It’s time to take a head-first plunge into Irish history! The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is a museum entirely dedicated to one of the most important historical episodes in the country: the Battle of the Boyne of 1690!
The Visitor Centre takes you back in time to the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in Irish history. You will discover how the battlefield pitted two kings against each other: William (a Protestant supported by 36,000 men), and James (a Catholic supported by 25,000 men).
For the specialists, this battle was the one in which a record number of troops were deployed! The Protestants were thus composed of English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, and Huguenots (French), while King James’ men were mainly Irish and French (the latter being sent by King Louis XIV).
The stakes of the battle were enormous: it consisted in putting the British throne back in play, and the religion established by the king in place.
The museum will make you discover the violence of the confrontation, the military tactics in place, as well as the terrible death toll of the battle (more than 1500 soldiers). All this, thanks to life-size reconstructions, with countless actors and horses, not to mention their ancient cannons: enough to fascinate even the youngest!
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