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Explore the Rich History of Cavan: Top Historical Attractions

Welcome to our family-friendly hotel in Cavan, your perfect gateway to discovering the rich and vibrant history of this beautiful region. Whether you’re here for a family break in Cavan or simply seeking some educational and enriching experiences, our area is brimming with historical treasures. Here are some of the must-visit historical attractions in Cavan that will make your stay with us unforgettable.

Moneygashel Cashel

Start your historical adventure with a visit to Moneygashel Cashel, one of three ancient stone ringforts in the townland of Moneygashel. This central Cashel is celebrated as the finest of its kind in southern Ulster. Dating back to early medieval times, Moneygashel Cashel offers a glimpse into the past with its impressive stone walls and fascinating historical context. Walking around this well-preserved site, you can almost feel the presence of the ancient communities who once called this place home. Read more

Drumlane Abbey

Next on your historical tour is Drumlane Abbey, a serene and evocative site founded by St. Colmcille in the 6th century. The Abbey is renowned for its round tower, the only one remaining in the diocese, which stands as a testament to the region's early Christian heritage. Wander through the ruins and take a moment to appreciate the Abbey’s tranquil surroundings and historical significance. The round tower offers a unique photo opportunity and a chance to reflect on the spiritual history of Cavan. Read more

Lough Oughter Castle

For a truly memorable family activity in Cavan, embark on a boat ride to Lough Oughter Castle. This picturesque castle forms part of the stunning Lough Erne landscape. The journey itself is an adventure, offering scenic views of the lake and its wildlife. Once at the castle, you can explore its ruins and imagine the medieval life that once thrived here. The combination of a boat trip and a castle visit makes this an exciting outing for families and history buffs alike. Read more

Kilmore Cathedral

Back in Cavan town centre, make sure to visit Kilmore Cathedral, a beautiful and historic building dating back to 1860. This Cathedral is not only a place of worship but also a piece of living history, showcasing exquisite architecture and stunning stained glass windows. Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, perfect for some quiet reflection and appreciation of Victorian-era design. Read more

Belturbet Railway Station

For a trip back in time, explore Belturbet Railway Station. This beautifully preserved station offers guided tours on request, providing fascinating insights into Ireland’s railway history. The station's charm lies in its authentic restoration, complete with original features and artifacts. It's a fun and educational experience for families, making it an ideal activity during your family break in Cavan. Read more

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Only a short drive away from Cavan Crystal Hotel, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is a must-visit. This UNESCO Global Geopark boasts stunning landscapes, including caves, waterfalls, and forests. The Geopark offers guided tours that delve into the geological history of the area, making it a captivating experience for both adults and children. Don’t forget your camera – the natural beauty here is truly breathtaking.

Cavan Genealogy & Tourism Office

If you’re interested in tracing your roots, the Cavan Genealogy & Tourism Office is the place to go. Here, you can access extensive records and receive assistance in uncovering your family history. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your heritage and learn more about the people and places that make up your family’s past. Read more

St Killian’s Heritage Centre

Lastly, visit St. Killian’s Heritage Centre, which offers an immersive look into the life and legacy of St. Killian, one of Cavan’s most revered saints. The centre features informative exhibits and displays that bring to life the saint’s story and the broader history of the region. It’s a great educational stop that adds depth to your understanding of Cavan’s rich cultural heritage. Read more

Relax and Rejuvenate at the Cavan Crystal Hotel

We invite you to explore these fascinating historical sites during your stay at the Cavan Crystal Hotel before returning to enjoy dinner in The Atrium Bar or finishing the day off with a trip to Zest Health & Fitness Club before your head hits the pillow after an exciting day or exploring all Cavan has to offer.

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