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There’s always craic in Offaly

Tullamore is a quintessential Irish town. Compact, friendly and full of fun. As well as there being loads of events, attractions and golf courses in the locality, we are also one of the most popular hotels in Ireland for in-house entertainment. With a wide choice of events in Offaly taking place all year round, here’s a sample of some of the best midlands events you can enjoy while staying at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Ancient monastic site dating from the 6th Century, a major centre of learning, religion and craftmanship and trade by the 9th Century. Located at a strategic crossroads between the River Shannon, the east-west land route and the bogs of central Ireland. The site includes three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers.

Birr Castle Desmene
Home to the O’Carrolls until the 1500’s and the Parsons Family since 1620, Explore the Historic Science Centre showcasing the Parsons family achievements in Astronomy, Photography and Engineering as well as horticulture including worlds tallest box hedges, 200 species of plant, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. See ‘The Leviathan’ the great telescope built in 1840, which was used to to discover the Whirlpool Nebula. Visit the Treehouse Adventure Playground, which includes the tallest Treehouse in Ireland, which has picnic areas, sand pits and much more to enjoy!

Lough Boora Discovery Park
Offaly’s own family friendly environment and big sky wilderness. A commercial bog transformed into a home for countless species of birds and wildlife, fish filled lakes and permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. There are 50 km of walks in the parkland including fairy walks and walks of varying length and duration. The park includes 3 off road cycle routes, 5 off road walking routes, outdoor sculpture park, 4 angling lakes. Kick off your adventure at the Visitor Centre and rent bikes for the whole family.

Slieve Bloom Mountains
The Slieve Boom Mountains were once one of the highest mountain ranges at 3,700 meters, and along with the Massif Central in Europe, are one of the oldest mountain ranges. Reduced by weathering to a height of 527 meters now, the Slieve Bloom has hundreds of walking trails, driving routes for motorists and a network of bike trails

River Shannon
Choose from a choice of cruisers, steer your own course north or south and explore picturesque towns, pair history and heritage with fishing and bird watching while enjoying the best of hospitality at the various stops along the way.

Clara Bog Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
Clara bog is one of the best remaining examples of a relatively intact raised bog in western Europe. Experience ten thousand years of history in the ten kilometers of Clara Bog and the surrounding area. The award winning Clara Bog visitor centre is co-located in the library in clara and offers visitors a fascinating insight into the bog.

View President Obama’s Irish Ancestral Home where the Kearney family left from in 1850 and the School House where the Kearney family were educated or explore the Moneygall Rock of Loyer Loop walk

Croghan Hill
At 232 meters high Croghan hill, the stump of an extinct volcano, is not a strenuous climb but reaching the summit provides a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and reputably, nine counties.

Pilgrim Path
24.4km route covering a stretch to the ancient road from Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise ideal for road cycling

Shannon Fortifications
Built in 1810 as part of the Napoleonic Fortifications, the Fort has a free exhibition, a self guided walk and a coffee shop in the main building.




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