Top Places to Visit in Ireland
Get out of Dublin and explore the Irish Countryside!
Are you planning a trip to Ireland and wondering what to do? This beautiful island has so many wonderful things to see and do! Ireland’s most famous destination is its capital city, Dublin. This historic city and home of Guinness beer are well worth the visit, but there many more things to see in Ireland. Luckily though, it’s relatively small and most of Ireland’s top attractions are all accessible by day tour from Dublin.
Explore historic castles and monasteries in the rolling Irish countryside. Gaze at dramatic cliffs dropping into an angry sea. Get lost in the amazing cities of Ireland. Step into another culture with a trip to Northern Ireland and learn first hand about this country’s historic fight for sovereignty. In this post, you will discover the best places to visit in Ireland. You will also learn about some incredible tours to help you make the most of your time on the island.
Clifts of Moher
Towering at heights of up to over 200 meters (700 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean these dramatic cliff faces are a must-see on any visit to Ireland. These sheer rock faces on the edge of the Atlantic are a natural wonder formed over millions of years. You might recognize them from Hollywood films including Harry Potter and the Princess Bride.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Known by locals as the Dublin Mountains, 50 km south of Ireland’s capital, Wicklow National Park is full of stunning, picturesque mountains! This is Ireland’s largest national park and it provides a unique opportunity to convene with Ireland’s iconic nature. Nestled amongst the Wicklow Mountain range is Glendalough or the valley of two lakes. This valley is both naturally beautiful and a historic destination.
Take this award-winning tour to explore the Wicklow National Park with trusted, friendly, local guides.
Castles, castles, castles
No trip to Ireland is complete without an exploration of some of the nation’s most historic castles!
This historic home of the wealthy Talbot family covers a 250-acre estate. This castle boasts Ireland’s only butterfly house and extensive Oriental gardens! Take a half-day tour with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland’s longest-occupied fortresses. This historic Irish castle dates back to the 12th century and has changed hands many times throughout its long history. Today it is owned and operated by Ireland’s Office of Public Works. Visit the Kilkenny Castle along with a variety of other natural sites on this adventure-packed tour.
Once the seat of the Clan McDonnell, this now-ruined castle will be recognizable to Game of Thrones fans! It was a shooting location for scenes centring around House Greyjoy on the Iron Islands. Visit this picturesque castle and the Giant’s Causeway (see below) all in one day on this five-star day tour from Dublin.
The Giant’s Causeway
This UNESCO Natural Heritage Site is an iconic symbol of Northern Ireland. With over 40,000 basalt columns that rise dramatically out of the sea, the Giant’s Causeway has inspired legends. Traditional Irish folklore tells stories of giants walking across the sea from this point to Scotland. This site has also been important in the advancement of human understanding of the earth sciences.
Visit the Giant’s Causeway on a day trip departing from historic Dublin! Take this tour to explore the Causeway with a stop in Belfast. Or if fictitious politics are more your flavour, visit the Causeway on this day tour from Dublin and stop at a Game of Thrones shoot location.