On a recent drive to Dundalk, we decided to drive out to Oldbridge, the site of the historic Battle of the Boyne.
The imposing Oldbridge House has been renovated and turned into an interpretive centre. There are some displays inside the house of 17th century weaponry, a 3 -D model of the site, which gives a great overview of the battle, famous paintings of the battle and an interesting and informative documentary on the Battle of the Boyne itself.
There is a beautiful spacious cafe overlooking the old walled garden which is in the process of being rennovated .
the highlight for me was the guided walk down to the site of Oldbridge Village and also the Cavalry & Dragoon Demonstration. As we watched the horse riders in 17th Cen uniform riding up towards Oldbridge House, it was amazing to think that we were standing on the spot where one of the greatest and most important battles in Europe had taken place over 300 years ago.
There are some very nice walks along the River Boyne and also lovely picnic areas.
There are living history events every Sunday from June-Sept.
This is really an enjoyable visit and best appreciated by anyone who likes History (Irish, European or Military). Children will really enjoy the living history displays outside. This attraction is not that long opened and certainly has a lot more potential to attract more visitors.
The tea and apple pie test: Very disappointed with their applepie. Soggy pastry. Avoid at all costs. 2 teas and 2 pies cost €12.50. Verdict: Bring your own picnic ;-)