Discover one of the Midland’s best-kept secrets.
Enjoy a thoroughly scandalous historical house, an Iron Age bog road and a beautiful 18th century mansion.
Steeped in scandal and filled with intriguing history, Belvedere House opened in 2000 following a multi-million pound restoration project. The beautiful gardens are extensive and are filled with several follies, including the Jealous Wall, a Gothic arch and octagonal gazebo. Meanwhile, you can learn all about the ribald lives and loves of the Anglo-Irish gentry.
Amazingly, an Iron Age bog road that was built in 148BC close to the River Shannon was uncovered at this spot. It’s one of the largest oak roads to have been discovered in Europe, and this center tells its story.
This 18th century mansion has been beautifully restored to its former glory and includes a four-acre pleasure garden, which contains the longest herbaceous border in the Ireland, and a Famine Museum, which contains an extensive collection of original documents and images.
Discover your wild side with some archery, canoeing and a spot of flying!
Longford is a great spot for fishing with game fishing also available in some areas. Expect pike, bream, roach and tench
There are two archery clubs in Longford, Littlewood Archers, a field archery club, plus Warriors of Queen Maeve in Glannagh, also a field archery club with traditional equipment and methods of shooting.
Test your stamina against the white water rapids at The River Inny in Ballymahon – they’re reputed to be among the best in the country.
Try the Tain Trail – it’s one of the newest, longest and most historic cycling routes in Ireland and runs a length of over 365 miles from County Roscommon, through Longford, to the Cooley Peninsula, County Louth, and back again.
There’s a tradition of flying in the Abbeyshrule that dates back to the 1950s with and Abbeyshrule Airfield is a popular spot amongst Ireland’s light aircraft enthusiasts. So why not take to the skies and learn to fly.
Derrycasson Wood at the edge of Lough Gowna offers a variety of tranquil and scenic woodland walks.
Sample some rural entertainment with a super-cute pony show.
This annual event takes place in June and features a Connemara pony show, a dog show and plenty of family entertainment.
Enjoy some fast-paced fun with this new karting track, which is a whopping 1,000 meters in length.
Culture & Festivals
From a gorgeous Gothic-Revival manor to a traditional harp festival
Learn all about the history of Ardagh, a forested hill that was once a renowned centre of pre-Christian worship. The village and of Ardagh has a colourful history with lots of elegant Victorian buildings.
A romantic, turreted, Gothic-Revival style manor built in 1837, Carrigglas enjoys impressive stables designed by the prominent architect James Gandon, as well as a museum and gardens, all of which are open to the public from May to September.
The first ever Granard Harp Festival incredibly dates back to 1781, and two hundred years later the tradition was revived. This festival now draws competitors from all over the world and includes traditional sessions and a harp workshop.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
Indulge yourself in delightful restaurants and elegant Georgian accommodation.
A popular and refined restaurant overlooking Market Square, Aubergine Gallery Café serves up delicious Irish/Mediterranean food.
Elegant, quiet, restful and comfortable, Viewmont is a wonderful Georgian house just outside Longford Town. There are five beautiful ensuite rooms with period furniture and plenty of charm.