Carrick on Shannon may be small, but don’t let that fool you. There are tons of fun, memorable things to do and beautiful sights to see! Make your tour of Carrick on Shannon one that will never be forgotten.
If you’re planning a walking tour of the county, you can’t miss these ten incredible landmarks.
Costello Memorial Chapel
You wouldn’t go to India without seeing the Taj Mahal. So why would you go to Carrick on Shannon without seeing the “Irish Taj Mahal”?
This chapel was built in 1877 by Edward Costello for his wife. They’re buried inside, but it must be a pretty cramped situation. Costello Memorial Chapel is said to be one of the smallest churches in the world at only 16ft by 12ft.
It may not measure up to the Taj Mahal in height, but it’s a fascinating visit. A stained glass window lets you look in at the couple’s lead coffins. To see something that’s somehow cute and spooky at the same time, visit the chapel.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a master crystal glass cutter at work stop by Leitrim Crystal. All the pieces are made in-shop and they’re absolutely gorgeous. If you’re looking for a special souvenir or gift Leitrim Crystal is the place to go.
They’ve got everything from crystal bowls to clocks, glasses and more.Â
The Dock Arts Centre
Why not stop for a show on your tour?
The Dock Arts Centre is a beautiful 19th-century courthouse-turned-theatre. It was left to deteriorate throughout much of the 1900s, with little maintenance and upkeep. In 2005 the building was restored to its former glory.
It hosts shows year-round, including plays, comedy, and all sorts of interesting talks. The building has both a classic and modern look that you have to see to really appreciate.
The Oarsman is an award-winning restaurant located in Carrick on Shannon.
They serve traditional Irish cuisine that’s absolutely to die for. Whether you’re stopping off for dinner or lunch, you’ll find amazing cuisine you won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for a taste of what the locals enjoy, this is the place to go.
The Oarsman even includes vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.
Aura Leitrim Leisure Centre
Cool off with a quick swim at the Aura Leitrim Leisure Centre.
The 25m pool offers a perfect place to take a dip after a long walk. There’s a full gym on the premises and plenty of group exercise classes. Plus, a full jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and activities for the kids.
You don’t need a membership, either. There are pay-as-you-go options for visitors, making it the perfect detour for any visiting walking group.
The Leitrim Design House
If you’re an art fan, check out what the locals have to offer at the Leitrim Design House!
Housed inside The Dock, the design house features the work of over 200 artists. You’ll see woodwork, ceramics, hand-made games, and much more. The Leitrim Design House also offers workshops and show and tells on most weekends!
If you want a souvenir or gift that’s a little less flashy than a crystal you’ll definitely find it here.
Market Yard Centre
Let this be your go-to destination for shopping in Carrick on Shannon.
Market Yard Centre is full of beautifully restored buildings and shops. The grey-brick everything makes you feel like you’re both in the past and present all at once. It also makes for the perfect photoshoot location!
If you come at the right time you can even catch the farmers market. Buy some delicious organic produce, baked goods, cheese, meat – you name it, they’ve got it.
Market Yard Centre makes for a great walk-around at any stage in your walking tour. You’ll definitely be leaving with something new and delicious.
St. George’s Heritage and Visitor Centre
Take a few minutes to learn about where you are at St. George’s Heritage and Visitor Centre.
St. George’s is a house in a restored church. Here, you’ll see historical artifacts, videos, and learn about Carrick on Shannon’s history. The 200-year-old church is beautifully lit by stained glass windows and also hosts concerts and events regularly.
The third floor of the centre features a memorial dedicated to the Great Famine. This room used to be a workhouse, where starving families would come to work during the famine in exchange for food. The workhouse has been left just as it was in those times, giving you a feel for how it might have been.
St. George’s Heritage Centre offers an eye-opening and fascinating look at the history of Carrick on Shannon that should not be missed.
Lena’s Tea Room
When in Rome, do what the Romans do. When in Carrick on Shannon, have a cup of tea at Lena’s!
There’s no better place to stop for tea than Lena’s Tea Room. The shop is adorable from outside to in. It’s a 1920s themed tea room complete with period-appropriate furnishing, dishes, and decor.
You’ll feel like you just stepped into a time machine. Plus, they craft some excellent gourmet sandwiches.
Rest your legs and enjoy a hot cup of tea and a sandwich at Lena’s. You’ll fall in love with the atmosphere, the food, and the gracious hosts.
Moon River Cruise
Because a walking tour doesn’t need to be all walking.
There are upwards of 40 lakes around Carrick on Shannon, and the best way to experience the water is on a Moon River Cruise. The cruiser has a full bar, eatery, and offers a unique way to see the county. Plus, it holds up to 110 passengers, making it great for walking parties of any size.
You’ll Never Want to Leave Carrick on Shannon
Visit any of the spots above and your walking tour of Carrick on Shannon will be a hit. The only problem is that your party may never want to leave! Maybe just one more cup of tea, right?
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