Top things to do

Top Choice Mine in Boyle & Around

Arigna Mining Experience

Ireland's first and last coal mine (1600s to 1990) is remembered at the Arigna Mining Experience, set in the hills above Lough Allen. The highlight is the 50-minute underground tour, which takes you 400m down to the…
Art in Boyle & Around

Boyle Arts Festival

If you’re in Bolye at the end of July, you can catch the lively and usually excellent Boyle Arts Festival, which features music, theatre, storytelling and contemporary Irish art exhibitions.
Park in Boyle & Around

Lough Key Forest Park

Sprinkled with small islands, Lough Key Forest Park has long been popular for its picturesque ruins, including a 12th-century abbey on tiny Trinity Island and a 19th-century castle on Castle Island. It's also a time…
Historic Building in Boyle & Around

King House Historic & Cultural Centre

Sinister-looking dummies tell the turbulent history of the Connaught kings, the town of Boyle and the King family, including a grim tale of tenant eviction during the Famine. Kids can try on replica Irish cloaks, br…
Historic Building in Boyle & Around

Boyle Abbey

Gracing the River Boyle is the finely preserved (and reputedly haunted) Boyle Abbey. Founded in 1161 by monks from Mellifont in County Louth, the abbey captures the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style, best s…
Historic Site in Boyle & Around

Drumanone Dolmen

This astonishing portal dolmen, one of the largest in Ireland, measures 4.5m by 3.3m and was constructed before 2000 BC. It can be tricky to find: follow Patrick St west and then the R294 out of town for 5km, until …
Market in Boyle & Around

Farmers Market

The surrounding farmlands are rich with produce and locals seem especially talented at creating amazing baked goods and prepared foods. Ponder the bounty at this weekly open-air market.
Cafe in Boyle & Around

Aunty Bee's

In the King House courtyard, this sprightly little cafe has delicious baked goods, simple lunches and fine coffee and tea.