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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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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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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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Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

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A family favorite, the 69-acre (28-hectare) Dublin Zoo has been around since 1831. Over 400 animals from about 100 different species can be seen across its various sections. In the African Savanna, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and ostriches roam, while the Asian Forests exhibit is home to lions, snow leopards, and crested black macaques.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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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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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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Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

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Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol is a sobering reminder of Ireland’s fight for independence. Built in 1787, the damp cells of this former jailhouse held many prominent Irish nationalists before the gaol was closed down in 1924. Today, visitors can tour the eerie building and explore its storied past through a number of onsite exhibits.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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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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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

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

Top activities in Ireland

Delicious Dublin Food Tour

Delicious Dublin Food Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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Very well run, super positive!
Beverly_R, Jan 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Excellent communication, super focussed on bringing to see best of Belfast and Northern Ireland!
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Connor and Sara were great guides!
Zoe_S, Jan 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
They're very funny and great with suggestions for things to do while you're here.
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Lovely trip and great...
Sarah_P, Dec 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
A great way to spend a winter's day in Galway.
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Just book it!!
Maggie_C, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Dave offered recommendations for the coming weeks with regards to parts of Ireland to visit.
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Great tour with David and Sidney
MistyS, Nov 2021
Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
I definitely would recommend this tour and David and Sidney to anyone who wants to see Ireland!
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Outstanding
WALTER_B, Nov 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The day was a typical Ireland fall day but still the perfect Ireland castle experience
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Beautiful experience! Our...
DEBORAH_A, Nov 2021
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
If you're planning to visit, then this is a definite must.
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Great trip
Sharon_H, Oct 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Very good trip, friendly helpful staff , and nice to see other part of Ireland than Dublin Unfortunately we had rubbish wet weather, so take a Brolly if rain forecast
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Stunning
Aya_K, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin: Including The Wild Atlantic Way
The views were stunning, I loved that I got to see all of these places in one day because I came to Ireland only for 2 days.
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Worth the money!
George_H, Oct 2021
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Caste ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
The tour's itinerary is a great way to see a large chunk of some of the important sites in Northern Ireland for those who are visiting the Emerald Isle for a short period of time.
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We had a wonderful day...
Rob_P, Oct 2021
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Caste ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
Great tour to see the north of Ireland
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A really good guide
Kre_T, Sep 2021
(Morning) Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Great trip and a good guide :) Easy way to see the mountains and some landscape of Ireland, when you are in Dublin.
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Wonderful day trip
Yun_H, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
The cliff and Galway were beautiful and worth so much to visit.
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Moher
Jennifer_D, Sep 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Want to see more of Ireland..
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Beautiful
linh_l, Aug 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
We felt covid safe and learned so much history and got to see some many amazing sites.
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Amazing trip to Northern Ireland
Patricia_M, Aug 2021
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
We got to see lots of beautiful places in Northern Ireland and meet new 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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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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The guide was amazing. He...
Bastien_R, Dec 2021
Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin
We had the chance to see some puppies!
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Incredible Views!
Emily_P, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Dingle Peninsula starting in (from) KILLARNEY
My friend and I were able to see so much in one day and yet it never felt rushed.

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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