- Driving from Dublin: Take the N4 to Longford then exit to the N5. This will take you right into Castlebar. This is about a 3 hour drive.
- Irish Rail run a train directly from Heuston Station in Dublin on the Westport line. Castlebar is the second to last stop and the journey is approximately 3 hours.
- Driving from the South: Take the N60.
- You can also fly from the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France to Ireland West Airport Knock which is 32km away.
- There are also 3 buses a day from Dublin.
Local ChurchesThere are Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland (Anglican), Elim Pentecostal and Spiritualist churches in town. There is a Mayo male voice choir and Mayo Concert Orchestra. There is also a marching band in town - one of the few surviving marching bands west of the Shannon. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Castlebar experienced significant immigration, growth and investment.
Arts and Event CentresCastlebar is home to The Linenhall Arts Centre, which exhibits visual art throughout the year, as well as hosting live drama and music performances. The Linenhall also organises an annual children's arts festival called Roola Boola (an anglicisation of the Irish phrase rí rá agus ruaile buaile which in this context means "boisterous fun"). The Royal Theatre and Event Centre, with a capacity of two thousand two hundred fully seated, four thousand standing, hosts larger-scale productions and popular music concerts.
FestivalsCastlebar is the location for important festivals and traditions, among which is the International Four Days' Walk. A well-established blues music festival in venues across the town takes place on the weekend before the first Monday in June each year. During the 1970s and 1980s the town hosted the International Castlebar Song Contest which was televised nationally on RTE.
The Heart of Castlebar FestivalWhere the main street becomes pedestrianized with a wide range of stalls and performances. Thousands of people flocked to main street last year to this festival. Croí na Nollaig in December where Stalls and plenty of Sales are available.
SportsWatch Gaelic Football and Hurling at McHale Park, soccer at Milebush Stadium and Celtic Park. Play golf at Castlebar Golf Club, sometimes in summer its possible to see cricket being played on the Mall. Take a cycle around the town, there are now cycle lanes on some roads, play basketball, racquetball and handball at An Sportlann and De La Salle Community Sports Centre. Go swimming at Castlebar Swimming pool and play tennis at Castlebar Tennis Club`s new tennis centre near Lough Lannagh.