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You can’t get more central than Offaly, right bang in the middle of Ireland - but there’s a lot more to this county than geographical convenience. Home to architectural wonders, scenic delights, and lively festivals, Offaly is the beating heart of Ireland.
Often described as Ireland’s most outstanding monastic site, Clonmacnoise became the country’s primary centre of learning after St. Ciaran founded it in the 6th century. During its heyday, it produced such fine manuscripts as the 11th-century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th-century Book of the Dun Cow. Today you can see three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches, and two round towers at the site near Shannonbridge.
Birr Castle is set among exceptional gardens, originally designed in the 18th century by Sir William Parsons and home to the world’s tallest box hedges, wisteria, and old roses. Visit in spring to see the outstanding flowering bulbs and magnolia collection, or enjoy the summer colour surrounding the castle. The Historic Science Centre on-site houses an impressive, functioning telescope built in the early 1840s by the Third Earl of Rosse.
Located on Bury Quay, Tullamore, the newly renovated Tullamore Visitor Centre offers guided tours that combine audiovisual presentations and traditional storytelling to explain the creation of Tullamore D.E.W. The blended whiskey is named after Daniel E. Williams, a 19th-century distillery manager who spent 60 years at the plant, turning its whiskey into one of Ireland’s most successful export brands.
Now both a playground for humans and a habitat for wildlife, Lough Boora Parklands covers 2,000 hectares of what will be an 80,000-hectare bog rehabilitation project. Lough Boora incorporates a stunning collection of lakes, wetlands, woods, 50 km of trails, and meadows on what was once a cutaway bog. Enjoy fishing, cycling, walking, and bird-watching.
Dating from 1798, Charleville Castle in Tullamore was built by Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville, and designed by Francis Johnston, one of the most celebrated architects of his day. It is considered the finest example of Gothic-revival architecture in Ireland. Set in a sprawling estate, it is known for its spectacular ceilings, particularly the one designed by William Morris in the dining-room.
Located in Birr, Woodland Cottage Garden has been maturing for the past 30 years and now comprises an impressive lawn edged by a large mixed herbaceous border, a new rose garden, and a woodland area. Wander along hidden paths among attractive water and architectural features, and browse the plants for sale.
The award-winning Ballindoolin House & Gardens incorporate 130 acres of parkland and 120 acres of magnificent woods, about 8 km north of Edenderry, over the Offaly border in Kildare. The house is a fine 19th-century building with much of its historic interiors intact, and the superb walled gardens have been restored to their original splendour.
There is no shortage of golf courses in Offaly. Castle Barna and Tullamore golf clubs are rated particularly highly, but we also recommend Birr, Edenderry, and Esker Hills.
The ultimate boutique festival, Castlepalooza has been described as the best little music festival in Ireland. Set in the grounds of Charleville Castle (see above) every August, this 3,000-capacity event has an intimate feel that just adds to the magic of great music. Ticket holders enjoy exclusive daily access to the castle, which houses art and film exhibitions, workshops, a day spa, and surprise performances.
One of the longest-established walking programmes in the country, the Slieve Bloom Walking Festival is staged over four days every May bank holiday weekend. Choose from 12 walks that cover every ability, from gentle woodland strolls to tougher hikes in the wilderness areas of the stunning Slieve Bloom Mountains.
7km from Tullamore
This luxury 4 star property is located in peaceful countryside near Tullamore in County Offaly. Stylish yet homely, the cottage is ideal for an action-packed holiday with the family.
The interior has been furnished and equipped to the highest standard to cater for your every need. With three bedrooms, the cottage can sleep up to six people.
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3.8km from Banagher
You will be captivated by this beautifully restored, 300-year-old farm cottage in a country garden in Banagher, Co. Offaly. The cottage is cosily heated with oil-fired central heating and provies every facillity for the angler. Pets are welcome, with a kennel provided. The cottage is ideally located for touring, golf, castles, bog tours, and walking routes, and is close to wonderful pubs renowned for Irish music, food, and Guinness.
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4km from Banagher
You will feel instantly welcome at this cosy new 3-bedroom holiday home 5 km from Banagher, Co. Offaly. Built in the traditional Irish country-cottage style to eco-friendly principles, the property is beautifully detailed and offers every comfort to make your stay a pleasant one. Anglers will appreciate the proximity to the River Shannon, and children will love the swing, sand pit, and large garden. Everyone will appreciate the space and style.
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