What to see in Ireland

Ireland Attractions

Ireland is truly one of the great sightseeing destinations. The local people are wholeheartedly welcoming and genuinely entertaining socially; there is an abundance of beautiful natural landscapes; there are historical and cultural attractions aplenty; and the Guinness really tastes better here at the source. The country also has a wider significance for many American visitors, whose ancestors came from these shores in great numbers.

Although there are must-see attractions like Blarney Castle, Trinity College and the soaring Cliffs of Moher, the real magic of Ireland lies in the unexpected encounters with the local people and unplanned evenings in country pubs where impromptu gigs can set your soul alight. Ireland is full of music and good cheer and no amount of rain can dampen local spirits.

Winter is not the best time to visit as it is cold and rainy, so plan your trip for the summer months between April and September when Ireland is at its best. The ideal way to get around is by rented car (although petrol prices are among the highest in the world), and by bicycle, which you can use to explore the photogenic country lanes. The roads are good in Ireland and driving yourself around is not unduly stressful.


Nestled in a wooded landscape among the picturesque farmlands of the Golden Vale, Adare is known as one of the prettiest…

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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the…

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Cliffs of Moher

The steep and wondrous Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, are one of Ireland's top visitor…

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County Kerry

Kerry County is widely regarded as the most beautiful region in Ireland. It's the country's most popular tourist destination…

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Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is now brewed all over the world but St James's Gate, in the heart of Dublin, was where Arthur Guinness set…

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James Joyce Museum

Nine miles (14km) south of Dublin, the Martello Tower is one of 34 towers built in 1804 to protect Ireland against a…

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Kinsale is an old fishing village just 18 miles (29km) south of Cork. It's best known for the world renowned Old Head…

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is Ireland's largest church. It's erected on the site where St. Patrick is believed to have baptized…

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Temple Bar District

The Irish capital is known for its nightlife and many visitors come to Dublin primarily to enjoy the great beer, food,…

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The Old Jameson Distillery

Jameson, who was actually a Scotsman, moved to Dublin to start a whiskey distillery in the 1770s and clearly made a lasting…

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Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and counts Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, along with…

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