Drogheda Museum Millmount
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Millmount, Drogheda, Louth,
Drogheda Museum Millmount in County Louth has been described as one of the finest town museums in Ireland. With a wealth of historical treasures, it’s located in the great fort that towers over the town of Drogheda—the gateway to the Boyne Valley.
Drogheda Museum Millmount is one of County Louth’s most significant heritage sites. Situated on a great mound, clearly visible from all parts of the town, the museum is housed within a large fort that played a crucial part in Drogheda's history.
As the oldest surviving centre of settlement in the town, the area has a dramatic history and many stories to tell. The whole fort is now the Millmount Cultural Quarter, and features craft shops, art galleries, a café and an artisan food centre.
The fort has been a dominant feature in Drogheda since its time as a Norman settlement, to Cromwell's invasion and the more recent civil war in 1922. The latter event saw the famous Martello Tower on the site shelled and all but destroyed.
Drogheda Museum Millmount houses a wide variety of artefacts of local and national importance. Chief amongst the attractions are the unique collection of Guild and Trade Banners—a collection recognised by Ireland's National Museum as being of special significance as it includes the only remaining guild banners in Ireland. Popular exhibits include an authentic 18th century Irish folk kitchen, dairy and laundry, and the Irish History Room which details the major events in Ireland's history.
The whole fort has been designated as Drogheda's Cultural Quarter, hosting a wealth of craft and design workshops at which visitors can explore specialised designs. There are stunning views of the Boyne Valley from on top of the fort, making the Drogheda Museum Millmount a premier tourist destination in Ireland.