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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16 Reasons Why You Need To Move To Ireland, Right Now!

1. Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a route all along the west coast of Ireland, with some stops on the north and south coasts too. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful beaches, picturesque Irish towns and amazing landscapes. This is definitely one to put on the bucket list.

2. Weekends away in stunning castles all over Ireland

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There’s dozens of castles to stay in all over Ireland surrounded by beautiful landscapes. It’s great for romantic weekends or if you just want to spoil yourself and feel like royalty for a night.

3. The people and the craic

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Irish people are some of the kindest, funniest, and most welcoming people you will ever meet. They always have lots of banter and can instantly make you feel better when you’re down.

4. Great night life

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Dublin, Cork and Galway are major party cities. Galway especially is known for its nights out. There’s nothing much else to say other than you have to go out in at least one of these cities once in your life.

5. Adoration For our President has reached tea cosy levels…

Our President, Michael D Higgins is a strong advocate of the arts, LGBT communities, multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity in Irish society. Basically, he’s 5’4″ of Irish legendary and is popular status is enpcasulated by being a symbolic guardian of one of our most important beverages…

6. Speaking of tea cosy’s, TEA!!

You will never have a cup of tea as good as you will in Ireland. I don’t know if it’s the tea, the milk, or what but when put together something magical happens… And if you want to really put it over the top, have a cookie with it. You won’t regret it. There’s nothing more Irish than a cupán tae (Gaelic) and friendly chat with whoever…

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7. Irish dairy products

Three years ago when I went on Erasmus I really craved Irish milk and butter… My cereal, coffee, tea and toast didn’t taste right tasted wrong. The milk is just so creamy or something and the butter…oh the butter. To quote Gilmore Girls, “you haven’t tasted rolls until you’ve had them with Irish butter”.

8. Big companies mean big jobs

Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. A lot of major companies in the tech and pharmaceutical industry have headquarters here. The job opportunities are endless.

9. A sporting heritage unlike any other

All that green means we have built some of the world’s best golf courses. If golf is your game, come over and play! Ireland is also great for surfers. Something you also need to experience is traditional Irish sports. You haven’t seen a real sport until you’ve seen men beat each other with sticks during a game. We haven’t even mentioned a world-beating rugby team, a giant-killing cricket and a certain Mystic Mc…

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10. Ireland produces great bands

Hozier, Walking on Cars, Kodaline, U2, and the list goes on. Ireland always produces really great bands. It gives you the opportunity to see them play for really cheap or even for free before they become huge and you can’t get tickets for their concerts because they sell out in 2.3 seconds.

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Ireland also has one of the world’s best gig venues in the heart of Dublin City – the Olympia Theatre is very special.

11. No tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts…

All that really happens is that it rains. So you don’t have to worry about any natural disasters happening, which is always a bonus in my book!

12. The landscapes

The rain brings a LOT of green, both in the countryside and in cities. This little rock is not called ‘The Emerald Isle’ for nothing. When the sun is shining the green landscapes are simply breath-taking.

13. Music festivals

You won’t have to worry about carefully packing everything in your suitcase and flying to some far away land for festivals, just stuff everything in your car and drive down to one of the thousands of festivals Ireland has every year.

14. The perfect hub to explore Europe

This point is more valid for people who are not living in Europe but Ireland is in such a good location. It’s like a 50-minute flight to London and only 2 hour flight to Italy. Weekend in Paris, anyone?

15. Traditional Irish pubs

They’re warm, filled with friendly locals and bar staff and sometimes there’s live music. They’re great just for chilling out after work or even for nights out.

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16. St.Patricks Day

No explanation needed really. I mean, who does Paddy’s day better than the Irish?

(Also, just a quick FYI, it’s not St.Pattys day, its either St.Patricks day or Paddy’s day. Nothing else, so make sure you know this if you come over or you will get some weird/annoyed looks.)

17. The best Guinness in the world

Something happens to Guinness when it’s shipped to other countries. It’s not the same. Here you’ll have some real Guinness and if you go to the Guinness storehouse you can enjoy a pint of it in a bar overlooking all of Dublin city.

18. Our Work in Ireland community

Ok, we’re are biased here but it’s worth mentioning that when you come on the Work in Ireland Program, it’s not just a visa, it’s a closely knit and diverse community. We support our participants with a central hub including wi-fi, jobs boards and accommodation listings and run monthly socials together as a group – Glendalough, Game of Thrones Tour in Belfast and Trampoline Dodgeball are all on the list!

Interested in coming to Ireland? Drop us a line wii@usit.ie or call Martha, Lauren or Dearbhla on + 353 (1) 602 1888

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