Mullingar is a popular town in Westmeath. It is located in the heart of midlands and is surrounded by various lakes and greeneries. Mullingar is not only the birthplace of Blizzards frontman Bressie and Niall Horan from One Direction, but there are also various attractions which you can enjoy as a tourist. So if you don’t know where to start yet, here are the top 11 things to do in Mullingar, Westmeath.
- 1. Cycle at Westmeath Royal Canal Greenway
- 2. Visit the Cathedral of Christ the King
- 3.Play bowling in Rock n Bowl Bowling Alley
- 4. Rent a boat from Doolans Boat Tours
- 5. Take a hike at the Hill of Uisneach
- 6. Take a day trip to Fore Abbey
- 7.Explore Tullynally Castle Gardens
- 8.Relax at Belvedere House & Gardens
- 9. Take a horseback riding lesson in Ladestown Riding Stables
- 10.Play in Lilliput Adventure Center
- 11.Learn history from Greville Arms Hotel Museum
1. Cycle at Westmeath Royal Canal Greenway
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This Greenway gives an appealing waterside scenic route for walkers and cyclists. You can pick a map from the tourist office so you can check the level of difficulty for some of the trails.
Mon-Fri -9 am-9pm
Sat- 9am -2pm
Address: Enfield Centre, Unit 1 Mongey Buildings, Johnstown Road, Enfield, County Meath, Ireland.
Phone:+353 (0)1 6877034
2. Visit the Cathedral of Christ the King
The Cathedral of Christ the King can be found in the center of Mullingar. The church was structured in a modernized Renaissance style and opened in 1936. The building incorporates a gallery with intriguing chronicled ancient rarities. The cathedral is also known for its mosaic work of arts.
Monday- Saturday -7:45 am-10:00 am
Sunday – 8:30 am -11:00 am, 12:30 pm
Location: Bishop’s Gate St, Commons, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
3.Play bowling in Rock n Bowl Bowling Alley
If you want something different to do and also if you are traveling with kids, a trip to the town’s bowling alley is a must. The center has several areas for kids where they can play while adult competes for the bowling.
10 am to 6 pm
Location: Lynn Road, Mullingar
4. Rent a boat from Doolans Boat Tours
Want to do something fun? Take an angling trip by renting a boat from Doolans Boat Tours. The boat tour company is located south of Lough Owel, notable for its abundance of brown trouts. Or if you are not a fan of fishing, enjoying the view in the lake is a good alternative to escape the hustle of the city.
Location: Doolan’s Boat Hire Lough Owel Mullingar
Phone: +353 44 9342085
5. Take a hike at the Hill of Uisneach
The Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath has played a big part in every significant Irish event. Be it political, cultural, religious, mythological and geographical. The Hill of Uisneach is located between Mullingar and Athlone and is 14km from the center of Mullingar.
The summit of Uisneach commands extensive panoramic views over the central plain and one can enjoy a peaceful walk. The enigmatic hill is one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in the world.
There is no fixed charge a nominal donation per visitor is expected for the public tours.
Suggested donation – Adult: €10 (2hr tour max.)
Address: Rathnew, Loughnavalley, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0) 87 718 9550
6. Take a day trip to Fore Abbey
Although it is not part of Mullingar, Fore Abbey is only 25km from the town. Located in the village of Fore, in County Westmeath, Fore Abbey is a ruin of a 7th-century monastery in the middle of a green valley. It is said that there were over 300 monks who used to live in the community before it was set on fire twelve times.
Location: Fore, Westmeath
Phone: +353 44 9661780
7.Explore Tullynally Castle Gardens
Tullynally Castle Gardens is also not within Mullingar but close enough for a half day trip. This castle is located 20km away in Castlepollard. The castle is 350-year old and is owned by Earls of Longford. The castle has 120 rooms but the castle itself is not accessible to the public as it is a private home. The main attraction here are the gardens which are really wonderful, covering over 12 acres with walled flower gardens, follies, magnificent trees, and woodland gardens and two ornamental lakes.
However, the castle can be accessed through a pre-arranged group tour but there’s a minimum of 20 people requirement.
11 am to 5 pm
Child(over 5) €6
Family (2A&2C) €32
Location: Pahenhamhall, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Phone: 00353 44 966 1856
8.Relax at Belvedere House & Gardens
Belvedere House and Gardens is a country house in Mullingar. This beautiful country house was originally built as a hunting lodge for Robert Rochefort, 1st Earl of Belvedere.
Along with Diocletian windows and dramatic nineteenth-century terracing, there is also a Victorian walled garden and big hectares of forest within the complex. The house has been fully restored from its original state and the grounds are well maintained. The house attracts over 160,000 visitors annually.
Daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Senior Citizen/Student €6.00
Family: 2 Adults & 1 Child €20.00
Each extra Child €3.00
(Under 3’s FREE)
Day Admission Group Rates (20+ pax)
Adult Group (20+) €4.00pp
Sen. Citizen/Student (20+) €3.00pp
Child/Special (20+) €2.00pp
They also offer a seasonal ticket. For more information, click here.
Location: Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath,
Phone: +353 (0)44 9349060
9. Take a horseback riding lesson in Ladestown Riding Stables
Regardless of whether you are an accomplished rider or a beginner, the amazing staff of Ladestown Stables will give you an unforgettable experience. The stables is a family run foundation and whose intention is to impart the owners’ passion for ponies to local people and guests alike. The grounds are stunning and it incorporates a terraced garden and exemplary stone patios. Horseback riding lessons are available for adults and children.
Location: Ladestown House, Mullingar
10.Play in Lilliput Adventure Center
Lilliput Adventure Centre is located in Johnathan Swift Park along the shores of Lough Ennell. It is only 10 minutes away from the center of Mullingar. It’s fabulous, unspoiled beauty, along with forests and lake, offers a unique and idyllic location for adventure activities.
You can take part in specialized courses in canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing or first aid, to mention a few.
daily from 9 am to 9 pm
Location: Lilliput House, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0) 87 810 6951
11.Learn history from Greville Arms Hotel Museum
Greville Arms Hotel Museum is a museum inside a hotel. The museum contains several historical artifacts such as limestone fossils estimated to be 400 million years old, the world famous Canova Penitent Magdalene sculptor, some Celtic arts, old coins, and rare Christian’s crucifixion. It is a small museum but it holds important parts of history.
Location: Pearse Street, Mullingar, Westmeath
Phone: +353 44 9348563