Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
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The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is a historical attraction located on the site of a battle between King William III and his father-in-law King James II in 1690. Explore the colourful tale of the Battle of the Boyne in Oldbridge, County Meath.
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the recently restored 18th century Oldbridge House in Meath, the site of a famous historic battle in the 17th century.
Visitors to the centre will discover the story of this infamous historic battle between two kings that occurred on 1 July 1690 (or 11 July, according to our modern calendar). At this battle site on the banks of the River Boyne, two rival monarchs, King James II and his son-in-law William III, clashed violently with fearful consequences.
Both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 troops and James had 25,000, the largest number of soldiers ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland, making it a significant chapter in Irish history.
Today the modern visitor centre is located in the restored Oldbridge House. The nearby Townley Hall Woods Trail takes visitors through King William's Glen where the Williamite troops were ultimately victorious at the Battle of the Boyne. Optional self-guided walks are available through the core battle site and Oldbridge Estate.