Culturely Curious

  • Multyfarnham Friary

    Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary was originally founded in 1268 and is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and to St. Francis of Assisi. The 700 year old Franciscan Friary includes extensive grounds. It was suppressed by Henry VIII in 1540...

  • Fore Abbey

    Saint Fechin founded this Christian monastery in 630 AD.It is effectively the last trace of the once powerful Benedictine order in Ireland, investing the site with historical importance. The size and location of the ruins, however, will be more important to most visitors.

  • The Hill of Uisneach

    The Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath has played a part in just about every significant Irish event, be it political, cultural, religious, mythological and geographical. The centre of Ireland in many ways, the enigmatic hill is one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in the world.

  • Kilbeggan Distillery

    Founded by the McManus family in 1757, Kilbeggan Distillery has since passed through many hardworking hands. To this day, the Keepers of the Wheel continue to guard the secrets of Kilbeggan and Ireland's oldest working still.

  • Belvedere house and gardens at mullingar.

    Belvedere House & Gardens

    Who would guess that behind the tranquil Victorian walled gardens and enchanting woodland trails of Belvedere House lies one of the most dramatic family histories in Ireland? This grand Palladian country house was built as a hunting lodge for Robert …

  • Tullynally House & Gardens

    Tullynally has been the home of the Pakenhams’ laterEarls of Longford, for over 350 years. The original 17th century fortified house was remodelled first as a comfortable Georgian mansion, then as a huge rambling gothic revival castle in …

  • Birr Castle Demesne

    Birr Castle Demesne, Co Offaly offers something for everyone to enjoy. Start with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous Telescope.

  • Trim Castle

    The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, constructed by Hugh de Lacy and his son. He was granted the Liberty of Meath by Henry II to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare. It was the location for the film Braveheart.

  • Bru na Boinne

    The visitor centre is the first stop for those wishing to take a tour of the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and view Dowth as tickets are required to gain entry.

  • Famine Museum

    The Famine museum in Strokestown house is a unique visitor attraction in Strokestown. Co Roscommon in The West of Ireland comprising of Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, which can be seen daily by guided tour.

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