Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is located in Dublin and is a must see for very visitor to Ireland. The Storehouse is also Ireland’s most famous attraction so book in advance! Not only does it offer the best view of Dublin but you also get a free pint of ‘the black stuff’. Very tempting! The Guinness Storehouse tells the story of how Guinness became Ireland’s largest export. Travel through 7 floors of storytelling to get to the Gravity Bar. This attraction gives a real insight into Irish culture and is definitely worth the admission price!


Cliffs of Moher

A personal favourite for its exceptional views.  The cliffs overlook the Atlantic Ocean and stretch across 5 miles. The Cliffs of Moher is a worldwide known attraction and last year over 1 million tourists visited the cliffs. A visitor centre has been newly opened and gives its visitors an interactive experience. The Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains can all be seen from the cliffs. This attraction is definitely a must for photographers as it is one of the most instagrammed places in Ireland.

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Dublin Zoo

If you are an animal lover, Dublin Zoo is a must visit tourist attraction. Located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City it is a very popular attraction for all ages. Dublin Zoo is a fun filled day out and is home to over 600 different animals. The Zoo also holds different events throughout the year so make sure you look them up online and see what’s happening! The Asian forests are the newest part of Dublin Zoo where visitors can see Asian lions and Sumatran tigers. Make sure to check out the animals feeding times in advance to get the most of the experience.


Boyne Valley

Boyne Valley is located in the East of Ireland in Co. Meath. It was once Ireland’s ancient capital and it’s most sacred and mythical landscape. If you are looking to discover Irish history from ancient times it is definitely a place you should visit. You can admire the views at Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe; you can visit the great prehistoric tombs at Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) and the site of the infamous Battle of the Boyne. Visiting the Hill of Tara is a must, as you are sharing the views with the ancient High Kings of Ireland and be mesmerised by the detail of the Celtic Crosses at Kells. Boyne Valley has excellent guided tours to bring you right back to ancient times and let you explore the vast Irish history up close and personal.

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Aran Islands

A trip to the West of Ireland would be imperfect without visiting the Aran Islands. If you wish to experience real Irish culture these islands are a must do. The locals speak English and Irish so you definitely will pick up a few ‘focal’ (See your already learning!). Previous visitors recommend renting a bike to explore the islands. The Aran Islands have lots of outdoor activities like fishing, surfing and boat trips. An excellent place to visit to unwind and merge yourself into Irish culture.

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Titanic Experience Belfast

The Titanic Belfast is Northern Ireland’s biggest tourism attraction. It was also awarded the world’s leading tourist attraction. (If you loved the film it is a must visit!). The Titanic experience takes you through nine interactive galleries. The story is told in a fun and insightful way leaving visitors intrigued. The story starts with yhr ships conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The tours last up to 2 hours and the audio tours can be listened to in different languages. Visitors can now also have afternoon tea and there are one hour walking tours of how the Titanic was built. Visitors are advised to book in advance due to its popularity.


Ring of Kerry

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities you should escape to Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a 179km circular route of the Iveragh Peninsula. The route is best done at a leisurely pace to take in the scenery and the breath taking views. It also offers visitors the chance to experience surfing, cycling, hill walking, golfing, fishing and so much more. This area of natural beauty offers visitors views from the Atlantic Ocean, small picturesque villages and cliffs and mountains. Tourists are urged to explore the smaller towns and discover hidden gems amongst historic monuments.

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Croke Park

Croke Park is home to the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), located in Dublin City. The stadium is one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 82,300 people. It can accommodate all types of events – from field sports to concerts, meetings to tradeshows and bespoke banqueting. Ask any Irish sporting fan where their favourite place to be on a summer’s Sunday is – and the ansdwer is sure to be Croke Park. There is nothing quite like experiencing the atmosphere and the passion the Irish people have for GAA. Gaelic games are played throughout the year but the summer is when the key battles take place and the city is swarmed in each county’s colours. Croke Park also offers historical tours and its newest attraction a skyline tour of Dublin. The views are exceptional!


Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway is located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It is Northern Irelands only UNESCO World Heritage site. Giant’s Causeway was created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. You can also learn about the myth of Finn MacCool which will add an interesting and fun element to your visit. Your visit to the attraction will include an audio visual presentation, you can browse in the souvenir shop and also there is a tourist information office on site. And not to leave out the spectacular walks and scenery all dwelled deep in history.

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Blarney Castle and Gardens

Blarney Castle and gardens is a famous landmark in County Cork. There are three parts to the experience, Blarney stone, castle gardens and rock close. The most famous and talked about would be Blarney stone. Hundreds of pilgrims flock here daily, climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. When you reach the top visitors lean back and hold onto an iron rail and receive the gift of eloquence. There are some great stories behind the origin and guides tell you the stories in a fun and interesting way. And not to forget the gardens, you can wander around exploring the tranquil and magical surroundings.


Blog Post by Emma Callaghan, Work in Ireland.

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Lifetime Lessons and Lifelong Friends

“It’s been almost 6 months now that I’ve been living in Dublin as part of the Work in Ireland program. Time sure does fly by. So far, it has definitely had its ups and downs, but I always remind myself in the tougher times that this experience is once in a lifetime and there are so many life lessons I am learning while over here. Not to mention, the craic in Dublin is great!!

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After first getting here, I have to admit I was very overwhelmed, especially with finding housing and a job – the main priorities. I had a friend who was coming over to work in Ireland at the same time as me, so we decided to be roommates and at first, we were getting discouraged about finding an apartment. However, after sending plenty of emails on rent.ie and daft.ie, we finally found a suitable apartment in a suburb north of Dublin city centre. We have a nice little set up with a balcony and a lovely kitchen. Rent is a bit pricey, but we expected that when coming to live in the capital of Ireland.

As far as finding a job, it definitely was not the easiest task at first. I reached out to a few different recruitment agencies and spent the first week or two in the USIT office polishing up my CV and sending it off to employers. It would be discouraging after not hearing back or after getting rejected, but I tried to be positive and remember it would all work out one way or another.

I found an agency and they called me the day after receiving my CV. I had a good feeling about it and went in to interview the next day. I met with the manager there who told me that he would do his best to get me work as soon as possible. Well, turns out that he had work for me the very next day. He rang me in the morning to come in to the Bank to help out on the switchboard for the day. This assignment turned into an essentially full-time temporary role, and I have since got hired full-time through the Bank as a Business Services Assistant where I work in the reception department. I think my advice to anyone in this program would be to take advantage of agencies because they can be very helpful with finding work quickly for you, at least to start with when you first arrive.

As far as everything else, my experience has been great getting to travel around Ireland a bit as well as some of Europe. So far, I’ve been to Waterford, Belfast, and the Netherlands, and I have a few trips planned coming up including Barcelona, which I’m really looking forward to!

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Overall, Dublin is a lovely place to live with plenty to do and with friendly people all around. I really enjoy exploring all of the coastal villages along Dublin Bay as there are so extremely beautiful towns just waiting to be explored. I feel very content now that I am all settled and in my work routine. Surely there are some things I wish I did differently in the beginning, but life is about learning from your mistakes and moving on.

Cheers to an amazing city and cheers to the second half of my adventure on this side of the pond!”

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Blog Post & Photography by Valerie Stearns, a current Work in Ireland Participant.

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