We look forward to welcoming you to the Irish Maritime Festival 2018. To help you plan your visit, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

Please Note “In the interest of public safety searches will be carried out”

Q. When does the Irish Maritime Festival take place?

A. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018.


Q. What are the Festival Opening Hours?

A.   11.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Ships open daily from 12.30 – 4.30 pm


Q. What time do the ships arrive?

A.  The Parade of Sail will begin at 12.00 noon on Friday 15th June at the mouth of the river Boyne.  The Maiden Tower at Mornington is a popular spot for people wanting to catch an early glimpse of the vessels as they arrive, but ships will be visible at various points along the Boyne.

Follow The Irish Maritime Festival FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates and for images.


Q. What are the ticket prices?

A.    Children under 12     Free (must be accompanied by an adult)

12 – 18 year olds      €3.00

Adults                         €8.00

Concessions*            €5.00

Concessions apply to students (with a valid student card), senior citizens (aged 60+), people with a disability and their carer.

(Includes 23% vat)


Q. Where does the Irish Maritime Festival take place?

A. The Festival takes place at the Port in the heritage town of Drogheda. Every year, this busy commercial port transforms into a family friendly festival site. The mythical River Boyne and magnificent viaduct are the backdrop for all the fun that the Festival has to offer.

Click here to see a location map for the Port.


Q. Is there a Festival Site Map?

A. Download the 2018 Festival Site Map.


Q. What about the train?

A. Irish Rail runs a superb weekend service to and from Drogheda.  Watch out for special Irish Maritime Festival fares on www.IrishRail.ie/IrishMaritimeFestival


Q. Where can I park?

A. There are a variety of car parks to choose from.

Free car parking is available on the Donore Road at the Bus Station, Trinity Street and on other approach roads. These are all about 10-15 minutes walk from the Festival site.

Pay parking is available at Scotch Hall, Laurence Town Centre and Drogheda Town Centre Shopping Centres. It is also available in Fitzwilliam Car Park and The Haymarket Car Park in Dyer Street.

There is also ample on street pay parking (by the hour) along the streets of Drogheda.

Designated spaces for wheelchair users are available adjacent to the gates of Drogheda Port. To access these spaces, drive to the crash barriers on the approach road and ask the staff member / Garda on duty to allow you to access one of the wheelchair spaces.

Drogheda Public and Private Car Parks Map

Parking – Map


Q. I’d like to exhibit or trade at the Irish Maritime Festival?

A. To find out more about exhibiting at the Festival contact maritime@louthcoco.ie.


Q. Are there opportunities to become a sponsor?

A. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. We would be delighted to talk to you about tailoring a package to suit your business needs. Call us today on 042 9392981.


Q. I have an idea for the Irish Maritime Festival – who do I talk to?

A. We are always glad to hear your suggestions for activities that might enhance the Festival. Click here for a copy of our contact form to submit your idea. We look forward to hearing from you!


Q. What will we experience at the Irish Maritime Festival?

A. Fun! Fun! Fun! Check out our highlights video from previous years for a taste of what to expect…but don’t forget that this years festival will be bigger and better than ever before!


Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. Sorry no dogs allowed, unless they are trained service dogs.


“The Irish Maritime Festival 2018 endeavour to give disability assistance and be as accessible as possible”.