Bracken Court Hotel

Bracken Court Hotel,
Bridge Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
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Heritage and Culture at Bracken Court Hotel


Ardgillan Castle and Victorian Gardens Ardgillan Castle is situated on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries and is unique among Dublin's Regional Parks for the magnificent views it enjoys. The park sonsists of 194 acres of rolling pastureland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the bay of Drogheda. Ardgillan, meaning high wooded area, is a sanctuary for many species of mammals and birds.

Every Halloween the Castle is host to Halloween Spooky Tours - these are daily tours of the castle from Saturday 25th to Friday 31st October 2014 and are €5.00 per person.   Be afraid, be very afraid as this is a very scary Spooky tour and is not suitable for the faint of heart!

Ardgillan Castle is a five minute drive from the Bracken Court Hotel.

Balbriggan Beach Balbriggan is a traditional fishing harbour, beside which is a lovely beach overlooked by a Martello Tower. The beach and surrounding area retains much of the old world charm.

Balbriggan Beach is only a 3 minute walk from the Bracken Court Hotel.

Newgrange The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth. All admission to Newgrange & Knowth is through the Visitor Centre, there is no direct access to these monuments. Visitors are brought from the Visitor Centre to the monuments by shuttle bus. Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

Brú an Bóinne Visitor Centre is located less than 30 km from the Bracken Court Hotel - only a 20-25 minute drive away.

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Monasterboice In the 5th century, St Buite founded a monastic community near Drogheda in County Louth and today, it is home to an impressive collection of ruins.   On the site, visitors can discover an old graveyard, two churches and a sundial. Another highlight is undoubtedly the well-preserved round tower, which stands at 28m high. There are also two spectacular high crosses: Muirdeach’s Cross and the West Cross, noted as being the tallest in Ireland. Like murals and church sculptures, these magnificent examples of Celtic art brought the Bible to life for those who could not read, which at that time was most people.

Monasterboice is located in County Louth, north of Drogheda, and less than 60km from the Bracken Court Hotel, which is only a 40 minute drive.

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The Hill of Slane Above Slane village is the Hill of Slane, where the first Easter fire was lit by St. Patrick in 433 to symbolise the arrival of Christianity. The act was in direct defiance of Laoghaire, the Celtic King of Ireland. The hill was also the site of a monastery and church which was raided in turn by the Vikings, the Normans, and Cromwells troops. Today the church tower gives a panoramic view of the Meath countryside. At the foot of the hill on the village side and old 18th century mill houses a Folk and Transport museum containing many vintage cars and motoring memorabilia.

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Slane Castle Overlooking the River Boyne, just a few kilometres upstream from Newgrange and the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne, Slane Castle in its existing form was constructed under the direction of William Burton Conyngham, together with his nephew The 1st Marquess Conyngham. The reconstruction dates back to 1785 and is principally the work of James Gandon, James Wyatt and Francis Johnston. Francis Johnston was also the architect responsible for the gothic gates on the Mill Hill, located to the east of the castle. Home of The Earl & Countess of Mount Charles is set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate surrounded by stunningly beautiful valleys and woodlands on the banks of the River Boyne.   Slane Castle has entertained a variety of guests from historical figures including King George IV – for whom the Ballroom was originally designed – to modern legends like U2, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC and The Rolling Stones.

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Slane is located in County Meath approximately 35km from the Bracken Court Hote, which is less than a 30 minute drive away.

Ardee "A charming village of Carlingford" Originally called Atherdee, its name is derived from the Irish Áth Fhirdia (the Ford of Ferdia), from the mythological four day battle between Cúchulainn and Ferdia, for the defence of Ulster from Queen Maeve of Connacht. Ferdia fell after four days of battle and is buried on the southern banks of the river alongside the Riverside Walk. Ardee Castle in the town (St. Leger's) is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland.

Ardee is located in County Louth, approximately 45km from the Bracken Court Hotel, which is less than a 35 minute drive.

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Hill of Tara Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ.   The Hill of Tara located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath.

Hill of Tara is located in County Meath, approximately 41km from the Bracken Court Hotel, which is less than a 45minute drive.

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