Discover the best top things to do in Mallow, Ireland including The Donkey Sanctuary, Doneraile Wildlife Park, Lombard’s Castle, Killavullen Farmers' Market, The Farm Grenagh, Kanturk Castle, The Olde Fiddle Pub, The Spinning Wheel, Bridgetown Priory, Buttevant Friary.
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5 based on 213 reviews
The donkey sanctuary is a great day out for all the family. Rescued donkeys all around here. We adopted two donkeys here, Jacksie and Lorcan. The attraction is great as there are walks around the fields. You get to rub some of the donkeys, when they want it. It’s a great day out.
4.5 based on 99 reviews
Amazing park with 3 breeds of Deer - great walks and well run cafe with most friendly staff who were most welcoming - will definitely revisit - well supported by locals who have an access from Doneraile - well done to OPW
5 based on 2 reviews
This was a substantial town house of a family of merchants of Italian origin, engaged in trade and banking. They collected monies due to the Pope; they ran the wool trade. The name Lombard is well-known in the Buttevant area from the earliest Norman times. It was seized during the mid- 17th century troubles. On 28th. Sept.. 1669, Castle Lombard, its two-acre garden, its one-acre orchard and two acres in Gortine-spunk, was granted by Charles II to Col. John Gifford. It was used as a school for a considerable time, under a legacy from a wealthy widow, Anne Muscham; this lasted to around 1818.
5 based on 1 reviews
The Killavullen Farmers' Market is a community market set up in 2002. The market is set in the peaceful surroundings of the Nano Nagle Centre in the Blackwater valley. Beautiful walks around the Centre and by the river are a must. Although the market is a commercial outlet for local producers, it has a very important social aspect to it.
Dozens of grower/producers supplying beautiful food and gifts at this market. You can do your whole weekly shop here, meet the producer and know that everything is grown and made locally. So many seasonal delicious treats and staples. I especially love the sausage rolls. Looking forward to their Christmas market.
4 based on 42 reviews
My 2 year old loves this farm so much we have the annual pass. There are so many things to do, swings, slides, indoor tractor riding, sandpit, milking parlour, tons of animals who have lots of room and of course Tractor Ted. The staff are brilliant with the kids. Loads to do even if the weather isn't great. Lovely dinner in the restaurant and great picnic spots too. My family are looking forward to plenty more days in Grenagh Farm.
4.5 based on 25 reviews
Read the information boards, they help to put the castle into a historical context. Interesting, and enjoyable. The castle is quite imposing from the inside, though a hollow, roofless, ruin.
4.5 based on 34 reviews
Really enjoyed a visit to the Olde Fiddle for a few lively pints of creamy Guinness. A really quaint little pub with lovely old-world decor, a nice atmosphere and lots friendly locals. A really relaxing spot to have nice night out without overbearing loud music or tv's blaring.
5 based on 8 reviews
We discovered this authentic pub as we arrived from a long night and day of traveling from Connecticut. We received a warm welcome from the pub owner and were treated to a wonderful traditional Irish lunch including a perfectly drawn pint of Murphy's and of course Guiness. This pub became our go to place and we became friends with the locals and enjoyed late evenings there as we were staying at The Black Water castle which is a short walk away from The Spinning wheel. I highly recommend going and introducing yourself to Tom and Noira and enjoying the tradition of Ireland.
4.5 based on 22 reviews
This is a remarkable ruin of an important medieval Priory. It is fairly well maintained despite it being off the beaten track and completely free. Excellent signage so it has a high educational value. The location is simply beautiful. Not to be missed if you are a history buff.
4 based on 2 reviews
Buttevant Friary is a really beautiful old building. It is in ruins now but enough survives to give a real feeling of the elegance and majesty of the place.
It is tucked behind St Mary's Church on Buttevant's main street and can be accessed through the churchyard.
There are a couple of display boards on the street giving information about the friary and another just at the door of the friary itself. It was founded by the Franciscans between 1251-1279 so it has a very long and rich history. Only the church of the friary survives today
Inside is hauntingly besutiful. The very end of the building is fenced off either for renovations or perhaps due to structural issues. Tbe roof has gone so it is open to the elements. The windows are perhaps its most beautiful feature and are remarkably well preserved, though glassless of course.
The floor has msny old gravestones and it makes for an engaging stroll. Walk into the graveyard too as you get a lovely view of the long profile of the friary.
I really enjoyed my visit to Buttevant Friary and would heartily recommend it to history lovers. Its right on the main road between Cork and Limerick so is very easily accessible.
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