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Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in  Ireland

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 10 attractions in Ireland

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House of Waterford Crystal

House of Waterford Crystal

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Waterford Crystal, the prestigious brand behind New York City’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and the chandeliers at Westminster Abbey, was founded back in 1783. These days, the public can visit the main crystal factory complex to observe skilled craftsmen blowing the molten crystal or browse a collection of dazzling crystal pieces.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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Cobh Heritage Centre (The Queenstown Story)

Cobh Heritage Centre (The Queenstown Story)

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The port town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, was the departure point for millions of Irish emigrants who left the country between 1848 and 1960. Housed in the town’s Victorian train station, the Cobh Heritage Centre chronicles the often-heartbreaking journeys of Irish emigrants during the Great Famine and beyond.More
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Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory

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Gallarus Oratory is Ireland's best preserved early Christian church. The exact year of its construction is not known, but it is believed to be more than a thousand years old. The church is located five miles from Dingle Town on the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. It was constructed entirely from dry stone masonry and resembles an overturned boat. This church is one of the highlights of the scenic Slea Head Drive. Along the scenic drive, visitors will also see views of Smerwick Harbor, the Three Sisters and Mount Brandon.Visitors will be able to see a church that has not been restored because it hasn't needed to be. The stones were carefully fitted together without the use of mortar, and aside from a small sag in the roof, the construction has held up for centuries. You can enter the oratory through a 6.5 foot doorway, and there are two stones with holes that once held a door. The nearby visitor center shows a 15 minute audio-visual presentation about the Gallarus Oratory, and there is a gift shop.More
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Sky Road

Sky Road

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Even though it’s only seven miles long, Clifden’s Sky Road feels like a journey through all of Connemara and time. When driving this winding, rural road, views look down on the town of Clifden and its two iconic spires—which is a view you’re sure to see on any postcard of Western Ireland or Connemara. Behind the town are the 12 Bens hills, standing brown, rugged, and proud, and as the drive loops around away from town, views stretch out to the offshore islands and the open Atlantic Sea. Aside from the sweeping landscape views, ancient castles and historic mansions are around every bend in the road. At the 19th century Clifden Castle—built in a Gothic style—visitors can walk the dirt road that leads right up to the castle. Another stroll is up Memorial Hill and offers famous view of Clifden, and by turning uphill at the fork in the road, the drive climbs past the old Coast Guard station to 500 feet above sea level. There is a small parking lot near the road’s summit, where whitewashed cottages appear as flecks on the misty, wave battered coast. The Sky Road has often been called one of Ireland’s most scenic drives, and seeing as it’s just a short loop from Clifden, is an Irish road trip that any Connemara visitor with a car can enjoy.More
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Westport House and Gardens

Westport House and Gardens

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Said to be one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates, Westport House and Gardens is a heritage attraction on the country’s west coast. With more than 30 rooms open to the public, the 18th-century home offers guided tours telling the story of its owners and connection to Grace O’Malley, the famed pirate queen.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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Blasket Islands

Blasket Islands

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Off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, a group of abandoned sandstone islands rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. For hundreds of years, the Blasket Islands (Na Blascaodai) were home to an Irish-speaking population; however, in 1953 the Irish government decided that, due to their isolation, the islands were too dangerous for habitation and ordered a mandatory evacuation.More
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Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

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The fifth-century home of the kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel—or St. Patrick’s Rock, as it’s also known—is now home to a collection of religious monuments, including a roofless medieval cathedral and a 12th-century chapel. Set atop an elevated knoll, the site commands excellent views over the green, grassy Irish countryside.More
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Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

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Zigzagging along Ireland’s west coast, the 2,175-mile (3,500-kilometer) Wild Atlantic Way driving route shows off some of the country’s most thrilling coastal scenery. From the wave-battered sea cliffs of Slieve League and Moher to edge-of-the-world archipelagos such as the Skelligs and the Aran Islands, this route is a visual feast.More

Trip ideas

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin

How to Spend 3 Days in Galway

How to Spend 3 Days in Galway

Top activities in Ireland

Lakes of Killarney Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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Tony was amazing and Ireland is spectacular
Jennifer_M, Jul 2021
Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Cork
I highly recommend making the journey to Ireland this summer to enjoy all sites and people.
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More time on Belfast
Leslie_H, Jul 2021
Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Day Tour from Dublin
Lots of Bus riding but we did get to see Northern Ireland!
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Amazing experience in the Cliffs of Moher
Daniel_S, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
If I knew, I would sit on the left side next to the window to see the landscape even better and take more pics/record some videos.
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History
Patrick40, Sep 2020
Cork City Gaol Admission Ticket
Visit little different due to covid but still a great experience and would recommend to other people to visit.
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done well
Sunshine10579464327, Jan 2020
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
Excellent way to see Cliffs of Moher and other nearby attractions.
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North of Ireland in one day
David D, Dec 2019
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
If you only have one day to see the North of Ireland, I cannot recommend this trip highly enough.
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An easy way to see the Cliffs
helloemmastevens, Dec 2019
Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway
This trip was a great way to see a bit more of Ireland and get to the Cliffs in an easy and comfortable way.
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A great tour.
Joyce M, Nov 2019
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This was a great tour to see Trinity College, The Book of Kells, and other highlights of Dublin.
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Highly recommend!
bethzimmerman01, Oct 2019
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
A great way to see different parts of Ireland and learn more about the country's history and culture, including some good music and restaurant recommendations.
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A great way to see the Irish landscape! Our tour guide and excellent driver, Seamus and Pete were amazing!
WorldT123, Oct 2019
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see some of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes.
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Fell in Love with Wicklow mountains
myeverydaytreasures, Oct 2019
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
They are informative, you get to see many places which otherwise would have been very expensive to do on your own.
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Great experience - as always!
leahbnyc, Oct 2019
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
This was the perfect trip to see a taste of the south in Ireland.
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Excellent tour - Knowledgeable guide.
Gail L, Sep 2019
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
I chose this your because I wanted to see Ireland, but not take all day to do so.
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Galway by Rail
cdjardine, Sep 2019
Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Wonderful way to see the Countryside of Ireland and then bus tour of Connemara and Galway!
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Awesome experience
Curiosity233793, Sep 2019
Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Rail Tour from Dublin
The countryside of Ireland is so beautiful to see and the whole tour is well done.
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Way to see the Irish Countryside
JudyHootie, Jul 2019
Private Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens starting from Dublin
On our second day in Ireland, we had decided to take a private tour with just our other friends to get to see areas of Ireland that we wouldn't see on our pending 10 day tour to follow.
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Breathtaking views!
Sandip A, Jul 2019
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
We stopped along the way to see many places of historical significance, and of course the Cliffs had breathtaking views.
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Good guided taste of real Ireland
Nancy M, Jul 2019
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
This is worth the day to see a bit of the beautiful Irish countryside.
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Must see
862katiee, Jul 2019
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Campus isn't crowded but going into see Book of Kells & the library is and having a guide made it easier.
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Funny tour guide and beautiful scenery
921jenniferalexandra, Jul 2019
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
The attractions were unreal and the food in the different cities was amazing.

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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