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Tullamore is the county town of County Offaly. It is in the centre of Ireland and has a population of 13,000. Its most famous export is Tullamore Dew, a whiskey which was first brewed in 1829 and is still enjoyed today. The Grand Canal runs through the centre of the town. It is also an important commercial and industrial centre in the region.

Get in

By car

  • Tullamore is 10 mins away from Exit 5 on the M6 motorway from Dublin or Galway
  • Tullamore to Dublin (70mins)
  • Tullamore to Galway (85mins)

By train

Train station services [1] from Dublin and Galway/Westport 8 times daily. Train station is near enough to town centre but there are usually taxis waiting if you need them.

By bus

Bus Eireann [2] and Kearns [3] buses connect Tullamore with Dublin, Galway and Waterford.

By boat

Travel in by boat on the Grand Canal coming from Dublin and it joins up with the River Shannon.

Get around

Town Centre is small enough to get around by foot, they are plenty of taxi ranks also

See

Charleville Castle
  • Charleville Forest Castle, (on the edge of the town). Charleville Castle, one of Ireland's most splendid Gothic buildings, stands in this beautiful parkland which contains the King Oak, one of the biggest and oldest oak trees in the country. The castle is said to be haunted and was featured on series 1 of Living TV's Most Haunted. The oak woodland is beautiful – and botanically an important survivor of primeval stock. Once a year the park becomes a hub of bustling and happy humanity on the occasion of Tullamore Agricultural Show, one of the most important of its kind. However following the cancellation of the Agri show for two consecutive years due to unseasonal rainfall it has been decided to relocate the event to a new location with improved drainage in the Blueball area, south of the town.
  • Lloyd Town Park, Cormac St. Is the town's main park with fountains and a large play area for kids. There is a bowls pitch for the auld ones and a skateboard park aswell. Good parking if you are going by car.
  • Church of Assumption, Harbour St. Hard to miss as it is the tallest building in town. If you go inside you can see the stained glass windows and giant wooden beams in the roof.
  • Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Bury Quay, 057 9352617, [4]. This centre shows the history of the Tullamore Dew Whiskey and how it was made. There are audiovisual tours in five different languages spanning over the two floors of the building. The tour tells visitors about the hot-air balloon crash that occured in Tullamore in 1785 which burnt down most of the town. There is a tea room which has home cooked food from local chefs and offers cakes for special occasions like birthdays and confirmation. The centre also hosts regular art exhibitions showcasing works from local artists.

Do

  • Omniplex, Bridge St (beside Bridge Centre), 1520 444 000, [5]. All screens have high backed luxury stadium seating in all auditoria giving a perfect view from every seat. Shows all the new movies.
  • Tullamore Agriculture Show, (outside town), [6]. Irelands biggest one day show held in August every year. It is an agriculture show full of cows and pigs and farm machinery. There are also markets selling food and drink. It attracts huge numbers every year.
  • Tullamore Golf Club, R421.
  • Fish. Go fishing on the Grand Canal.

Buy

Tullamore Dew Whiskey
  • Bridge Centre, (town centre), [7]. Go shopping here. Shops include Dunnes Stores, Vodafone, music shops, clothes and shoe shops.
  • Tullamore Retail Park, Church Road, [8]. Loads of parking. Shops include Argos, Woodies DIY and DID Electrical.
  • Tesco and Dunnes, Church Rd. For groceries.

Eat

  • Annie Kelly's, one of Tullamore's oldest pubs, is a must see. Known for its Ceoil, Craic agus Cainte. Pints of Guinness are legendary here.
  • Fast Food. If you like fast food you can eat in Supermacs, McDonalds, Burger King. There are a few ROMA takeaways also.
  • Subway, Harbour St. For footlongs.
  • Café. There are a few cafés in the town as well.

Sleep

  • Bridge House Hotel. Town centre four star hotel.
  • Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co.Offaly (On the N80 road into the town coming off the N52 bypass), 353 (0)57 934 6666, [9]. Large hotel with a business conference centre. (53.271212,-7.49414)
  • Bridge House Hotel, Distillery Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (in the centre of town, across from O'Connor Square), +353 57 9325600, [10]. This is a 4 star hotel located in the centre of town near the main shopping areas. around €70. (53.274812,-7.492783)
  • Barony House B&B, Meelaghans, Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland. (on the R420 Tullamore to Geashill road), +353 (0)57 93 51157, [11]. a cheerful B&B located just outside the town around €40 per person per night. (53.26275,-7.45088)
  • Tudor Lodge B&B, Arden Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (N52 road to Tullamore, turn towards ARDAN from the bypass), LAND ::: 057 93 25913 MOBILE ::: 086 105 1061 or 086 089 8497, [12]. nice B&B in the town

Get out

  • The Lough Boora Parklands are 25 km away. These parklands have unique sculptures scattered around the bog. Walking trails allow visitors to see these sculptures up close. There is a birdwatching hut for wildlife enthusiasts and Boora Lake is home to many swans, geese and ducks.
  • Birr Castle is 35km south of the town. Visitors can walk around the demesne and see the giant telescope tucked away in the forest.




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