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

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FREE HILL OF SLANE TOURS

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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 2016 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.

Kite aerial photography; oblique photograph taken from the east showing St Patrick’s church and graveyard and the College/rectory. (photo: Asia Balcerzak/Michal Pisz)

HERITAGE WEEK 2016 on the HILL OF SLANE

There will be an action-packed week on the Hill of Slane during Heritage Week free tours at 2pm each day from 20th to 28th August inclusive. For more information about Heritage Week events in Meath and around the country, please visit heritageweek.ie.

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.

 

The dates and times of the tours on the Hill of Slane are as follows:

  • Saturday 20th – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Sunday 21stAugust – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Monday 22nd August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Tuesday 23rd August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Wednesday 24th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Thursday 25th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Friday 26th August  – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Saturday 27th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.
  • Sunday 28th August – meet in Hill of Slane car park at 2pm.

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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. The project has expanded from its humble beginnings and a phase 1 of a second season of fieldwork  has recently been completed. A report on this will appear soon. Over the coming months all progress will be documented in pictures and words on this site. 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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