County Offaly is located in the Midlands, in the heart of Ireland, in the valley of the River Shannon and is bordered by counties Kildare, Laois, Tipperary, Roscommon, Westmeath and Galway. Offaly is know for its bogs, such as Kilballyskea Bog, one of the few remaining raised intact bogs in Ireland. It also has some fine forests, such as the expanse of oak wood at Charleville Castle , which has the famous “King Oak”, thought to be over 400 years old.
Offaly also has two designated heritage towns, Birr and Tullamore. Birr is well known for its Georgian architecture and Birr Castle, seat of the Earls of Rosse and one of the oldest inhabited homes in Ireland. There is a choice of Offaly hotels or guesthouses across the county.
In addition to having excellent gardens to explore, Birr Castle is also home to the Great Telescope which was built the 3rd Earl in the mid-19th century and was the largest telescope in the world until 1915. Tullamore is the main town in County Offaly and is well known for its Irish Malt Whiskey, Tullamore Dew and the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, which is housed in one of the original distillery buildings. Charleville Castle is located in the area and is a fine example of a gothic house and was designed by Francis Johnston towards the end of the 18th century.
County Offaly has much to offer in the way of activities, such as a barge trip on the Royal Canal or angling on the River Barrow, Brosna River, River Shannon, Little Brosna and Camcor Rivers for brown trout and salmon or on the man-made lakes of Charleville and Pallas Lakes. Enjoy walking in Offaly in the Slieve Bloom Environmental Park, in Charleville Woods or on the Grand Canal Way. Or enjoy a round of golf at Glasson Golf and Country Club, the Heritage at Killenard, Birr Golf Club or Tullamore Golf Club.
Whatever your reason for visiting Offaly you can book a selection of fully approved Offaly hotels and Offaly guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find Offaly hotel breaks or a guesthouse to meet your needs.
The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore County Offaly is located in Tullamore town centre at the heart of the Irish midlands less than 90 minutes from Dublin, Limerick & Galway and is one of the best known hotels in Offaly. Our famous Offaly hotel provides 4 star accommodation in 7o ensuite luxurious bedrooms which, together with the spectacular presidential suite, executive suites, corporate and spacious family rooms, ensure that all accommodation requirements and tastes are catered for while you are in Tullamore. Renowned for our good food, hospitality and world class service the Bridge House Hotel Tullamore Offaly is the perfect choice for a relaxing short break, family holiday, Spa and leisure break, conferences, weddings, special offers and golf trips. WIFI is available in the hotel & there is free parking. This unique Offaly wedding venue is the perfect choice for style and tradition with over 40 years in business.
Welcome to the County Arms Hotel, founded by Michael & Margaret Loughnane in 1962 and Offaly’s first four star Hotel. Join us in the elegant Georgian heritage town of Birr for meetings and conferences in the Heart of Ireland. As a family run Hotel for 50 years, we look forward to helping you celebrate your special occasions – our Georgian private dining rooms are particular highlights when added to our genuine care and attentive service. The County Arms Hotel is very popular for weddings from Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Westmeath and Galway and our 3 generations of experience allows all our guests to relax and trust our expertise and traditional Irish hospitality. Birr in the lakelands of Ireland is a friendly town for a short break with Birr Castle, Birr theatre and a host of local activities including river Shannon cruising, walking in the slieve blooms and kids camp in the holidays.
Townsend House is Birr's only failte Ireland approved and registered Guest House. It is a luxurious Georgian house located in the centre of Birr's fine heritage town. The guest house was completely re-furbished in 2003. All rooms are decorated with a Georgian theme and have the finest antique furniture with a mixture of king and queen size beds. All bedrooms are ensuite, complete with direct dial telephone, multi channel TV and tea/coffee making facilities .Wireless Wifi access throughout the premises. Two large family rooms are available. Our guests can relax in our old world wine bar in front of our wood burning stove and can sample our great selection of wines.
Aaron Guesthouse is Kinnitty's only Failte Ireland, RAC and AA registered Guest House. It is a luxurious haven for the discerning visitor to Kinnittty, located within three minutes walking of Kinnitty Village and five minutes of Kinnitty castle on the R421.
The hotel has something for everyone, luxury accommodation complemented by fine dining, extensive leisure facilities and friendly professional staff. The Tullamore Court Hotel is the perfect choice for a family holiday or weekend break. Family friendly facilities include an award winning leisure centre with swimming pool, kiddies’ pool and crèche.
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