Mellifont Abbey

Old Mellifont Abbey
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Name Old Mellifont Abbey County Louth Nearest Town Drogheda Access Road R168 About Mellifont Abbey was the first Cistercian Abbey to be founded in Ireland and the importance of it is underlined by the fact that it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland.

It was introduced into Ireland by St Malachy the archbishop of Armagh in 1142.

The abbey was consecrated in 1157 and from these humble beginnings, the Cistercian community spread out throughout Ireland founding other monasteries throughout the country.

Mellifont Abbey is located between the village of Collon and the town of Drogheda on the R168 in County Louth.

It lies in the tranquil valley of the Mattock River that rises in County Meath and joins the Boyne River, just east of Old Mellifont at Tullyallen.

The most significant remains of Mellifont Abbey is the chapter house, the Lavabo where the monks would have washed their hands before meals and as you approach Mellifont Abbey you will see the remains of the gateway.

The other parts of the Abbey are gone but small walls remain making it possible to make out how the Abbey would have looked.

In fact the layout of the old buildings is very well defined.

Guided Tours Available : On Request Max number: 35-40 - Duration: 40 mins - Leaflet/guide booklet: English - Irish - French - German - Italian - SpanishDisabled Access : Access for people with disabilities to the Visitor Centre.