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There are certain destinations Ireland tours that have come to be can't miss highlights. Big cities such as Dublin and Cork are particularly popular, but there are some lesser known towns near the center of the country that deserve just as much attention. Among them is Tullamore, a town of just over 14,300 people that is home to everything you could want during your Ireland tour.
Like many Irish towns, Tullamore's lengthy history is evident around every corner. This is especially the case at Charleville Castle, which stands as one of the best pieces of Gothic architecture in the country. Located deep within the oak woods on the outskirts of town, Charleville Castle dates back to the late 18th century and it's imposing size and historical weight make it a must see during any visit to Tullamore.
Charleville Castle is also famous for being one of the most haunted buildings in Ireland. Paranormal experts have come from all over the globe to investigate ghastly the happenings that have been reported on the castle's grounds. Specifically, the castle is believed to be haunted by Harriet, the daughter of the Third Earl of Charleville.
There are other places of interest in Tullamore than Charleville Castle, of course. If you're looking to add some adventure to your travels, a visit to the Slieve Bloom Mountains is in order. A perfect example of the lush rolling hills of the Irish countryside, Slieve Bloom has plenty to offer in terms of hiking, cycling and mountain climbing. There are also a large number of picnic areas so making a day trip with the family is easy. Plus, thanks to its close proximity to the Shannon River, it's easy to get your fill of water sports as well.
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