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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Temple Bar

Temple Bar

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A compact cluster of crowded cobbled lanes, Temple Bar is an urban playground known for its nightlife. Once a rundown slum before artists and bohemian types—drawn by cheap rents—moved in, Dublin’s so-called cultural quarter has since been revamped. It is now home to galleries, vintage shops, cafés, cultural institutions, and a high concentration of pubs.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 1 Day in Galway

How to Spend 1 Day in Galway

How to Spend 3 Days in Killarney

How to Spend 3 Days in Killarney

Top activities in Ireland

Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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Delicious Dublin Food Tour

Delicious Dublin Food Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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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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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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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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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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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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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
Glendalough and 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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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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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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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.
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Excellent, enjoyable tour to the Cliffs of Moher and beyond
Idhaliz_F, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
It is a long ways to see the Cliffs of Moher, and I was going solo, so definitely having a funny, engaging, knowledgable and friendly guide is a must.
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Beautiful nature!!
Ranveer_K, Oct 2021
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Brilliant way to see more of Ireland outside of the city.
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You’ll regret it if you don’t book!
Jasmin_R, Oct 2021
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Do the hike it’s so worth it and you get to see everything in a different perspective.
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Don’t think twice about it, book it now!
Jasmin_R, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
We had an absolutely beautiful clear day and got to see the cliffs!

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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