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Monaghan Introduction

It's been called Ireland's best-kept secret, though tourists have been increasingly wising up to the many charms of Monaghan. The headquarters of its namesake county, Monaghan is as authentic as an Ulster town can get, right down to the town squares. The surrounding countryside is dotted with numerous drumlins and beautiful lakes which inspired the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. Monaghan is a hive of arts and culture where music festivals are held several times a year. With its diversity of attractions and entertainment, this town is definitely worth a visit.

Hotels in Monaghan

Luxury hotels in Monaghan feature spacious and well-appointed guestrooms, restaurants with different types of cuisine and, in some cases, indoor pools. Some hotels go the extra mile and give their guests access to special facilities such as in-house health clubs, arcade and games rooms, and full-service spas. If you're watching your budget, you could consider a no-frills guesthouse or B&B. Rates may be lower, but you'll still get to enjoy complimentary perks like cooked breakfast and Wi-Fi. These places also typically have cosy terraces or gardens where you can read the paper while having your morning tea or coffee.

Where to stay in Monaghan

The town centre is a good place to start looking for Monaghan hotels. Close by are laid-back restaurants and lively pubs lining Dublin Street and the North Road. Walk a few minutes to the north and you'll reach beautiful Patena Lake where you can sit on a tree-shaded bench and enjoy the view. You might also want to consider the Latlorcan area southwest of the town centre, where there are some good dining options, convenience stores and a few shops. You can also check out the Tullyherim district to the north, where lodgings are convenient for a leisurely stroll along the Ulster Canal.

Things to see in Monaghan

One of the things that Monaghan is noted for is its architecture. Church Square, 1 of 4 town squares, features some of the finest examples of Victorian buildings – the Monaghan Courthouse and its Doric columns, the Ruskinian-Gothic style of the Bank of Ireland building and the tapering spire of St Patrick's Church of Ireland. Another historical point of interest is the St Louis Heritage Centre, housed in a 1907 building that was once an orphanage. The centre commemorates the legacy of the Sisters of St Louis, a religious order of nuns who came to County Monaghan in the mid-1850s to advance education and advocate for cultural awareness. The exhibits here include documentation and memorabilia relating to those efforts. Artsy folks should allot time to visit the Garage Theatre, a state-of-the-art facility that hosts touring theatrical groups as well as local amateur groups. Comedy shows, concerts, dance productions, musicals and dramas – all shine in the spotlight here.

How to get to Monaghan

If you're traveling by air from overseas, the closest airports are in Belfast – about a 109-kilometre drive via the M1 motorway – and Dublin, approximately 120 kilometres away via the N2 and M1 roads. There's also a regional airport at Enniskillen, about an hour's drive from town. An hourly service coming from and going to Dublin Airport is operated by national carrier Bus Éireann Monaghan and by Ulsterbus, and there are private bus companies with routes connecting Monaghan to other destinations. Travelling by train to Monaghan isn't possible since there hasn't been a railway service in town since 1960. The nearest train station is in Dundalk.