Visit Castlebar is an initiative to market the Castlebar Municipal District to holidaymakers staying in the area, to holidaymakers staying elsewhere but visiting the area and short stay visitors. It has been developed to highlight and market the area as an attractive, welcoming and vibrant destination.
Castlebar is Mayo’s biggest town and is its administrative capital. It is also the county’s shopping capital and is an ideal hub to explore the whole county from. It takes its name from a settlement around the de Barra Castle in the 11th century. The own site just 15 miles from the Atlantic ocean and is surrounded by some of the world’s best fishing rivers and lakes.
Visit Castlebar is a voluntary organization which is made up of stakeholders from the local tourism interests (Love Castlebar, Mayo Choral Festival, Castlebar International 4 Days’ Walks, Mayo Peace Park, Castlebar Tidy Towns among others) and is dedicated to boosting tourism by promoting the
beauty of our area as well as creating, hosting and helping others organise events in the town. Castlebar Municipal covers a large area and includes some beautiful attractions such as the National Museum of Ireland (Turlough House), the Greenway, Ballintubber Abbey, Moore Hall, Tourmakeady Woods, Michael Davitt Museum, Jack’s Old Cottage, Lough Lannagh, to name but a few. In 2013, we hosted the ‘Gathering Event Of The Year’, In Humbert’s Footsteps.
Moreover, as well as attracting visitors and holidaymakers, we endeavour to promote our area to locals too and invite them to ‘be tourists in their own area’ in these times. In order to enhance the visitor experience, we depend on the local community to help us through volunteering, goodwill, sharing of information or simply attending the events.
The office is open all year round and is situated in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar which comprises of a theatre, a community arts centre, and a coffee shop.
Mick Baynes, Tourism Officer for Visit Castlebar, says:
“Our objective at Visit Castlebar is to promote tourism in Castlebar and the surrounding areas. But this partnership with Ireland Reaching Out is about the wider experience of the West and the North West. We will be collaborating with volunteers in Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Donegal to increase tourism for all the counties. If we can get people to one of the counties in our area, it benefits the wider area. If all the countries act and work together as a unit, it is an investment in the entire region.”
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