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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

#1
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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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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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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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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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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Established as a small Viking church in the 11th century, this magnificent cathedral was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century under orders from Norman knight, Strongbow, whose tomb is now held here. In the late 19th century, it was given a neo-Gothic makeover, though original elements including the 12th-century crypt remain.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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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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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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The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

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Dating back to AD 800, the illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Kells is renowned for its extraordinary illustrations and ornamentations. Its intricate drawings incorporating Celtic and Christian traditions are a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the medieval Irish monks believed to have created it while on the remote island of Iona in Scotland. Despite Viking raids, theft, and fights between various Irish and English factions, 680 astonishingly detailed vellum (calf-skin) pages of the book remain intact.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

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Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Top activities in Ireland

Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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Fun afternoon!
Brigitte_M, May 2022
Afternoon Mountain Pub Tour
It was great to see the country side.
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10 out of 10🤗🤗
Iria_M, May 2022
Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin
Incredible tour if you want to see a really fairytail land and learn about this country.
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Great sampling of Ireland
Becky_A, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Got to see so much of Ireland in a single trip and such a variety as well.
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Northern Ireland Day Trip
Maria_Z, May 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Highly recommend this tour to see Northern Ireland if you only have a day.
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Cliffs of Moher Tour
McKinley_M, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
You get to see a lot of Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher and unbelievable.
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The amazing time
Derek_C, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Killarney: Including Killarney National Park
I was amazing met wonderful people there and got to see great sights.
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Day trip to the Cliffs
Marilyn_C, May 2022
From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.
The frequent stops made the drive feel not long and you are able to see many different parts of Ireland.
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Great experience
DUDLEY_C, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
A long day but a really great way to see the highlights of this beautiful part of Ireland Driver was cheerful and informative and the stops were frequent enough to keep the blood circulating Excellent lunch stop
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Genuine Thanks
Tyler_B, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Limerick: Including The Wild Altanic Way
One of our passengers had fallen at the shops and he went out of his way to help and care for her.
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We were pleased to visit...
Weber_S, Apr 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
We were pleased to visit Northern Ireland and the options available for this tour.
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Best Irish tour!
Paula_L, Apr 2022
Dublin Sights and Pints
What a great way to visit the important must do’s with built in rests with a pint!
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Boyne Valley tour is the Best
Christine_M, Apr 2022
Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin
This was a trip I needed to see the ancient aspects of Ireland's Celtic history.
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Amazing tour with Ted
Teresa_S, Apr 2022
Private Tour of Ring of Kerry
He made our trip one of our favorite things to do while in Ireland.
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Best tour of my vacation!
Emily_O, Apr 2022
Game of Thrones™ Filming Locations and Giant's Causeway from Dublin
This tour of Northern Ireland was the highlight of my husband and my trip to Ireland over our spring break.
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No better Tour in Ireland
Michael_H, Apr 2022
1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
He weaves a story that brings to life the scumbaggery of the English.
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Best tour you can wish for!
Alessandro_S, Apr 2022
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Sit in the front and enjoy Tommy’s stories, ask him questions, sit back and listen him make you fall in love with Ireland.
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Fantastic locations, Lars...
Barbara_G, Apr 2022
Game of Thrones - Winterfell Trek from Dublin
Cloaks and swords - great fun and the cloaks kept you nice and warm 😊 good way to see a whistle stop tour of Northern Ireland.
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Spectacular views and Irish charm!
SHEIKH_H, Apr 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
What a wonderful way to see some of the best sights in Ireland!
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Cliffs of Moher
Iris_S, Apr 2022
(Small-Group)Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle,The Burren Day Trip From Dublin
Great trip to see a very spectacular part of Ireland that is like no other place on earth.
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This tour is exceptional!...
JOVImae_B, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
I booked it for my sister to see the best of Ireland.

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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