The Midlands Sights

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

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Anthony Trollope Trail

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This trail, created to honor the celebrated English Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope (1815–82), takes in 27 locations throughout...

Athlone Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

Bear Essentials Ireland

  • Museum/Gallery

A fun stop for children of all ages, you can view the largest collection of teddy bears in Ireland here. Each bear is handcrafted in...

Belvedere House & Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

A stately mid-18th-century hunting lodge with extensive gardens, Belvedere House occupies a beautiful spot on the northeast shore of...

Birr Castle Demesne

  • Tour–Sight

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...

Birr Library

  • Building/Architectural Site

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...

Bogwood Sculptures

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A lovely spot near Longford Town is Newtowncashel, on the banks of Lough Ree, where you can visit Bogwood Sculptures, a fascinating workshop...

Cathedral of Christ the King

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The town's largest structure is the Renaissance-style Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, completed in 1939. Note the facade's finely...

Charleville Forest Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

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...

Clara Bog Visitor Centre

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The story of Clara Bog is showcased in this visitor center through touch-screen, text, and audiovisuals, giving unique insights into...