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Inistioge is widely acknowledged as one of the most charming villages in Ireland. Situated on the river Nore at probably its most beautiful stretch and surrounded by hills and forests, the village has everything going for it. Its pretty square, lined with neat little houses has been much admired, and the eighteenth century ten-arch bridge is among the finest to be found anywhere. Indeed Inistioge's beauty has been further recognised by the making of films there in recent years, Widows Peak starring Mia Farrow, and Circle of Friends starring Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver.

As with Thomastown, Inistioge was founded by Thomas FitzAnthony, who built his motte and bailey on a rock overlooking the river Nore. Between 1206 and 1210 he established an Augustinian priory, around which the village grew.

Apart from the village itself, the main attraction for visitors to Inistioge is Woodstock estate, in the hills high above. Here is a large forest with many fine walks, along the riverside and across the hills.