Top things to do in Castlebar

Top Choice Cathedral in Castlebar

Ballintubber Abbey

Established in 1216 next to the site of an earlier church founded by busy St Patrick after he came down from Croagh Patrick, this is the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that remains in use. Among the…
Top Choice Museum in Castlebar

National Museum of Country Life

This extensive, engrossing and highly good-looking museum by the Castlebar River delves into Ireland's fascinating rural traditions and skills. Photogenically overlooking a lake in the lush grounds of 19th-century T…
Top Choice Historic Building in Castlebar

Moore Hall

This astonishing and atmospheric ruin is located right by Lough Carra. The imposing but subdued wreck – with its empty windows and engulfed in ivy – was built in the 1790s and burned down in 1923, during the Civil W…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Castlebar

Rua Deli & Cafe

Just off the Mall (the gorgeous green near the heart of town) and near the Courthouse, this gourmet deli and cafe champions artisan, organic produce, Carrowholly cheese, Ballina smoked salmon and luscious prepared f…
Historic Building in Castlebar

Turlough Round Tower

With its single lofty window, this robust and magnificent 9th-century tower stands on a hilltop by a ruined 18th-century church and cemetery, a short distance northeast of, and visible from, the National Museum of C…