Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Marvi Ocampo3
List of Top Tourist Attractions in Ireland
Up for a journey to the land of ancient myths and legends? Ireland is the country to visit if you wish to experience it and at the same time take in amazing landscapes. With its breathtaking landscapes, labyrinth caves and crystal clear waterways, a trip to Ireland will leave you spellbound and speechless. Aside from its scenery, Ireland is a place where people are passionate about music, dance and conversation, making it entertaining at the same time. With history dating back as far as 600 BC, travelers will surely be intrigued.
For a List Top of Tourist Attractions in Ireland, below is a summary of great places you wouldn’t want to miss. Check them out!!!
1. Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
Location: Blarney, Ireland
The Blarney Castle is a world landmark and one of the country’s national treasure. Aside from being a historical landmark built over 600 years ago, the castle has been attracting tourist due to its legendary Stone of Eloquence, the Blarney Stone, which is said to help whoever kisses it to never be at lost for words.
2. Brú na Boinne
Location: Drogheda, Ireland
Brú na Boinne is an area within the bend of the River Boyne containing one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes and is dominated by three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. Brú na Bóinne, which means the ‘palace’ or the ‘mansion’ of the Boyne, is also known as he Bend of the Boyne or the Boyne Valley.
3. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Location: Limerick-Ennis Road | Co. Clare, Bunratty, Ireland
Considered to be the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in the country, the Bunratty Castle was built in 1425 and restored in 1954. The castle contains mainly of 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art. Within its grounds is the Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is recreated with its impressive park features, 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting.
4. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Location: 119a Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6LS, Northern Ireland
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope bridge built by fishermen over a 23 m-deep and 20 m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Originally, the rope bridge consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge by the National Trust. Aside from the exhilarating rope bridge experience, travelers will also be rewarded with the exceptional natural beauty.
5. Dublin Zoo
Location: The Phoenix Park | Cunningham Road, Dublin 8, Ireland (Phoenix Park)
Regarded as one of the oldest zoo in the world, the Dublin Zoo is officially Ireland’s biggest family attraction. The zoo started out with 46 mammals and 72 birds in its opening in 1840, the zoo now has over 400 animals from all around the globe and has been attracting with almost 1 million visitors a year.
Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
An estate of 78 acres, the Farmleigh is the former home of the Guinness family. Currently, the estate is now the official Irish State guesthouse. Guests will be able to see the landscaped gardens, the classical architecture, and the symmetrical, sober layout with a visit to the building.
7. Fota Wildlife Park
Location: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Rewarded as one of Cork”s most visited attraction, the Fota Wildlife Park was opened in 1983 and has its own Irish Rail Station. Aside from seeing great wildlife, the park also has a gift store and cafe for visitors not to mention its Camps and Group Tours.
8. Giant’s Causeway
Location: 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway is a historical site with amazing geological formations. It is made up of undulating network of approximately 40,000 basalt columns projecting into the ocean. One of the popular tales the about the Causeway was that it was a handiwork of a giant named, Finn McCool, who had attempted to build a bridge linking Ireland to Scotland.
9. Glendalough Valley
Location: Glendalough, Ireland
Popularly known as ‘the valley of the two lakes’, Glendalough Valley is an area located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park with attractions such as the world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower, scenic lakes and valleys and The Wicklow Way.
10. National Gallery
Location: Merrion Sq. W., Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
The National Gallery is an art museum in Dublin with a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is the fourth most visited art museum in the world and houses famous artworks by da Vinci, Hans Holbein the Younger and Claude Monet.
11. Skellig Islands
Location: Skellig Islands, Western Ireland
The Skellig Islands is a two steep and rocky island which is the home to 28,000 breeding pairs of gannets. The larger if the islands is called Skellig Michael and both island provides a spectacular view.
12. Ring of Kerry
Location: N70/N71, Ireland
Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in Ireland that has been a popular tourist destination because of its spectacular beauty. It is also a favorite location for outdoor activities such as golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and fishing.
13. The Burren
Location: Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Ireland
The Burren is a karst-landscape region or alvar in northwest County Clare. The area is composed of majestic mountains covered in limestone rocks and valleys with gently meandering streams.
14. The Cliffs of Moher
Location: Doolin, Ireland
One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the Cliffs of Moher is a 214m high at the highest point cliff that ranges for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South can be seen from the cliff.
15. The Connemara Countryside
Location: Connemara, Ireland
Connemara prides itself as being one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in Ireland with its rugged Twelve Bens mountain range, the lake-rich Roundstone Bog and its golden beaches in the Atlantic Ocean. Its countryside is a great place to unwind.
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