County Meath

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About County Meath

The former seat of the High Kings of Ireland, County Meath lies in the heart of the Boyne Valley, and is one of the most sacred and mythical areas in Ireland. Famed for its heritage and horse racing, the region is also great for outdoorsy explorers looking to hike, fish and cycle, as well as foodies eager to taste its many seasonal delights. Just north of Dublin, County Meath is one of Ireland’s most easily accessible counties, and offers visitors a wide range of accommodation options — from little B&Bs tucked in its many towns to gorgeous country house hotels surrounded by woodland. Our pick of the best places to stay in County Meath promise wonderful food and a warm Irish welcome in striking houses-turned-hotels, perfect for a romantic escape or fun-filled family holiday.

If it’s historic sites you’re after, the magical Brú na Bóinne is the place to begin. One of only three UNESCO Heritage Sites in Ireland, the undulating burial mound includes Neolithic passage tombs and the largest collection of megalithic art in Western Europe, dating back more than 5,000 years. Time your trip for the Winter Solstice to see Newgrange at its most marvellous. There are ruined castles and impressive manor houses to see, too. Head to twelfth-century Trim Castle, admire Loughcrew Estate & Gardens, and discover the legends of the Loughcrew Cairns. Don’t miss the excellent programme of events at Slane Castle — or the chance to savour a tipple of Slane Irish Whiskey on the distillery tour! Steeped in mystery, the beautiful Boyne Valley is ideal for travellers keen to contemplate the many wonders of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Cycle along the Boyne Greenway, try fishing in the abundant waters of the Rivers Blackwater, Boyne and Deel, or enjoy a round or two of golf at one of County Meath’s world-class courses. Hikers and ramblers will find picturesque paths criss-crossing the region — including around the Hill of Ward, where the ancient Celtic festival which inspired modern-day Hallowe’en reputedly originated, or the Hill of Tara, site of the coronations of the High Kings.

There’s horse racing aplenty, too, at Fairyhouse (home of the Irish Grand National), Bellewstown and Navan Racecourse, as well as ample opportunites to discover County Meath on horseback. For something a little different, nab a spot on the sand at Laytown Strand for the annual Laytown Races, which have drawn crowds since the 1860s. You’ll find a lively festival atmosphere and a fun, friendly feel.

County Meath’s towns — Navan, Kells, Trim and others — boast fantastic family-owned pubs, heritage buildings and exciting live music events, as well as a thriving craft community. Check out the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan for workshops and performances, and make the most of the chance to duck into the studios of the Boyne Valley Craftworkers. Whether you’re tempted by the region’s rich heritage, golf or gardens, our selection of the best places to stay in County Meath promises somewhere wonderful to relax and unwind in style.

The Best Places to Stay in County Meath

For Families

  • Headfort Arms Hotel is a wonderful base for couples, groups or families in historic Kells. Generously-proportioned family rooms allow plenty of space for kids and grown-ups, and the location is brilliant for exploring both Kells and County Meath's many attractions. The hotel's eateries are laid-back and offer a wide range of locally-sourced dishes. Pick this place for the friendly, convivial feel of a family-run hotel and the chance to unwind at the onsite Kelltic Bar, a traditional Irish pub. Great for family adventures!

For a rural escape

  • Bellinter House is a chic country retreat, with 35 individually-designed rooms featuring antique or handmade furnishings, hardwood floors, exposed beams and a warm palette of deep blues. Sink into big beds, enjoy a signature seaweed bath at the Bathhouse Spa, and savour excellent seasonal fare at the trendy, 2AA Rosette Eden Restaurant. A sophisticated rural idyll in a Palladian gem, perfect for hip couples. Also a gorgeous wedding venue!
  • Tankardstown House is a beautiful Georgian manor house with spacious suites and dog-friendly coutryard cottages. The vibe in the main house is one of old-school opulence, whilst the cottages are bright and more contemporary. The atmospheric Brabazon Restaurant boasts 2AA Rosettes, and promises delicious dinners and there's a delightful afternoon tea to tuck into at the cosy Cellar Restaurant. A relaxed, charming choice for couples or families, with 80 acres of woodland to discover.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • There are regular international and domestic flights to Dublin International Airport. Alternatively, take a ferry from Liverpool or Holyhead to Dublin. You can then hop aboard a bus, train or taxi for the short trip north to your destination in County Meath.
  • County Meath's many highlights are most easily reached by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between May and September for warmer weather, averaging at around 17°C. The summer is the most popular time to visit, so book your stay well in advance to avoid missing out!

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Best Hotels in County Meath

  • Headfort Arms Hotel Co. Meath, County Meath 45 rooms from £58

    Foodies  -  Rated in 'Tom Doorley’s Top 100 Places To Eat in Ireland' the restaurant serves traditional dishes with a contemporary flare
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Boinne and take in some traditional Irish culture too
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the picturesque Loughcrew Gardens
    Fishing  -  Fish for brown trout on the Kells Blackwater
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    A smart hotel and restaurant set in the historic town of Kells. Light rooms have a traditional homely feel with sink-into-beds, chintz fabrics and crisp white linen. The highly acclaimed restaurant has put a contemporary spin on regional favourites and the bar has that classic Irish pub feel. See More

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  • Bellinter House Navan, County Meath 35 rooms from £104

    Fishing  -  Private fishing rights on 3 miles of the River Boyne plus a ghillie to assist!
    Spa breaks  -  A number of well-being and spa packages are offered by the Hotel
    Spa  -  Wide range of rejuvenating treatments on offer at the Bathhouse Spa
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the Hill of Tara, Ireland's ancient capital.
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    An architectural gem of a Palladian mansion turned country house hotel. Situated in beautiful countryside overlooking the River Boyne. 35 individually designed stylish rooms with luxury accessories. The restaurant is an offshoot of the award winning Eden in Temple Bar. Sophisticated country retreat. See More

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  • Tankardstown House Slane, County Meath 6 rooms from £180

    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Slane Castle.
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    Brimming with period charm, Tankardstown House is a gorgeous Georgian property in Meath. Set amidst 80 acres of beautiful woodland, the house boasts delightful rooms, an excellent restaurant and landscaped gardens. A sumptuous countryside getaway. See More

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