Discovering the Boyne Valley with Teens – A visit to Slane Castle

Going to a gig in Slane Castle seems to have been a rite of passage for some people growing up in Ireland. It’s amazing to think that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Slane gig with Thin Lizzy in 1981.

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I was never lucky enough to get to Slane until now. It wasn’t an actual concert but at least it was a chance for my family and I to finally see this historical landmark castle.

After parking the car in the free car park, we strolled around the new Summer Walking Trail that is due to open fully soon. It takes you through a previously private of the 1,500 acre estate behind the castle out into the Concert field, allowing you to take in the stunning scenery of the castle grounds and River Boyne.

There was such an amazing buzz about the place with families collecting their kids from Fairy School Camp and visitors wandering around the grounds. Despite the bad weather there were lots of people visiting the Slane distillery gift shop (we may have made some purchases there ourselves!).

We got a hot drink from the lovely guys at food truck which is open on site from Wednesdays to Sundays 10am-4pm). 

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Outdoor Dining

James and I promised ourselves that we would come back and spend an evening enjoying the outdoor dining in the Courtyard. They have transformed the area into a cocktail bar and taqueria serving Mexican tacos and small plates under the giant marquee. I’d love to try one of Gillian Boyle’s award-winning cocktails too. Tickets have to be pre-booked in advance.

Alternatively, you can book tickets to the Alta Summer House for an extra special dinner. Dubliners will already know about Alta Wine Bar who have relocated to The Boat House Field near the Castle. Make the experience even more special by staying over night in Slane Castle (limited room availability) or glamping at Rock Farm. Prices start from €95 per person. Tickets must be booked in advance.

We were hoping to pop over the visit nearby Rock Farm Slane, known for it’s glamping, ecotourism, activities and organic farm, but the weather had other plans so we’ve planned a return trip where we hope to try out the popular glamping for the first time. o

Castle Tours

If you make to Slane Castle be sure to book in advance for one of their 45 minute guided historical tours around the Castle. It’s so beautiful inside, it’s a must for anyone visiting. Tickets cost €14 per adult and €8.40 per child.

To find out more about Slane Castle, head to their website

Discover Boyne Valley

To find out more about what there is to do in the area for families with teenagers, read our ’48 hours in the Boyne Valley with teenagers’ guide or head to Discover Boyne Valley for even more information and holiday inspiration.

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We visited Slane Castle as guests of Discover Boyne Valley. All photos and words are 100% honest and our own.

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