Monasterboice are the historic ruins of an early Christian settlement in County Lough. Founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buite. It was captured by vikings in 968 AD and expelled by the Irish High King of Tara.
The site contains an old cemetery and a round tower, but it is most known for its High Crosses. If you are in the general vicinity it is definitely worth seeing. I wouldn’t venture too far out of your way to see this attraction though.
The round tower was a watchtower and refuge for monks and valuables during the viking attack. The interior was though to have caught fire around 1097 that destroyed valuable manuscripts. It is not open to the public to explore the inside of the tower.
Here you can discover a lost world of early Irish Christianity. The historic remains can be fully explored on foot. There are level gravel covered paths around the site which does have wheelchair/stroller access and restroom facilities. Best of all admission is FREE.
Monasterboice High Crosses
The Round Tower
The North Church
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