Top Choice Castle in Birr

Birr Castle

It's easy to spend half a day exploring the attractions and gardens of Birr Castle Demesne. The castle dates from 1620 and is a private home, but during May to August visitors can visit the main living quarters on t…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in County Offaly

Clara Bog Nature Reserve

It's the quiet that sounds the loudest at this magical preserved landscape: water courses, birds chirp, insects buzz and more. A 1km-loop boardwalk leads from a parking area 4km south of Clara. Look for tiny wildflo…
Museum in Clonmacnoise

Visitor Centre

Three connected conical huts, echoing the design of early monastic dwellings, house the visitors centre museum. A 20-minute audiovisual show provides an excellent introduction to the historic Clonmacnoise site.The e…
Castle in Tullamore

Charleville Castle

Spires, turrets, clinging ivy and creaking trees combine to give this hulking structure a haunted feel (and, yes, it is reputedly haunted). Charleville Castle was the family seat of the Burys, who commissioned the d…
Castle in Birr

Leap Castle

Leap Castle is reputedly one of the most haunted castles in Europe. Originally an O'Carroll family residence, the castle was the scene of many dreadful deeds and is famous for its eerie apparitions – its most renown…
Museum in Tullamore

Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre

Located in a 19th-century canal-side warehouse, this marketing extravaganza mixes intriguing local history with brand propaganda. Engaging exhibits show the role of the Grand Canal in the town's development. At the …
Nature Reserve in County Offaly

Lough Boora Parklands

Lough Boora is the focus of a scheme for bog restoration. Located 5km west of Blue Ball, there are more than 50km of trails across the area with excellent birdwatching, rare flora, a mesolithic site and a series of …
Castle in Banagher

Clonony Castle

This 16th-century castle is enclosed by an overgrown castellated wall. Tales that Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was born here are unlikely to be true, but her cousins Elizabeth and Mary Boleyn are buried be…
Historic Site in Clonmacnoise


Gloriously placed overlooking the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland’s most important ancient monastic cities. The site is enclosed in a walled field and contains numerous early churches, high crosses, ro…
Christian Site in County Offaly

Durrow High Cross

This splendid 10th-century high cross has complex, high-relief carvings depicting the sacrifice of Isaac, the Last Judgement and the Crucifixion. It is housed in the 19th-century church for protection.