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Situated at the heart of Ireland’s midlands, Tullamore is a perfect base or overnight stop when travelling to this part of Ireland. A larger town than most, there are lots of activities and unique experiences to soak up on a visit there. It is also conveniently located close to stunning scenery and many of Ireland’s historical treasures.
Hotels in Tullamore
Situated within and just outside the town of Tullamore are several hotels ranging in price and offering standard to more luxurious amenities. Most hotels are within walking distance to the centre of Tullamore town and provide a wonderful sanctuary after a day of sightseeing or exploring outside of the town.
Things to Do in Tullamore
Tullamore is spilling over with excellent sights and attractions, most of which are within easy walking distance to one another.
A wander along Tullamore’s canal will spoil you with many wonderful experiences. This includes Tullamore Distillery, established in 1829; this stunning building is set along the canal and invites visitors into its historic building for a tour and sampling of Tullamore’s famous whiskey: Tullamore Dew. Only 15 kilometres away from Tullamore is also Killybegan Distillery for further whiskey samplings. Then, further along the canal, is Round House at Boland’s Lock, an impressive Loch Keeper’s home, built in 1899 by architect Michael Hayes.
Along the canal there are also opportunities for budding anglers to do a few hours of fishing. Then, for keen golfers, Tullamore Golf Club, which sits just outside of the town, is waiting to be enjoyed.
Further historical highlights that are worth visiting in Tullamore are St Catherine’s, a Gothic Revival church built in 1818, Charleville Castle, a short distance outside of the town, and Birr Castle and Gardens, home to the Great Telescope - a must-see for astrologers.
Tullamore is also very well placed for visits to nearby monastic sites, including Rahhan and Clonmanoise, among many others. The area holds the largest number of monastic sites in Ireland, so there are plenty to visit and explore at your own pace.
For those looking for even more adventure, nearby Slieve Bloom Mountains is perfect for a day’s hike, its highest peak reaching 527m. The mountains can be explored with or without a guide and offer incredible views over the counties of Laois and Offaly.
Food and Drink in Tullamore
Tullamore has several great restaurants to dine out in come lunch or dinner time. Restaurants serve anything from Italian, Indian, steak, to fish and chips and local cuisine. Additionally, there are several cafes to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee alongside something sweet.
As in most Irish towns, Tullamore is not shy of cosy pubs and bars to have a few drinks in, with friendly locals and live traditional music only adding to their charm. As is customary across Ireland, many of the pubs within Tullamore play live sporting matches on big screens at the weekend and serve up a wide range of beers, spirits and soft drinks. In some, an impressive pub menu can also be guaranteed and on sunnier days, there are also several with beer gardens to hang out in.