Located at the crossing point of the River Shannon, Athlone Castle has been at the centre of many of Ireland’s sieges and battles. Travel back in time following a series of eight modern exhibition spaces where the story of Athlone and the castle is discovered through panels, interactives, authentic and replica artefacts, touchable objects, and games
National Famine Museum: Strokestown Park House
Follow the story of one of Ireland’s greatest tragedies at the National Famine Museum in Strokestown. Learn about one of the most poignant moments in Irish history, discover the archive of letters, documents and rare photographs from the 1840’s. The famine claimed over one million lives and saw the emigration of a further one million Irish men, women, and children in its wake.
This sixth century monastic site, located on the banks of the River Shannon is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship, and trade by the 9th century. Today visitors can explore the exhibition centre which features the original high crosses and grave slabs.
Delve into 250 years of Irish Rural life where Charlie will guide you through an unforgettable glimpse into the past in this hidden gem in Ireland’s hidden heartlands. At the award-winning Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum you can explore our collection of 7,500+ objects.
Dun Na Si Heritage and Amenity Park
Dún na Sí is named after the local folklore that some lone hawthorn bushes (often known as fairy bushes) once marked the presence of a ‘fairy fort’ which previously existed in the park. This Heritage Park commemorates the traditions and activities of rural Ireland throughout time, and their Amenity Park provides a beautiful space which celebrates an appreciation of nature.
Ballinahown Craft Village
At the heart of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands lies the award-winning Ballinahown Eco-Craft Village. Explore Celtic Roots Studio, renowned for carving stunning sculptures and jewellery made from authentic Irish bogwood. Browse through the village craft shop showcasing the largest selection of Irish craft designers in the midlands from handmade jewellery, accessories, artisan food and homeware.
Hill of Uisneach
Walk in the steps of Kings, Gods and Goddesses across the Hill of Uisneach. Follow the road less travelled and onto an ancient path. Uisneach is a heritage site like no other, take a tour with expert guides and immerse yourself in the culture, history, and mythology of the area.
Celebrating 400 years this year, this Parsons family have resided at the majestic and inspiring setting of Birr Castle Demesne, that is now home to the 7th Earl of Rosse. Explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations this castle and gardens is an environmental and a scientific time capsule
Drum Heritage Centre
Located in Drum, a short drive from Athlone town, Drum Heritage Centre, invites visitors to learn about the history of the area including a nearby monastic settlement and St Brigid’s Holy Well. The centre is home to one of the largest collections of historic documents and midlands memorabilia.