Planning a trip to Ireland this year? Be sure to add these incredible attractions to your bucket list!
In 1759, Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000-year lease on a brewery here for an annual rent of £45. A couple of centuries later, the Guinness Storehouse was born. Today it’s Ireland’s number one visitor attraction — a gleaming multimedia experience about everything from the craft of brewing to retro advertising, topped off by the 360-degree Gravity Bar. When you get there, don’t forget to raise your glass to Arthur’s wonderful creation!
At Trinity College’s Treasury, the Book of Kells tour usually includes a visit to the Long Room Library, one of Europe’s most magnificent libraries, housing over 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books. While the Long Room Library will be closed for renovation from October 2023 until 2026, the Book of Kells will be relocated to the college’s Printing House for viewing.
Named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards, Titanic Belfast is a stunning homage to the tragic “Ship of Dreams”. Its shimmering exterior mimics the height of the Titanic and has nine galleries spread across six floors, interactive exhibitions, an underwater cinema, and gantry rides. Outside, stroll the Titanic Slipways and Shipyard, or set off on a Titanic Discovery Walking or Boat Tour.
Love Game of Thrones®? You’re in luck — much of the hit HBO series was filmed in Northern Ireland. Explore the world of Westeros at the official Game of Thrones® Studio Tour at Linen Hall Studios in Banbridge, County Down. This interactive experience includes original costumes and props, along with iconic sets and insider details from the Seven Kingdoms.
In the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East stands the breathtaking Rock of Cashel. This majestic spot holds fascinating tales of royalty, religion, and rule. The 13th-century Gothic cathedral and the 12th-century Romanesque chapel are particularly impressive sights. Legend says that the Rock of Cashel was created when the devil took a bite from the mountain known as Devil’s Bit and spat it back out onto Tipperary’s countryside.
Rising from the Atlantic coast are the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. This UNESCO Global Geopark has it all — sea spray, staggering cliff heights (214 meters), and incredible views! For a closer look, book the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience online for the best rates, times, and guaranteed entry. Perhaps take a walk along the incredible Coastal Walk (8km) from Doolin — all that exercise is well worth it for the views.
Among Northern Ireland’s many beautiful sites, nowhere blurs history and myth quite the way County Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway does. Hexagonal columns have formed part of the cliff face for 60 million years. Science says it’s the result of volcanic activity; legend claims warring giants caused it. Be warned, this magical landscape is wildly popular, so make sure to pre-book your visit!
No matter where you go, you’re sure to experience the classic warm Irish welcome. Come, explore, and make memories that will last a lifetime.