Ireland is filled with wonderful tourist attractions to visit. Ireland offers a complete tourist destination, ranging from mountains, desert flowers, cliffs, lakes, and ocean. But if prefer to shop, maybe Dublin could be an interesting place for your stopover.
Ireland has many stunning natural scenery, from the Giants Causeway in County Antrim to the Cliffs of Moher to Connemara and the Lakes of Killarney there is so much to see and do in Ireland. In addition another reason to plan a visit to Ireland for a vacation is its modern cities. Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick are all home to stylish shopping malls and boutiques, and excellent restaurants. Therefore, a lot of tourists both from Europe and other continents who visited Ireland every year.
Here are famous tourist attractions in Ireland
1. Dublin city
Dublin is largest city on the island, capital and cultural and economic center of Republic of Ireland. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, most of it dating back to the 17th century. The Dublin Castle is the major tourist attractions in Dublin. You can tour the Dublin castle even today and acquaint yourself to this city’s past. You can know more about the history of Dublin by visiting the National Museum of Ireland. Dublin is also home to the famous creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. You can go through a chilling description of Stoker’s life at the Bram Stoker’s Museum. For you shopping lovers, Grafton Street is the most famous shopping street here. You can visit the Powerscourt Centre, a shopping centre set inside a restored 18th century town house. Don’t forget to pick up some Irish jewelry from here.
2. The Giant’s Causeway
The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, is a coastal area consisting of thousands of columns of interlocking Basalt rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The geological formation was formed between 50 and 60 million years ago by volcanic activity. This site is a popular destination point for many tourists. According to the legend, the giant Finn MacCool built the causeway to enable him to walk to Scotland to do battle with his Scottish enemy.
3. The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most spectacular tourist attractions. The cliffs reach a height of 702 feet (214m) and stretch along the west coast of Ireland for approximately 5 miles (8km). Looking westward you will have a view of the Aran Islands and you’ll also be able to enjoy views of Galway mountains. Walking along the Cliffs of Moher is a one of a kind experience of freedom. The fact that there are no safety hedges on the cliffs does not stop people from walking along them. But people have to be careful. Anyone can easily walk to the edge of the cliff to view the beautiful ocean.
4. The Burren
The Burren in County Clare is an area of limestone rock formed 350 million years ago. The geological formations were created in the last Ice Age as a result of glacial activity. It is the largest karstic limestone area in western Europe. The area contains underground rivers, lakes, caverns and chambers, one of which is open to the public for exploration. Archeological sites found here include megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses, a Cistercian Abbey ruin and 60 wedge tombs. The burial chambers are older than the Egyptian pyramids, dating to 6,000 years ago. The Burren is also home to many rare species of plants and animals, that cannot be found in other parts of Ireland.
5. Lakes of Killarney and Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a very scenic route around the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry, and is popular with many adventure seekers who enjoy hiking, water sports, photography, fishing, horse riding, golf as well as many other activities. The lakes of Killarney, also in County Kerry, consists of 3 lakes that are one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations. The lakes of Killarney are famous for their amazing beauty, tranquility and spectacular mountain views.
Glendalough is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland. Every year over a million visitors go to Glendalough to experience its refreshingly beautiful and natural scenery. Most visit the monastic settlement that used to be so prevalent all over Ireland. There are so many things to see in Glendalough, The two lakes are called the Lower Lake and Upper Lake. You will find monastic ruins near the Lower Lake, and you’ll find walking trails that connect the lakes and the ruins. Visit the cathedral, which is the biggest building at Glendalough, see St. Kevin’s Cross. It’s an ancient cross with a ring and you can see the round tower right behind it.
7. Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle or Blarney Stone, the perfect epitome of Irish culture and heritage. A historic edifice, built in 1446, found in Blarney Village, just 8 km northwest from Cork City in Southern Ireland. You can’t enter the castle without viewing the stone, which is believed to do wonders for its visitors who take time to kiss it. Souvenir shops, gardens and refreshments can be found in this place, and it’s one of those places where you will enjoy taking pictures.
8. The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is the most incredible collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. It is also known as the majestic Cashel of the Kings – and religiously, it is called “St. Patrick’s Rock.” you will be amazed to see a round tower about 28 meters high, one of the tallest and oldest of buildings in Cashel. Although it was still stand because of the mortar used to fill it for safety reasons, you will be astonished with how well preserved it is. You’ll also see a chapel, some tombs and well-designed graveyard crosses in the area, which definitely look awesome.
9. Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle is a large tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It lies in the centre of Bunratty village. The castle was purchased in 1954, restored and opened to the public in 1960. The castle houses the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country. Alongside the castle is an extensive folk park, particularly popular with families, tourists and schools. At folk park, 19th-century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and doctors house in a living village setting.
10. The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest island is Inishmore also known as Aranmore. The middle and second-largest is Inishmaan and the smallest and most eastern is Inisheer. Approximately 14 kms (8.7 miles) in length and 3.8 kms(2.4 miles) in width, Inishmore is a walker’s paradise. Feel the peace and listen to the silence, between sea and sky, on craggy cliffs or all along a quiet, indented coastline. Aran has an abundance of wildlife and some 437 varieties of wild flowers. You can cycle or see Aran on horseback along the pathways of history on this unique island. Swim in unpolluted seas, study rare flowers and wildlife, write, paint, take pictures, fish for a specimen or just relax, unwind and learn spoken Irish in this bilingual community.