Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in County Longford

Corlea Trackway

Don't miss the magnificent Corlea Trackway, an Iron Age bog road built in 148 BC. An 18m stretch of the historic oak track – like a pavement – has been preserved in a humidified hall at the site's visitor centre. To…
Top Choice Castle in Birr

Birr Castle

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 May to August visitors can visit the main living quarters on t…
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 Site in Strokestown

Rathcroghan

Anyone with an interest in Celtic mythology will be enthralled by this area around the village of Tulsk, which contains 60 ancient national monuments including standing stones, barrows, huge cairns and monumental fo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Strokestown

Strokestown Park

At the end of Strokestown's main avenue, triple Gothic arches lead to Strokestown Park House. The original 120-sq-km estate was granted by King Charles II to Nicholas Mahon for his support in the English Civil War. …
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 Historic Building in County Laois

Emo Court

The unusual, green-domed Emo Court is an impressive house, designed in 1790 by James Gandon, architect of Dublin's Custom House. The extensive grounds with their Greek statues contain more than 1000 different trees,…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in County Offaly

Clara Bog Nature Reserve

Just 6km south of the busy M6 motorway, Clara Bog is one of the few great expanses of classic bogland in all of Western Europe to escape being stripped for fuel. Deceptively flat and seemingly lifeless, it offers a …
Top Choice Mine in Boyle & Around

Arigna Mining Experience

Ireland's first and last coal mine (1600s to 1990) is remembered at the Arigna Mining Experience, set in the hills above Lough Allen. The highlight is the 50-minute underground tour, which takes you 400m down to the…