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Visitor Attractions in County Offaly

Birr Castle - Birr .....

Charleville Castle - Tullamore .....

Clonmacnoise - Athlone .....

Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre - Tullamore .....

West Offaly Railway - Shannonbridge .....

Clonmacnoise - Athlone *

An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciaran in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.

West Offaly Railway - Shannonbridge

The Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway offers a 9km rail trip through Blackwater Bog, near Shannonbridge Co.Offaly on a 3ft narrow gauge railway. While travelling learn about the formation of the peat and the industry that has built up around the bog.

West Offaly Railway
Birr Castle - Birr

During the 1840's and starting from virtually first principles, the third Earl of Rosse designed and had built the mirrors, tube and mountings for a 72 inch reflecting telescope which was the largest in the world at that time and remained so for three quarters of a century. With this instrument, situated near the middle of Ireland, Lord Rosse was able to study and record details of immensely distant stellar objects and to provide evidence that many of these mysterious nebulae were actually galaxies located far outside our own.

Birr Castle
Charleville Castle - Tullamore

As the best example of Gothic-Revival architecture in Ireland, this Castle was designed and built by the Frank Johnston School of Architecture in 1798 through 1812. The interior of Charleville Castle is filled with beautifully designed rooms and some of the original furnishings.

Charleville Castle
Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre - Tullamore

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.

Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre

* Pictures; courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.

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