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Things to do in County Westmeath

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Our local castle that’s really worth visiting and that explains the history of Athlone through the ages. Being on the Shannon added hugely to its importance as a location for protection. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are going to do a day trip to Athlone, make sure to visit the oldest bar in the world. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Nature
“15 min drive to lovely walks on large scenic area on grounds of belvedere house and gardens. great for families delicious food in cafe/restaurant. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“As the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland, the Kilbeggan Distilling Company has seen its share of trials and triumphs. Founded in 1757, the distillery spent the next 200 years making a whiskey beloved the world over. 30 minutes drive from Mullingar.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A lovely day out for any agegroup - from beautiful walled garden and historic walks, to the interactive fairy trail, to delicious treats in the cafe. Not to be missed while in the locality.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“There are a wide range of shops here from Next, to Easons, H&M, Fields Jewelers, Monsoon, Zara, River Island, Tommy Hilfger, Clarks Shoes & a variety of eateries & lots more.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Our stunning local gallery that features exhibitions of Ireland’s best artists - often on loan from other large museums in Ireland. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Is a series of burial tombs situated on top of a steep hill. Take a trip to to Loughcrew Gardens and Nelly's Café at the Loughcrew Megalithic Centre afterwards.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A little expensive but the food is very good, worth a try if you fancy treating yourself. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“This is a Thai restaurant which is less than 5 minutes away on foot which offers an attractive in house and take away menu. They serve both lunch and dinner”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
“An opportunity to pick up your favourite cheeses, or sample some new ones, as well as lots of other lovely artisan produce. Great market on Saturday mornings too with oodles of fresh vegetables and other goodies.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Forge Restaurant is an 18th-century cut-stone building with original features, tucked away in North Meath, near the border with Cavan. The building – constructed by the Napper family of Loughcrew, Oldcastle – was a place to get your horse shod or cartwheel rimmed, and for a chat and a good old tale. It was a social centre for the community. The old Forge of yesteryear has since transformed into a place where people travel from far and wide to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of one of Ireland’s top restaurants.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Contains shops such as Tesco, Penneys, Lifestyle Sports, Gamestop, Specsavers and more.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Established in 630 AD by St. Fechin, Fore is one of Ireland’s preeminent religious centres. It is set in the rolling hills of Westmeath. This site now houses the remains of a 13th century Benedictine Priory, an anchorite cell and St. Fechins Church. Visitors will also discover the seven wonders of Fore. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“In Nelly’s Kitchen Café visitors can warm up with good quality food and beverages. Hot food and delicious coffee make Nelly's cafe the perfect place to relax after taking a trip up the ancient Loughcrew Complex. On sunny day sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the courtyard.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Loughcrew Cairns are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. Stunning views of Ireland as well as these magnificent ancient tombs make this place well worth a visit. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“If you are going to do a day trip to Athlone, make sure to visit the oldest bar in the world. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A little expensive but the food is very good, worth a try if you fancy treating yourself. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“This is a Thai restaurant which is less than 5 minutes away on foot which offers an attractive in house and take away menu. They serve both lunch and dinner”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Forge Restaurant is an 18th-century cut-stone building with original features, tucked away in North Meath, near the border with Cavan. The building – constructed by the Napper family of Loughcrew, Oldcastle – was a place to get your horse shod or cartwheel rimmed, and for a chat and a good old tale. It was a social centre for the community. The old Forge of yesteryear has since transformed into a place where people travel from far and wide to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of one of Ireland’s top restaurants.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We were blown away by the food in its old incarnation as a country pub. In its smart new location it was just as good. Main courses are in the €22-28 range, but there is an Early Bird menu too.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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