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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.
Park
“80-acre activity park with walking trails, kids' play areas, fishing lakes and a canopy walkway great for children. Make a day of it. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Nature
“Walking in the Blooms is special and when you chance upon its network of villages to quench your thirst you will experience locals who will have a genuine interest in you.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“It has fantastic gardens to walk through and a terrace that you can eat out on when the weather is good. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The gentle rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between the counties of Laois and of Offaly. The area is picturesque, peaceful, gloriously multi-coloured and one of the least explored in Ireland. Dotted around the mountains are quaint little villages, and to visit one is like stepping back in time to an era when life moved at a slower pace. These are the places where people will take the time to talk to you, will listen to your stories and enjoy telling you theirs. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Because we can't boast history as one of our talents, we shall quote discoverireland.ie here!! "The Vikings pillaged the settlement in 842. Later in the 12th century, the Normans arrived in Ireland. It was part of the dowry of Aoife, the daughter of Diarmuid Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, when she was given in marriage to the Norman conqueror Strongbow in 1170. When Isabel, the daughter of Strongbow and Aoife, wed William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, Dunamase was given as part of her marriage's wedding gift. From 1325 until 1609, the castle belonged to the O’Moore family of Laois." See discoverireland.ie for more. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a good place for casual dining. It is very popular though so you may need a reservation at the weekends.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is a traditional Irish bar. The decor has remained unchanged for decades and so it gives a good sense of what Isish public houses were like in the past.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“This is a small local theatre that offers a selection of plays and live music performances. Check out their website to see what is running while they are in this area.”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“Lovely bar or restaurant menu also business meetings or wedding this local hotel also do an amazing Santa experience ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is a special place with great food and a great atmosphere. A beautiful walled garden offers an excellent altenative palce to eat on a sunny day.”
  • 1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“The Athy museum has a fabulous display of Ernest Shackleton Athy born world explorer ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It has a very interesting owner who runs the local museum and is involved in the High Nelly vintage bike club. It has a very relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to watch the swans on the river or allow kids play in the platground”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Great landlord, trad night every other Wednesdy and live music most weekends”
  • 2 locals recommend
Tourist Attraction
“18th century architectural gardens designed by Lutyens (1869-1944) featuring a sunken walled garden with a pond. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is a good place for casual dining. It is very popular though so you may need a reservation at the weekends.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It has a very interesting owner who runs the local museum and is involved in the High Nelly vintage bike club. It has a very relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lunch spot with fresh salads, sandwiches and great brownies. Nice spot to break the journey from Dublin to Tubbrid.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
“Best Food in the Area with option of an Early Bird Menu and then pop across the Road to Clancy s Pub for a Night cap to listen to Traditional Irish Music on Thursdays. Not to be Missed ! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous Chinese restaurant with steak and chicken dishes if fancy something different this restaurant is lovely you will enjoy every bit also available Chinese takeout just phone ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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