THESE ARE THE FIVE BEST THINGS TO DO IN ALL OF IRELAND
Ireland is the greenest country in Europe, and a trip there will amaze you with its breathtaking natural beauty, including mountains, cliffs, and a spectacular coast that is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Be ready to explore some of the most breathtaking castles and learn how to manufacture beer and whiskey of the highest possible quality.
You have arrived at the land inhabited by the Celts.
1. EXPLORE DUBLIN’S MUSEUMS
As many as 10 million Irish people currently reside in countries other than Ireland. The Irish Emigration Museum is a great place to learn about the experiences of Irish people who left the country. Visit the Irish Whiskey Museum to find out more about the spirit’s rich history and fascinating production process.
In addition to the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Little Museum of Dublin, you can visit other museums that provide interesting displays. All of these places are in close proximity to the picturesque St. Stephen’s Green.
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to four Irish authors. If you want to learn more about renowned authors like Shaw, Beckett, Wilde, and Joyce, then you should definitely check out the Dublin Writers Museum.
Your children will have a great time in Dublin Zoo. Visit Dublinia, a history museum, with the kids while you’re in town to find out more about Dublin’s Viking and Medieval past. Each year, the museum attracts over 125,000 guests.
2. VISIT THE GREATEST SIGHTS OF DUBLIN
Since it was founded in 1592, Trinity College has grown to become not just the premier educational institution in Ireland, but also one of the best in all of Europe. The university library houses tens of thousands of books, the most famous of which being the Book of Kells.
Moreover, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a must-see when visiting Dublin. It’s the highest church building in all of Ireland, and there’s a lovely park and library just next to it.
Phoenix Park is Dublin’s largest park and is roughly twice the size of Central Park in New York. There’s no need to pay to go in.
Visit Croke Park Stadium, the site of many important athletic events and concerts, while you’re in Dublin. With over 80,000 spectators, this stadium ranks among Europe’s largest.
They host Gaelic football and hurling events, and the famous Muhammad Ali vs. Alvin Lewis boxing match from 1972 took place there. The GAA Museum and a rooftop promenade with a view of the city are also accessible from within the stadium.
3. ENJOY NIGHTLIFE AND SHOPPING IN THE CAPITAL
Since Dublin is home to so many college students, the city’s nightlife is second to none. The Temple Bar is a must-see for tourists in Dublin and has gained legendary status as a premier party destination. The streets of Leeson, Harcourt, and Wexford offer some of Dublin’s finest drinking establishments and discotheques.
Grafton, Moore, and Henry Streets are the best places to go shopping in Dublin. These are the busiest and most fashionable shopping districts in Dublin. Francis Street is the place to go to get unique antiques at reasonable prices.
Take advantage of this gourmet tasting of premium whiskey and food for two hours.
4. VISIT THE MOST FAMOUS IRISH CASTLES
The Dublin Castle is a landmark in Irish history. It was constructed as a medieval stronghold and served as the home to English and British monarchs for hundreds of years.
It was rebuilt as a palace following the devastating fire, and currently welcomes over 200,000 guests annually. This castle may be found in the heart of Dublin, just by the Liffey.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland is located halfway between Dublin and the city of Cork in the county of Tipperary. Ancient and medieval structures can be found at the Rock of Cashel, making it a significant archaeological site.
There is an audio-visual presentation, as well as a Romanesque chapel and Gothic cathedral from the 12th and 13th centuries, to round out the visit.
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One of the most popular places to visit in all of Ireland is Blarney Castle, which can be found in the south of the country not far from Cork. Constructed 600 years ago, it is famous for a custom dating back centuries: kissing the Blarney stone.
They say that if you kiss the stone, you’ll have a never-ending supply of eloquence and wisdom. You have to be upside down on top of the tower, kissing the stone, for it to register. Despite its implausibility, this myth draws in millions of visitors annually.
The Irish also have a claim to fame for having one of the world’s most stunning castles. Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland’s most significant medieval structures, was constructed there in the 12th century. Explore the castle’s art collections within, and then unwind in the tranquil grounds outside.
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5. DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL ATTRACTIONS OF IRELAND
Skellig The island of Michael, together with its smaller counterpart, Little Skellig, is a popular vacation destination. Skellig Michael, unlike remote Litlle Skellig, actually had inhabitants: monks who, in the sixth century, constructed a monastery consisting of many stone dwellings.
The historic integrity of these structures has been maintained. Stone stairs lead up to them. Skellig Michael is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its immense historical significance.
In addition to being Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil may also be found in County Kerry. I highly recommend this destination for any hikers out there. More than a hundred thousand tourists visit year to reach an altitude of 1,038 meters (3,405 feet) above sea level.
This mountain is part of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, which can be explored on foot.
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It’s also worth your time to check out Killarney National Park while you’re in County Kerry. Gifted to motorists is the Ring of Kerry. The Iveragh Peninsula can be toured in a complete round including 180 kilometers (111 miles) of beautiful landscape and historic sites. The Ring of Kerry may be found on the Wild Atlantic Way, a breathtaking road that stretches over 2,005 kilometers (1,553 miles).
The Wicklow Mountains National Park may be reached in under two hours from Dublin. A day excursion from Dublin would be well spent here. If you’re able to spare the time, you should plan to stay here for at least a few days. There is a plenty of entertaining options and stunning sights to see.
In spite of the fact that the highest point is only 925 meters (3,034 feet) above sea level, there are plenty of paths to keep you busy for hours, if not days. There are two lakes in Lough Bray, a waterfall in Powerscourt, and the ruins of an old mine in the nearby Glendalough Valley.
Croagh Patrick Mountain in County Mayo is home to kilometers of fantastic hiking trails.