Springsteen and many others. There is also now a Distillery producing blended Irish whiskey, on the grounds and this is also open to visitors for a fee. Part of the Castle itself is now open as a wedding venue. There is also a very comfortable restaurant and bar.
Here you can see photos of some the famous Festivals and newspaper clippings related to the fire of 1981. Throughout the year the various Castle enterprises are open to visitors. There is ample free parking and the nearby countryside is of great natural and scenic beauty (even from a car).