Cathedral of Christ the King

The Midlands

Mullingar's most distinctive landmark is this colossal twin-towered cathedral, commenced in 1933 and consecrated on the eve of WWII. Its large mosaics of St Anne and St Patrick were designed by Russian artist Boris Anrep, whose mosaics can also be found in Westminster Cathedral in London.

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Nearby The Midlands attractions

1. Belvedere House & Gardens

3.63 MILES

Magnificent Belvedere House, 7.5km south of Mullingar, is an unmissable sight. This immense 1740-built hunting and fishing lodge is set in 65 hectares of…

2. Uisneach

9.27 MILES

Between Mullingar (16km northeast) and Althone (31km southeast) on the R390 is Uisneach, the centre of Ireland during neolithic times when sea levels were…

3. Tullynally Castle Gardens

10.83 MILES

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…

4. Fore Valley

11.76 MILES

Near the shores of Lough Lene, the emerald-green Fore Valley, 5km east of Castlepollard, is a superb place to explore by bicycle or on foot. In AD 630 St…

5. Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

12.67 MILES

Established in 1757, Kilbeggan is Ireland's oldest licensed distillery – after stopping production in 1957, it has been producing whiskey again since 2007…

6. Loughcrew Gardens

16.63 MILES

Loughcrew Gardens incorporates 2.5 hectares of lawns, terraces and herbaceous borders along with a lime avenue, yew walk, canal and 'grotesque grotto'…

7. Clara Bog Visitor Centre


Sharing space with the local library in the village of Clara, this small, modern visitor centre gives an engaging overview of the life and ecosystem of…

8. Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

17.72 MILES

Centred on a collection of thatched cottages, the Loughcrew Megalithic Centre encompasses a museum detailing the megalithic wonders hereabouts, as well as…