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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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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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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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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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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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One of the oldest buildings in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former medieval heart of the city. Founded in 1030 by Sitric, King of the Dublin Norsemen, the grand cathedral (also known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity) has long been a place of pilgrimage for Ireland's devout. Incorporated into the Irish Church in 1152, today it's the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin.Renowned for its design, on a one-hour tour you'll get to explore the interior, keeping a look out for its famous stained glass windows, the smaller chapels behind the main altar, and the secret underground floor. You'll get an insight into the history of the cathedral, and hear the strange tale of the mummified cat and rat. You'll visit the crypt — one of the largest and oldest in Britain and Ireland, and also get to have a go at ringing the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in the belfry.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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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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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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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

Trip ideas

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

Gap of Dunloe Tours from Killarney

Gap of Dunloe Tours from Killarney

How to Spend 1 Day in Killarney

How to Spend 1 Day in Killarney

Top activities in Ireland

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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