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. 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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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

  • 11. Laois Heritage Trail

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Stop by the Portlaoise Tourist Office to pick up a map of the Laois Heritage Trail, a signposted, daylong drive on quiet back roads that takes...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Strokestown Park House & Irish National Famine Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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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