Stone Pyramid

The Midlands

Look out for the unexpected 10m-high stone pyramid in the village graveyard behind St Finian's Church. In the 1830s Richard Bernard commissioned this scale replica of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt for the family crypt.

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Nearby The Midlands attractions

1. Kinnitty High Cross

1.03 MILES

The sandstone shaft of the 9th-century Kinnitty High Cross from the Augustinian Abbey now stands in the grounds of the Kinnitty Castle Hotel. Adam and Eve…

2. Slieve Bloom Mountains Nature Reserve

5.55 MILES

A 2300-hectare nature reserve with a mountain range in the middle, full of walking and biking trails. A visit to Slieve Bloom is the perfect excuse to…

3. Leap Castle


Leap Castle is reputedly one of the most haunted castles in Europe. Originally an O'Carroll family residence, the 1514-built castle was the scene of many…

4. Birr Castle

8.08 MILES

It's easy to spend half a day exploring the attractions and gardens of Birr Castle demesne. The castle dates from 1620 and is a private home, but during…

5. Lough Boora Parklands

8.73 MILES

Much of County Offaly's once-extensive boglands were stripped of peat for electricity generation during the 20th century. Now Lough Boora, 17km north of…

6. Roscrea Castle

10.33 MILES

This remarkably intact stone edifice right in the centre of Roscrea town dates to the 1280s. There are two fortified stone towers, surrounded by defensive…

7. St Paul's Church

12.35 MILES

At the far south end of Main St, 1829-built St Paul's Church contains resplendent stained-glass windows by Reverend AL Moore, which were originally…

8. Clonony Castle

12.8 MILES

Built in the 1490s, Clonony Castle is enclosed by an overgrown castellated wall. Tales that Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was born here are…