Top Choice Historic Site in North of Mullingar

Fore Valley

Near the shores of Lough Lene, the emerald-green Fore Valley is a superb place to explore by bicycle or on foot. In AD 630 St Fechin founded a monastery just outside the village of Fore. There's nothing left of this…
Top Choice Historic Building in Mullingar

Belvedere House & Gardens

Don't miss magnificent Belvedere House, 5.5km south of Mullingar. This immense 18th-century hunting lodge is set in 65 hectares of gardens overlooking Lough Ennell. Designed by Richard Cassels, it contains delicate …
Top Choice Castle in Athlone

Athlone Castle

Inside this low, hulking 13th-century castle by the River Shannon there are engaging and modern displays that bring to life the tumultuous history of the town and detail life here through the ages. The highlight is …
Top Choice Gardens in North of Mullingar

Tullynally Castle Gardens

The imposing Gothic-revival Tullynally Castle is the seat of the Pakenham family and, although closed to visitors, its 12 hectares of gardens and parkland are a lovely place to roam. Ornamental lakes, a Chinese and …
Ruins in Lough Ree


An easy half-day trip from Athlone, the deserted 13th-century village of Rindoon makes for a fantastic expedition. It's a short walk from the car park to the beginning of two trails: one short and one a bit longer. …
Historic Site in Athlone


Almost midway between Athlone and Mullingar on the R390 is Uisneach, the 'centre' of Ireland. Well, not really – that's a few kilometres to the west. But it is a site with great ancient significance. Ancient constru…
Church in Athlone

Church of St Peter & St Paul

This colossal neoclassical church, standing opposite Athlone Castle, is quite an astonishing sight. The cathedral dates only from 1937 and contains stained-glass images of St Peter and St Paul on either side of you …
Cathedral in Mullingar

Cathedral of Christ the King

Mullingar's most obvious landmark is this colossal twin-towered church, commenced in 1933 and consecrated on the eve of WWII. The cathedral's most notable interior features are large mosaics of St Anne and St Patric…
Park in Athlone

Dún na Sí Heritage Park

This folk park has a re-created ring fort, portal dolmen, lime kiln, mass rock, farmhouse and forge. It also has a traditional session with music, song, dance and storytelling at 8pm on Sundays in summer. The surrou…
Gallery in Athlone

Luan Gallery

On the river opposite the castle, this excellent contemporary art gallery has regular exhibitions of top artists.