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Heritage Attractions & Guided Tours

Lough Rea is a traditional Irish town that is packed with History. Dating back to 1236 AD Lough Rea offers many historical points of interest. Local Historian researcher Paul O’Donnell is a local Failte approved tour guide who provides visitors with an insight of the town we are situated in today. Sights include; the West bridge, St. Marys Abbey, St. Joseph’s Church, The Walks, Library, Cathedral and much more. Further Tours of the West of Ireland are also covered.

Prices are €10 pp (Subject to a minimum of 2 people attending) | Check www.galwaytourguides.com for more information.`

Pick up and drop off from Loughrea Hotel and Spa available call our reception team (091) 880088.

My Ireland Tours

My Ireland Tour are a family run tour local Irish tour company who have been putting together tours of Ireland for over 30 years. Their tours run the length and breath of the island of Ireland and their experience and knowledge of its highways and byways is unmatched.”

Check https://www.myirelandtour.com for more information

Lady Gregory & Yeats Heritage Trail

Various sites between Loughrea and Gort

Follow in the footsteps of two of Ireland’s most influential literary figures and see the landscapes, sites and people who inspired some of their greatest works.

Start at St Brendan’s Cathedral here in Loughrea following the trail loop to Gort and back taking in sights including Coole Park, Thoor Ballykee and Killinane Graveyard.

Discover more at the Lady Gregory & Yeats Heritage trail website, maps are also available from hotel reception.


St. Brendans Cathedral

Loughrea, 1.7km, 3 minute drive/10 minute walk

Described as the jewel in the crown of the Celtic Revival, the magnificent St. Brendan’s Cathedral is ornately decorated and features an unrivalled collection of Irish stained glass.

Next door is the Clonfert Dioceasan Museum which contains a range of fascinating items including the oldest surviving carved wooden statue in Ireland (c 1180 AD), the 500 year old Matheus Macraith Chalice, spectacular vestments and items from the penal times. 30 minute audio tours of the cathedral are available from the museum.

Woodville Walled Garden

Kilchreest, 8.6km, 10 minute drive

Open daily from 11am to 5.30 pm Easter to September.
Contact Margarita on 087/9069191 outside these hours.

Woodville is home to a restored walled kitchen garden along with a museum outlining the fascinating connection to Lady Augusta Gregory at Woodville. Come for a visit to this romantic secret garden in the West of Ireland and enjoy the sights, scents and colours contained within the original stone walls.

Set at the foot of the Slieve Aughty Mountains, the walled gardens of Woodville House have been carefully restored to their former glory. The gardens supplied the house with fruit, vegetables and flowers throughout the year and features colourful herbaceous borders, established fruit trees and serene fountain. There is also a fascinating museum outlining Lady Augusta Gregory’s connection to Woodville House.

Finnertys Mills & Museum

Kylebrack, 11km, 15 minute drive

Finnertys water powered flour mill has been run by the same family for generations. See the massive mill machinery powered by the Cappagh river and learn of a bygone era.

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore, 118km, 2 hour drive

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Loughrea hotel and SPA has a 20% discount on tickets bought online by entering discount code LoughreaHotel20. See below for tickets.

Kylemore Abbey Tickets