Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Ireland
Comprehensive guide to best cities, attractions, amazing architecture, UNESCO world heritage and pleasant touristic area..
1. Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs Of Moher on the west coast are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland.The cliffs are located in county Clare and lie just south from the Village of Doolin and the Burren. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nerarly five miles (8km) to Hags head. Being almost vertical, their sheer drop into the heaving Atlantic ocean is a haven for sea birds. One can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara and Loop Head to the South, the top is never tiresome.
2. Grafton Street Area, Dublin
I love this area even it’s expenive but you can always just walk or walk and shop. This street has a great variety of retail stores including café’s, bars, restaurants and hotels and caters for shoppers searching for high-end or high street. Bewley’s Oriental Café, a Grafton Street institution since its opening in 1927, announced at the end of October 2004 that it would be closing before Christmas, along with its Westmoreland Street café. Following a campaign by many, including the then Mayor of Dublin, Catherine Byrne, the café on Grafton Street, which had closed, was reopened, including its small performance area.
3. Boyne Valley
Is the largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Located in the North-East of Ireland and encompassing counties Louth and Meath is a World Heritage Site. The Prehistoric inhabitants of the area built huge burial tombs on the banks of the river Boyne and on hilltop sites such as Loughcrew. Today, the Neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth which are older than the pyramids in Egypt and pre-date Stonhenge by 1000 years continue to attract huge numbers of visitors from all around the world. The area is believed to contain around 40 passage tombs in total.
4. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, which has been home to the ‘amazing beer’ since 1759. The seven storey building, a former Guinness fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer, from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of Guinness barrel making in the cooperage and on to the creation of the world famous brand.
5. Trinity College in Dublin
Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College in Dublin is one of the country’s ancient treasures. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. As Ireland’s university on the world stage, Trinity is recognised for academic excellence and a transformative student experience. The historic campus is located in the heart of Dublin city centre at the meeting place of the retail and cultural districts.
6. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Glendalough is a inspirational place that will blow your mind and fire up your heart. Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions.
7. Muckross House & Gardens, Killarney
Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife.Complex have sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. It is said that these improvements for the Queen’s visit were a contributory factor in the financial difficulties suffered by the Herbert family which resulted in the sale of the estate. In 1899 it was bought by Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun who wanted to preserve the dramatic landscape.
8. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years. It remains the largest Cathedral in the country. It has been visited by some of Irish history’s most influential individuals from Cromwell, William of Orange and King James I, to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. It is the final resting place for one of Ireland’s most famous men, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s travels and Dean (head) of the Cathedral. It has witnessed the birth of the expression “to chance your arm” within its walls as well as being the site of the very first school in Ireland, the Cathedral Choir School. It is today the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland a place of worship.
9. The National Gallery of Ireland
The gallery was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and first opened its doors to the public in January 1864. The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin boasts some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European school of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings, the majority of which are on permanent display.
10. The English Market, Cork
Located in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of it’s kind in the world.