Brú na Bóinne (Boyne Valley) Tour

Monasterboice: an early Christian monastery and round tower

The historic ruins of Monasterboice (Irish: Mainistir Bhuithe) are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. It was founded in the late 5th century by Saint Búithe The site houses two churches built in the 14th century or later and an earlier round tower, but it is most famous for its 10th century high crosses including St. Muiredach's High Cross is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland.

Knowth: a Megalithic Passage Tomb:

Visit a complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne. Tours leave from the award winning visitor centre which also provides a wealth of information about the entire area. Knowth is both the largest and most remarkable ancient monument in Ireland. Though Newgrange is more famous and Dowth is likely to be older, Knowth has proven to be an important and unique site with two passages, thought to be aligned according to the equinoxes. Many impressive examples of Megalithic art are found on the kerbstones, particularly approaching the entrances to the passages. The megalithic art at Knowth contains a wide variety of images, such as crescent shapes. This tour offers a rare chance to see a fascinating megalithic passage tomb, built around 3200BC making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt!

Hilden brewery:

Hilden Brewery is a family run microbrewery located in Hilden outside the City of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.  The brewhouse was once the stables of Hilden House, the former residence of the Barbour family.  The brewery is situated behind the old Barbour Threads Linen Mill, one of the last surviving working linen mills in Northern Ireland, an industry that N. Ireland is renowned for. Hilden beers are authentic, unprocessed, and free of artificial additives. Visitors to the brewery can discover the magic of brewing and learn about this ancient craft from our master brewer and perhaps share in his enthusiasm for the wonderful process which converts malt and hops into one of the finest beverages known to man, traditionally brewed beer. Afterward, they can sample the subtleties of flavour and character of Hilden’s finest beers.

Dinner is also served in the on-site restaurant (not included in field trip price). The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery where guests can choose from a menu that is both seasonal and locally sourced (http://www.taproomhilden.com/Taproom/Home.html). Menus will be available in conference packs; food should be ordered in advance due to large group numbers. If you’re sticking around after the conference, why not check out their beer festival, taking place 22nd to the 24th of August, it’s only a short train ride outside Belfast!