Mullingar is the second biggest town in Co. Westmeath with a population of 20,928.
Photo Credit to Conor Brennan, Mullingar.
Mullingar is a very safe place to visit in Ireland, We are working on our 4th Purple Flag Award in July 2021. The Purple Flag standard, launched in 2012, is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It allows members of the public to quickly identify town & city centres that offer an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. The hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions have worked very hard to implement the Irish government's list of detailed protocols on reopening this summer. Many visitors have commented that Mullingar has gone above and beyond as they continue to work hard as businesses and residents in the area make every effort to keep Covid-19 controlled. This ensures we can accommodate guests safely. Mullingar is "the" place for Staycations 2021, check out the below video of the Midlands Hidden Gems. We look forward to welcoming you to our town.
Someone once wrote on Twitter: “is everyone in #Mullingar famous?” Well not quite, but we have more than our fair share of people to be proud of. Mullingar is where it all started for performers Joe Dolan, Niall Horan and Niall Breslin and Bands The Academic & The Swarbriggs are from here too. So is soprano Ailish Tynan. Mick Foster lives here. Then, that’s hardly surprising, for there can be few towns in Ireland with as vibrant a music scene, with so many bands.
There are numerous places of interest within a 30 kilometre radius of Mullingar: the Seven Wonders of Fore; Belvedere House, Gardens and Park; the Hill of Uisneach; Locke’s Distillery and Museum; and Clonmacnoise to name but a few.
This is a town with a great sporting heritage: if you like GAA, rugby, soccer, you’re well catered for. And it’s equally the case if you like athletics, equestrian, cycling, golf, tennis, swimming, bowls, pitch and putt, pool or greyhound and horse racing. You name your sport, and you’ll find it locally.
Mullingar has got a lively nightlife scene, with tonnes of great restaurants, excellent bars, Live Music, Late Bars and a choice of Nightclubs.
For shopping, the main streets are lined with many lovely shops including The Refil Mill, The Bridal Lounge, Jasmine, Hazy Days, SportsDirect, The Fashion Shop, Dealz, EuroGiant, Betterbuys, Swabriggs, Recharge, Foy's Menswear, O Sullivan's Mens, Tom Birmingham, The Learning Lab, Galvins for Men, Des Maguire Hair Supplies and that is just some of the shops listed on the main street of Mullingar! There is many more shops lining the side streets. If you’re looking for something unique, and fashion is your passion, then you will certainly find it in Mullingar. Mullingar also have 3 Shopping Centres and 1 Retail Park - Tesco Shopping Centre, Harbour Place Shopping Centre and Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Lakepoint Retail Park - with well known retail outlets such as Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Paul Byron Shoes, Homesavers, Woodies, Petworld, and MaxiZoo.
For Foodies, Mullingar offers tastes for all pallets.
Chippers & Fast Food Outlets like Linos, Lingi's, Coppolas, Sofia's Grill and The Roma and big retailers likeSupermac's, McDonalds, Eddie Rockets. Pizza Options include Dominos, Apache, Chef Kebab Pizza, Four Star Pizza, Papa Johns, Caramico Pizza, Urban Forge Pizza. Cafes & Restaurants include Chocolate Brown, Huli, Belly Cafe, Spiced Bean, Fraynes, Esquire Coffee, Pit Stop Cafe, Juice Zone, Urban Forge, Ilia, Grove Cafe, The Gingerbread Cafe, Red Earth, Wholesome Kitchen, Mullingar Pewter, NedForge, Carribou at Daly's, The Greville Arms Hotel, Annebrook Hotel, Newbury Hotel, Park Hotel, The Roadhouse, Druids Chair, MrWongs, Lotus Garden, Mekong, The Silver Oak, Danny Byrnes, Amber Court, Spice India. Bakery Shops & Coffee Retailers include Fraynes Bakery, O Heirs Bakery, 2210 Patisserie, Hatch 23, Bloomfield Coffee Dock, Coolnahay Coffee Box, Fuji Speciality Tea and Coffee, Costa Coffee, Brentwood Coffee. Night Time Restaurants include Oscars, Dominicks, Church Restaurant, JP Steakhouse, Pasta Bella, The Old House Restaurant in The Annebrook Hotel, James Joyce Restaurant in The Greville Arms, The Terrace Restaurant, Amber Court, Lotus Garden and Bloomfield Hotel Restaurant.
Or if you prefer the outdoors, there are three major lakes all within a ten minute drive from town where there are many many activities including Fishing, Lilliput Adventure Centre, Walks and Trails, Swans as well as watersports such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing (some of these activities are ran by local clubs and at certain times of the year so best to find their facebook page) and close to the lake we’ve got Belvedere House, where all manner of activities and festivals take place all year round.
The main thing Mullingar and Westmeath are known for are the lakes. Westmeath isnt call it The Lake County for nothing! Liliput Adventure centre on Ennell provides great activities too. Go to our See & Do page for more information.
The town and surrounding areas have plenty of historical attractions, from celtic sites and medieval ruins to stately homes. There is a tourist office open (March - September) where you can get plenty of information on the historical sites and other things of interest in the county. The Royal canal runs through Mullingar and there are some lovely canal-side walks in the area. The best thing about Mullingar and the surrounding area is that you get the "real" Ireland not the travel brochure version. You walk around and you're bumping in to locals, you go to the pubs and you get real impromptu traditional music "sessions" Mullingar is very easy to get around on foot and all the pubs, shops, restaurants, etc. are within walking distance of each other. There are plenty of taxis if you need to go a bit out of town or to get to your accommodation. There is a multi-screen cinema, an Arts Centre which hosts local exhibitions and drama productions.
Mullingar is well served by rail and bus links from Dublin (approx 1 1/4 hrs from city centre) and if you have a car 50mins will get you to Dublin city Centre