Local Activities

Local Activities in Castlebar, County Mayo

Castlebar Town

Castlebar is a busy bustling town and one of the fastest growing towns in the country. It is one of the best shopping towns in the west of Ireland and it is renowned for its fine restaurants and lively nightlife.

Places To Visit

Museum of Country life, life as it was between 1850 and 1950

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is located in Turlough Village, 8 km east of Castlebar, County Mayo in Ireland. Set up in 2001, the museum is the newest government run facility in the National Museum of Ireland group of museums. The museum, exhibiting the rural way of life of the Irish people between 1850 and 1950, is located on the grounds of Turlough Park House. There are displays on the home, the natural environment, communities and forces for change.



Croagh Patrick, Irelands holy mountain

Croagh Patrick (Irish: Cruach Phádraig) is a 764 metres (2,510 ft) mountain in the west of Ireland and an important site of pilgrimage. It is located 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Westport, County Mayo above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. On “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday in July every year, over 15,000 pilgrims climb the mountain. The mountain forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge; to the west is the mountain Ben Goram.





Knock Shrine, scene of a miraculous apparition in 1879

Knock Shrine is a major pilgrimage site in the village of Knock in County Mayo, Ireland, where some Catholics believe that in 1879 there was an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist and Jesus Christ (as the Lamb of God).

Ballintubber Abbey, it was founded by King Cathal in 1216

Ballintubber Abbey is a royal abbey in Co. Mayo, Ireland, founded by King Cathal Crobdearg O’Connor in 1216. It is said to be the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in regular use. Despite being suppressed and damaged during the reformation, the roofless abbey continued to be used throughout penal times by Catholics. In 1966 the nave was restored and reroofed, in time for the 750th anniversary of the abbey’s foundation, and in 1997 the Chapter House and Dorter area were restored and reroofed. It is planned to restore the entire east wing before the 800th year celebration in 2016.

The abbey has several modern outdoor attractions, including a very modern abstract Way of the Cross, an underground permanent Crib, and a Rosary Way. There is a small museum. Seán na Sagart, the infamous priest-hunter, is said to be buried in the grounds. A large tree marks the spot.

Ballintubber Abbey



Westport House

Westport House in Westport, Ireland is the stately home of Lord Altamont the Marquess of Sligo. It was built by the Browne family in the 18th Century, on the site of an O’Malley castle whose dungeons are still present today. A model farm was built in the demesne in the early part of the 19th century with accommodation housing animals and animal feed.

The current Marquess of Sligo is Jeremy Browne. He and his family still own and live in the country Park and have been responsible for its success as a commercial enterprise. Westport House also has a Pirate Adventure Park with a Pirate Ship thrill ride, Pirates’ Plunge flume ride, mini Railway, white swan pedal boats, cannon-ball run slippery slide, Pirate’s Den indoor soft play area, dungeons, Pirate’s Playground, pitch and putt, fishing, Grace’s Bar and Cafe and a large Caravan and Camping Park set in secluded woodland. It remains one of the finest examples of Georgian architure anywhere in Ireland.

Foxford woollen mills, it was founded in 1892.

Leisure Activities

Golf, Swimming, Fishing, Bowling, Cinema, T.F. Royal Theatre, Fun leisure centre for children




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