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County Longford, home of the ancient Legend ‘The Wooing of Étain’, is a place of myth and mystery. Steeped in Irish mythology, it has many impressive archaeological sites as well as a wealth of historical, literary, and musical traditions.
Longford is the ancestral home of the Farrell Clan and is renowned for the Royal Canal route, and the National Famine Way. The County offers a wide range of outdoor sporting activities, boating and angling. Longford's accessibility to other main towns and cities makes it a prime location as a holiday base. The true beauty of the county lies in its rural charm, the hospitality of its people, and the breath-taking views of its farmland, lakes, rivers and bogs.
Some of its attractions include:
The Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre offers an interactive journey through time and the opportunity to don the clothes of our Norman ancestors. The centre is adjacent to the tallest Norman Motte in Ireland. See their website.
The Maria Edgeworth Centre features a refurbished Old Schoolhouse and a recreation of the library. See website.
The Corlea Trackway, an Iron Age Road built in 148 BC, is the largest of its kind in Europe. It is known locally as the Danes’ Road. Inside the interpretive centre, an 18-metre stretch of the ancient wooden structure is on permanent display in a hall. See website.
The Royal Canal Greenway is ideal for walkers, runners, and cyclists of all ages and stages. It passes through Abbeyshrule, Ballymahon, Killashee, Clondra - all in Longford. The 130km flat trackway provides an excellent way to enjoy Longford’s unspoilt landscape. See website.
Visitors have plenty of accommodation options, one of which is Center Parcs Longford Forest, set on over 400 acres of woodland. The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is Ireland’s biggest water park. There are over 100 activity options, from pottery painting to a quad bike safari. The family-friendly Woodland Lodges can sleep four, six or eight guests. See website.
- A wide range of outdoor activities
- An interactive journey through time at The Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre
- A refurbished old schoolhouse at The Maria Edgeworth Centre
- The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Longford Forest
- The Corlea Trackway - an Iron Age road built in 148 BC
- Stunning landscape along the Royal Canal Greenway
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Other Useful Information
Free information leaflets and audio guides available in various visitor attractions.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Longford has numerous fine cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options.
Car and coach parking is available at most attractions.
Picnic facilities at Knights & Conquests, Corlea Trackway, Royal Canal Greenway, Center Parcs
Longford is easily reached and much of the county is within a 90-minute drive of Dublin. Longford is centrally located on the N4 National Primary Route, the main artery between Dublin and Sligo.Explore County Longford Nearby Attractions
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