Here at Ewings Bar & Accommodation we have plenty of of opportunities to fill your days with everything from the exciting to relaxing to fun for the whole family all at once.

Staying with us means you can benefit from being very central and not only can you make the most of all these great locations listed below, but if you book with us directly then you can also make the most of getting the absolute lowest prices for your stay also!

Below are just a few of the things we would recommend if you are spending some time with us;

For something exciting a canoeing trip is a particularly fun and engaging activity and a fantastic way to experience the river. Professionally guided, all tours are suitable for families and allow you to really appreciate the wide open spaces and unspoilt waterway of the River Barrow, Ireland’s second longest river system. Fantastic memories are guaranteed!

For a different experience of the River Barrow and an activity that the whole family will enjoy, hire a bike at Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire at the Waterside Guesthouse and enjoy a trip from here to St. Mullins. As you leave the town you pass the heritage site of Tinnahinch Castle, a Butler stronghold built to defend the ford. The cycle from here to St. Mullins is approximately 6km but is full of beauty.

For more of a relaxing experience (and on land) the next few on the list are less active but just as fun and interesting. 

Adults will love Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. A five star award-winning garden centre, it features interior furnishings, a kitchen store, fashion outlet and is home to Rachel’s Garden Café.

Both adults and children will love discovering Arboretum Inspirational Gardens – the gardens showcase a variety of planting schemes and garden designs. Families will enjoy exploring the African mud hut and spotting the friendly koi who reside in the Arboretum pond. There is an excellent children’s playground and a maze adjacent to the Inspirational Gardens.

With a similar vibe to the beautiful gardens of Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven the Delta Sensory Gardens are a joy to discover. Suitable for all ages, visitors can experience the wonderful Waterfall Garden and feed the many fish in the pond, explore the Willow Garden and learn all about the five senses in the Sensory Garden. Then there are the amazing water features to delight both young and old – the gardens feature the famous Kugal, one tonne of pink marble floating on a cushion of water. Consistently voted the number one thing to do in Carlow by Trip Advisor, and it only 5 mins away from our hotel!

Another fun one for the whole family is Rancho Reilly Pet Farm. Not just a farm where you can enjoy lots of different animals, here they have Outdoor Play Areas with Swings, slides, roundabout, sand pits, ride on tracks, football pitch, obstacle course, forts, sandpit boat etc. Tractors, tricycles, bikes etc. to  cylce/ride around our cycle/ride on track. We have a designated area where the children can enjoy a pony or donkey ride. Another favourite with the kids is the Barrel Train. A bumpy ride across the fields.  Rancho Reilly is open for camping stays to enjoy all of these great things!

Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow’s Cultural Quarter, just off the town’s main street and is entered through the tourist office. Spanning four galleries, the museum has a wide collection of items and artefacts from Carlow county including:

-the original gallows trapdoor from Carlow Jail
-the 6m carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral
-items from Carlow’s Sugar Factory, which operated for almost 80 years
-the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn;
-items relating to John Tyndall, the Carlow scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect;
-a 340 million-year-old fossilized squid;
-a special exhibition on St. Willibrord, an English monk who trained in Carlow before becoming the Patron Saint of Luxembourg.
-the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry, an 18-year-old medical student who was executed for his role in the Irish War of Independence.
-the printing press used by The Nationalist newspaper and so much more!

Everyone can benfit from getting outdoors more even if it just for a walk.  Carlow’s natural beauty, unspoilt landscapes and sweeping vistas make it an ideal place to get out of the car and into the great outdoors and we have the Rathwood forest nearby.

The Rathwood Forest Trails are very easy trails, suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.  The woodland walks expand over 4km and benches are placed at regular intervals so you can have a rest or simply absorb the tranquility of the forest. The woodlands at Rathwood have a rich variety of native trees and flora, as well as wildlife. Deer, mink, rabbits, foxes, pheasants and dragonflies are some of residents and regular visitors to the Rathwood Forest. The Forest Walks are an ideal activity for families that enjoy nature, the outdoors and a bit of fresh air.  Forest walks are accessible during business hours. The walk trail to the lake is wheelchair accessible.

All these great close by attractions means that staying with us at Ewings Bar & Accommodation gives you the perfect opportunity to have the whole family enjoy their stay, you can’t go wrong staying with us!



Watching the match, or partying for the night? Come and join us in the home of sport, Ewings Bar Carlow Town. Featuring a private area for hotel guests and weekly live music.



Located next to the Carlow Town Hall, this laid-back bar and B&B is a 2-minute walk from the River Barrow, a 4-minute walk from Carlow Castle and 4 km from Carlow Golf Club.



Ensuite bathrooms, and each room at Ewings provides a TV set and a tea/coffee making facilities. The modern tiled bathroom includes a large mirror and free toiletries.