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Ireland

Things to See

Things to See

In Dublin

Dublin’s top attractions include:

  • Dublin Zoo is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions.
  • Guin­ness Store­house  is where the world famous “black stuff” originated.
  • The National Gallery showcases works by Car­avag­gio, Picasso, Ver­meer, Rem­brandt, Monet, Goya, and many more.
  • National Botanic Gar­dens is famous for its expertly restored green­houses with more than 15,000 species of plants.
  • Book of Kells is a large and lav­ish Gospel book con­tain­ing the four gospels of the New Tes­ta­ment, cre­ated circa 800 by Celtic monks and housed in Trin­ity College.
  • Irish Museum of Mod­ern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathe­dral is also known as the National Cathe­dral of the Church of Ireland.
  • Kil­main­ham Gaol is the unoccupied "Gaol" closely linked with some of the biggest names and events in Ireland’s history.
  • Farmleigh was for­merly one of the Dublin homes of the Guin­ness family and is presently an official Irish State guest house.
  • Old Jame­son Dis­til­lery tells the story of the cre­ation of the Jame­son brand and how the famous whiskey is made.

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Outside of Dublin

  • Cliffs of Moher rise 702 feet above the crash­ing Atlantic Ocean offer­ing a stun­ning view of the Atlantic and on a clear day the Aran Islands and Con­nemara.
  • Fota Wildlife Park is Ireland’s wildest attrac­tion brings you face-to-face with free roam­ing ani­mals & birds from all parts of the world.
  • The Blar­ney Cas­tle  ruins feature the famous Blarney Stone. Kissing the stone is reported to endow a person with the gift of gab.
  • Bun­ratty Cas­tle & Folk Park was built in 1425 and con­tains mainly 15th and 16th cen­tury fur­nish­ings, tapes­tries, and works of art.
  • Holy Cross Abbey is one of the most beautiful Irish Cis­ter­cian houses showcasing extraordinary del­i­cacy in the stone-carving.
  • Bru Na Boinne is one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes and features three large “passage tombs,” more than 90 additional monuments, and a collection of megalithic art.
  • Rock of Cashel, this pic­turesque com­plex is one of the most remark­able col­lec­tions of Celtic art and medieval archi­tec­ture to be found any­where in Europe.
  • Pow­er­scourt House & Gar­dens features some of the gardens finest in the world with more than 200 vari­eties of trees and shrubs, while the house itself is con­sid­ered one of the great coun­try homes of Ireland.
  • Kilkenny Cas­tle  stands dra­mat­i­cally on a strate­gic height that dom­i­nates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City.
  • Irish National Stud & Japan­ese Gar­dens  is a horse breed­ing facil­ity in Tully, Kil­dare County, and the gar­dens are con­sid­ered the finest Japan­ese gar­dens in Europe.
  • Giant’s Cause­way is the result of a vol­canic explo­sion on the north­east coast of North­ern Ire­land, consisting of roughly 40,000 inter­lock­ing basalt columns. The tops of the columns form step­ping stones that lead from the cliff foot and dis­ap­pear under the sea.
  • Croagh Patrick offers mag­nif­i­cent views of Clew Bay and the sur­round­ing south Mayo coun­try­side.
  • The Bur­ren National Park con­tains exam­ples of all the major habi­tats within the Bur­ren: Lime­stone Pave­ment, Cal­care­ous grass­land, Hazel scrub, Ash/hazel wood­land, Tur­loughs, Lakes, Pet­ri­fy­ing springs, cliffs and Fen.
  • The Con­nemara Region features the rugged Twelve Bens moun­tain range in the north, the lake-rich Round­stone Bog, and golden beaches reach­ing out into the Atlantic Ocean. You will know you’re in Con­nemara by the light that con­stantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.