Mellifont Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland (founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh). The abbey’s most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo (c. 1200). The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display. Access to the site is by a stone stairway.
Guided tours available on request.
Open May 30-September 4 daily 10.00 am-6.00 pm.
Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Tel: Summer 041 982 6459; otherwise 041 988 0300
Adults €5; concessions. Free admission on the first Wednesday of every month.