Top 10 Things to do in Ireland

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Lose yourself in some of Ireland’s most inspiring countryside and vibrant cities.

A warm welcome in a traditional pub, a meeting with long-lost family member, a walk to remember through a wild landscape; you won’t be short of things to do in Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse

One of the first things people associate with Ireland is Guinness. Now experience a pint of the black stuff from where it is made and take Guinness Storehouse tour. Learn everything you need to know about the Guinness brand and finish your visit in the Gravity Bar overlooking Dublin City with the perfect pint.

Cliffs of Moher

On the west coast of Clare, just north of Lahinch, you can stand on the top of Europe’s highest cliffs, more than 650 feet high and watch the open Atlantic deep below. You can easily get a feeling that you are standing at the end of the world it truly is one of the most spectacular coastal areas in Europe.

The Giant’s Causeway

Situated on the North coast of Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is in an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Thousands of perpendicular polygonal basalt columns, hexagonal in shape, tightly packed together to form a giant pathway that disappears out in the sea. Legend has it that the giant Finn McCool started building this pathway to cross the sea to deal with a rival giant Fingal in Scotland.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is recognised as one of the most modern zoos in Europe, playing an important part in European Zoo breading programmes. Close to the city in the vast Phoenix Park, a wander around the 60 acres will take you on a voyage from the fringes of the Artic, to the Plains of Africa, via the Indian Rainforest.

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Here you will find one of the most important early Christian sights here. Its setting is beautiful, in a valley beside tranquil lakes. Lovers of history and/or architecture can indulge in two round towers, St. Kevin’s Kitchen (actually a church) and a cathedral (ruin). Lovers of nature can simply enjoy the walks along the lakes.

The Burren, Co. Clare

Wedged between the rough beauty of the Aran Islands and the bustling university city of Galway, the near featureless desolation of this limestone plateau has often been likened to the moonscape. Ancient monuments and bizarre rock formations abound.

Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone

For many years people have descended on the picturesque, 15th Century Blarney Castle to be bestowed with the’gift of the gab; the talent for eloquence that the Irish famously possess. The Blarney Stone is situated at the very top turret of the Castle and to kiss it you have to lie on your back and reach under the battlements to kiss the stone, as the wind whistles around you and some holds on to your legs! It is perfectly safe and a popular experience with many tourists.

Ring of Kerry

If you want to experience spectacular coastal scenery, breathtaking mountain landscapes, ancient monu-ments and the tranquil of old-word-charm of Killarney’s lakes, castles and houses, this is the place to be.

Galway City/Connemara

Bustling city on Ireland’s west coast with vibrant atmosphere, excellent bars, easy to get around Bohe-mian-feel, close to Connemara and the Aran Islands. The Connemara area of Ireland is situated in County Galway and to the west of Galway City. The area is famous for unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. The region was described by Oscar Wilde as’savage beauty’ but even this may be an understatement.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is one of the one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods. Cobblestone streets, bars, ca-fes, art galleries and architectural splendour harmoniously blend with old streetscapes and eco-friendly schemes. Among the cultural attractions are an art-house cinema at the Irish Film Institute, the Gallery of Photography and the Projects Arts Centre.

Newgrange

Visit Ireland’s most remarkable UNESCO World heritage site, Newgrange passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley County Meath. Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.) pre-dating the ancient great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt by 500 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The passage tomb is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, the most impressive is the large entrance stone which is covered in swirls and designs. Inside the large mound, the visual artistry of Ireland’s ancient civilisation remains to this day strikingly fresh and modern. At dawn on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (December 21st), a shaft of sunlight enters the chamber of Newgrange through a specially designed opening over the doorway which illuminates the Chamber.

Croke Park

Croke Park is Ireland’s largest stadium and the fourth largest in Europe. Croke Park is an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. Take a trip here and enjoy an unrivalled state-of-the-art interactive visitor experience and find out more about Ireland’s unique national games and the fastest field game in the world — hurling and Gaelic football.

Game of Thrones Tour— Belfast

Combine’Game of Thrones’ gossip with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway on a full-day tour from Belfast. With a friendly local guide, visit key Northern Irish filming locations that were used in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama while learning about popular characters like Daenerys Targaryen. After seeing sites like the Dark Hedges road and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, enjoy free time to explore the unique rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway.

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