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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 15 attractions in Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

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

Killarney National Park

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

Trinity College Dublin

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

Giant's Causeway

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

Dublin Castle

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

Guinness Storehouse

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

The Book of Kells

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

House of Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal, the prestigious brand behind New York City’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and the chandeliers at Westminster Abbey, was founded back in 1783. These days, the public can visit the main crystal factory complex to observe skilled craftsmen blowing the molten crystal or browse a collection of dazzling crystal pieces.More

Temple Bar

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

Jameson Distillery Bow St.

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

Molly Malone Statue

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

Christ Church Cathedral

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

The Burren

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

Galway Bay

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

Gallarus Oratory

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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Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway

Top activities in Ireland

Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
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Generation Pub Crawl Dublin

Generation Pub Crawl Dublin

Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with optional Dinner
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

Wonderful experience
brenda_T, Nov 2022
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
They’re staying on Dublin and were excited to see a different side of Ireland.
Must do
Dawnda_L, Nov 2022
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Really glad I booked this and got to visit some amazing sites.
Good and interesting trip
Milica_A, Nov 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
we had excellent tour guide but it should be written in the offer that in winter time you do not make all the stops which make your iterate more interesting and atractive.
Samantha_S, Nov 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
Our tour guide was amazing and it was a fantastic way to see the West coast of Ireland.
Great option for Northern Ireland!
Heather_E, Nov 2022
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
Would highly recommend as an option to see Northern Ireland!
Cliffs of Moher with PaddyWagon
Karolna_t, Nov 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin: Including The Wild Atlantic Way
Cliffs of Moher is amazing place to visit, I'd recommend that to anyone visiting Ireland.
It was a great experience...
Nilanjan_R, Nov 2022
Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The guide went above and beyond to have a one on one consultation with each of us providing us guidance for things to do in Dublin as well as Ireland.
Highly Recommend
Kendall_N, Oct 2022
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
Awesome way to see rural ireland!
beautiful day
Jane_O, Oct 2022
Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin
Wonderful to see these places with a truly knowledgeable guide who also gave the local lore.
Beautiful views of Northern Ireland
Miguel_B, Oct 2022
Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Overall I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the sights in Northern Ireland.
Totally recomend it!
Elena_G, Oct 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The bus was always on time, we had time to visit everything.
A great outing to see, learn, and laugh!
Lisa_B, Oct 2022
Full-Day Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney
The tour was like a moving comedy show, we got to see a different side of Ireland than you get from the big cities, learn a bit of Irish history, and laugh along the way.
Must See!
Vlad_O, Oct 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
The weather was amazing, it was lovely to see Northern Ireland on a sunny day.
Amazing Tour
Adam_H, Oct 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
They both gave a lot of history about Ireland and detailed information on the best places to visit.
Great experience
Gladysel_A, Oct 2022
Private Tour:Ring of Kerry,Kerry Cliffs, starting in (from) Killarney
Ireland is a beautiful place to visit.
Fantastic walking tour!
Raeanna_W, Oct 2022
Dublin Private walking tour
We got to see so many different parts of Dublin and learned so much about Ireland’s history!
Great day
Kaleigh_B, Oct 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Great way to see a bit of Northern Ireland.
Ring of Kerry tour
Jana_M, Oct 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Beautiful views of Irish coast and Torc waterfall.
Beauty day
Kaleigh_B, Oct 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a great way to see a few gems of Irelands west coast in a day
He was there on time and...
Nancy_P, Sep 2022
Private Dublin Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel / Accommodation
Gave suggestions on what to see while in Dublin and the rest of Ireland.
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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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