Tullamore (Irish: Tulach Mhór, meaning “great mound”) is a town in County Offaly, in the midlands of Ireland. It is Offaly’s county town and is located in the centre of the county. It is the fourth most populous town in the midlands region with a population of 14,607.
Tullamore is just an hour’s drive west of Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
It is situated in the heart of the country which lends itself for easy access to all areas of Ireland.
The town’s most famous export is Tullamore Dew – an Irish whiskey distilled by Tullamore Distillery – that can be traced back to 1829. The original distillery shut down in the 1954, with the brand later being resurrected and produced at the Midleton Distillery, in Cork. However, the brand’s new owners, William Grant & Sons, invested in a new distillery near Tullamore, bringing whiskey production back to the town in 2014.
The Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre on the banks of the Grand Canal focuses on the distilling, canal and urban history of the town. Audio visual and self-guided tours are available daily.
Charleville Estate is located on the edge of the town. One of Ireland’s most splendid Gothic buildings, Charleville Castle, stands in this parkland setting which contains the King Oak, one of the biggest and oldest oak trees in the country. The castle is said to be haunted and was featured on series 1 of Living TV’s Most Haunted.
Tullamore is an ideal base for discovering the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the south of the county. The ‘Slieve Bloom’ mountains have many beautiful walking and cycling trails as well as excellent picnic areas with some panoramic views of the surrounding lowlands.
Just south of Tullamore are the unique ‘Lough Boora’ parklands. The boglands are a landscape for a wide range of flora and fauna. The magnificent wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora now host some of the most innovative land and environmental sculptures in Ireland.