Top Tourist Attractions in Ireland
Here are 6 of the top tourist attractions we recommend visiting if you’re travelling to Ireland in 2020.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s largest church, and for a country with some large and spectacular churches, as you can imagine it’s quite the spectacle. It’s still very much an active cathedral, with several services taking place every week. It’s a place where history is alive and all are welcome. Try and catch one of their free guided tours that take place daily. There’s so much history to take in, it helps to have a knowledgeable guide.
Killarney National Park
If you enjoy nature, you’ll love Killarney National Park. The vast unspoiled landscape allows you to feel like you’re taking a step back in time. There are three lakes and acres of indigenous forest to explore. If you’re fortunate enough, you might spot a red deer or some of the breeds of wild birds that roam freely throughout the park.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for almost 5 miles and stand an impressive 700+ feet overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I might be biased, but I think it’s one of the most impressive views the British Isles has to offer. On a clear day, you can see for miles out to sea and watch the colonies of seabirds going about their day.
The Guinness Storehouse
No list of the top tourist attractions in Ireland is complete without mentioning the national treasure – the Guinness Storehouse. If you ever wanted to know everything from how Guinness became the most famous drink in Ireland to how it’s made, a tour here will clue you up. The tour ends with a stop at the Gravity Bar on the top floor. Here, as you can probably guess, they serve Guinness. The first pint is on the house, most people will tell you that’s reason enough to visit.
The Giant’s Causeway was created by a volcanic eruption around 60 million years ago and provides one of the most interesting landscapes Ireland has to offer. After the eruption settled, tens of thousands of hexagonal columns were formed. It sounds simple, but it’s hard to describe in words or even show its true majestic form in images. It’s something to see in person to fully appreciate. More than 1 million people visit the Giant’s Causeway every year, making it one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations.
Visiting a college might not be top of your list of priorities when visiting a new country, but Trinity College isn’t your usual college. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1952, Trinity is the oldest university in Ireland. Some of the most influential and famous people who studied at trinity include; Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Mary Robinson, and Joe Duffy to name a few. Taking a walk around the college gives you the opportunity to see and experience what so many of these famous people did. There are also some interesting treasures to find.
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