Top Choice Castle in Athlone

Athlone Castle

Inside this low and hulking castle that dates to the 13th century there are engaging and modern displays that bring to life the tumultuous history of the town. Entertaining exhibits detail life here through the ages…
Top Choice Historic Building in Mullingar & Around

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 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 thi…
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 a…
Cathedral in Mullingar & Around

Cathedral of Christ the King

Mullingar's most obvious landmark is this immense church, built just before WWII. It has large mosaics of St Anne and St Patrick by Russian artist Boris Anrep.
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 near the castle, this excellent contemporary art gallery has regular exhibitions of top artists.
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…