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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Get Out There: Adventure Advice!

“I have been in Ireland now for a couple of months. During these couples last months, I have not worked, therefore I have had the opportunity to take in the country and the people, and am in a better position to offer some words of advice. Take it or leave it. Up to you, but here are some of the suggestions I would have liked to have from the very beginning.

 

1)         Book your GNIB appointment up to 8 weeks before coming to Ireland. I cannot stress this enough. If you want to work as soon as you get here, I strongly suggest you book your appointment for your  your arrival in Dublin as soon as possible.

2)         Don’t pack your umbrella. Do pack a good rain jacket. Umbrellas here are available everywhere, but, to be honest, a raincoat is much more useful. The wind in Ireland can be quite intense, so your umbrella probably won’t fair so well unless an inside-out umbrella is your kind of thing! While I’m on the subject of packing, include at least one nice outfit for interviews and evenings out, and definitely pack a great pair of walking or hiking shoes.

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3)         When you figure out where in Ireland you will be settling down for a while, I suggest you plan to live with an Irish family for a while. Living with Irish people will allow for you to ask questions, navigate the area, get some good advice, and hear some wonderful stories about Ireland. Not only that, but you’ll be making local connections, which is pretty swell.

4)         Go on adventures. This seems like a silly suggestion but I think it’s easy to lose focus of why you’re relocating to Ireland. Don’t rule out small villages and don’t be afraid to ask locals where to go.

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5)         Talk to people, but focus on listening. People here are very willing to share stories and advice. You’ll learn some wonderful stories of the history, people and culture of Ireland if you tend a listening ear over a pint or coffee.

6)         If you cross someone from your home country, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask them to have coffee with you. It’s nice to have someone to talk to from your country who has also relocated to Ireland. You can compare experiences and perhaps even share contacts.

7)         Read the newspaper once in a while. It’ll give you some insight as to what is happening around Ireland, be it politics, art, sports or classifieds. You might even find some activities happening in your area that you can attend to meet new people or learn a new skill or hobby!

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8)         Download discount website apps such as Groupon to take advantage of some deals in your area. You might find some beauty services or tourist attraction discounts that will help with your budget.

9)         Learn basic rules of rugby, or find someone willing to teach you the basic rules of the game. It makes it a lot funner to watch a game in a pub with a bunch of locals when you have a general idea of what is going on. While you’re at it, learn the basics of hurling and football. Get in the game!

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10)       Finally, get out there. Rain or shine, make it a point to get out of the house every day, even if it’s for a short walk. The days can be rainy, but if you’re dressed for the weather, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some time outdoors!

That’s it! I’m sure I’ll uncover some more suggestions as time goes by, but those are some basics to get you started on your Irish adventure!”

Guest Blogger Geneviève Laurent is a Canadian participant on the Work in Ireland Program. Check out her personal blog: https://chasingnewmemories.wordpress.com/  

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