Amazing Places to visit in Ireland
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Ireland is an island separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea in the North Atlantic. Beautiful Ireland is the 2nd largest island of the British Isles and has amazing places for tourists. It is a place in Europe steeped in beauty and charm. Divided into two parts, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Island, it is 2nd most populous island in Europe. Ireland with its magnificent beauty is the shooting location of numerous television shows and movies like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Vikings, P.S. I love you, and many more.
The Spire of Dublin
The Spire of Dublin is a major tourist attraction in Ireland located in the city of Dublin. It is also known as ‘Monument of Light’ and can be spotted from afar. It stands tall at the height of 120m in the center of O’Connell Street. Made up of stainless steel the diameter of this tower is nearly 3m at base and 15cm at its apex. The sunny days are best to visit this spire as the sunlight illuminates the tower. During the night, the tip of the tower is also lit up by an external source of light which serves as a treat to the eyes.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also the largest church located in Ireland. It is one of the 2 cathedrals built in Dublin city and is the most popular between the two. Founder in the year 1191, the cathedral is all about Irish history and culture. If you are in Dublin city and want to marvel at the beauty of magnificent architecture then this is a place for you. The interior and exterior are both laced with splendid beauty. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also the resting place of the author of Dean of the Cathedral and Gulliver’s travels- Jonathan Swift.
If you are into the history of Ireland, then visit Dublin Castle located in Dublin City. More than 8 centuries of Irish history can be seen within the walls of the castle. It has witnessed the most important events in Ireland’s history. You can roam around the area of your own or hire a guide for a more knowledgeable experience. It covers an area of 11 acres and has many attractions like gardens, museums, the Chester Beauty Library, the Chapel Royal, the Garda Museum, and the Revenue Museum.
Ha’penny Bridge is one of the beautiful places to visit in Ireland. It is a magnificent white-picketed bridge over the River Liffey. During the time of its construction in the year 1816, it was named Ha’penny because of the halfpenny price people had to pay to cross the bridge. This is a major tourist site, promoting tourism of Dublin city in the tourism brochures, postcards, books, and memoirs. It is also known as the first pedestrian bridge over the Liffetriver.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The famous romantic novel P.S. I love you as a major film was shot here. One of the beautiful tourist attractions of Ireland in Dublin city is the Wicklow Mountains. You can opt for a full-fledged tour pack which comprises of transportation, history tour, Irish lunch, and time to explore the beauties of the perfect mountains. The place is a treat for nature lovers and photographers.
Prison Of KilmainhamGaol
This abandoned prison of KilmainhamGaol is a major tourist site in Ireland. It is a treat for all history enthusiasts. The prison has a strong Krishna history and people from across the world come here to know about it. The guided tour will take to the fascinating history of the jails, telling about the ill-treatment of the inmates during the time when the prison was active. You will also get to know about the politics and other related things to the prison.
Situated within another beautiful place Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is a destination you should go to on your trip to Ireland. The zoo is a major attraction having various species of animals. You can roam around in the zoo and watch animals strolling around, playing, and living their own lives in the natural habitat. Make sure to visit the Meerkat café.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Located in the city of Dublin, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is a must to visit place in Ireland. The museum is also a major tourist attraction spot. Steeped in the rock Irish history, it is a graveyard. While taking a tour here you will witness many graveyards of popular Irish poets, political figures, writers, and others. The tour also provides informative knowledge about every figure lying in the graveyard.
Voya Seaweed Baths, Sligo
A beautiful and refreshing place to visit in Ireland is Voya Seaweed Baths. Ireland used to have a huge amount of seaweed baths in the 20th century, but with time only a few remained. Among the handful of seaweed baths in Ireland today, Voya Seaweed Baths are one such gem to discover. Visit here for a rejuvenating bath in seaweed. The bath consists of numerous health benefits and is considered a therapy from ancient times. The seaweeds are hand-harvested which are taken from nearby seas and mixed with mineral-rich seawater.
Cork is one of the gorgeous destinations in Ireland. The beauty is such that you can find amazing places to see around easily. The city is steeped into incredible beauty with surrounding views of the river. The city is swarmed with people who come here from all over the world to enjoy the food here. If you are here make sure to roam around the city and its narrow lanes filled with cages, pubs, bars, and many restaurants. You can also visit art galleries and museums here.
The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands is located in West Ireland. The exquisite beauty of the Island is actually a combination of other islands; Inis Mor, Inish Maan, and Inish Eer. All these islands are very beautiful and astounding. The Dun Aonghasa of Inish Moore is around 2000 years old fort which is another popular destination in Ireland. You can also stroll round in the town of Kilronan in the Aran Islands. It has some restaurants, pubs, and B&Bs.
Belfast is the most visited place in the UK and the second-most in Ireland. The city has numerous numbers of places to visit. It is also the birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic. Titanic, which got struck by an iceberg and sunk. The city has many bus tour companies that take you to the tour of many famous places including the tour to the destinations where the famous Game of Thrones was shot. Titanic Belfast is the most attractive place here. It is a museum in the memory of the ship Titanic having reminiscent of a ship’s hull, the Titanic Slipways, and shipbuilder Harland &Wolff’s Drawing Offices.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a circular route located in County Kerry and is a major tourist attraction in Ireland. It starts from Killarney in a clockwise direction to N71 to Kenmare, then it takes Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin passing through many scenic places like Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh and then returns to Killarney via the N72. Some of the attractions in the route are Muckross House, home of Daniel O’Connell, Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House, Lough Leane, Ross Castle, and Ladies View.
Heard of famous Irish Singer, Niall Horan? This country town of Mullingar is the home of the famous British Irish Boy band singer. The town is known to have produced many International singers. Not only known for notable people, but the town also has many interesting sites to visit like The Cathedral of Christ the King, the three lakes Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh, Belvedere House and Gardens, and The Greville Arms Hotel which has a mini-museum holding Brit Awards of the singer and the other interesting things.
The Burren National Park
The Burren National Park is the smallest national park in Ireland. It is also one of the popular places to visit in Ireland. The national park has an ancient history and also has megalithic tombs. The magnificent landscape is something you should not miss. It is also said that walking in this park is like walking on the moon.
A gem of County Wicklow, Glendalough is a valley of lakes. Glendalough means ‘Valley of two lakes’. It is the most interesting place to visit in the whole of Ireland. Glendalough is home of monastic sites. The Glen is divide into two parts: Upper Glen and Lower Glen. The attractive sites to visit in these places are The Priests’ House, The Round Tower, The Gateway, Trinity Church, St. Saviour’s Church, Reefert Church, St. Kevin’s Bed, The “Caher” and Temple-na-Skellig.
Powers Court House and Gardens
This Palladian style architecture building is located in Enniskerry, Ireland. Occupying about 19 hectares this estate contains beautiful houses and gardens. It is owned by a rich family but also serves as a great tourist spot in Ireland and has Powerscourt Golf Club, an Autograph Collection Hotel, and an Avoca Handweavers restaurant. This site also provides many beautiful views that make you want to spend some time here in a magnificent architectural sight.
Donegal is a splendid county located in this beautiful country Ireland. Facing the Atlantic ocean the place has numerous sites to visit. It is known for its fascinating castles surrounded by quaint mountains and rocky coastline. One fine place here is Mount Errigal. The country is also the home of Glenveagh National Park.
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher are one of the most visiting places in Ireland. It is among the most breathtaking islands. The island is made naturally by River Delta around 320 million years ago. Cliffs of Moher is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at the height of 51m, the cliff gives the most breathtaking view and a peaceful environment. From the top you can also see many other beauties of Ireland.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National park is an amazing biosphere reserve located in Ireland. It is also one of the oldest National Parks. This national park is a unique and only home of red deer and other rarest species. Another highlight of this park is man made beauty, the Castle of Ross.
The Rock of Cashel
If you want to witness the thrones of Irish Kings of ancient times, then this is the perfect place for you. The Rocks of Cashel is one of the best places to visit on Ireland trip. It was once the thrones of Irish kings. This Gothic tone beauty has a castle, High Cross, Romanesque Chapel, and a lot of other attractions to marvel at.
If you are a nature enthusiast and have immense love towards nature then do visit this beauty in Ireland. Located in the southwest of Ireland this place is something you definitely need to visit. The sandy beaches, hills, rugged cliffs, mountains are all enough to grasp your attention for a long while. If you are lucky then you will see amazing views clearly in good weather but if the weather is foggy you can opt for the amazing restaurants and cafes serving Irish delicacies.
Ireland never stops to amaze you with its beauty. One such city which supports this statement is Galway city. Famous around the world, the city sees lots of tourists all over the year. It is considered as the town with the youngest population all over Europe. The colorful city has many places to see and explore. The best time to explore the city is during the Art Festival when people bring life to the streets of the city.
A gorgeous beach in the Northern Island is Downhill Beach. This beach has a 7 mile stretch of sand and offers various activities to enjoy. You can enjoy the scintillating views or engage in water sports here. If you are here make sure to see the Mussenden Temple. Another reason to visit this beach is that this particular beach was featured in the famous series Game of Thrones.
After Galway city, Sligo town is another beauty located in West Ireland. It is a seaport having various locations for tourists to visit in Ireland. The view of the Garavogue River along the JFK Parade is something to see. It has many shopping streets that you can also visit to buy stuff. You can also go for surfboarding and hiking in Sligo.
Blarney Castle has witnessed many battles and violence. Visitors come here to see the remains of the castle. It is located in Blarney, Ireland. The most attractive part of this castle is the Blarney Stone which tourists kiss hanging upside down. It is believed that kissing it will increase the eloquence of the kisser. Other attractions of this place include gardens in the surrounding area, rock formations such as Witch’s Cave, Druid’s Circle, and the Wishing Steps. The gardens have some poisonous plants such as cannabis, opium, wolfsbane, mandrake, and ricin.
The Old Jameson Distillery
Dublin is known to have many fascinating places. One such place is The Old Jameson Distillery. It is a perfect place for whiskey lovers who get to taste the best Irish whiskey here. The distillery has its worldwide impression. You can also mingle with the locales here along with the whiskey tasting during the events organized here.
Antrim is an incredible town located in the birth of Ireland. The town is situated around Six Mile water which lifts up the beauty of the town. Some of the historical and fun places to see when you are in the town of Antrim: Shane’s Castle, Round towers of Ireland, The Castle Grounds, Springform Rath, and Antrim Market House.
Clare is a beautiful country of Ireland homing various landscapes to see and spend time at. It is mostly known for The Burden. The burden has monuments that can be traced back to the Stone Age. The county also has many old churches. The place sees a huge number of tourists and it attracts people to its rich history and culture.
Iron Islands In Ballin Toy Harbour
Iron Island is the perfect destination for those who are movie freaks. The popular show Game of Thrones has been shot here. Ballintoy Harbour can be said as one of the best cities in Ireland. The serene and peaceful environment of the harbor is a perfect place to visit. The boating facility is also here and you can watch the fishes through the clear waters while boating. Another highlight of this site is the stone cottage which is located nearby and can munch on delicious local delicacies.
The walled city of Derry is also among the most fascinating and interesting places in Ireland. Proper tours are provided for the visitors to guide them through the history of the 17th century. You will be a part of the story telling of the brutal time period of the 17th century. You will also see the Peace Bridge before completing your tour at Ebrington Square. To get more of Irish drinks do visit Walled City Brewery.
Connemara is an interesting district in Ireland. The place is rich in Irish culture and history. It faces the Atlantic and its coastline has small bays, caves, and fishing villages. Connemara National Park is an attraction located in the district surrounded by and homing mountains, heathland, lakes, and bogs. Connemara green marbles are the unique feature of the district which can be seen here.
Giant’s Causeway & Causeway Coast
About 40,000 basalt columns stick together to make this magnificent place that lies in the County Antrim. The coast is a result of ancient volcanic eruptions. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve. People can walk at the basalt columns and view the beautiful waters. Some of the interesting features are Organ and Giant’s Boot structures, Giant’s Eyes, Honeycomb, Giant’s Harp, Chimney Stacks, Shepherd’s Steps, the Giant’s Gate, and the Camel’s Hump.
The Church Bar
This restored church now serves as a famous bar and a nightclub in Dublin, Ireland. It is a unique bar in the city and was earlier called as St. Mary’s church. The church includes an island bar that on its main floor covering the entire length of the church. The booths, bar stools, tables everything is set properly to give you the most amazing vibe and makes it a must to visit place in Ireland. The stage here plays live music from Sunday to Wednesday. The floor below the bar serves as a nightclub which opens only on Friday And Saturday.
Guinness Storehouse Factory
Another gem of the city of Dublin is Guinness Storehouse Factory. It is situated in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery. It is considered one of the most popular tourist sites in Ireland. The interior is very well designed to resemble a pint of Guinness itself, the pint is also known to be the largest pint in the world. The tour will take you to all of the 7 floors of the brewery telling you the history of Irish brew. You will educate yourself with all the knowledge about the Guinness family. The tour will also tell you how the stout beer is prepared. The tour ends with you finding yourself at the Gravity Bar which is on the 7th floor. End your tour with a refreshing pint of Guinness surrounded by the views of Dublin City.
This a beautiful way surrounded by splendid views. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Ireland had a huge number of regional railways but now many of them are not in use, some of these unused railway lines have been repurposed into cycling and walking routes. This 28-mile trail connects seaside town Dungarvan and the southerly port city of Waterford. The Waterford Greenaway passes through exquisite countryside and many fascinating tunnels having flashes of sea views.
Newgrange is one of Europe’s most amazing places to visit in Ireland. It is a Neolithic archaeological site and is a fine example of engineering. This tomb can be traced back to 3,200 BC older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. The most attractive feature of the place is that the main chamber of the time is illuminated once in a year, due to sunlight of rising sun coming through a small slit over the entrance. This usually happens during the month of December. It is also a part of BrúnaBóinne which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Birr Castle, Offaly
Birr Castle is more than a 400-year-old destination and it’s Ireland’s charm. The castle is beautiful and was once the home of the Parsons Family. The castle has beautiful gardens, about 2,000 plant species, and marvelous redwood trees. Another attraction of this place in Ireland is the great telescope which was completed in the year 1845. The telescope was made by the 3rd Earl of Rosse, who discovered the spiral nature of the galaxies first.
Bundoran is also known as Fundoran and it is a self-styled surf capital in Donegal. You can have the most thrilling experience to sirf in the waves here. Tullan Strand also offers numerous amounts of thrills and spills. Mullaghmore Head located in the south of the town has one of the world’s big-wave spots which attracts the most daredevil and thrillseeking surfers. The Bundoran’s Sea surf and the music festival is the prime attraction of this place.
If you want to dwell into Irish sport do watch a GAA game at Croke Park in Dublin. Considered as the most popular sports in Ireland, Gaelic games also hold a special value in Irish people. GAA organizes Gaelic football which attracts so many sports enthusiasts. Croke Park is the prime location of these games and the headquarters of the GAA. If you are lucky and you are here during the time of the All-Ireland Final then you could buy tickets for the most thrilling sports experience. The crowd cheering and the environment is something to cherish.