Travel Guide

The town of Ballina in the Republic of Ireland provides a diverse mix of countryside town and urban vivacity. Founded in the 18th century, Ballina’s population has remained small and today its location in the solitary County Mayo countryside has earned it a reputation as the perfect place for a beautiful rural getaway.

Rural though it may be, Ballinais certainly a lot more than a quiet country town. Here you can explore Ballina’s vibrant nightlife, or sample the flavours in the town’s exquisite selection of local restaurants. Alternatively, you could plan to visit when one of the town’s many annual festivals take place. Either way, you’ll soon learn why this little town in County Mayo has such staying power.

History in BallinaThe modern day town of Ballinawas established in 1723, but the area was first settled much earlier, with the founding of an Augustinian friary in 1375. Historically, the town focused largely on farming, but it is these humble beginnings that mean Ballinacan now boast such well-cultivated and unspoilt landscape, and, of course, a real cracker of a farmer’s market every Saturday!

Culture in BallinaAs one of Ireland’s emerging cultural hubs, the Ballina arts scene is focused primarily in the Ballina Arts Centre, located on Barrett Street on the banks of the River Moy. What better way to uncover Ballina’s traditional music and dance? You could also discover an undiscovered pool of modern talent before you head across the road after the show and find yourself immersed in the town’s thriving nightlife.

Festivals in BallinaIf a trip to Ballina Arts Centreisn’t enough, you could time your trip to Ireland to coincide with one of Ballina’s annual festivals. Why not come to Fesant Fest? Founded in 2000, this small music festival takes place every summer. The annual Salmon Festival is very popular here too and takes place every year to celebrate Ballina’s most popular past time – salmon fishing. Every July the streets of Ballinaare jam-packed with interesting and colourful arts and crafts to browse, admire and purchase.

Eating Out in BallinaWhy don’t you take afternoon tea and a scone in one of the town’s teashops, or dine out in style at bistros serving hearty meals? For a town of its size, Ballina has an extraordinary range of places to eat. Here you can find affordable cafes, light lunches, gourmet restaurants, gastro pubs and international cuisine. You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice. Offering great views, Ballina’s restaurants are centrally located on the shores of the River Moy.

Architecture in BallinaNo trip to Ireland would be complete without enjoying some of the historical architecture, and Ballinahas it in spades. From the town’s Victorian Gothic cathedral to its Georgian townhouses, as well as many medieval ruins located nearby, there’s plenty of heritage here to keep you happy.

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