Magdalene Tower is a landmark located at the highest point of the northern part of Drogheda, County Louth, in Ireland. All that now remains of the once important Dominican Friary is the belfry tower. Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded the monastery in about 1224.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Magdalene Tower by using our Drogheda tour planner.
The tower itself is of 14th-century construction. It springs from a fine Gothic Arch, above which there are two further storeys connected by a spiral staircase.. The importance of this friary is signified by the fact that it was here that O'Donnell, O'Hanlon, McMahon, O'Neill and the other Ulster chiefs acknowledged their submission to Richard II of England, at the end of 14th-century. The English novelist William Makepeace Thackery, who visited the Magdalene tower in 1842, described a manuscript at the British Museum 'which shows these yellow mantled warriors riding down to the King, splendid in his forked beard, peaked shoes, and long dangling scalloped sleeves down to the ground. They flung their skenes or daggers at his feet, and knelt to him and were wonder-stricken by the richness of his tents and the garments of his knights and ladies'. In 1412 its Abbot, Father Bennett, was the peacemaker in the conflict between the people on either side of the River Boyne leading to the uniting of Drogheda. In 1467 Thomas Earl of Desmond also conventionally called "Thomas of Drogheda" was beheaded on the 'north commons of Drogheda' for treason against the King. He had passed an Act setting up a university at Drogheda, but the project died along with him.
Magdalene Tower reviews
I live in Drogheda and everyday I pass Magdalene Tower and it's structure never ceases to amaze me. The different lighting shows it up beautifully. If in Drogheda it is worth seeing more »
Magnificent in the heart of Drogheda town. Locals look in in awe because this tower has withstood the taste of time more »
Beautiful tower. Bonus feature: friendly ginger cat! Most likely to take in this attraction as part of the Drogheda town trail. You cannot gain access to the interior of the tower. Maximum time spent there is around 10 minutes to take a photo or two. It's in the middle of a residential area and is not a visitor centre but there is some information about the monument nearby.
It's good, we took a picture infront of it.
Build a tripTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Hidden gems in Drogheda
Side trips from Drogheda
Popular things to do in Drogheda
Nearby attractions in Drogheda
Museums in Drogheda
Historic Sites in Drogheda
Trips to Magdalene Tower by other users
43 days in Dublin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES War Memorial Gardens Kilmainham Gaol Museum Guinness Storehouse 16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Dublin Galway Enniskillen 43 days in County Louth BY A USER FROM IRELAND Dundalk 7 days in County Louth BY A USER FROM SPAIN Dundalk 18 days in Ireland & Bushmills BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Bettystown Doolin Dublin 13 days in Dublin BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND Russborough House Kilmainham Gaol Museum Áras an Uachtaráin