Situated 63 km from Dublin on the R445 road, Monasterevin has been relieved of much through traffic by the opening in 2004 of a new section of the M7 motorway bypassing the town on the N7 Dublin to Limerick route. Monasterevin is well connected by rail, with trains from Dublin to the southwest (Cork, Limerick, and Tralee) and west (Galway and Mayo) all serving the town.
Monasterevin is a small town, with Georgian houses, on a flat expanse of country, and occupies a right angle bend on the river Barrow, as it changes direction from east to south.
Due to its unusual number of bridges, and the arrival in 1786 of the Grand Canal, the town is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of Ireland".
A Celtic Cross in the square of the town is in memory of Father Prendergast, who was hanged here for the part he played in the 1798 Rising.
An aqueduct built in 1826 carries the Grand Canal over the River Barrow. Monasterevin is noted for its unusually high number of bridges
Monasterevin is from Dublin, from Athy and from Port Laoise. Items of interest are Moore Abbey and Monasterevin House. Other features are its angling, the Monastervin Canal festival, and its sporting activities which include Gaelic Athletic Association, badminton, golf, boating, gymnastics and shooting.