19. Drogheda, Ireland
Why Drogheda, Ireland
It’s a different place from Dublin or Shannon and I just wanted someplace to stay one night in Ireland when Dublin was full, so I jumped on a bus and headed north. I found Drogheda, Ireland and enjoyed true Irish hospitality at the Spoon and Stars Hostel. Every time I tell an Irish person that I’ve been to Drogheda, they first laugh and exclaim “you went to Drogheda!” You should too and experience it for yourself. I know you’ll love it.
Just a bit north of Dublin in country Louth.
How To Get Here
There is train service on Irish Rail from most cities in Ireland including Dublin and Shannon. The train station is just outside of the main town area in Drogheda, so you can walk into the town or take a taxi; there may also be a local bus as well.
Drogheda does not have have its own airport, so you have to fly into the likes of Dublin which is the closet major airport and then take a bus or a train or rent a car.
The following airlines has service to Dublin, Ireland (DUB):
Aegean Airlines (A3), Aer Lingus (EI), Aeroflot (SU), Air Arabia Maroc (3O), Air Canada (AC), Air France (AF), Air Moldova (9U), Air Transat (TS), American Airlines (AA), Blue Air (0B), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), CityJet (WX), Cobalt Air (CO), Croatia Airlines (OU), Delta Air Lines (DL), Emirates (EK), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), Flybe. (BE), Hainan Airlines (HU), Iberia Express (I2), Icelandair (FI), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Loganair (LM), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Luxair (LG), Norwegian Air International (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), OE, Qatar Airways (QR), Ryanair (FR), SAS (SK), Swiss Airlines (LX), TAP Portugal (TP), Transavia France (TO), Turkish Airlines (TK), United Airlines (UA), Vueling (VY), WestJet (WS) and Wow Air (WW).
You may also use Shannon (SNN) as an alternate airport and even Cork (ORK) as there is service to the U.S. on Norwegian Air International.
The following airlines has service from Shannon, Ireland (SNN) airport:
Aer Lingus (EI), Air Canada (AC), American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Norwegian Air International (D8), Delta Air Lines (DL), Kuwait Airways (KU), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Ryanair (FR) and United Airlines (UA).
The following airlines has service to Cork, Ireland (ORK) airport:
Aer Lingus (EI), Air France (AF), Flybe. (BE), Iberia Express (I2), Norwegian Air International (D8), Ryanair (FR), Swiss Airlines (LX) and Volotea (V7).
The Bus Eireann will take you into Drogheda. This was how I got there. Very reliable and comfortable.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
Many great places to stay in Drogheda, Ireland. I stayed at a hostel when I went; its run by Rory and Hannah. It’s called Spoon and Stars. I highly recommend it. Check below for a place to stay.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
Lots of nifty little places to eat in the heart of the town, just take a walk and get something you like. There are also lots of pubs so ensure you stop and have a pint of Guinness. I highly recommend The Railway Tavern which is located near the train station, hence its name. I tell you, you won’t wan to leave :-).
==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.
What To Do
There is not much to do in Drogheda except goof off and enjoy the town. You should really see St. Laurence Gate and St. Peter’s Church though.
Drogheda is a great way to experience the culture outside of the busy Dublin. I ended up spending the entire day with my new Irish friends in a local pub. I learned a lot about the place and the people; that was a lot of fun. So I’d recommend finding a bar and just mingle with the locals. They love this sort of thing.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.