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Welcome to Ireland

Coastlines, castles, and hospitality abound on the Emerald Isle. Pucker up at the Blarney Stone; sip a stout in a thatched-roof pub, or after a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin; or feel the icy blast of the Atlantic at the Cliffs of Moher. Indisputable highlights include the UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway, with its mysterious rows of hexagonal columns; the culture-rich cities of Galway and Cork; and the natural wonders contained by the Ring of Kerry. Roughly 300 miles long, the island can easily be explored end to end, with live music, ancient ruins, and traditional watering holes never too far away from any stop.

Top 15 attractions in Ireland

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Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

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Towering 702 feet (214 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the water, the famed Cliffs of Moher define the rugged west coast of Ireland. They're also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, with tours available from Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, and Doolin.More
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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies.More
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Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

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Killarney National Park, with idyllic lakes and ancient woodlands backed by the serrated MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, is an area of stunning natural beauty. The park is also historically significant, with two heritage buildings on-site: Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress-turned-hotel, and Muckross House, a stately Victorian estate.More
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Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

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The Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the area draws thousands of tourists each year who come to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.More
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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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Established as a small Viking church in the 11th century, this magnificent cathedral was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century under orders from Norman knight, Strongbow, whose tomb is now held here. In the late 19th century, it was given a neo-Gothic makeover, though original elements including the 12th-century crypt remain.More
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Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

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The 7-story, pint glass–shaped interior of the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, draws travelers from all corners of the world who want to see the birthplace of the famed dark beer and get a taste straight from the barrel. Highlights include multimedia exhibits and a complimentary pint.More
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Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

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One of Ireland’s most prestigious academic institutions, Trinity College Dublin sits in Dublin’s city center and boasts alumni including esteemed literary legends such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett. Tourists from the world over come to wander the historic cobblestoned campus and see the Book of Kells, a prized medieval manuscript housed in the Trinity College Library.More
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Molly Malone Statue

Molly Malone Statue

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The bronze Molly Malone Statue commemorates the young woman featured in the local ballad, 'Cockles and Mussels'. As the song goes, this beautiful woman plied her trade as a fishmonger through the streets where her statue now rests, until she suddenly died of a fever. As a nod to the folk song, a statue was erected on the corner of Grafton and Suffolk streets and unveiled at the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations.This tune has been adopted as Dublin's unofficial anthem, boosting this heroine to eternal fame. Though there is debate as to whether or not a Molly Malone like the one in the song ever existed, she is real to the people of Dublin and is remembered both in song as well as on June 13, National Molly Malone Day. The statue also acts as a popular rendezvous spot for groups as the beautiful bosomy woman with her cart cannot be missed.More
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Temple Bar

Temple Bar

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A compact cluster of crowded cobbled lanes, Temple Bar is an urban playground known for its nightlife. Once a rundown slum before artists and bohemian types—drawn by cheap rents—moved in, Dublin’s so-called cultural quarter has since been revamped. It is now home to galleries, vintage shops, cafés, cultural institutions, and a high concentration of pubs.More
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The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

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Dating back to AD 800, the illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Kells is renowned for its extraordinary illustrations and ornamentations. Its intricate drawings incorporating Celtic and Christian traditions are a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the medieval Irish monks believed to have created it while on the remote island of Iona in Scotland. Despite Viking raids, theft, and fights between various Irish and English factions, 680 astonishingly detailed vellum (calf-skin) pages of the book remain intact.More
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The Burren

The Burren

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Covering an area of more than 115 square miles (300 square kilometers), the Burren is a vast, otherworldly expanse of scarred and fissured limestone rock, naturally sculpted through acidic erosion. Though it may look barren from afar, this rocky plateau is anything but lifeless. In spring and summer, wildflowers and rare plants thrive here.More
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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.More
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Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow Mountains

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Wicklow Mountains National Park, also known as the Garden of Ireland, is one of the country’s six national parks and an easy day trip from Dublin, only 18.5 miles (30 km) away. Travelers frequent this County Wicklow mountain range to spend time away from the city and enjoy the stunningly wild landscape that is so markedly different from the typical green, grassy plains of the Emerald Isle. You’ll find 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of low mountains, serene lakes, and deep glacial valleys offering chances to fish, kayak, and hike.More
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Ross Castle

Ross Castle

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A vision on the shores of Lough Leane, the 15th-century Ross Castle was built as a medieval fortress for an Irish chieftain named O’Donoghue, and was said to be one of the last strongholds to fall to the brutal English Cromwellian forces in the mid-16th century. The ruin has been restored, and features lovely 16th- and 17th-century furniture.More
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Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory

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Go inside Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian church during a visit to the Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Many travelers stop at Gallarus Oratory as part of the scenic Slea Head Drive, and a nearby visitor center shows a short presentation about the history and architecture of the landmark.More

Trip ideas

Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Top activities in Ireland

Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
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Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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Small-Group Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin with Horse-Back Riding
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Small-Group Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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Tyler_B, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Limerick: Including The Wild Altanic Way
One of our passengers had fallen at the shops and he went out of his way to help and care for her.
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We were pleased to visit...
Weber_S, Apr 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
We were pleased to visit Northern Ireland and the options available for this tour.
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Best Irish tour!
Paula_L, Apr 2022
Dublin Sights and Pints
What a great way to visit the important must do’s with built in rests with a pint!
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Boyne Valley tour is the Best
Christine_M, Apr 2022
Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin
This was a trip I needed to see the ancient aspects of Ireland's Celtic history.
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Amazing tour with Ted
Teresa_S, Apr 2022
Private Tour of Ring of Kerry
He made our trip one of our favorite things to do while in Ireland.
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Best tour of my vacation!
Emily_O, Apr 2022
Game of Thrones™ Filming Locations and Giant's Causeway from Dublin
This tour of Northern Ireland was the highlight of my husband and my trip to Ireland over our spring break.
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No better Tour in Ireland
Michael_H, Apr 2022
1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
He weaves a story that brings to life the scumbaggery of the English.
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Best tour you can wish for!
Alessandro_S, Apr 2022
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Sit in the front and enjoy Tommy’s stories, ask him questions, sit back and listen him make you fall in love with Ireland.
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Fantastic locations, Lars...
Barbara_G, Apr 2022
Game of Thrones - Winterfell Trek from Dublin
Cloaks and swords - great fun and the cloaks kept you nice and warm 😊 good way to see a whistle stop tour of Northern Ireland.
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Spectacular views and Irish charm!
SHEIKH_H, Apr 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
What a wonderful way to see some of the best sights in Ireland!
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Cliffs of Moher
Iris_S, Apr 2022
(Small-Group)Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle,The Burren Day Trip From Dublin
Great trip to see a very spectacular part of Ireland that is like no other place on earth.
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This tour is exceptional!...
JOVImae_B, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
I booked it for my sister to see the best of Ireland.
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Great day trip
Jennifer_B, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Terrific way to see the day and explore a bit of Ireland countryside.
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Good value full day tour
AaronC, Mar 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Good value for money, we got to see some lovely bits of Ireland, had fun and learnt lots of info too.
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BABY LAMBS!!!!
Melody_Q, Mar 2022
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
You got to see so much of the countryside of Ireland and Kilkenny was absolutely beautiful.
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Great value- train ride is awesome!
Stephanie_H, Mar 2022
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
You cover a lot ground quickly- greay trip to see many aspects of Ireland
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Get the inside scoop! Great experience!
Stephanie_H, Mar 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Frankie is the best tour guide in Ireland- he will make you fall in love with the place!
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Highly, highly recommend doin this
Caitlin_D, Mar 2022
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
It’s a long day, but if you want to see more of Ireland- I could not recommend this more.
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Sightseeing as its best
Nicole_S, Feb 2022
Cliffs of Moher Express Private Luxury Car Tour (ITA Best Irish Private Tours)
The best was to see a piece of Ireland.
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Krek of a trip(i think you will understan what i mean)
Dejan_M, Feb 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin: Including The Wild Atlantic Way
I reccomend it to everybody who wants to see the "wildness" of Ireland.

All about Ireland

When to visit

After the rainy winter months, Ireland’s wild landscapes erupt into greenery; that said, spring is when the Emerald Isle at its most photogenic. St. Patrick’s Day in March sees countrywide celebrations and summer is festival season, but the crowds die down in-between, making April through June it ideal for sightseeing.

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