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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 …
Top Choice Cafe in Athlone

Lowe & Co

This lovely cafe is an upstairs/downstairs place serving up cakes, sandwiches and other goodies, all made from organic produce. The upstairs room doubles as a library with a couple of comfy sofas and there's always …
Top Choice Pub in Athlone

Sean's Bar

It doesn't look like it from the front, but this pub dates from AD 900, making it Ireland's oldest pub. Its log fires, uneven floors (to help flood waters run back down to the river), sawdust, rickety piano and curi…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Athlone

Left Bank Bistro

With an airy, whitewashed interior, shelves of house-made goods, and a menu combining superior Irish ingredients with Mediterranean and Asian influences, this sophisticated deli-bistro is a winner. Lunch features bi…
Top Choice Cafe in Mullingar

Miller & Cook

Your one-stop shop for fine food and drink in Mullingar. The bakery and deli turn out beautiful goods, perfect for bagging up for a picnic. The cafe serves excellent locally sourced fare and Sunday brunch is popular…
Ruins in Lough Ree

Rindoon

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

Uisneach

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…