Top things to do

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 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 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 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…
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 Pub in Athlone

Sean's Bar

Dating to AD 900, Sean's stakes its claim as Ireland's oldest pub. Its log fires, uneven floors (to help flood waters run back down to the river), sawdust, rickety piano and curios collected over the years attest to…
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 as a picnic. The cafe has excellent locally sourced fare. Sunday brunch is popular, a…
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…
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…
Pub Food in Athlone

Murphy's Law

This recently opened gastropub has transformed an old boozer into a fine venue for good pub food and fine drink. Choose from a list of microbrews and enjoy them in the beer garden. There are B&B rooms upstairs (…