Sightseeing - in easy reach
Birr Town and Castle
The architecturally delightful Georgian Heritage town is, in itself, well worth a visit. Birr Castle , its demesne and splendid gardens must not be missed. It includes the famous Rosse telescope for many years the largest in the world and science museum covering astronomy, engineering and agriculture.
Irelands iconic Bunratty Castle is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. Named after the river Raite which runs alongside this strategic battlement. The spot on which this castle stands has been occupied for over 1000 years. www.bunrattycastle.ie
Glenstal is a Norman Revivalist Castle, with a Windsor-style round tower, all fronted with an impressive facade and Norman gate-house. The main building faces south, and commands an unbroken view of some thirty miles towards the Galtee Mountains. www.glenstal.com/abbey
This attractive village of Lorrha is on the site of a monastic settlement with remains of three ancient abbeys from c. 1,000AD and two even older high crosses. See also nearby village and harbour at Terryglass.