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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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

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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Top activities in Ireland

Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
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Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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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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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
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Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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6-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ireland

Beautiful Private Tour
morrisonfamily62, Mar 2023
DAY TOUR: Highlights of Derry and Donegal
Highly recommend taking time to see this part of Ireland!
Great Way to see more of Ireland and Learn some History!
Juli_L, Mar 2023
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
It was a great way to see more of Ireland!
Very good trip to see main attractions in Northern Ireland
Grigori_Y, Mar 2023
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
Luckily I chose to see Belfast, rather than visit the Titanic museum.
Excellent tour!
Delaney_B, Mar 2023
Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Sheepdog demonstration
It was so unique and fun to see these areas of Ireland.
Northern Ireland trip (march 2023)
Martin_H, Mar 2023
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Also the weather was perfect and the guider always creates talking activities inside the bus and made it the itinerary looks much more enjoyable.
Touring Dublin
Amy_B, Mar 2023
City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Hop on and off bus was a great way to see more.
Great tour of Northern Ireland
Jacqueline_K, Mar 2023
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
There is so much to see on this Northern Ireland tour and they packed it all in.
Amazing Tour
Ameyna_J, Mar 2023
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We got to see so much more than we expected, and I would recommend this tour to anyone in Ireland.
Would recommend
Jessica_D, Mar 2023
(Morning) Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Had a lovely morning on this tour and to see such a gorgeous part of Ireland was a delight.
Book this tour!!
Rachel_S, Mar 2023
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
We were able to see so much and experience so much in a smaller group.
A Can’t Miss Experience in Dublin!
Sydney_H, Mar 2023
90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips
We got to see a lot of spots we wouldn’t have thought to visit + the famous ones.
Fantastic tour and guide
Aileen_P, Feb 2023
Skip the Line Guinness Storehouse and Dublin City Highlights Tour
So much to see but so little time but this tour gave us a great opportunity to see so much while on a busy tour schedule.
Once in a lifetime view
Amira_Y, Feb 2023
(Morning) Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
I never anticipated I would get to see something so beautiful in my life.
5 Star Tour!!!!
BrentBrown, Feb 2023
Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
I was in Dublin for 24 hours and this tour allowed me to see Northern Ireland with time to spare!
Great tour
Charisse_T, Feb 2023
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
We actually got to see the Cliffs for a brief period of time.
Guided tour to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
Lana_G, Feb 2023
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
I would recommend Finn McCools Tour company to visit Ireland.
Awesome view
Brandon_E, Jan 2023
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara with 3 hour stop at Connemara National Pk.
I would recommend this to anyone looking to do some outdoor activities in Ireland.
Ireland food tour
daniel_M, Jan 2023
Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
Our tour guide did an excellent job explaining the history and loved the recommendation on things to do and see after our tour.
The whole excursion was...
Abigail_C, Jan 2023
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Kilkenny was a true gem to visit.
Most romantic place in Ireland
Michael_W, Dec 2022
Killarney Jaunting Car Tour
The views were breathtaking on crisp & clear winters day in December.
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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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People Also Ask

What is Ireland famous for?

Ireland is famous for its history, beautiful green landscapes, and warm hospitality. This English-speaking country is also famous for its pubs and live music. From the capital city of Dublin to the coastal villages of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland is famous for historic landmarks and striking views.

Where should I go on my first trip to Ireland?

Most travelers go to the capital city of Dublin during a first trip to Ireland. Dublin is home to the country’s largest airport and is a gateway for the rest of the island. Many visitors also travel to Galway and visit the Cliffs of Moher during a first trip to Ireland.

What activities are popular for tourists in Ireland?

Tourists in Ireland often visit traditional pubs, listen to live music, explore historic attractions, and seek out natural beauty like the Cliffs of Moher. Many tourists also visit whiskey distilleries, play golf, explore the countryside by bike, and go for scenic drives along the Wild Atlantic Way.

What do Irish people do for fun in Ireland?

In Ireland, locals spend their free time going for scenic walks, playing sports, attending sports matches, and meeting friends for lively conversation. In the evening, Irish people often gather in pubs, sometimes to listen to traditional music. Many also take advantage of the country’s thriving arts and culture scene, with popular festivals, theaters, and exhibitions.

What is the prettiest part of Ireland?

Ireland is pretty from coast to coast, but County Clare and County Kerry are often described as the regions with the most dramatic landscapes. These western Ireland regions are home to striking coastal cliffs, peninsulas, and lakes. Other top contenders for the prettiest region include County Cork and County Galway.

Is 7 days in Ireland enough?

Yes, seven days in Ireland is enough time to see Dublin and its historic landmarks and explore the countryside, including top landmarks in the west such as the Cliffs of Moher. For a more comprehensive visit, take two weeks.


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