Millmount Fort is one of the most dominant features of Drogheda, Ireland. The fort is located atop a large mound, and is clearly visible from most parts of the town and the surrounding areas.
One of many legends regarding the origins of the mound says that it is the burial place of Amhairghin (pronounced “Avarghin” – in English referred to as “Amergin”), the mythical Celtic inventor of poetry. However, it has also been suggested that the mound may have been a large passage grave, similar to Newgrange.
The fort was fortified by the Normans in the 12th century, and a castle was later built on its summit. The fort offered Cromwell the strongest resistance he encountered during the siege of 1649. About 1808, the old fortifications were demolished and the present tower and defensive perimeter were erected.
Today, Millmount Fort is a popular tourist destination, offering stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can also learn about the fort’s rich history and see the remains of the castle that once stood on its summit.
The Millmount fort was considerably damaged when it was shelled from the town by Free State forces during the civil war in 1922. However, it was finally restored by Drogheda Corporation and has been open to the public since June 2000.
On December 13th 2008, two replica 8lb cannons were fired for the first time and a new permanent Military Exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Drogheda, Clr Frank Maher.
The view of modern Drogheda is also superb, if slightly more crowded than it was when Millmount was first fortified. The development of the town in its various stages may be clearly traced, from the 14th Century Magdalene Tower, to the 20th Century Lourdes Hospital.
Millmount Museum is a local museum in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. The museum is housed in an 18th-century fort and is noted for its collection of Guild and Trade Banners.
The Millmount Museum is located on a strategic hill overlooking the town of Drogheda. The museum offers stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside.
The Millmount Museum houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance. The museum’s collection of Guild and Trade Banners is recognised by Ireland’s National Museum as being of special significance. The collection includes the only remaining guild banners in Ireland.
Other popular exhibits at the Millmount Museum include an authentic 18th-century Irish folk kitchen, dairy, and laundry. The Irish History Room at the museum details the major events in Ireland’s history.
The Millmount Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in Irish history and culture.
The museum is open all year except for Christmas Holidays.
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Please note last tours are 60 minutes before closing.
Tower closes at 4:30pm.