Top things to do

Top Choice Irish in Ballina

Library Restaurant

Set in the former library of the eclectically designed former manor of Belleek Castle, this restaurant is the most atmospheric and distinctive choice in town.
Top Choice Seafood in Ballina

Clarke's Seafood Delicatessen

Couldn't catch a salmon? The wizards at award-winning Clarke's will sell you their house oak-smoked salmon in myriad forms, plus all manner of other fishy creations you can whisk away for a picnic.
Castle in Ballina

Belleek Castle

Take a fascinating tour of this restored castle, built between 1825 and 1831 on the site of a medieval abbey. The castle was bought in the 1960s by fossil collector Marshall Doran, who gave it an eclectic and eccent…
Museum in Ballina

Jackie Clarke Collection

Starting when he was 12 in 1939, the late Jackie Clarke was a businessman who amassed an extraordinary collection of 100,000 items covering 400 years of Irish history. With a lovely walled garden and cafe and housed…
Cultural in Ballina

Ballina Salmon Festival

The popular five-day festivities include parades, dances, an arts show and fishing competitions.
Historic Building in Ballina

Foxford Woollen Mill

Founded in 1892, the Foxford mill was set up to ease post-Famine suffering and provide much-needed work. It remained open until 1987, during which time its woven goods achieved great acclaim. Now operated by locals,…