The Midlands

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Luan Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    The Luan Gallery has created a much-needed municipal space to showcase the work of local artists from throughout the Midlands. Since its opening...Read More

  • 10. Rock of Dunamase

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    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

  • 11. St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sparkling with its restored granite walls, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church is a striking Baroque ecclesiastical landmark that many come...Read More

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