Tullamore is the county town and is situated in the centre of the county. It is a vibrant, progressive town and is recognised as a major shopping centre for the midlands.
It is an ideal centre from which to tour the surrounding area and is within easy reach of the major towns of the midlands- Athlone, Mullingar and Portlaoise. It is the home of Irish Mist Licquer and Tullamore Dew, a fine whiskey. The Grand Canal is a valuable and attractive amenity to the town.
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Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre
Visit Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, located in the 1897 Tullamore Dew bonded warehouse, and learn about Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Irish Mist liqueur,famous drinks, born in Tullamore. The centre contains the Tullamore Dew/Irish Mist Museum, coffee shop, full bar facilities. Don't forget if you take the tour it includes a complimentary glass of Tullamore Dew Whiskey or Irish Mist Liqueur!
Charleville Forest & Castle
About a mile to the south of the town. Charleville is the finest and most spectacular early 19th century, gothic-revival building in Ireland. A majestic oak-tree in the grounds is the oldest in the country.
Tullamore Town Trail
Mentions most buildings of architectural importance. Note 18th and 19th century door cases and houses fronted by railings. Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre & Tourist Office: . Home of Tullamore Dew Whiskey and Irish Mist Liqueur.
Used to hold national activists. William O'Brien, John Mandeville and John Hooper were imprisoned there during the Plan of Campaign in the 1880's. Also republicans during the War of Independence (1919-1921).
Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society Centre
Exhibition centre, Family History records for Laois & Offaly, Lecture programme. Bookshop with publications of local interest.
Celtic Canal Cruisers
Cruisers for hire. Relax on uncrowded waterways.
Places to visit within 10 miles of Tullamore
Stress free motoring tour. Kilbeggan-Tullamore-Birr-Roscrea.
Annaharvey Equestrian Centre
Slieve Bloom Mountains
Quiet forest walks and river valleys. Also the signposted Slieve Bloom Way which is 66km long. The highest point is Ard Erin with views of 13 counties (on a good day). The Offaly Way: Starting at Cadamstown at the foot of the Slieve Blooms and ending in Ferbane. An 18 miles long signposted route.
Lough Boora Parklands & Sculpture Park
Designed to rehabilitate an area of 5,000 acres of land from which peat has been extracted. Turraun Nature Reserve (150ha.). Boora lake and wetlands (40ha.). Mesolithic site - oldest archaeological settlement in the midlands (8,000 years ago). An award-winning park comprising a number of spectacular sculptures is a worthwhile visit.
Boher (near Ballycumber): St. Manchan's Shrine. 12th century gabled box of yew wood and bronze which contained the saint's relicts. Fine example of the golden age of Irish craftsmanship. Must be seen to be believed.
Monastic site. St. Manchin's Church. Grave slabs. Bog roads (Togher) Durrow: Monastic Site. 10th cent. St Columcille. Decorated High Cross. Book of Durrow in Trinity College, Dublin.
Monastic site. St. Carthage. 12th century. Church with Romanesque window. 16th century Church. Only round window in Ireland, forerunner of the elaborate roses of the Gothic style, high in the eastern gable.
Clara Bog & Eskers
This area can now be explored using a network of walkways. Mass rock, ancient ring fort, & pre famine settlement.
Stump of an extinct volcano, 15km from Tullamore. Excellent views.
Situated on the Grand Canal, 11km from Tullamore. Castle Barna Golf Club.