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Local Attractions

Experience the magic of Monaghan

The Hillgrove Hotel & Spa is a mere 5 minutes from Monaghan town centre. In and around this vibrant and quintessentially-Irish town, there are lots of different things to see, do and enjoy. If you’re looking for something fun, something intellectual, something indoor or out, we can help you find just what you’re looking for. So, whatever you’re in to, simply ask us at reception.

Monaghan Museum
Monaghan County Museum has been serving the people of Monaghan for over 40 years. During which, it has diversified to match the needs of a changing community. This award-winning museum has a professional commitment to excellence in caring for and displaying its collection, as well as making that collection as accessible as possible both intellectually and physically.

Sliabh Beagh Adventures
is an outdoor adventure centre based in Knockatallon Village, Co. Monaghan – the gateway to Sliabh Beagh. Sliabh Beagh is an area of upland heathland, blanket bog and outstanding natural beauty that transcends counties Monaghan, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
Sliabh Beagh Adventures offers bike hire to travelling visitors, allowing them to explore the region on two wheels. They also offer battle and target archery and various team games and team-building exercises for groups. Guided walks and cycling tours can also be organised.

Bushmills Distillery
Just 90 minutes from the hotel is Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery. Home to the ultimate Bushmills experience, you can not only watch whiskey-making take place, you can also enjoy a wee taster too as they unlock the secrets of 400 years of distilling at the home of Irish whiskey.

Titanic Belfast
Built in 2012, Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and one of the island’s most popular attractions. This must-see, interactive exhibition is a monument to Belfast’s famous maritime heritage and is built on the historic site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the RMS Titanic was built.

The Giant’s Causeway
The world-famous Giant’s Causeway is said to have been carved out of the earth by a giant called Finn McCool. Just 90 minutes from the hotel, you can see for yourself how this is the only likely explanation for what is a truly mind-blowing sight. If you’re into walking, the Giant’s Causeway is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it a haven for walkers and birdwatchers alike.

Rally Driving
Perfect for a stage or hen party, Rally School Ireland is the best place to experience the thrill of Rally Driving in three of their fully prepared cars. Try the front-wheel-drive Ford Rally KA, the rear-wheel-drive Mark II Ford Escorts (sideways fun) and the all-impressive four-wheel-drive 325 BHP Subaru Impreza Turbo. Everything is included – helmets, rally suits, one-to-one tuition and all packages include three course lunch or gourmet buffet.

Monaghan Cinema
This is a magical, modern, centrally-located cinema in Monaghan town that shows all the latest movie releases. This Omniplex Cinema has 5 screens with a state-of-the-art OmniplexMAXX giant screens featuring the latest sound systems. There is free parking spaces, assigned seating in all screens, automated ticket collection points, 3D movies, wheelchair space and accessibility in all screens. There’s also an extensive Candyking pic’n’mix and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stall available too.

Older then the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. Built by Stone Age farmers, the world-famous mound is contains a 19-metre passage that leads into a mysterious chamber with 3 alcoves. People from all around the world come here on the Winter Solstice to watch as the passage and chamber are align with the rising sun.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Housing a beautiful exhibition on Ireland’s most-famous and important poet and novelist, this centre features a sixty-seat audio-visual theatre and research library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh’s epic poem “The Great Hunger”, a miniature model depicting Kavanagh’s classic “A Christmas Childhood”, Kavanagh’s own death mask and other memorabilia associated with the great man.

Monaghan Guided Tours
Make the most of your visit to Monaghan and really explore how much more there is to Monaghan with a tailored tour from a Fáilte Ireland approved Regional Tour Guide. Covering the length and breadth of the county it is a nice way to see Monaghan.

Irish Country Quads
Irish Country Quads is an adventurous activity centre set between counties Monaghan, Louth & Armagh; Ireland. Take a tour on our purpose built Quad Bike course that caters for bikers of all experience through all weather conditions. Quad Biking is an exciting and adventurous sport where everyone will have an incredible time

Erica’s Fairy Forest 

Do you believe in fairies? Erica’s Fairy Forest is open daily and is free to visit!

The forest is full of fairies, one in every tree. Along with the woodland creatures
It’s the happiest place to be! Fairies with their tiny wings, fly from tree to tree. And if you look closely, you might see them flying on a bumblebee.
The sound of birds singing will fill your heart with glee. Full of magical adventures for your family. 


Monaghan Town Parkrun 

Keep fit while staying with us and enjoy the local Monaghan town parkrun. A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! The park run takes place every Saturday at 9:30am from Rossmore Forest Park. Forgot your runners? Not a problem! The local sports shop is offering a rental service coming soon, for more details please contact the reception team.

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For more information on Local Attractions, please contact:
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