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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 Pub in Banagher & Around

JJ Houghs Singing Pub

Rivalling the river as Banagher's most appealing feature, Hough's is a 250-year-old vine-clad pub renowned for its music sessions. You'll find someone playing here most nights in summer and at weekends in winter. Pe…
Top Choice Pub in Shannonbridge

JJ Killeens Village Tavern

Killeens is an old-world pub and shop that is renowned for its warm welcome and lively traditional music. There's a music session most nights in summer and at weekends during the rest of the year. Traditional pub g…
Top Choice Cafe in Birr

Brambles Cafe & Deli

A tiny outpost of big flavours, this cafe has mismatched furniture and very tasty food. The soda bread is accented with wild garlic, while the soups change with the seasons. Look for the desserts, which can include …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Birr

Spinners on Castle St

This alluring restaurant is part of a complex that spans five restored Georgian houses. The bar is the perfect place to pause with a cheeseboard or burger. The restaurant has a seasonal menu that includes steaks and…
Top Choice Pub Food in Kinnitty

Giltraps Pub

The perfect place to stop after exploring the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this lovely country pub scores across the board. Food ranges from simple sandwiches to top-notch BBQ. You can enjoy a pint outside at a picnic ta…
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…
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…
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…
Art in Birr

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

The town celebrates its rich history during this festival, with street parades, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, guided walks and a traditional fair.