Exploring the archaeology, landscape and history of Slane, Co. Meath



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Kite aerial photography underway on the Hill of Slane during the ArcLand International Archaeological Field School in April 2012. (Photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

The 2017 tourist season is upon us. The Hill of Slane Tour Guides group is going from strength to strength and is now offering free tours of the Hill of Slane each Saturday and Sunday at 2pm throughout the summer season. Groups can be accommodated outside of these times if you get in touch. Why not come along and take in the magnificent views across Co. Meath (weather permitting!); learn about the pre-christian origins of the site, hear of the legendary exploits of St Patrick against King Laoighre’s druids; learn about the major monastery that existed on the site complete with round tower and high crosses, find out where the first Slane Castle was located and much more. Visitors can also get information on the recent archaeological surveys and geophysics carried out by the Hill of Slane Archaeological Project.

Tours will take about an hour, maybe more depending on the level of interest! Please dress for the weather, this is an open site. Also, please wear appropriate footwear.

Contact us via out Facebook page or email hillofslanetours@yahoo.com.


This site is designed to introduce you to some of the history and archaeology of the Hill of Slane. Some archaeological survey work has recently been conducted on part of the Hill and the background and results can be viewed by clicking the links above. We hope you find the site interesting and are encouraged to visit the site.

Aerial view of the Hill of Slane from west

Aerial view of the Hill of Slane from the west


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