Hand-me-downs from history

Before this place was called Cavan it was called Breifne, and before that it was called something else.

This land has been home for Neolithic, Bronze Age, Celtic, Norman & Early Christian peoples. They all built here and left their mark for us to admire.

Clough Oughter Castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century. The locals were so impressed by the new place that they quickly captured it for themselves.

The O'Reillys fought hard to retain this roof over their heads until Cromwell's forces finally blasted through the walls in 1653. The breached walls lie where they fell, and for hundreds of years the castle has belonged to no one but it’s painters, poets and curious visitors. So what was all the fuss about this place? The same as it ever was - location, location, location!

Ballyhugh Arts & Cultural Centre

Ballyconnell Recycling Centre, Fartrin, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.

Museum & Cultural Centre

  • t: 049 9526044
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Bawnboy Workhouse

Corrasmongan, Corville, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Workhouse and grounds

  • t: 087 613 8823
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Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre

Bawnboy

Specialised Teddy Bear Gift Shop & Crafts Studio Experience. Gardens, playground, events and picnic area. Part of the Craft Studio Experience

  • t: 00 353 877610537
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Belturbet Railway Station

Belturbet

Historic cut-stone station on the famed narrow gauge railway line. Tours available.

  • t: 353 86 0699749
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Castle Saunderson Demesne

Cloverhill, Cavan

Historic estate with marked trail outlining the story of the castle and the people who lived there including Col. Edward Saunderson, the ‘father of modern unionism’

  • t: 00 353 49 4361094
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Cathedral of St. Feidhlimidh, Kilmore

Kilmore, Cavan

Historic cathedral completed in 1860 by William Hague with 12th century Romanesque door.

  • t: +353 49 433 7168

Cavan Burren Park

Burren, Blacklion

A mythical, spiritual landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs, hut sites and pre-bog walls all of which survive from pre-historic times. New visitor centre and five walking trails.

  • t: +353 49 9526 121
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Cavan County Museum

Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff

Award-winning museum in a beautiful Georgian building. Playground, Tea room, Events, World War 1 Trench Experience, 1916 Rising Experience, Peace Garden & Shop.

  • t: +353 49 854 4070
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Cavan Heritage Town Trail

A self-guided walking tour of historic Cavan town

  • t: 353 49 4378104
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Clough Oughter Castle

Impressive 13th century Norman Castle in the middle of Lough Oughter.

  • t: +353 49 952 6121
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Cohaw Megalithic Tomb

Cootehill

A well-preserved double chamber tomb, c. 2000 BC. -3 miles southeast of Cootehill on the R181.

Corravahan House

Drung

Listed 1840s Georgian-style house and gardens with majority of its period features. House and gardens open to the public.

  • t: 353 87 9772224
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Drumlane Abbey, Church & Round Tower

Milltown, Belturbet

Overlooking Garfinny Lough, the abbey was founded by St. Colmcille (6th C) and boasts fine stonework and the only 10 metre high round tower in the diosese.

  • t: +353 49 952 6121
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Eddie McGrath Baskets

Ballynamannamn, Belturbet

Workshops and Demos. Make your own traditional Irish basket or purchase your own hand-made basket made from Irish willow - the perfect Irish craft!

  • t: +353 86 8458106
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Gartlan’s Traditional Thatched Pub

Lower Main Street, Kingscourt

Genuine thatched Irish pub. An 18th century listed building full of old world charm, with live traditional music every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. Impromptu sessions during the week also.

  • t: +353 87 127 1009
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