Make sure you catch these attractions on your visit to the Faithful County.
9am – Tullamore DEW
One of County Offaly’s most famous exports is Tullamore D.E.W., a blended Irish whiskey originally produced by William Grant & Sons in Tullamore. A tour of Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre takes in every step of the artisan craft of whiskey making. Meet the Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery Ambassador, explore the production process from still house to warehouse and even create your own unique blend of whiskey in the blending room.
11am - Coffee Break at Chocolate Browns famous coffee house in Tullamore. When you need a treat, to perk you up and brighten your day, Chocolate Browns is the place for you.
12pm – Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre –
The Award-Winning Gardens of Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre in Ireland are both rich in amazing feats of science and engineering as well as rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, and walks along peaceful rivers and the lake. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule. Explore the Gardens, tour the castle, travel through space and time.
2pm – Lunch in the The Loft Café
The Loft Café in Birr serves a wide variety of food and drinks with a beautiful menu to choose from. Outside seating is available during the summer months. There is a lovely gift shop located with the coffee shop so why not browse and have a coffee. Treat Yourself!
3.30pm Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
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. This great monastery was founded in 548- 9 by St. Ciarán Mac a tSaor (“son of the carpenter”), who studied under St. Finian at the famous Clonard Abbey. The strategic location of the monastery at a crossroads between the major east-west land route through the bogs of central Ireland and the River Shannon helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and trade by the 9th century.
Clonmacnoise was a centre of learning excellence, and many manuscripts, including the including the Annals of Tighernach (11th century) and the Book of the Dun Cow (12th century), were written here. The monastery flourished for 600 years as a centre of learning and religious instruction as well as providing much of Ireland’s finest Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts. The surrounding area of Clonmacnoise is a microcosm of landscapes within the Midlands. These include the Shannon callows, eskers, boglands both preserved and cutaway.
5.30pm Lukers in Shannonbridge - Dine on the banks of the might Shannon river at Lukers in Shannonbridge
This gem is one of the oldest and certainly the most authentic bar in Ireland dating back to 1757. Step back in time from the old shop front right through to the kitchen which boasts an open hearth Queen Victoria Regina fireplace, the last one in operation in the British Isles. It is a must see to roll back the years!
If you see a man with a moustache racing around, that’s more than likely John Joe (The owner). Be sure to have a chat and get the full tour with all of the history of the surrounding area. The new Food menu has proven to be hugely popular, not to mention our Famous 10oz Angus Striploin Steak which has been described as "The best steak I've ever had"
Later – Just a stroll from the banks of the Shannon is Kileens Pub & Shop
Full of charm and character, this old-style Irish pub is perfect for a pint...... and a dog. The pub has been in the family for over 80 years and when it comes to their customers, the Killeen’s know how to keep them happy, not least with the trad music and if you bring your own instrument you’ll be happily encouraged to start a session!