The Midlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Athlone Castle


    Bold and imposing, Athlone Castle stands beside the River Shannon. A raft of dazzling exhibitions are housed inside this 13th-century Norman...Read More

  • 2. Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre


    Summer visitors can join a guided tour of one of Ireland's most elegant stately homes and peer behind the scenes of a previously closed-off...Read More

  • 3. Emo Court and Gardens

    Historic Home

    History, architecture, and nature merge in a happy commingling at Emo Court, a quintessential landmark of Irish Palladian elegance and one of...Read More

  • 4. Lough Boora Discovery Park

    City Park

    This open expanse of once commercial, now exhausted, bog has been restored for a variety of leisure activities, from hiking and cycling to coarse...Read More

  • 5. Morrissey's Pub

    Historic District/Site

    Don't miss Morrissey's. A working public house since 1775, this is one of Ireland's best-loved drinking emporiums and has a dark, wood-panel...Read More

  • 6. Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre


    Along the banks of the Grand Canal, Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre—in a 19th-century bonded warehouse—trades heavily on its historic Irish identity...Read More

  • 7. Birr Library

    Notable Building

    In keeping with the historic townscape character, it's worth calling in here to see what ranks as one of Ireland's most spectacular locations...Read More

  • 8. Charleville Castle


    One relic of Tullamore's former splendor is found on the southwestern edge of town, where, if you take the road heading to Birr from the center...Read More

  • 9. Fore Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The spectacular remains of Fore Abbey dominate the simple village—its structure is massive and its imposing square towers and loophole windows...Read More

  • 10. Heritage House

    Historic Home

    Remodeled interpretation, time lines, and new infographics were added during 2020 at the Heritage House, also known as the former North Boys...Read More

  • 11. Kilbeggan Distillery Experience


    It's the whiskey (the Irish spell their traditional tipple with an "e") that brings most people to the unassuming little town of Kilbeggan,...Read More

  • 12. Laois Heritage Trail

    Scenic Drive

    Stop by the Portlaoise Tourist Office in the Dunamaise Arts Centre to pick up a map of the Laois Heritage Trail, a signposted, daylong drive...Read More

  • 13. Rock of Dunamase


    A dramatic 150-foot-high limestone outcrop, the famous Rock of Dunamase dominates the landscape east of Portlaoise. For this reason, it was...Read More

  • 14. Strokestown Park House & Irish National Famine Museum


    The highlight of a trip to Strokestown in County Roscommon is the Irish National Famine Museum in the stable yard of Strokestown Park House...Read More

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