Mullingar has much to offer the many visitors to the locality. The town has several hotels – including the Newbury Hotel, Annebrook House Hotel, Bloomfield House Hotel, Greville Arms Hotel, Middleton Park House and Mullingar Park Hotel as well as a number of excellent Bed and Breakfasts offering centrally located accommodation.
Attractions include Tullynally Castle and Belvedere House and Gardens as well as several other historical sites. Mullingar’s main tourist attractions are its lakes – Lough Deravarragh, Lough Owel, Lough Lene and Lough Ennell – which are popular with anglers. Mullingar also offers many outdoor activities. Mullingar Golf Club has a proud history and hosts the annual Scratch Cup, which has been won by many world professional golfers such as Hughie Myres, Des Smyth, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley. Mullingar Equestrian Centre, one of Irelands premier equestrian centres is also situated on the Athlone Road just outside of the town. Mullingar Greyhound Track and Kilbeggan Races are also some of the leading entertainment venues in the midlands. Visitors can also enjoy many of Mullingars excellent nightspots with lively pubs and excellent restaurants.
Mullingar offers its visitors a wide range of recreational and sporting activities, including golf, tennis, greyhound racing, equestrian activities and angling.
Due to its proximity to the superb lakes of the midlands, Mullingar is considered an anglers paradise. The four major lakes in the vicinity are: Lough Ennell, Lough Owel, Lough Derravaragh and Lough Lene.
In addition to being ideal locations for anglers, most are suitable for water sports, with windsurfing and sub-aqua facilities available. Sailing is also very popular, with boats available for hire. There are also a number of smaller lakes situated within 10km of the town, which have excellent course and trout fishing.
Whether your interest in Gaelic games is as a spectator or a player – you could start at Cusack Park -the home of Westmeath GAA. The county football team have made great strides in the last few years and the thrill of summer football and a good championship run fills the town with a real feeling of excitement.The local rugby and soccer clubs are also very active and provide facilities for players of all levels
For many years Greyhound racing has been a great attraction in Mullingar, and with the newly refurbished stadium opened this year, it is becoming even more so. Visit the Greyhound Stadiums website at www.mullingargreyhoundracing.com