Shopping is mainly located along Main Street and Bridge Street,  with many small boutiques, shoe shops and gift shops. Farmers markets take place on Friday mornings at the Egg market and on Saturday mornings at McCarrons shop on Farnham Street.

Three retail parks on the Dublin Road are home to stores such as Argos, Woodies, Lifestyle Sports and several large furniture stores.

Restaurants in town include The Oak Room, Opus One in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Botanica in the Farnham Estate, Annalee in the Hotel Kilmore, The Side Door, Little Sicily, The Top Floor, The Bridge and The Big Apple. Many pubs also serve food. There are many coffee shops, bakeries and cafes in Cavan serving lunch and snacks throughout the day. The multi – award winning  restaurant The Olde Post Inn is located just  outside the town in Cloverhill.  See below for restaurant listing.

Cavan town is rich in history and many buildings have survived for generations. Farnham Street took its name from the local landlords, Lord Farnhams (the Maxwell family) and was built in the early 19th century to beautify the town and to create a bypass for coaches .  The Town Hall was built in 1909 and was Cavan’s first movie house. The beautiful Cathedral of SS Patrick and Feidhlim was completed in 1942, with a 68m spire and flanking domes.  The interior is like a basilica with different colours of marble and also has fine examples of ecclesiastical art.

St Mary’s Abbey in the town, dates to 1300, when it was built by the O’Reillys. A three-storey bell tower, a section of the west wall, and a graveyard remain today. Reputedly, Eoghan Roe O Neill, a leader of the 1640 rebellion and Myles "the Slasher" O’Reilly, hero of the 1644 Battle of the Bridge of Finea are buried here.

Three miles west of Cavan is St. Feithlimidh’s Cathedral at Kilmore.  A church first established here in 885 AD later became a Church of Ireland Cathedral and the seat of a bishop. The new cathedral was intended as a memorial to Bishop Bedell (Bishop from 1629 to 1642) who translated the Old Testament into Irish - an original copy is on display in the cathedral.

Built into the cathedral is a fine 12th Century Romanesque doorway. Across the road from the Kilmore Cathedral are the remnants of a motte and bailey.

The nearby Clough Oughter Castle was built by the Normans in the 12th Century. The locals were so impressed they quickly captured it for themselves. The O Reilly’s fought hard to retain the castle until
Cromwell's forces finally blasted through the walls in 1653. The walls lie where they fell and for hundreds of years the castle has belonged to no one but it’s painters, poets and curious visitors. So what was all the fuss about? Same as it ever was – location, location, location!

We make great efforts to welcome all visitors to Cavan. Cavan town and environs was the proud winner of the EDEN European award for accessibility in 2013. The Johnston Central Library, Cavan Leisure Centre and Con Smith Park are just some of the attractions that are fully accessible. Check out Cavan on - an online access guide to activities and accommodation.

Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street
t: 049 4378500. Free wi-fi, internet access, year round events.
Award winning library. Fully accessible.
Tourist Office & Genealogy Centre, Johnston Library, Farnham Street, Cavan t: 049 4361094
Killykeen Forest Park, Cavan
Woven around the waters of Lough Oughter and popular with cyclists, walkers and anglers.
Cavan Swimming & Leisure Complex, Drumalee, Cavan t:  049 436 2888
Con Smith Park & Playground, Cathedral Road, Cavan
Green Lough Amenity, Dublin Road, Cavan
Astra Bowl, Cavan Town t: 049 437 2662
Storm Cinema, Townspark, Cavan t: 049 4372005
Koolkids Children’s Playcentre, Ballinagh Rd, Cavan   t: 049 437 2388
Livewirez Children’s Playcentre, Unit 4 Townspark,
Cavan town T: 049 436 2736
County Cavan Golf Club, Drumelis, Cavan t: 049 433 1541
Cavan Equestrian Centre, Latt, Cavan t: 049 433 2017
Extreme Paintballing, Killygoan, Cavan t: 049 437 1113

Annalee, Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Road t: 049 433 2288
Botanica, Radisson Blu Farnham Estate t: 049 437 7700
Ko’s Chinese, Main Street T: 049 432 6555
Little Sicily Italian, 18 Newcourt Centre t: 049 436 2558
Opus One, Cavan Crystal Hotel  t: 049 436 0600
The Big Apple, The Black Horse Inn, Church Street  t: 049 433 2140
The Bridge, Coleman Road t: 049 433 1538
The Gallery, Imperial Bar, Main Street T: 049 437 3027
The Meadow View Bar & Restaurant, Dublin Road T: 049 433 1638
The Oak Room, 32 Main Street t: 049 437 1414
The Olde Post Inn, Cloverhill t: 047 55555
The Side Door, Drumalee Cross t: 049 433 1819
Top Floor, The Kesh Bar, Gornakesh, Cavan t: 049 433 1371
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Hand-me-downs from history.

Before this place was called Cavan it was called Bréifne, and before that it was called something else. This land has been home for Neolithic, Bronze Age, Celtic, Norman and Early Christian peoples. They all built here and left their mark for us to admire.

So what was all the fuss about this place? The same as it ever was - location, location, location!

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, West County Cavan and Fermanagh
Recognised by UNESCO the Geopark showcases spectacular landscapes, waterfalls, abbeys, megalithic tombs, forests and amazing show caves. Full programme of events -  visit

Burren Forest, Blacklion
Neolithic, bronze age and archaeological site with megalithic tombs and prehistoric walls. A living breathing history park. Marked walks.

Clough Oughter Castle, Cavan
Island castle built by the Normans in the 12th century and fought over for years. The breached walls lie where they fell for hundreds of years.

Turbet Island Motte & Bailey, Belturbet
Located on the River Erne, a Norman wooden fort with walking trails.

The Cathedral of St. Fethlimidh Kilmore, Cavan t: 049 433 7168 or 433 1918
Historical cathedral located just outside Cavan town.  Other features include a Holy Well; the remains of the Episcopal House (1620) and a motte and bailey with 18th century ice house.

Drumlane Abbey, Milltown
A monastic site  and round tower reputedly founded by St. Mogue in the 6th century.

Cohaw Megalithic Tomb, Cootehill
Well preserved double chamber tomb, c.2000BC.

Tullydermot Waterfalls, Glangevlin

Shannon Pot, Glangevlin
The mythical source of the River Shannon – Ireland’s longest river.

Trace your roots
Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Library, Farnham Street, Cavan t: 049 436 1094


Cavan County Museum, Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff  t: 049 854 4070
Housed in a magnificent 19th Century building, the museum provides an insight into the heritage of Cavan. View the ‘Pighouse Collection’ which consists of beautiful lacework and 18th, 19th and 20th Century costume and folklife material.
Bear Essentials Workshop & Showroom, Bawnboy   t: 049 952 3461  
Teddy bear workshops and showroom.  Gift shop and play area.

The Museum of the Master Saddler, Corlough, Co Cavan   t: 049 952 3956
Dedicated to the ancient craft of the saddler and harness maker.

St. Kilian’s Heritage Centre, Mullagh
t: 046 924 2433 e:
A exhibition of the life of St. Kilian, born in Mullagh in the 7th century and now patron saint of Wurzburg. A.V. presentation, craft shop and tea room.

Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre, Ballyhugh,
t: 049 952 6044  e:
Courses and workshops in arts, crafts, music and dance, writing and yoga. Year round programme of events.  Also houses artefacts and local photographs.

Maudabawn Cultural Centre, Maudabawn, Cootehill t: 049 555 9504
Guided tours, cultural weekends, history and heritage classes. Open for day visits.


Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan
t: 049 4378500.  Free wi-fi, internet access, year round events. Award winning library. Fully accessible.

Killykeen Forest Park, Cavan
Woven around the waters of Lough Oughter and popular with cyclists, walkers and anglers.

Cavan Swimming & Leisure Complex, Drumalee, Cavan
t: 049 436 2888.  Fully accessible.
Con Smith Park and Playground, Cathedral Road, Cavan

Green Lough Amenity, Dublin Road, Cavan

Astra Bowl, Cavan Town t: 049 437 2662
Storm Cinema, Townspark, Cavan t: 049 4372005

Koolkids Children’s Playcentre, Ballinagh Rd, Cavan   t: 049 437 2388
Livewirez, Unit 4 Townspark, Cavan town T: 049 436 2736

Bailieborough Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre, Bailieborough
t:  042 966 6644
Killinkere Pet Farm t: 087 259 6890  

Dun a Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt
A beautiful and tranquil forest parks. Perfect for walkers, families, nature-lovers and  bird-watchers, Four marked walking trails of 1.5km – 2km in


Just try and ignore the views....

County Cavan Golf Club, Drumelis House, Cavan t: 049  433 1541

Farnham Estate Golf Club, Cavan  t: 049  437  7700  

Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club, Ballyconnell t: 049  952 6444

Belturbet Golf Club, Erne Hill, Belturbet (9holes),  t: 049  952 2287

Blacklion Golf Club, Toam, Blacklion  (9holes), t: +353 (0)71 985 3024

Cabra Castle Golf Course, Kingscourt (9holes), t: +353 (0)42 9667030

Crover House Hotel & Golf Club (9holes), Mountnugent  t: 049  854 0206

Virginia Golf Club, Park Hotel Virginia (9holes),  t: 049  8548066


Music and drama here in Cavan really take to the streets.  The county has a rich musical scene with dance, music and singing festivals. Galleries, concerts, sessions, exhibitions, lectures ensure a  vibrant year round programme of events. Check out Events such as the NYAH, Virginia Pumpkin Festival and annual County Fleadh have all added to Cavan’s reputation as one of Ireland’s richest music song and dance destinations. Cavan presents three drama festivals – Shercock, Cavan and Maudabawn along with cultural festivals such as Cathal Bui and the Festival of the Erne. 2013 is the year of the Gathering and there are many exciting events happening right here in Cavan. Check out the events section of for up-to-date info what’s happening.


Unfortunately for our fish, County Cavan is widely regarded as Ireland’s premier angling destination. Famous for coarse and pike fishing, there are also many fine game angling river stretches and wild brown trout lake fisheries, including the very famous Lough Sheelin.  Visit