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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Why You Should Go To Kerry.

Whether you’re Irish, have recently moved here or are simply visiting Ireland, Kerry is a must-see county of Ireland. It’s located down in the south west of Ireland and there are so many things to do that I could write a book about it. Here I’ve tried to list off as many places as I can without babbling on about each in too much detail.  Ok, here we go…

The Ring of Kerry

This is basically long road which forms a Ring, thus the name the Ring of Kerry. This road brings you through thousands of years of Irish history, landmarks and landscapes. There are loads of things to do, see and experience. Below are some of the most popular…

  1. The Skellig Islands: The Skellig Islands are two small islands located of the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula. There is a small and big island. The small one, Little Skellig, is unfortunately closed to the public but the big island, Skellig Michael, is open for visiting. THIS is where STAR WARS WAS FILMED!!…Well, part of it. You know, where Rey meets Luke Skywalker on top of that mountain. Anyway, that, plus the fact that it’s a stunning island with beautiful views and an ancient monastery, is why you should go! Also, if you go during Puffin season (May-July) you’ll see thousands of them flying around which is pretty cool.

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  2. Killarney International Park: Killarney National Park is located at the foot of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, which is Ireland’s highest mountain range. Within the park you will find lakes, mountains, islands, amazing gardens and even a castle.

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  3. Beaches: Being on the coast, there are multiple beaches to visit. For example Derrynane Beach which is a beautiful, sandy beach where you might even see a dolphin!
  4. Small picturesque Irish towns: Who doesn’t love small picturesque towns? They make the best Instagram photos. I’d recommend going Kenmare. It’s a small town that is known for its beautiful and colourful painted houses and shops. Here, you can also go horseback-riding on Kenmare beach. The photos you will take here will be incredible, no filter needed.medium-1003641-jpg

The Kerry Cliffs

These are a must-see when visiting Kerry. They offer incredible views of the Skellig Islands and Puffin Island. I would recommend going around sunset because the view will leave you speechless. I know I’ve said this before, but seriously good Instagram picture to be taken here.

Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is Ireland’s First International Dark Sky Reserve, which is one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet.

So, what does this mean?

This means that on nights when the sky is clear, it is simply stunning. It means you can see more constellations and stars than you could possibly imagine. The Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Star Clusters and Nebula’s are just some of the beautiful wonders you can see without the need of any fancy astronomical equipment.

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Spending a night here should be on the bucket list.

The Dingle Peninsula

Similar to the Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsula offers a circular route which begins and ends in Dingle, and is called The Slea Head Drive. The route takes you to a large number of attractions and stunning views. Between beautiful beaches, mountain hiking (if you’re into that), charming little islands, adorable little fishing villages, and dolphin tours, you really can’t go wrong. I mean, come on,  DOLPHIN TOURS! Who doesn’t love dolphins?

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Star Wars film location, dolphins, beaches, stunning views and star gazing? Sure, why not?

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