Lough Boora Discovery Park in County Offaly has been named one of the 10 best sculpture parks in Europe by The Guardian.
The former peat bog, in Ireland’s Midlands, once supplied a million tons of peat annually, but has been remade into a wildlife sanctuary and a place of refuge for visitors.
The park, which is open year-round, is home to 24 land and environmental large-scale sculptures, inspired by the area’s industrial heritage. According to the Lough Boora website, the sculpture park "pays homage to our human interaction with the boglands."
The park is home to one of the most imporant Mesolithic sites in Ireland and has five themed trails, including the two-mile sculpture route. Other trails explore farmland, lakes, and wildlife.
Some of the other sculpture parks on The Guardian’s list include the Austrian Sculpture Park in Graz, Vigeland Park in Oslo, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Chianti Sculpture Park in Italy.
For more information on Lough Boora, visit loughboora.com