Cavan Town

What the town offers

This is Cavan Town

Cavan Town is nestled between two drumlins which gave rise to the name Cavan or An Cábhan meaning ‘the hollow place’. Cavan is unique in being the only Irish town established by a Native Irish family; the O’ Reillys and not Anglo-Norman or Norse settlers.
Located just 90 minutes’ drive from Dublin (123km) and Belfast (142km), Cavan is the perfect base for exploring Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Irelands Ancient East. Attractions such the WW1 Trench Experience, Cavan Burren Park, the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, Enniskillen Castle, Killykeen Forest Park, Clogh Oughter Castle and Cavan Adventure Centre are within an hour’s drive or less. Cavan has many fine buildings, busy pubs, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, shops, a leisure complex, cinema, bowling alley and the world class Cavan Equestrian Centre – the largest host of national and international show-jumping events in Europe. A state-of-the-art Library, Genealogy Centre and tourist office is located on Farnham Street.
A variety of accommodation is available. The contemporary Farnham Estate with 1300 acres of historic woodland is just outside the town. The superb Cavan Crystal Hotel (4*) on the Dublin Road is contemporary in outlook but traditional in warmth and welcome. The long-established and friendly Hotel Kilmore (4*) also on the Dublin road offers excellent facilities. The Farnham Arms Hotel (3*) on Main Street offers homely accommodation and regular entertainment in the hotel bar. In addition to a variety of hotels there are several B&Bs and guesthouses available. Restaurants include The Oak Room, Peoples, Shades Grill, Barduccis, Ko’s and The Bridge. Many pubs also serve food and there are some excellent coffee shops and cafes in the town.
The arts scene is vibrant with a variety of music and cultural festivals throughout the year. Cavan Arts Festival takes place in May while both the County Drama Festival and the NYAH Arts Festival take place annually in March. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws large crowds and many heritage events take place throughout the town and county during Heritage Week in Aug/Sept.
Cavan town is rich in history. Among Cavan’s fine buildings are the Town Hall and the Roman Catholic cathedral. The Town Hall was built in 1909 and was Cavan’s first movie house. The Cathedral of SS Patrick and Feidhlim was completed in 1942, with a 68m spire and flanking domes, the vast interior is styled like a basilica with different colours of marble and fine examples of ecclesiastical art.

Located on Abbey Street, St. Mary’s Abbey was built by the O’Reillys in 1300. Only a three-storey bell tower and a graveyard from this important Franciscan friary remain. The friary was rebuilt many times after damage in wars and fire. A plaque commemorates Eoghan Roe O’Neill, commander of the Catholic forces in Ireland, interred here 1649. Many prominent members of the O’Reilly family are also buried here, including Myles ‘The Slasher’ and Primate Hugh. Visit for more on the history of Cavan town.

Cavan Tourist Information Office: Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan t: 049 4331942

Co. Cavan Genealogical Centre, Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre, Farnham Street t: 049 4361094 e:

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Annalee Restaurant at the Hotel Kilmore

Perfect for a special occasion, family get-together or business dinner.

Hotel Kilmore, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 F6Y7, Ireland
Blessings Bar Cavan

Traditional Irish music session every Thursday from 9.30pm, Live Music on Saturday night from 10pm and also the last Friday of every month, an open mic session from 10pm

Main St, Cavan, Co. Cavan
Breffni Gallery

The Breffni Gallery celebrates the history of Cavan GAA, with information, imagery and memorabilia.

Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 HX02, Ireland
Bruno Duboul Angling Guide

Intro to fishing for children and adults. Professional guide for experienced anglers.  Boat trips on the River Erne.

Killeshandra, Co. Cavan
Cabu by the Lakes

This unique luxury hideaway sits on the shores of Lough Oughter deep in the woods of Killykeen Forest Park in the centre of Ireland’s lake district.

Killykeen, Co Cavan, Ireland
Catheral of St. Feidhlimidh, Kilmore

Historic cathedral completed in 1860 by William Hague with 12th century Romanesque door.

Kilmore, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 FK10, Ireland
Cavan Adventure Centre

Land and water adventures – kayaking, tours, inflatable waterpark and more in the Hidden Heartlands on the stunning waterways of Cavan.

Carrawtraw, Innismore, Butlersbridge, County Cavan, H12 CD43, Ireland
Cavan Cinema

ODEON Cinemas Ireland for all of the latest films

67 Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
Cavan Comedy Club

Cavan Comedy has found a home in the Imperial Bar in Cavan town and takes place once per month or thereabouts. Keep an eye on the Comedy Club’s social media for news and events.

43 Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
Cavan Crystal Hotel

Contemporary excellence, but traditional in its sense of warmth and welcome.

Dublin Road, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 P6E5, Ireland
Cavan Equestrian Centre

Specialising in International Sales. Also stages weekly show jumping and international events.

Latt, County Cavan, H12 X9K1, Ireland
Cavan Gifts

Stockists of beautiful Irish crafts such as Cavan Crystal, Newbridge Silverwear, Genesis, Newgrange and more.

95 Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 P6F3, Ireland
Cavan Heritage Town Trail

A self-guided walking tour of historic Cavan town.

1 Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 VY47, Ireland
Cavan Leisure Centre

Swimming pool with slides and fun

Drumalee, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 Y9W4, Ireland
Chapter One Living & Food Shop

Beautiful cafe and lifestyle store on outskirts of Cavan town

Unit 6, Dublin Retail Park, Dublin Road, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 AK26, Ireland
Clogh Oughter Castle

Dramatic 13th century Norman Castle in the middle of Lough Oughter accessible by water only.

Lough Oughter, Inishconnell, County Cavan, Ireland
Con Smith Park

Playground (inc. accessible play area), park, adults outdoor gym, walks

Cathedral Road, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Connolly Brothers

100 year old family run business, the perfect place for gifts, toys, crafts, Cavan food products and souvenirs to take home

1 Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 VY47, Ireland
County Cavan Golf Club
Drumelis House, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 F3A2, Ireland
Datse's Cafe & Cakes

Home-baked scones, cakes, muffins and buns. Also serves soup and sandwiches.

Market Square, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 A244, Ireland
Drumbo Lodge B&B

Luxurious countryhome only 2km from Cavan town centre.

Drumbo, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 NY70, Ireland
Erne Island Waterpark

Inflatable waterpark on the lake. Fun for all ages on trampolines, slides, climbing frames and more!

Cavan Adventure Centre, Innismore, Butlersbridge, County Cavan, H12 CD43, Ireland
Farnham Arms Hotel

In the heart of Cavan Town, near pubs and restaurants, perfect for exploring the surrounding area.

11, Main Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan, H12 D959, Ireland
Farnham Arms Hotel

Traditional Irish music session every Sunday from 3pm – 5pm

Main St, Cavan, Co. Cavan
Farnham Estate Golf

18 holes | Par: 72 | Yards: 7047
Ranked No. 26 in Golf Digest Top 100 courses in Ireland

Farnham Estate, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 Y2F5, Ireland
Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort

Set on a 1,300 acre country estate outside Cavan Town, Farnham Estate has a reputation for being a genuine ‘retreat to nature’.

Farnham Estate, Cavan, Cavan, H12 E426, Ireland
Farnham View B&B

Beautiful B&B beside Farnham Estate Hotel and Killykeen Forest Park.

Farnham, Breandrum, County Cavan, H12 DW32, Ireland
Flemings Folly

Distance: 5K
Terrain: Forest path

A scenic walk to Flemings Folly – a historic tower overlooking Ballinagh with stunning views of the countryside.

Cauhoo, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland
Forest Flow Yoga

Immerse yourself in the Great Outdoors with this accessible outdoor practice, which includes asanas to help align mind, body and spirit,  in harmony with nature. Located at Cavan Adventure Centre, near Butlersbridge and only 8km from Cavan town.

Inishmore Yoga Studio, Cavan Adventure Centre, Inishmore, Butlersbridge, County Cavan, H12 A273, Ireland
Glassworks Restaurant

AA Rosette restaurant in the four-star Cavan Crystal Hotel on the outskirts of Cavan town.

Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
Green Lough Eco Park

Overlooks the Green Lough on the outskirts of Cavan town. Picnic benches, accessible paths, insect hotel, animal footprints trail and information on flora and fauna.

Dublin Road, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
Guided E-Bike Tours among the Drumlins

Guided e-bike tours through the historic drumlin landscapes of County Cavan. Enjoy a  unique 18km looped e-bike historic adventure, taking in the beautiful sights of the drumlin landscape with its rivers and lakes. 6 hours, €90 12 years +. Booking through website.

Cavan Adventure Centre, Inishmore, Butlersbridge, County Cavan, H12 A273, Ireland
Hard Boiled Egg Cafe

Famous for breakfasts. Serves Ireland’s biggest.

10 Saint Brigids Terrace, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 FY93, Ireland
Hotel Kilmore

Famous for a warm welcome, the Hotel Kilmore is located 5 minutes from Cavan Town Centre and is the ideal base to explore the area.

Dublin Road, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 F6Y7, Ireland
Jackie O Neill Art Studio

A unique collection of light-hearted illustrative textile and paper prints by Cavan artist Jackie O’Neill.

Main Street, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 D5N7, Ireland
Johnston Central Library

Free wi-fi, internet access, year round lectures, exhibitions and events for all the family.

1a Farnham Street, Cavan, County Cavan, H12 A3T1, Ireland
Killykeen Forest Park

Wrapped around Lough Oughter. Walking and cycle trails inc the Killykeen Way greenway, picnic benches, lake swimming, coffee,  toilets. Home to CABU lodges.

Corratober, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland
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