Swords, Ireland

Swords Heritage Trail

Swords Heritage Trail

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11 tour stops



Welcome to the Abarta Audioguide to Swords.

4 min

St. Colmcille's Well

This was the well said to have been blessed by St. Colmcille in the sixth century.

13 min

St. Columba’s Church and Round Tower

St. Colmcille is said to have founded a monastery here in the sixth century.

20 min

The Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage on Church Lane is thought to originally date to around 1675.

2 min

Bridge Street

Hear the story of Peter Wilson (remembered here) who lost his life in 1916.

6 min

Swords Castle

Hear the story of Swords Castle, which was in fact a Bishop's Palace.

12 min

County Hall and Swords House

County Hall was completed in 2000. It was built on the site of Swords House.

5 min

St. Colmcille’s Roman Catholic Church

St. Colmcille’s Church was constructed in a neo - classical style in 1827.

4 min

The Main Street

The Main Street and the story of the 1913 Lockout in Swords.

20 min

The Old Boro National School

The Old Boro National School was founded in 1809 and was used as a school until 2000

15 min


Conclusion of the heritage trail through Swords

2 min


Swords is positioned within the fertile lands of Fingal in North County Dublin. The name Fingal is derived from Fine Gall meaning the Territory of the Foreigners, in reference to the Vikings who settled here. The region is steeped in archaeology, history and heritage, and as the major town in the region, Swords has a fascinating story to tell. This guide was produced in conjunction with Fingal County Council and with the kind assistance of heritage officer Gerry Clabby and historian Bernadette Marks. It will lead you through Swords, where, amongst all the modern buildings of the growing town, you can still discover echoes of the past.

Itinerary 1.5 km / 1:06

Offline map included

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