10 BEST things to do in Monaghan in 2024 (we tried them all)

Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in County Monaghan before you die.

Top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan

Monaghan is a county on the east coast of Ireland. It makes up one of the counties of the Ireland–Northern Ireland Border Region.

With stunning natural beauty and a raw quality to its wilderness and waterways, County Monaghan makes for a fantastic weekend trip away, or a stop en route to or from the North.

Curious as to what you should do during your future trip to the county? Here are the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Monaghan:

  • Always book accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment and for the best deals.
  • Renting a car is the best way to explore County Monaghan and its neighbouring counties.
  • Irish weather is temperamental, so always pack for all types of weather.
  • Monaghan borders the Northern Irish counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Armagh. Make sure to have pounds as well as euros if you plan to take a trip to these counties.
  • Phone signal can be unreliable in rural areas, so we advise downloading maps in advance.

10. Monaghan County Museum – for a rainy day

Monaghan County Museum is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan

Steeped in history and educational exhibits, the Monaghan County Museum is a fantastic rainy-day activity when in the town.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer further insight into the exhibitions housed in this museum, which celebrates local history, heritage, and culture.

Address1 Hill St, Mullaghmonaghan, Monaghan

9. Roberto’s Coffee Shop – for a leisurely lunch

Roberto's Coffee Shop is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan
Credit: Facebook / Robertos Coffee

Roberto’s Coffee Shop is a local’s secret. It may seem like your typical no-frills café, but it is a hidden gem with some of the finest coffee and freshest baked treats in all of the county.

It’s small in size and packs quite a punch, but don’t depend on there being any available seating in this little local gem.

AddressUnit 9 /10, Monaghan Shopping Centre, Dawson St, Tirkeenan, Monaghan

8. St. Peter’s Tin Church Laragh – for uniqueness

St Peter's Tin Church is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan

This unique church is certainly a must-visit sight to see in Monaghan. Quirky in design and an antithesis of all other Irish churches you’re likely to come across, St. Peter’s Tin Church is as charming as they come.

Built on a perch overlooking a meandering stream that wraps its way around its roots, this is a sight for sore eyes and likely to be different from what you’re used to seeing on the Emerald Isle.

AddressDooraa, Laragh, Co. Monaghan

7. Andy’s Bar and Restaurant – for dinner and a drink

Andy's Bar and Restaurant is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan
Credit: Facebook / Andy’s Bar and Restaurant Monaghan

This old-school establishment is a favourite of Monaghan locals. The family-run bar and restaurant is a veteran on the local dining scene by now, and with its quaint Victorian charm, free-flowing Guinness, and top-class service, you can’t go wrong.

Sadly this restaurant doesn’t offer much for veggies and vegans, but diets favouring meat, fish, and poultry are all well catered for.

Address12 Market St, Mullaghmonaghan, Monaghan, H18 N772

6. Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre – for animal lovers

Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan
Credit: horseridingmonaghan.ie

If you’re looking for fun things to do and see in County Monaghan, check out the Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre.

Offering classes for beginner riders, all the way to advanced, wild country treks, and even therapeutic horse-riding for those with disabilities, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this riding centre.

AddressThe Hay Loft, Mullaghmore House, Aghaboy North, Monaghan

5. Busy Bee Ceramics – for crafty people

Busy Bee Ceramics is one of the top 10 things to do and see in County Monaghan
Credit: www.busybeeceramics.ie

If you’re keen for craftwork, check out Busy Bee Ceramics in Monaghan. Not only is the owner and artist Brenda McGinn’s ceramic studio stunning, but her body of work is beautiful.

More so, visitors of all ages can partake in workshops. There is the Mini Potters Club designed for you and your toddler, school tours, and group sessions.

AddressNo. 1 , Main Street, Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, H18 AK71

4. Irish Country Quads – for thrill seekers

Irish Country Quads is the place for thrill seekers in Monaghan
Credit: Facebook / @IrishQuads

If you’re looking to raise some hell, look no further than Irish Country Quads in County Monaghan. This activity centre is best suited for thrill seekers who love adrenaline rushes and adventure in equal measure.

Irish Country Quads offer not only quad biking but also clay pigeon shooting and archery.

AddressCarrickykelly, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, A91 HY74

3. Rossmore Forest Park – for nature lovers

Rossmore Forest Park is perfect for nature lovers

When it comes to things to do and see in County Monaghan, a top pick for nature lovers is Rossmore Forest Park. This wild and enchanting nature reserve in County Monaghan is the perfect place on a mild day to stretch your legs or take on a forest trail.

The national forest park is located close to Monaghan town, making it super accessible for a daytime excursion.

READ MORE: Our guide to the best forest parks in Ireland.

Address: Skeagarvey, Co. Monaghan

2. Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre – for literary folk

Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre is a great destination for literature enthusiasts

If you’re a literary type with a love for Irish poets and playwrights, one thing to do in Monaghan is to check out the Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre in Inniskeen.

This centre is brimming with educational and inspirational aids, all dedicated to the late, great Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. Events and awards also take place in this resource centre.

MORE TIPS: The IB4UD three-day Monaghan itinerary.

AddressLacklum Cottage, Lacklom, Inishkeen, Co. Monaghan

1. Muckno Lake – for a sunny day

Muckno Lake in Monaghan is lovely on a sunny day

There is no better way to spend a sunny day in County Monaghan than on Muckno Lake, also known as Lough Muckno. This sparkling freshwater lake is located close to the town of Castleblayney.

Offering endless outdoor activities and water sports, this is the ideal spot for the entire family when the sun comes out to play. There’s even a leisure park on its perimeter, offering water-skiing, wake boarding, and fishing.

RELATED READ: The Ireland Before You Die guide to Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure at Lough Muckno Park.

Location: Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan

Your questions answered about the best things to do in Monaghan

In this section, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about the best things to do in County Monaghan.

Is Monaghan in Ireland or Northern Ireland?

Monaghan is part of Ulster, but is not part of Northern Ireland. It is one of three Ulster counties that are part of the Republic of Ireland along with Donegal and Cavan.

What does Monaghan mean in Irish?

Monaghan comes from the Irish word ‘Muineachán’ which means ‘The Land of Little Hills’.

What is the main town in Monaghan?

The main town in Monaghan is the eponymous town of Monaghan.

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