Things to do in Offaly
Are you the curious one, searching for the hidden gems of Offaly, the more unusual tours, attractions and activities? Maybe you are a tourist or a local looking to discover more of what Offaly has to offer. You're in the right place.
Birr Castle DemesneBuilt shortly circa 1620 when the lands were granted to Sir Laurence Parsons, Birr Castle is today home to the 7th Earl of Rosse. As it is a residence, it is not open to the public, however, guided tours can be booked by prior arrangement. The gardens, and the Historic Science Centre, including the great telescope are open to the public.
Boland's Lock Keeper's House at 26th LockRound/oval house design with castellated front built by Michael Hayes circa 1800.
Clonmacnoise Historic MonasteryClonmacnoise is an early Christian monastic site, founded by St Ciarán in 544. Strategically located at the intersection of an esker (formed during the ice age) and the river Shannon, it became an important centre for religious life and studies. It has a history of enduring artwork in metal and stone, as well as one of struggle against attacks. It has several high crosses, dating from circa 800, as well as two round towers, and the ruins of a cathedral and seven churches.
Lough Boora ParklandsFormerly an area where peat was harvested for heating and energy generation pur…