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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 15 things to do 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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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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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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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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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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The Burren

The Burren

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Covering an area of more than 115 square miles (300 square kilometers), the Burren is a vast, otherworldly expanse of scarred and fissured limestone rock, naturally sculpted through acidic erosion. Though it may look barren from afar, this rocky plateau is anything but lifeless. In spring and summer, wildflowers and rare plants thrive here.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
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Galway Bay

Galway Bay

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Flowing in from the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s west coast, Galway Bay laps the shores of some of the country’s most picturesque stretches of coastline. With the three windswept Aran Islands at its periphery, the bay meets land at the artsy city of Galway and numerous fishing villages, coastal cliffs, and beaches.More
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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.More
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Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory

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Go inside Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian church during a visit to the Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Many travelers stop at Gallarus Oratory as part of the scenic Slea Head Drive, and a nearby visitor center shows a short presentation about the history and architecture of the landmark.More
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Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Jameson Distillery Bow St.

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For nearly 200 years, this distillery produced one of Ireland’s leading whiskeys, before Jameson—together with other producers—moved operations to a purpose-built facility in Middleton, County Cork, in the 1970s. Now, the Jameson Distillery Bow St. has been revamped as a visitor center showcasing the history and heritage of the brand.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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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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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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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
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Small-Group Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin with Horse-Back Riding
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

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Lachyn_S, Aug 2022
Great Western Greenway Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour
A beautiful way to see the countryside.
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Superior tour of the Ring of Kerry!
Lori_B, Aug 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
It was a long day but so worth it to see the beautiful sites of Ireland.
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Cathy’s Gang from USA!
Cathy_N, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
He helped us fall in love with Ireland.
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AWESOME trip! The guide and driver were both awesome. I saw everything !
SueConsidine, Jul 2022
Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Bushmills Whiskey Tasting tour from Dublin
This is the right way to see the North when visiting Ireland on a short schedule!
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Do not miss this tour
cathy_c, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
We are from Canada and Ireland was on our list to visit ,, our guide Dave is a true Irishman , passionate and knowledgeable oh and funny
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Northern Ireland in a day
MarcoAndr_C, Jul 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Great way to see some of Northern Ireland's best highlights departing from Dublin...
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This was an amazing...
Danny_D, Jul 2022
Jameson Distillery Guided Experience with Whiskey Tasting in Dublin
This was an amazing experience I’ve been waiting a long time to visit it did not disappoint and when I come back to Ireland I’ll do it again
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Luis_T, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Great way to visit this part of Ireland imo
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Zoe_V, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
It was especially nice to see Galway and other parts of Ireland's west coast.
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The vast knowledge of our...
Jennifer_B, Jul 2022
Full Coverage Dublin Private City Tour
He got to see a lot in the timeframe and really enjoyed his tour and the culture of Ireland
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Perfect way to see Western Ireland in a day!
flyydiva, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
This was the prefect tour to see the highlights of Western Ireland.
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Lots of variety during a long day
Alan_C, Jul 2022
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Sheep herding was good to see once.
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Thank you Ted!
Thomas_W, Jul 2022
Private Tour of Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island
We all enjoyed your personal story and the day trip to the Valencia, the bog, the Irish museum, and the town and waterfall.
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Awesome trip.
Ri_D, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
The coordination of the transportation and activities were seamless.
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The best way to see Ireland! 🍀
Samantha_G, Jul 2022
Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin
This trip is the best way to see Ireland.
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Great way to see Northern Ireland in a day
Dominic_G, Jul 2022
Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Day Tour from Dublin
There was a lot packed into this trip but it was a great way to see Northern Ireland in a day.
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well worth the money.
Julie_P, Jun 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Cork: Including The Wild Altanic Way
Put this on your places to see in Ireland.
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Wonderful!
Kami_B, Jun 2022
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see Northern Ireland.
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Perfect way to see beauty of Ireland
Erich_L, Jun 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
This is a perfect way to see the extensive beauty of Ireland while not having to plan it yourself.
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Excellent Day Trip
Moira_B, Jun 2022
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
We weren’t originally planning to visit the Aran Islands too but we are so glad we did- absolutely stunning.
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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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