The Battle & Beyond
Both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 men and James had 25,000 – the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. English, Scottish, Dutch, Danes and Huguenots (French Protestants) made up William’s army (Williamites), while James’ men (Jacobites) were mainly Irish Catholics, reinforced by 6,500 French troops sent by King Louis XIV. At stake were the British throne, French Dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.
William’s camp was on the north side of the river. James’s was on the south side with the two armies facing each other. William’s battle plan was to trap the Jacobite army in a pincer movement. He sent 10,000 men towards Slane which drew the bulk of the Jacobites upstream in response. With 1,300 Jacobites posted in Drogheda, only 6,000 were left at Oldbridge to confront 26,000 Williamites. All the fighting took place on the south side of the river, as the vastly outnumbered Jacobites defended their position against the advancing Williamites. William himself crossed at Drybridge with 3,500 mounted troops.
The pincer movement failed. King James’s army retreated across the River Nanny at Duleek and regrouped west of the Shannon to carry on the war.
Things to do
Visitor Centre, Audio Visual Show, Original and Replica 17th Century Weaponry Displays, Laser Battlefield Model, Tea Pavillion, Gift Shop, Walled Garden.
Self-Guided Walks through Parkland and Battle Site.
May - September Daily 9.00 - 17.00
October - April Daily 9.00 - 16.00
Car Park and Main Gate locked two hours after above closing times.
* Please note that the Visitor Centre, Main Gates & Car Park may be closed due to weather conditions. Please contact the Visitor Centre at 041 980 9950 to avoid disappointment.
Admission Charges (2018)
Child / Student € 3.00
Adult € 5.00
Family € 13.00
Senior / Group € 4.00
Groups of 10 or more people must preOn-siteOn site Coach Parking.