The Midlands

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  • 1. Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

  • 2. Clonmacnoise

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Thanks to its location, this legendary monastery survived almost everything thrown at it, including raids by feuding Irish tribes, Vikings,...Read More

  • 3. Emo Court and Gardens

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A quintessential landmark of Irish Palladian elegance, Emo Court is one of the finest large-scale country houses near Dublin that is open to...Read More

  • 4. Lough Boora Discovery Park

    Park/Playground

    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

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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. Tullynally Castle and Gardens

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    It's hard to figure out which is more famous: Tullynally's storybook castle or the magical parklands that surround this fabled family seat....Read More

  • 8. Anthony Trollope Trail

    Trail/Path

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

  • 9. Athlone Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 10. Bear Essentials Ireland

    Museum/Gallery

    Relive your childhood at this fun stop for all ages where you can view the largest collection of teddy bears in Ireland. Each bear is handcrafted...Read More

  • 11. Belvedere House & Gardens

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 12. 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...Read More

  • 13. Casey's Bogwood Sculptures

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 14. 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 carved...Read More

  • 15. Charleville 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 the center...Read More

  • 16. Clara Bog Visitor Centre

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    As one of the best remaining examples of an intact raised bog in western Europe, Clara Bog is home to protected wildlife species, including...Read More

  • 17. Coolbanagher Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Coolbanagher Church, the familiar name for the exquisite Church of St. John the Evangelist, was, like Emo Court and Gardens, designed by James...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Heritage House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Also known as the former North Boys School, the Heritage House has fascinating informative displays on Laois life from the Stone Age to the...Read More

  • 20. Heywood Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The pretty Georgian village of Ballinakill contains the Heywood Gardens, which were designed by the English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the...Read More

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