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Autumn Equinox Festival 2016

Summer is over, the kids are all back in school and the Autumn Equinox is on us once again.

Here is a full listing of this year’s festival!

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To get a taste of the Autumn Equinox in Loughcrew below is a look back to the Spring Equinox earlier this year with John Creedon.


Loughcrew Adventure Summer Camps 2016

It’s that time of the year again. School is finishing up which means that you’re going to have to put up with a lot of “I’m bored, what can I do”. You want them to get out and play like we did when we were their age but games consoles and TV make it a constant struggle. There’s only so many times you can kick a ball up against a wall, play hide and seek, make mud pies and play on the swings. So what about sending them to a summer camp for a few days?

GAA Cul Camps and FAI Soccer Camps are often a good call to get the children out for a few days, they’re well run, they’re reasonably priced, the kids get some nice bags to bring home with them but what if your children don’t like sport? What if they’re bored of training every week? What if you want them to develop their communication skills and help them conquer their fears?

The solution to all these questions is Loughcrew Adventure Summer Camps.

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At Loughcrew we limit the numbers (about 25) in each summer camp to ensure that we can give adequate attention to everyone who attends. The advantage of this is by the end of the camp, each child will know every other child in their group. They’ll get loads of goes on each activities and they won’t have to wait around for long. The children will be led by our experienced instructors, who possess years of training in adventure activities as well as first aid training. We have a 1:10 ratio of instructors to children.

One of the major advantages of doing a Loughcrew summer camp is learning to conquer your fears. We support and challenge children to engage in activities high off the ground such as rock climbing and zip lining as well as activities surrounding water such as our crannog challenge and raft building, increasing children’s confidence in the process.

For details of activities and prices see the image below.

Summer Camp


To book call 049 854 1356 or email info@loughcrew.com


New Zipline at Loughcrew Adventure Centre!!!

We are delighted to announce that we have a brand new zipline coming soon to Loughcrew. Construction is almost complete on the higher (12m high), longer (160m long) and more scenic zipline!

If you thought the original zipline was great, be prepared to be blown away (not literally, we promise!!:P). Our new zip begins 12 metres (yes 12!) up the same tree as the Canopy Climb. The end of your journey is at another tree just beside the old zipline.

You will of course be secured with the finest of harnesses and helmets while you zip through the Loughcrew skyline. Our experienced instructors will ensure that you have a great time. Your journey on the zip will last about than 20 seconds so you’ll be able to take in all the views of Loughcrew Gardens along the way.


Midweek Afternoon Tea

Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop is the perfect place to relax midweek. Whether you are catching up with friends, having a business meeting or resting while the kids are at school, our midweek afternoon tea is perfect for you.

Afternoon Tea Loughcrew

Our afternoon tea includes delicious sandwiches, a tasty selection of deserts and tea/coffee. The price for midweek afternoon tea is just €10 per person.

While you’re at Loughcrew, why not walk around the breathtaking 17th and 19th century landscape of Loughcrew Gardens or take an adventurous walk to Lough Creebh. 

There is also a small playground located at the Coffee Shop for the children to play and explore. This playground contains a mini climbing wall to give the children a taste of what is located in the adventure centre.

Afternoon Tea Loughcrew


Lough Creebh Lake Walk

Looking for somewhere new to take your dog for a walk? Or are you just looking for a place to explore with your family? Lough Creebh (also known as Lough Craobh) is one of the hidden gems in the North Meath hinterland where you might embark on your next adventure.

Located on the grounds of the historic Loughcrew Estate, Lough Creebh is hidden within the woodlands and out of view.

Lough Creebh
Local historian Malachy Hand leads a guided tour to Lough Creebh

Recently new signs and arrows have been erected in the small forest to guide you along your walk. The woodland is also home to a network of tunnels dating back centuries. The tunnels are still visible today.

Lough Creebh
Tunnels near Lough Creebh

The walk is quite a hilly one so be sure to bring some good walking shoes. When you get to Lough Creebh and the top of the woodland walk, the views are so rewarding!

Lough Creebh
View from Lough Creebh walk
Lough Creebh
View from Lough Creebh walk

The walk begins at Loughcrew Gardens and Coffee Shop. Entry to Loughcrew Gardens is just €6 for adults, inclusive of access to the lake walk. Once you have finished your walk, enjoy a nice warm beverage and a slice of cake in  Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop.



Loughcrew Opera and Music Festival 2016

Save the dates the 23rd and 24th of June 2016 because the Loughcrew Opera and Music Festival is back again! Following the staging of the hugely impressive “Puccini Scandal” in Loughcrew House in 2015, we are delighted to announce another great lineup for 2016!

Loughcrew House will play host to two different performances this year!

On Thursday 23rd June -
“PIGALLE!  Chansons de Paris”
The Music of Edith Piaf
with the Derby Brown French Ensemble
Loughcrew Opera
Derby Brown
On Friday 24th, Saturday 25th  June -
“An Evening of Love, Lust and Intrigue”
Performed by Opera a la Carte
Loughcrew Opera
Full details and booking arrangements to follow


Tree Week 2016

This week (March 6th-13th) is Tree Week! In association with The Tree Council of Ireland, The ESB and Coilte celebrate the natural pride of Ireland.

The yew trees found in Loughcrew Gardens are said to be among the eldest known trees in the country. That’s why you should celebrate Tree Week with us  this Saturday the 12th of March in Loughcrew Gardens.

Tree Week - Yew Tree Loughcrew

Come along and climb one of the  magnificent trees  at  Loughcrew Gardens and Adventure centre or use the Tree top zip line. To have some fun on these activities come along from 11am :)

Loughcrew Adventure Course | Zip Line

Tree Week Adventure Centre
Our newest activity, the Canopy Climb!

In the Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop  there will be a workshop on the Lore and Legends of the unique collection of trees at Loughcrew gardens by Cathleen Brady Ecoendeavours. There is a lot to learn about the humble tree so come along and make a day of it at.


For more information on Tree Week see http://treecouncil.ie/meath/

Spring Equinox Festival 2016

This year the Spring Equinox Festival will be celebrated on  Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of March. It’s the “return of the light” to the Loughcrew Cairns as the sun is set to light up the historic tombs.

Dawn Ceremonies begin at 5:45 am on both days at Carnbane East. Breakfast will be available at Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop on each day.

There’s loads on for everyone over the two days. On Sunday in Loughcrew House at 9.30 am learn how to  make flower essences with Aine Maire Ni Mhurchu. Following on from this at 11.30 am learn the tools of divination with Regina Ni Dinn in the Loughcrew House showrooms.  At 2.00 pm assemble at the Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop for the Loughcrew Lake Walk – with local Tour Guide Malachy Hand. It is a looped walk for approximately 2 hours,  Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for a hill walk. For a full list of what’s on offer see the images below.


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Fingers crossed we have a clear sky on both days!

The Gates of Hell

Coming to Loughcrew this Halloween – The Gates of Hell!

Gates of Hell

New to Loughcrew Estate the company behind the very successful Haunted Hotel in Oldcastle have moved out the gardens for a bigger, spookier and scarier experience! Entry is only €15 for the full tour (age 16+ and Adults only) with reduced rates for kids tours earlier in the night. Do you dare enter?

Booking ButtonBook online now on Eventbrite or find out more on HauntedHotel.ie

There will be limited places on the night so make sure to book well in advance!

A sneak peak of the gates of hell