The stately 18th-century Slane Castle overlooks a natural amphitheater. In 1981 the castle's owner, Anglo-Irish Lord Henry Mount Charles, staged the first of what have been some of Ireland's largest outdoor rock concerts; REM's show holds the record for attendance, with 70,000, while other stars that have appeared here have included Madonna, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. A tour of the Gothic-style castle includes the main hall, with its delicate plasterwork and beautiful stained glass, the dazzling neo-Gothic ballroom completed in 1821 for the visit of King George IV. The stunning parklands were laid out by Capability Brown, the famous 18th-century landscape gardener. Slane Castle now produces its own whiskey and has fun tasting tours.
Slane Castle, Slane, Co. Meath, Co. Meath, Ireland