Midletons flagship tourist attraction is
the Jameson Heritage Center, distiller of fine
Irish Whiskey in Midleton since 1825. Visitors
are welcomed with a complimentary glass of
Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 18th century Mills,
Maltings, Corn Stores, Warehouses and Kilns have
been beautifully restored to create an
outstanding heritage and visual center.
town is full of interesting historical buildings,
many of them now privately owned and lovingly
refurbished by their owners. The school, Midleton
College, is one of the oldest schools in Ireland.
Built in 1717 has amongst its past pupils John
Philpott Curran and Issac Butt, founder of Home
Rule League. The AIB Bank building in the High
Street was built in 1899. An imposing red brick
and terra-cotta structure, it is a fine example
of the Queen Anne revival mould. Roses
Coach Inn, once a hotel, then police barracks
during the War of Independence, was designed by
renowned architect Pugin who revived the Gothic
Style in Church Building. The Town Hall built in
1789,is identified by a weather cock of larch on
top of the clock tower, stands proudly in the
Two churches of
note in the township are St. John the Baptist
Church, believed to be the site of the Cistercian
Abbey with records dating back to 1302; and
Church of the Most Holy Rosary distinguished by
its 166ft spire.
To the west of
Midleton lies Carrigtwohill, the site of
Barryscourt Castle, family seat of the Barry
family from the 12th to 17th centuries. The
castle is now restored to its former glory with
historical exhibition and restaurant.
To the north of
Midleton is the Dungourney Open and Farm Museum,
Cnoc A Ceo Leahy, displaying life as it used to
be 100 years ago on a farm with horse drawn
machinery, old tools, gardens , animals and an
operational water mill.
Midleton is the picturesque medieval town of
Cloyne, home of renowned hurler Christy Ring, and
the location of the Round Tower, one of two
remaining round towers of its kind in Ireland. It
is the site of the monastery founded by St.
the center of crafts of East Cork. Stephen Pearce
Pottery and Shangarry Knitwear and many other
craft producers attract visitors from around the
world. Nearby is the Ballymaloe Cookery School
with magnificent formal continental style
For shopping and
eating out, Midleton town has a wonderful range
of eateries and shops.
Award winning restaurants, stylish cafes,
character pubs and contemporary bars are all
here. Shops offer elegant high fashion,
hand-crafted Irish goods, home made foods,
antiques, Waterford crystal, Belleck , lace and
linen, designer items and more.