The Battle of the Boyne was fought at the river Boyne in County Meath on the east coast of Ireland on 1st July 1690, over 300 years ago. The battle was fought between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II. They were commanding their own armies, on the Williamite side were 36,000 men and the Jacobite had 25,000 strong Army. They were fighting for the British Throne, Power in Ireland and French dominance in Europe.
King William III (William of Orange) defeated King James II. The casualties where low for a battle of this size, apparently between 1,500 - 2,000 people lost their lives, most of those who lost their lives where on the Jacobite side but there were more wounded on the Williamite side. This defeat helped insure Protestant dominance in Ireland for a time. The Battle is one of the most famous battles in Irish History.
The centre is located on the River Boyne just north of Donore Village at the recently restored 18th Century Oldbridge House. The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre has free access to the battle site, parklands and gardens with some lovely picnic areas. A highlight of a visit to the Battle of the Boyne Centre is a guided tour of the Oldbridge Village and the Cavalry & Dragoon Demonstration. Children can also enjoy the loving history displays outside.