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10 Things To Do In Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Ireland. It is part of the popular tourist trail Ring of Kerry. The word Kenmare is an anglicized form of Ceann Mara which means the “head of the sea”. This is because the town is located at the head of Kenmare Bay where the Roughty River flows into the bay in between Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.

This panoramic location of Kenmare is what attracts the tourists into it. There are also lots of awesome things to do in Kenmare aside from admiring its natural beauty.

Kenmare is also more quiet and tranquil than its neighbors – Killarney and Dingle. Although beautiful on their own way, if peace is what you prefer, this town tops our Ring of Kerry destinations.

10 Things To Do In Kenmare, Ireland

1.Learn the history from Kenmare Heritage Centre

kenmare heritage centre

Kenmare Heritage Centre provides an integral insight into the history of the town. The tours cover several themes including famous people who visited this little town, the history, and heritage of Kenmare and the effects of the Great Famine to the local people.

Opening Hours

Jun-Aug: 9am-6pm; Easter-May and Sep: daily except Thu and Sun 9.30am-5pm – closed in low season

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Tourist Information Centre, The Square, Kerry

Phone: +353 64 6641233

2.Feel the magic in Kenmare Stone Circle

 

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Known locally as The Shrubberies this is one of the largest stone circles in southwest Ireland measuring 17.4 x 15.8m and it is the only egg-shaped stone circle in Munster province. Stone Circles were built during the bronze age believed to be used for ritual and ceremonial purposes.

Opening Hours

The stone circle is accessible all year round and no gate or barrier so you can come anytime.

Admission Fee

€2 through honor donation

Contact Information

Location: 52 Market St, Co. Kerry, Ireland

3. Try angling in Sheen River

The Sheen River flows into the head of Kenmare Bay and it’s known as a salmon fishery area. The Sheen is subject to violent floods, which can disappear just as quickly as they arrived.

4. Join a Seal Watching Cruise in Kenmare Ireland

seals

Watching seals from their own habitat is one of the best things to do in Kenmare. The boat cruises to one of the largest seal colonies in Ireland with over 300 seals to observe in their own habitat. Aside from the seals, you will also witness several birds and animals in the area. Along with the scenic view of castles, coastlines and rugged cliffs from the boat

Opening Hours:

For sailing times, it is advisable to contact the cruise company using the phone number below.

Admission Fee

Adults: €25.00

Children Under 12: €12.50

Teenagers: €15.00

Family 2 Adults & 2 Children €60.00

Contact Information

Location: No. 3 Pier Road, County Kerry

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)64 664 2059

5. Shop at Kenmare Farmers Market

If you want to try local food, crafts, plants, and other local delicacies, visiting Kenmare Farmers Market is a must. The farmers market offers wide selections of local produced products.

Opening Hours

Every Wednesday from  10 am-4 pm

Admission Fee

Free except what you buy

Contact Information

Location: An Cro, Bridge Street

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 64 6682926

6.Kissane Sheep Farm

 

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If you want to meet sheep in their own environment, watching the sheepdog demonstration will make your day. Even better if you have children with you as it’s one of those must-dos with kids while in this area. Kissane Sheep Farm is a large mountain sheep farm that offers this unique activity in Kenmare.

Opening Hours

For the opening hours,  click here.

Admission Fee

Adults: €7.00 Per Adult.

Students: €6.00 Per Student.

Child Under 5 – Free of Charge.

Child Over 5 and under 11 years of Age: €5.00

Contact Information

Location: Kissane Sheep Farm, Moll’s Gap

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353 87 260 0410

7. Relax at Reenagross Park Kenmare

Reenagross Park is a small park along the banks of Roughty river. This park has over 3km walking trail with a scenic view of the beautiful landscape of Kenmare Bay.

Opening Hours:

Open 24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Killowen, Co. Kerry

Phone: +353 83 318 9517

8. Take a picture of Cromwells Bridge

Cromwells bridge kenmare

This historical bridge was built and paid by Catholic Sir Richard Shireburne to help Protestants cross the river to attend the service in nearby Protestant church. However, Protestant Cromwell arrived on the north and subdued the Catholics and renamed the bridge after him.

9. Have a picnic Kilmakilloge

Kilmakilloge is a discovery point in the banks of Kenmare river. This scenic spot is a good place to just relax and spend quiet time with your family or friends. And it also offers a great place for a picnic.

10.Join The Kerry Hills Traditional Music School

Music is a big part of Irish culture. And you can find several pubs offering Irish traditional music up to this day. If you want to take your trad music knowledge a notch, joining this traditional music school can help you with that. 

The Kerry Hills Traditional Music School provides one on one session or group classes for trad music and instruments.

For more information, contact the trad music school directly.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]


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11 Things To Do In Connemara, Ireland

There are several things to do in Connemara. The region is located in the northwest corner of County Galway and is an area of desolate beauty, incredible scenery, and some of the most interesting attractions in Ireland.

Connemara is also the cultural hub and known as one of the centers of traditional Irish traditions and culture. People also say that when you visit Connemara you “experience the real beauty of Ireland”.

11 Things To Do In Connemara Ireland

1.Explore Connemara National Park

Connemara national park ireland

The Connemara National Park is the second smallest national parks in Ireland with only 30 square kilometers area size. It was established in 1990 and the area covers bogs, heaths, grasslands, and forests. It is well known for the diversity of bird life in the area.

Opening Hours

Visitor Centre – Open daily, 9 am to 5.30 pm from March to November

Park Grounds – Open daily 9.00 am-5.30 pm all year round

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park and visitor centre.

Contact Information

Location: Letterfrack, Connemara, Galway

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 100 2528 

2. Mannin Bay

Connemara is popular for its amazing beaches. Manning Bay is one of them. This beach is located in the town of Clifden and you can do several water-based activities here. From kayaking to snorkeling, there are tons of options to this secluded Irish beach.

3. Admire the beauty of Kylemore Abbey/ Kylemore Castle

kylemore abbey castle

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul, the Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half day to the castle ground.

Opening Hours

9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm. To check for the latest schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

€13 for adult, €9 for a student, €10 for senior, and €26.00 for a family of 4.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: [email protected]com

4.Connemara Heritage & History Centre

The Connemara Heritage and History Center also called Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, is an open-air museum in the village of Lettershea. It was established in 1980 and became an award-winning heritage center. It is known for its unique insight into the history, traditions, culture, and heritage of Connemara.

Opening Hours

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Adult: €8.00 Child: €4.00 Senior/Student: €7.00 Family (up to 6): €20.00

Contact Information

Location: Lettershea, Galway Road, Clifden, Galway

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353 95 21246

5.Inishbofin Island

Inishbofin island

Inishbofin Island is a small island off the coast Connemara. Only 8km long and 3km wide, this island has only a population of 200. Known as the “island of the white cow”, this island is a popular tourist destination as it features all the best that Connemara has to offer. Rich history, stunning Atlantic coast scenery, and award-winning beaches are just among the attractions that are waiting for you in Inishbofin.

How to get to Inishbofin Island

You can take a ferry from Cleggan pier. The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes and they leave 3 times a day during peak season and twice a day during the off-peak season.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 095-45895

6.Channel your adventurous self in Killary Adventure Centre

Killary Adventure Centre is nestled in the Connemara Mountains. Aside from accommodation, Killary Adventure Centre also offers more than 20 exciting adventure activities for visitors. They offer kayaking, archery combat, rock climbing and abseiling, paintball, wakeboarding, water skiing and several challenges for participants.

Whether you are a solo traveler, a family, a couple or entire group of friends, there’s something for you at this place.

For their latest rates, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Derrynacleigh, Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)95-43411

7.Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle is a ruined manor house in Clifden in the Connemara region. Built in 1818 for John D’Arcy, founder of Clifden, the castle was passed on to several people that led the castle’s ruin. Today, the castle ruin is owned jointly by several people but the entire property is falling apart.  The surrounding grassland is populated by grazing cows, sheep, and horses, and part of the castle ruins is a cow pen.

If you take the stroll through Sky Road Walk, you will see the castle on the way.

8. Stroll along Clifden Beach Road/ Sky Road Walk

A local favorite, the Beach Road and Sky Road Walk are one of the most peaceful and serene walks in Clifden. These walking trails will give you the best view of Clifden, a castle, the panoramic view of the ocean and the charming villages in the area.

9. Visit Bunowen Castle

Bunowen Castle is a castle in Hill of Doon overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This historic castle was originally the site of O’Flaherty castle which was owned by O’Flaherty family from the 10th century. The O’Flaherty family used to control the region of Connemara and built fortresses including the medieval walls of Galway. This castle is one of the best things to see in Connemara.

10.Explore Omey Island

omey island

Omey Island is a beautiful tidal island on the western edge of Connemara. It was a popular monastic settlement in the region and up to this day, a popular a place of devotion for St Feichin. The holy well dedicated to the saint can be found on the island as well.

Aside from its religious sites, there are several shell middens that can be found on the island. Shell middens are domestic waste that includes animal bones, botanical material, human excrements, sherds, and artifacts associated with past human occupation. Some of those have been carbon-dated to AD 1000–1500 according to scientists.

11. Take the Killary Fjord cruise

killary fjord

Killary Fjord is the only fjord in Ireland. It extends up to 16 km and it’s around 45 meters deep. The fjord is also famous for shellfish farming, bird watching, and there are several protected animals in the area such as otters. It is also one of the best day trips from Galway City. 

Opening Hours

For the updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Adult €21.00

Child 0 – 10 free

Youth 11 – 17 €11.00

Senior/Student €17.50

Family tickets from only €42 when booked online (up to 6 children)

Contact Information

Location: Nancy’s Point, Leenane, Co Galway, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone:+353 (091)566736

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10 Things To Do In Navan, Meath

Navan is a charming town in County Meath. It is the 5th largest town and 10th urban settlement in Ireland. It is also very popular due to its tourism. Most of the visitors come to this town to learn the history and visit the nearby castles and ruins. So here are the best things to do in Navan.

 

1.   Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is an archaeological complex in Country Meath of Ireland. It is located near the River of Boyne and it runs between Dunshaughlin and Navan. It used to be the seat of the kings during Stone Age.

It contains a number of ancient passages tombs, Ireland’s Stonehenge and historical ruins.

Opening Hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00  for the Visitor Centre

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Child/student €3 | Senior €4 | Family €13

Contact Information

Location: 12km south of Navan. Off the N3

Email: +353 46 9025903

Phone: [email protected]

2.   Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Although Slane Castle is located in the town of Slane, it is only 11km from Navan. It only takes about 15 minutes to get to the castle from the centre of Navan.

Slane Castle is located within the Boyne Valley and is set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate.  The castle was built in 18th-century and has been a family seat for the Conyngham family. Today, the castle is a famous concert venue which held concerts for world music icons such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Queens, Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

Opening Hours

The guided tours to the castle are seasonal and only if there’s no event. To check for the latest tour schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults: €12.00, Children: €7.20, Students, O.A.P.’s & Groups: €10.80, Children under 5 years are free

Contact Information

Location: Navan Road, Slane Meath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9820643

3.   Athlumney Castle

 

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Athlumney Castle is a tower house and a fortified house in Navan. It was built in 1172 and was burned down in 1649 by Maguire who held the castle to prevent Oliver Cromwell, an English military and a political leader for taking over it.

During 17th-century, it was burned down again by James II, the King of England and Ireland at that time. It was said that a Catholic Bishop tried to renovate it back to its original splendor but he died before he made it happen.

Now, the ruins of Athlumney Castle is a national monument in Navan.

Opening Hours

No one oversees the castle except the caretaker who lends you the key to the gate. As a rule of thumb, try to call in advance or go during the day.

Admission Fee

Free, although the caretaker requires a small deposit for the key. They will return the deposit to you when you return the key.

Contact Information

Location: Kentstown Road, Athlumney

Phone: +353 41 9880305

4.   Bective Abbey

 

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Bective Abbey is a historical place in Bective, 15 minutes from Navan. The Cistercian Abbey sits overlooking the river of Boyne. The Abbey was founded in 1147 during the time that Bective became an important monastic settlement. Under King Henry VIII, the monasteries were dissolved in 1543 and they were converted to fortified houses and towers.  The Abbey is now registered as a national monument in Ireland.

Opening Hours

Open all year and anytime

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: R161, Ballina, Co. Meath, Ireland

5.   Dunmoe Castle

 

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Dunmoe Castle sits in a tranquil spot overlooking the river Boyne 4 km east of Navan. The castle was built for the D’Arcy family in the mid-15th century. It marked the western edge of The Pale, an Irish area under the control of the English government.

The present structure of the castle has all the characteristics of an Anglo-Norman during 15th -16th century.  It was originally a rectangular-shaped edifice with a tower at each corner.  Two of these towers have crumbled away, as the entire back part of the castle.

Opening Hours

The castle is open to the public and no one really oversees it. Just enter the gate but as a rule of thumb, go during the day.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Dunmoe, Co. Meath

Phone: +353 41 9880300

6 Donaghmore Round Tower

Donaghmore Round Tower Navan

The Donaghmore Round Tower is a well-preserved 10th-century structure located just northeast of Navan. The tower is found on the site of a religious settlement thought to have been established in the 5th century by St Patrick.

At the site, visitors can see the remains of a church and the round tower, both which has interesting carvings and sculptures.

Opening Hours

Open all day

Admission Fee

Free

7.   Ardmulchan Church

 

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The ruins of Ardmulchan Church in Ardmulchan has one of the most beautiful bends on the River Boyne between Navan and Slane. The church is only 10 minutes away from Navan.

During the 12th century, Hugh De Lacy, the Lord of Meath, created a defense structure to protect its people.  Motte, churches and several chapels were built on pre-Norman foundations.

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Ardmulchan, Co. Meath, Ireland

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10 Things To Do In Killarney, Ireland

Killarney is a lakeshore town in the County of Kerry about 4 hours away by bus from Dublin. It is a popular tourist destination in Ireland as it is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with the towns of Kenmare and Dingle. Famous for its national park, beautiful lakes, imposing castles, wildlife, and gorgeous landscapes, this town is named as one of the top 10 global tourist destinations in the world. So if you find yourself in this side of Kerry, here are the best things to do in Killarney Ireland.

1.Explore the Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park in County Kerry is one of the 6 national parks in Ireland and the first national park to be declared in 1932. It is located near the town of Killarney and it covers 25,425 acres of protected land. The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats.  There are also a wide variety of species in the parks including Red and Sika deer, and few of them are rare.

The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Nature conservation is the main objective of the park protecting the various and rare species in the area and the ecosystem.

Opening Times

There is 24-hour pedestrian access to Killarney National Park throughout the year except for Killarney House and Gardens (9 am to 6 pm daily). To check the individual opening hours of each attraction, click here.

Admission Fee

The admission to Killarney National Park is free. However, some of the attractions and activities have an admission fee. You can verify it from the visitor’s centre by using the contact information below.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 085-8017973 

2.Climb Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s Highest Mountain

Only 1 hour from the town of Killarney, Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland standing at 1,038.6 metres. It’s a challenging climb, but it’s also a very scenic trail. It is between 4-6 hour climb via Devils Ladder route. On the way, you’ll see streams, beautiful lakes, and gorgeous landscape.

Admission Fee

There’s a small admission fee which is €2 but a guided tour is highly recommended especially if it’s your first time.

3.Killarney House and Gardens

Killarney House is the seat of the Earls of Kenmare and located inside the Killarney National Park. It was built in 1872 on the same location where Kenmare House was located. The manor was built in a high ground affording a good view of the  Lough Leane and the mountains nearby. There are available tours open to the public in Killarney House and the gardens.

Opening Hours

Summer: daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Winter: daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 85 801 7973

4. Pay respect at St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful gothic church at the centre of Killarney. It is set on a beautiful backdrop of lakes and mountains. It was built and designed in 1840 by the renowned English architect Augustus Welby Pugin. The building of the cathedral took a long time due to several problems encountered during the construction. It was completed and ready for mass in 1855.

Contact Information

Location: Saint Mary’s Cathedral, New Street 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 64 6631014

5.Explore Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms

Muckross House and Gardens Killarney

Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms is one of the top visitor attractions in Killarney. The Muckross House is a beautiful 19th-century Victorian mansion set amidst the beautiful Killarney National Park. Aside from the mansion, you can also explore the garden and the nearby working farms.

There are 3 working farms inside the estate and one can witness the rural way of life in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s.

Opening Hours

Summer: 9 am to 7 pm daily. Winter: 9 am to 5:30 pm daily

Admission Fee

For an adult, the admission fee for the house is €9.00 while for the farm is €9.00. For joint ticket, it is €15 per person.

For group and children admission fee, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, the National Park

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0) 64 6670144

6. Take a boat or kayak to Innisfallen Island

Innisfallen is an island in Lough Leane, the largest among the three lakes in Killarney Ireland. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the 6th to 7th century found in the Killarney National Park.

There are several boats from Ross Castle that goes to the island. The boat leaves at 9:30 am and the last trip is 5:30 pm. The boat ride only takes about 10 minutes. Or you can either hire a rowboat or a kayak if you want to go to the island on your own. Taking a tour to Innisfallen is one of the best day trips from Killarney.

Admission Fee

Admission to the island is free but the boat ride can cause you about €10.

7.Ross Castle Killarney

Ross Castle KILLARNEY

Ross Castle is also one of the best places to visit in Killarney and one of the must-see castles in Ireland. The castle is 15th-century tower house built by O’Donoghues Mor, a local ruling clan on the edge of Lough Leane.

The castle has a long history of rebellions and wars and it is said to be the last castle to surrender during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Opening Hours:

9.30 am to 5:45 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00, Group/Senior: €4.00, Child/Student: €3.00 , Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location:  Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 64 663 5851

8.Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is a stunning 80 feet high waterfall nestled at the base of Torc Mountain and near N71 Killarney Kenmare road. It is around 7km from the town centre of Killarney. It is also one of the best attractions along the Kerry Way.

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours

Admission Fee

None

Contact Information

Location:  Cloghereen Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 85 801 7973

9.Hike at Cardiac Steps

While you’re at Torc Waterfall, why not hike the famous Cardiac Steps? It is the hilly trail along the slopes at Torc Mountain. The hike is strenuous consisting of a steep hill for almost 1.5 hours but the view at the top is worth it. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of the McGillycuddy Reeks, Lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park

10. Enjoy a quiet afternoon in the Copper Mines

One of Killarney’s best-kept secret is this beautiful woodland trails called Copper Mines. It is a paved path on the southwestern shores of Ross Island. It used to be a copper mining site but it is now simply a place that offers tranquility for those who are escaping the chaos of city life.


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15 Must-See and Best Castles In Ireland To Visit

Ireland is home to over 30,000 castles. Say what?

Yes, there are several castles in Ireland that even locals already lost count. These castles were built as early as 10th century and although most of them have already seen its days, these castle ruins still possess the grandeur they once had. There are also few castles that have been restored and still standing proudly up to this day.

These castles are scattered all throughout Ireland and it’s hard to decide which castles to prioritize. So if you have limited time, this guide to the best castles in Ireland can help you decide.

15 Best Castles In Ireland

1.Blarney Castle, County Cork

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular attraction is Blarney castle. It was built nearly six hundred years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations.

Aside from the castle itself, the place is also popular because of Blarney Stone. In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world visit Blarney to kiss the famous Blarney stone. There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Opening Hours

9 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

€16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for a family. For more information regarding booking, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Blarney, Cork, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 21 4385252

Check this tour that includes a visit to the famous Blarney Castle. 

 

2.Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland

kilkenny castle ireland

Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and it is an important site to the history of Kilkenny. In 1967, the Castle was transferred to the people of Kilkenny for £50.

The Kilkenny Castle is now one of the very few castles in Ireland that offer tours to the public. The garden and park in the castle complex are also open to the public.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm

Admission Fee

Adult € 8.00 | child € 4.00 | Family € 20.00

Contact Information

Address: The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny, Ireland

Phone: +353 56 770 4106

Email: [email protected]

For other visitor’s information, click here

3.Trim Castle, County Meath, Ireland

trim castle ireland

Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of River Boyne in the town of Trim and currently the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle was built in 1173 by Hugh de Lacy, the castle was used as a center of Norman administration for the Lordship of Meath. It is also probably best known as the setting for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. 

This castle in Ireland boasts imposing twenty-sided towers protected by curtain wall and moat. It was a great example of experimental military architecture during its period. If you want to learn more about the legacy of this castle, this day trip from Dublin is a must.

Opening Hours

Opening hours varies depending on the season. For an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

€5 per adult, €3 for student and €13 for a family of 4. It includes access to the Trim Castle grounds and audio-visual show at the visitor centre. You can get a ticket from the visitor centre.

Contact Information

Location: Trim, Co Meath

Phone: +353 46 943 8619 

Email:  [email protected] 

Check this tour that includes a visit to Trim Castle and Slane Whiskey Distillery.

 

4.Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel in County Tipperary. It is one of the most spectacular attractions in Ireland and also one of the most visited castles in Ireland.

This iconic landmark was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and was built between the 12th to the 13th century.

Opening Hours

9 am to 4:30 pm during winter and 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Admission Fee

Adult : €8.00, Group / Senior : €6.00, Child / Student : €4.00, Family : €20.00

Contact Information

Location: Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone: 062 61437

Email: [email protected]

Check this tour that includes a visit to Rock of Cashel and explore the medieval Kilkenny. 

 

5.Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Bunratty Castle

Set in some 16,500 hectares of County Donegal mountains, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th Century, a castellated mansion built between 1870 and 1873 in Letterkenny. The Scottish Baronial-style Irish castle is built by Captain John George Adair. When he picked the location for his castle, he went as far as evicting 244 tenants to have privacy.

The gardens around the house were planted in a free-flowing style with exotic species from Tasmania, Madeira, and Chile. The Glenveagh gardens itself is a major attraction aside from the surrounding lakes and forest in the area.

Opening Hours:

9 am to 5 pm but check in advance first as the castle tour is limited during off-peak and winter season. To verify the schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Adult Castle Ticket €7.00 | Concession Castle Ticket €5.00 | Family Castle Ticket €15.00

Contact Information

Location: Glenveagh, Churchhill, Letterkenny, Donegal

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 1002537

6.King John’s Castle, Co. Limerick

King John’s Castle

King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick and next to the River Shannon. This Irish castle overlooks the river and the panoramic view of Limerick City.

The stunning new exhibition brings to life over 800 years of King John’s Castle and Limerick City’s dramatic history all through Touch-screen technology which will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. It is also one of the best castles in Ireland.

Opening Hours

09.30 am – 5 pm

Admission Fee

€10 for adult, €5 for children and €22 for family (2 adult + 2 children)

Contact Information

Address: Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 61 360788

7.Bunratty Castle, County Shannon

Bunratty Castle in Ireland

 

Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare. The name Bunratty, Bun Raite in Irish, means “river basin” of the ‘Ratty’ river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary.

The castle was built in 1425 and was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor. It now contains mainly 15th and 16th-century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. To live up to its medieval look,  medieval banquets are held in the castle in the evenings and it’s open to the public to enjoy.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am- 5.30pm

Admission Fee

Adult €15. Child/Student €9. Family (2 adults and 4 children under 18) €34.25.

Contact Information

Location: Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Check this tour that includes a visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. 

 

8. Ross Castle, County Kerry, Ireland

Ross Castle KILLARNEY

Ross Castle is also one of the best places to visit in Killarney and one of the must-see castles in Ireland. The castle is 15th-century tower house built by O’Donoghues Mor, a local ruling clan on the edge of Lough Leane.

The castle has a long history of rebellions and wars and it is said to be the last castle to surrender during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Opening Hours:

9.30 am to 5:45 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00, Group/Senior: €4.00, Child/Student: €3.00 , Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location:  Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 64 663 5851

Check this tour includes a  Killarney 2–Hour Kayaking and a visit to Ross Castle.

 

9. Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Slane Castle is located within the Boyne Valley near Navan and is set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate. The castle was built in the 18th century and has been a family seat for the Conyngham family. Today, the castle is a famous concert venue which held concerts for world music icons such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Queens, Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

Opening Hours

The guided tours to the castle are seasonal and only if there’s no event. To check for the latest tour schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults: €12.00, Children: €7.20, Students, O.A.P.’s & Groups: €10.80, Children under 5 years are free

Contact Information

Location: Navan Road, Slane Meath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9820643

Check this tour that includes a visit to Boyne Valley, Celtic Ireland & Slane Castle.

 

10.Kylemore Castle

kylemore abbey castle

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul in Connemara, the Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Galway, Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Galway. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half-day to the castle ground.

Check out this Kylemore Abbey Tour article for more information.

Opening Hours

9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.

Admission Fee

€13 for adult, €9 for the student, €10 for senior, and €26.00 for a family of 4.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: [email protected]com

Check this full day tour that includes a visit to Connemara & Kylemore Abbey.

 

11.Cahir Castle, Tipperary, Ireland

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles of Ireland. It is located on an island in the river of Suir, in the town of Cahir, County Tipperary. Built-in 1142 by the Prince of Thomond, Conor O’Brien, it was designed as a defensive castle with state-of-the-art facilities. However, the castle was besieged multiple times during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Opening Hours

March-Mid June
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid-June – August
Daily 09.00 – 18.30

September – Mid October
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid October – February
Daily 09.30 – 16.30

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Castle St, Townparks, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (52) 744 1011 

Check this tour that includes a visit to Blarney and Cahir Castles

 

 

12.Athlone Castle Ireland

 

Athlone Castle Westmeath

John de Gray, the Bishop of Norwich, constructed Athlone Castle amid the Norman Invasion of Ireland dating from the 12th century. It was fortified a few times and it was built to protect and defend the crossing point in Athlone and to provide support to facilitate the Norman advance into Connaught.

The castle is a free-standing polygonal tower built inside a moat and it’s one of the popular castles and attractions in Ireland.

Opening Hours

For an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Adult €8, Senior/Student €6, Children/Under 15 €4, Children under the age of 4 are free, Family (2 adults & 2 children) €2

Contact Information

Location: St Peter’s Square, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 A6D7

Email:[email protected]

Phone: +353 90 6442130

13. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle County Mayo

Ashford Castle is a medieval and Victorian Ireland castle that was turned into a 5-star hotel over the years in County Mayo. Built in 1228 by the House of Burke, an Anglo-Norman family, ownership was later transferred to other rich Irish families. In the 19th century, the Guinness family, known for their accomplishments in brewing (Guinness beer anyone?) and other business, bought the estate and transformed it. It was later sold to Noel Huggard who made the castle a hotel.

The castle hotel in Ireland is a member of Leading Hotels of the World organization and is considered one of the best hotels in the world.

To check the rates for this castle hotel, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland

Email:[email protected]

Phone: +353 94 954 6003

14.Malahide Castle, County Dublin, Ireland

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is one of the oldest castles in Ireland which dates back as far as 1175. This is also one of the few castles in Dublin County and it’s located in the remaining parklands of Malahide Demesne Regional Park.

The Malahide Castle was home to Talbot Family for almost 800 years and survived many wars and also the deaths of its previous owners inside the palace. For 11 years, the castle was given by Oliver Cromwell to Miles Corbet after the English Parliament conquered Ireland. He hanged himself following the death of Cromwell.

The Talbot family took the castle back but it was followed the death of 14 members where they didn’t make it back after the Battle of Boyne near Drogheda. Now, this Irish castle is owned by the State as the last member of Talbot family sold it.

Opening Hours

9.30am- 5.30pm Monday-Sunday

Admission Fee

Adults €12

Student / OAP €8

Child (under 12) €6

Family €26

Contact Information

Location: Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 816 9538

15.Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle is now a ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of rocks on the coast of County Antrim.  Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle in Dunluce. From then on, this Irish castle witnessed a long and tumultuous history between Scotland, Ireland, and UK.

Dunluce castle is also said to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel, the fictional castle in Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It is also the film location of Game of Thrones for the Seat of House Greyjoy of the great castle of Pyke.

Opening Hours

Daily: 10 am – 4 pm (last entry strictly at 3:30 pm)

Admission Fee

Adult – £5.50, Child (age 4 – 16) – £3.50

Senior citizen £3.50

Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) – £3.50

Child under 4 – Free

Family (up to 5 members, including up to 3 adults) – £15.00

Group rate(10 plus, must be pre-booked) – £4 per person

Contact Information

Location: 87 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8UY

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (028) 2073 1938

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11 Things To Do In Mullingar, Ireland

Mullingar is a popular town in Westmeath. It is located in the heart of midlands and is surrounded by various lakes and greeneries. Mullingar is not only the birthplace of Blizzards frontman Bressie and Niall  Horan from One Direction, but there are also various attractions which you can enjoy as a tourist. So if you don’t know where to start yet, here are the top 11 things to do in Mullingar, Westmeath.

1. Cycle at Westmeath Royal Canal Greenway

 

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This Greenway gives an appealing waterside scenic route for walkers and cyclists. You can pick a map from the tourist office so you can check the level of difficulty for some of the trails.

Opening Time

Mon-Fri -9 am-9pm
Sat- 9am -2pm

Contact Information

Address: Enfield Centre, Unit 1 Mongey Buildings, Johnstown Road,  Enfield, County Meath, Ireland.

Phone:+353 (0)1 6877034 

Email:[email protected]

2. Visit the Cathedral of Christ the King

Christ The King mullingar

The Cathedral of Christ the King can be found in the center of Mullingar. The church was structured in a modernized Renaissance style and opened in 1936. The building incorporates a gallery with intriguing chronicled ancient rarities. The cathedral is also known for its mosaic work of arts.

Opening Time

Monday- Saturday  -7:45 am-10:00 am
Sunday – 8:30 am -11:00 am, 12:30 pm

Contact Information

Location: Bishop’s Gate St, Commons, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 044-9348338

3.Play bowling in Rock n Bowl Bowling Alley

If you want something different to do and also if you are traveling with kids, a trip to the town’s bowling alley is a must. The center has several areas for kids where they can play while adult competes for the bowling.

Opening Time

10 am to 6 pm

Contact Information

Location: Lynn Road, Mullingar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 044-9333300

4. Rent a boat from Doolans Boat Tours

Want to do something fun? Take an angling trip by renting a boat from Doolans Boat Tours. The boat tour company is located south of Lough Owel, notable for its abundance of brown trouts. Or if you are not a fan of fishing, enjoying the view in the lake is a good alternative to escape the hustle of the city.

Contact Information

Location: Doolan’s Boat Hire Lough Owel Mullingar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 44 9342085

5. Take a hike at the Hill of Uisneach

Hill of Uisneach Westmeath

The Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath has played a big part in every significant Irish event. Be it political, cultural, religious, mythological and geographical. The Hill of Uisneach is located between Mullingar and Athlone and is 14km from the center of Mullingar.

The summit of Uisneach commands extensive panoramic views over the central plain and one can enjoy a peaceful walk. The enigmatic hill is one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in the world.

Opening Time

Mon-Sun 1pm-2pm

Admission Fee

There is no fixed charge a nominal donation per visitor is expected for the public tours.
Suggested donation – Adult: €10 (2hr tour max.)

Contact Information

Address: Rathnew, Loughnavalley, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0) 87 718 9550

Email: [email protected]

6. Take a day trip to Fore Abbey

Fore Abbey Westmeath

Although it is not part of Mullingar, Fore Abbey is only 25km from the town. Located in the village of Fore, in County Westmeath, Fore Abbey is a ruin of a 7th-century monastery in the middle of a green valley. It is said that there were over 300 monks who used to live in the community before it was set on fire twelve times.

Opening Time

24 Hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Fore, Westmeath

Phone: +353 44 9661780

Email: [email protected]

7.Explore Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tully NallynCastle Mullingar

Tullynally Castle Gardens is also not within Mullingar but close enough for a half day trip. This castle is located 20km away in Castlepollard. The castle is 350-year old and is owned by Earls of Longford. The castle has 120 rooms but the castle itself is not accessible to the public as it is a private home. The main attraction here are the gardens which are really wonderful, covering over 12 acres with walled flower gardens, follies, magnificent trees, and woodland gardens and two ornamental lakes.

However, the castle can be accessed through a pre-arranged group tour but there’s a minimum of 20 people requirement.

Opening Time

11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Adults €12
Child(over 5) €6
Family (2A&2C) €32

Contact Information

Location: Pahenhamhall, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 00353 44 966 1856 

8.Relax at Belvedere House & Gardens

Belvedere House Westmeath

Belvedere House and Gardens is a country house in Mullingar. This beautiful country house was originally built as a hunting lodge for Robert Rochefort, 1st Earl of Belvedere.

Along with Diocletian windows and dramatic nineteenth-century terracing, there is also a Victorian walled garden and big hectares of forest within the complex. The house has been fully restored from its original state and the grounds are well maintained. The house attracts over 160,000 visitors annually.

Opening Time:

Daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Day Admission

Adult €8.00
Child €4.00
Senior Citizen/Student €6.00
Family: 2 Adults & 1 Child €20.00
Each extra Child €3.00
(Under 3’s FREE)

Day Admission Group Rates (20+ pax)

Adult Group (20+) €4.00pp
Sen. Citizen/Student (20+) €3.00pp
Child/Special (20+) €2.00pp
They also offer a seasonal ticket. For more information, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath,

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)44 9349060  

9. Take a horseback riding lesson in Ladestown Riding Stables

Regardless of whether you are an accomplished rider or a beginner, the amazing staff of Ladestown Stables will give you an unforgettable experience. The stables is a family run foundation and whose intention is to impart the owners’ passion for ponies to local people and guests alike. The grounds are stunning and it incorporates a terraced garden and exemplary stone patios. Horseback riding lessons are available for adults and children.

Contact Information

Location: Ladestown House, Mullingar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0863847509

10.Play in Lilliput Adventure Center

Lilliput Adventure Centre is located in Johnathan Swift Park along the shores of Lough Ennell.  It is only 10 minutes away from the center of Mullingar. It’s fabulous, unspoiled beauty, along with forests and lake, offers a unique and idyllic location for adventure activities.

You can take part in specialized courses in canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing or first aid, to mention a few.

Opening Time

daily from 9 am to 9 pm

Contact Information

Location: Lilliput House, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0) 87 810 6951 

11.Learn history from Greville Arms Hotel Museum

Greville Arms Hotel Museum is a museum inside a hotel. The museum contains several historical artifacts such as limestone fossils estimated to be 400 million years old, the world famous Canova Penitent Magdalene sculptor, some Celtic arts, old coins, and rare Christian’s crucifixion. It is a small museum but it holds important parts of history.

Contact Information

Location: Pearse Street, Mullingar, Westmeath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 44 9348563

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10 Best Day Trips From Dublin, Ireland (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Dublin is an amazing city with lots of things to do. From interesting museums, awesome nightlife, imposing castles to amazing ancient sites, Dublin is a good base for your Ireland adventure. However, if you find yourself running out of things to do in this Irish capital, there are several day trips from Dublin that you can do.

Here are the 10 best day trips from Dublin.

Best Day Trips From Dublin

1.Trim Castle Day Tour from Dublin

trim castle ireland

Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of River Boyne in the town of Trim and currently the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

Built in 1173 by Hugh de Lacy, the castle was used as a center of Norman administration for the Lordship of Meath. It is also probably best known as the setting for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. 

The castle boasts imposing twenty-sided towers protected by curtain wall and moat. It was a great example of experimental military architecture during its period. If you want to learn more about the legacy of this castle, this day trip from Dublin is a must.

Admission Fee

€5 per adult, €3 for student and €13 for a family of 4. It includes access to the Trim Castle grounds and audio-visual show at the visitor center. You can get the ticket from the visitor center.

How to get to Trim Castle from Dublin

If you don’t have a car, you can take the Bus Éireann (#111) from Busaras station in Dublin to Delvin (Opp Gaffneys) and get off in Trim Castle.

It takes about an hour or you can take the Bus Éireann (#109B) to Knightsbrook Hotel and get off at Opp Boyne Bridge By-Pass in Trim. This takes a bit longer than Delvin by 10-15 minutes.

From the bus stop, take a walk towards the castle entrance. It’s about 500 meters from both bus stops and it takes about 5 minutes. The bus fare is about €10-12 one-way or €20-24 for a round trip and they have buses that leave every hour.

Or you can check out this tour for €49 which includes Trim Castle, Boyne Valley, and Drogheda Tour. Which is a steal given that it includes transport and admission fees!

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

6 hours. You have 3 hours for the journey and 3 hours to explore the castle and the surrounding area.

Opening Hours

Opening hours varies depending on the season. For an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Trim, Co Meath

Phone: +353 46 943 8619

Email:  [email protected] 

2.Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Mountains national park

Wicklow Mountains National Park is the largest national park in Ireland with an area covering more than 129,500 square kilometers.  It is also the only one located in the east of the country. It extends from County Wicklow and a small area of Dublin.

The park contains a variety of attractions that include lush forests, fields, and mountains, and the historical Glendalough Valley. Glendalough features early medieval monastic structures and Glendalough lakes.

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park.

How to get Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

Without a car, going to Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin is expensive and much more complicated.

You can take a bus from Portobello, Richmond Street Sth (Lennox Street) bus stop to Poolbeg Street – Valleymount Road through Dublin Bus #65 and get off in County Wicklow, Valleymount Road. This costs about €10 for about 1.5 hours.

Then take a taxi to the Wicklow Mountains National Park which costs between €35-50 for half an hour ride.

Or you can take this day tour for €35 per person including Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny. It also includes pick-up and dropoff in Dublin which will save you over €80 for transportation alone.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate between 7-8 hours so you have ample time to explore the national park.

Opening Hours

The park is open at all times but the visitor center is only open from May to September daily between 10 am to 5:30 pm. From October to April during weekends from 10 am to 4:30 pm. If you are planning to stay in the park, for more information click here.

Contact Information

Location: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, via Bray, Co. Wicklow A98 K286

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 761 002667

3.Rock of Cashel Day Trip from Dublin

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel in County Tipperary. It is one of the most spectacular attractions in Ireland and also one of the most visited.

This iconic landmark was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and was built between the 12th to the 13th century.

Admission Fee

Adult : €8.00

Group / Senior : €6.00

Child / Student : €4.00

Family : €20.00

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Dublin

Take the Dublin Airport – Cork Parnell Place bus (Bus Eireann #X8) from Outside Heuston Train Station to Main St. Get off at Main St and walk for about 10 minutes (800m) towards the entrance of Rock of Cashel.

The bus ride takes about 2 hours and it costs about €24-29 one way or €48-58 for a round trip. The bus also leaves every 4 hours so plan accordingly.

Or you can take this day tour for €75 per person which includes a trip to Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, and Cork City. This will give you an option to plan your time better and explore more places.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate between 7-8 hours so you have ample time to travel and explore the Rock of Cashel.

Opening Hours

9 am to 4:30 pm during winter and 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Contact Information

Location: Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone: 062 61437

Email: [email protected]

4.Blarney Castle

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular attraction is Blarney castle located in Blarney, County Cork. Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. 

Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations.

Aside from the castle itself, the place is also popular because of Blarney Stone. In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world climb the stairs to kiss the famous Blarney stone.

There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Admission Fee

€16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for the family. For more information regarding booking, click here.

How to get to Blarney Castle from Dublin

The fastest way to get to Blarney Castle using public transportation is through the train and then bus. However, it will have few connections.

Take the Irish Rail to Cork Kent (about 2.5 hours for €45-65). Get off at Cork Kent and then take a bus from Kent Station to CIT Campus and get off at St. Patrick Street (O2 Store).

It’s a short trip for 8 minutes (€3-5) and then take another bus from St. Patrick St (Drawbridge St Jctn) to Blarney Village. The bus trip is about 30 minutes for €5-6.

Then walk from Blarney village to Blarney Castle for another 7 minutes. In total, transportation might cost between €53-76 for one way trip and it might take between 3.5 to 4 hours of journey.

Or you can take this day tour for just €50 per person which includes Blarney Castle, the gardens, and shortstops in Cork City and Rock of Cashel.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate between 11-12  hours so you have ample time to travel and explore Blarney Castle.

Opening Hours

9 am to 5 pm

Contact Information

Location: Blarney, Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 21 4385252

Email: [email protected]

5.Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones filming locations

dark hedges northern ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national nature reserve. It is located in Northern Ireland and it is about 3-4 hour drive from Dublin on a rental car.

Game of Thrones grew in popularity for the past 7 years. The TV series focus in the medieval realism which shows several medieval and exotic locations. These locations also grew in popularity that tours to these locations have become coveted by loyal fans.

In Northern Ireland alone, there are over 10 locations where you can experience Game of Thrones in real life.

Admission Fee

The access to the Giant’s Causeway is free however the visitor center charges £12.50 per adult and £31.00 for a family of 4.

How to get to Giant’s Causeway from Dublin

Using public transportation, it might take between 6-7 hours to get to the Giant’s Causeway. The fastest option is by taking a train to Northern Ireland and then bus. Take a train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre in Lanyon Place Train Station. This takes about 2 hours and can cost between €30-45 one way. Transfer to Belfast Central station and take a train to Coleraine station. It takes about 1.5-hour ride for €10-14. And from Coleraine Bus Station, take a Translink UK bus to Aird Giants Causeway The Nook. It’s about half hour ride for €4-7. Then walk towards Giant’s Causeway. Giant’s Causeway is about 1.5km from the bus stop.

Or you can save yourself a massive headache by taking this day tour for half the price. The tour includes Giant’s Causeway and the filming locations of Game of Thrones.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

16 hours at least.

Opening Hours

The opening hours varies depending on the season. For updated opening hours, click here.

Contact Information

Location: 44 Causeway Road Bushmills County Antrim BT57 8SU Northern Ireland

Phone: (028) 2073 1855

Email: [email protected]

6.The Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher tour and tips

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Cliffs of Moher is one of the best day trips from Dublin and a day tour from Galway.

Admission Fee

For a complete list of the admission fees, click here.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher is over 266 kilometers from Dublin. If you don’t have a car, you can take 2 connecting buses that go directly to Cliffs of Moher.

From Burgh Quay, Dublin City South, you can take a Bus Dublin Coach to Dunnes, Friars Walk. This takes about 3.5 hours for €20-25 one way. 

And then from Friars Walk, walk to Ennis Bus Station to take a bus that goes to Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. This takes about an hour for €9-11 a trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 5 minutes to get to the entrance of the visitor center.

There’s also a Citylink bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay that goes to Cliffs of Moher via Gmit. Travel time and bus fare are almost the same.

Or you can also take this day tour from Dublin that only cost half of the transportation. It also includes a shortstop to Galway and Burren.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

It might take 6 hours one way to just get to the cliffs so it’s better to allocate at least 14 hours to enjoy the place.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: [email protected]

Email: +353 65 708 6145

7. Kilkenny Castle and the city

kilkenny castle ireland

Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and it is an important site to the history of Kilkenny.

In 1967, the Castle was transferred to the people of Kilkenny for £50. The Kilkenny Castle is now one of the very few castles in Ireland that offer tours to the public. The garden and park in the castle complex are also open to the public.

The city of Kilkenny is one of the most beautiful and charming Irish cities. Located in the center of Ireland, it has a charming medieval center, lively pubs, and a dynamic art scene.

Because of this, there are many unique things to do in Kilkenny, Ireland. From its majestic creeper-clad castle, a bustling crafts industry, cobbled lanes, beautiful churches, and secret passages, Kilkenny will surprise you in many ways.

Admission Fee

Adult € 8.00 | child € 4.00 | Family € 20.00

How to get to Kilkenny from Dublin

From Dublin, you can take the bus that goes directly to Kilkenny from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay station. It takes almost 2 hours for €6 – €10 for Dublin Coach or €11 – €14 for Eurobus. They have buses that leave every 3 hours so plan accordingly.

From Kilkenny, Ormond Road bus stop, you can easily walk for 5-10 minutes to go to the castle. You can also take a train from Heuston station to Kilkenny MacDonagh station. This takes about the same time as the buses but more expensive at €23- €35 for a one-way trip.

Then walk from the station to the town center and the castle.

Or you can take this day trip to Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountain for only €25 per person. 

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 7 hours to fully enjoy the trip.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny, Ireland

Phone: +353 56 770 4106

Email: [email protected]

8.Howth

howth ireland

Below the hilly headland at the northern boundary of Dublin Bay lies the small fishing village of Howth. It is an only half-hour drive from Dublin which makes it one the most convenient day trips from Dublin.

There are so many things to do in Howth which includes a castle, hiking trails, amazing seafood, and charming coastal village.

Admission Fee

Depending on the activity, it is free sightseeing around the village but the Castle has an admission fee. For any booking information to the castle, click here.

How to get to Howth from Dublin

You can reach Howth using DART which is a fast train service from Dublin’s city center. Return ticket costs €4.70 from Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations in the City Centre and is valid for one day. There are trains every 15 minutes.

Or you can take this day trip to Howth from Dublin.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

4-5 hours should suffice to explore the highlights of Howth village.

9.Castletown House

Castletown House Ireland

Located in County Kildare, Castletown House and Gardens is Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian-style estate. It was built between 1722 and 1729 for William Connolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland.

You can explore the parklands, the river walk, temple and the garden inside the estate. The grounds of the estate is accessible to the public for free but there’s an admission fee inside the house and one must book in advance.

Admission Fee

€10.00 for adult, free for children below 12, €5.00 for 12-17 years old and €25.00 for a family of 4.

How to get to Castletown House from Dublin

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#120) from Dublin, Halfpenny Bridge to Celbridge, Celbridge. This takes about 30 minutes. Then walk from Celbridge bus stop to Castletown House for 15-20 minutes. Bus fare is between €6-8.

You can also get this Dublin pass to give you an access to over 30 attractions around Dublin. 

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

4 hours should suffice which makes it one of the best half-day tour from Dublin.

Opening Hours

10 am to 6 pm but it closes earlier in winter. To get the updated schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Castletown House and Parklands, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, W23 V9H3

Phone: +353 1 6288252

Email: [email protected]

10.Brú na Bóinne (Boyne Valley Tombs)

Knowth Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne (Palace of the Boyne) or popularly known as the Boyne Valley tombs are passage tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. The site covers over 780 hectares where the majority of the monuments are located on the north side of the river.

It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period.

Bru na Boinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Admission Fee

Below is the Exhibition, Newgrange, and Knowth fee. Dowth is not officially included in the tour but visitors can check out the passage tomb through private transport

Adult: €13.00 | Sen/Group: €10.00 | Child/Student: €8.00 | Family: €30.00

How to get to Brú na Bóinne from Dublin

Brú na Bóinne is only less than 40 km from the city which makes it one of the most popular day tours from Dublin.

There are several ways to get to Brú na Bóinne.

Through Uber or Taxi

You can simply book an Uber or take a taxi to Boyne Valley tombs. Taking an Uber might cost you between €95-€130 and €75-€90 for Taxi.

Through Train

Take a train from Connolly Station (Irish Rail) to Drogheda. Trains leave every hour and it takes an hour to get to Drogheda. Train fare is between €9-€14 for one way.

Then from Drogheda station, take a taxi to Brú na Bóinne in Drogheda. This might cost between €14-€17 for an almost 9km trip.

Through group tours

There are several companies that offer tours to Brú na Bóinne from Dublin. The best thing about these tours is you can also combine Boyne Valley tombs with other attractions in the area such as the imposing Slane Castle and Trim Castle, Navan and other attractions in the Drogheda area.

You can check the tours below:

Newgrange, Slane Castle, and Trim Castle tour (€35 per person) and Boyne Valley, Trim Castle & Drogheda Tour (49 per person) are both good deals. But if you are travelling with friends, this private tour of Boyne Valley and Trim Castle Day Tour might be a better option.

 

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

5-6 hours

Opening Hours

February – April: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

June – Mid September: Daily 09.00 – 19.00

Mid – End September: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

November – January: Daily 09.00 – 17.00

Contact Information for Brú na Bóinne

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9880300

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National Parks In Ireland: Guide To First Time Visitors

There are 6 national parks in Ireland which have been attracting tourists for a long time. National parks are designated and protected areas by the state for the preservation and conservation of nature and wildlife. It is a great place to either relax, explore with friends and family or learn about nature and national treasures.

If you are planning to visit Ireland, here are the things you need to know before visiting these national parks in Ireland.

1.Killarney National Park – Kerry

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park in County Kerry is the first national park in Ireland and it was declared a national park in 1932. It is located near the town of Killarney and it covers 25,425 acres of protected land. The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats.  There are also a wide variety of species in the parks and few of them are rare.

The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Nature conservation is the main objective of the park protecting the various and rare species in the area and the ecosystem.

Things to do and see in Killarney National Park

1.Dinis Cottage

2.Knockreer Demesne

3.Inisfallen Island

4.Ladies View

5.the Meeting of the Waters and the Old Weir Bridge

6.Muckross Abbey

7.Muckross House

8.the Muckross Peninsula

9.the Old Kenmare Road

10.O’Sullivan’s Cascade

11.Ross Castle and Ross Island

12.Tomies Oakwood

13.Torc Waterfall

14.Walking and cycling along the trails

15. Take a boat trip on the lakes

16. Enjoy the expansive gardens in Muckross

Opening Times

There is 24-hour pedestrian access to Killarney National Park throughout the year except for Killarney House and Gardens (9 am to 6 pm daily). To check the individual opening hours of each attraction, click here.

Admission Fee

The admission to Killarney National Park is free. However, some of the attractions and activities have an admission fee. You can verify it from the visitor’s center by using the contact information below.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 085-8017973 

2.Glenveagh National Park – Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of Donegal’s treasures and Ireland’s second largest national park. The park is located 15 kilometers west of Letterkenny. It unfolds across 16,500 hectares of heathland, forest and bare mountain slopes around the amazing Lough Veagh.

Things to do and see in Glenveagh National Park

1. Explore Glenveagh Castle – one of the most amazing castles in Ireland.

2.The visitor center that shows the history of the national park

3.Hike to the viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the entire park

4. Enjoy a picnic with your loved ones by the lake

Opening Times

The visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The park is open from dawn till dusk. The castle tour is from 9 am to 5 pm but limited during off-peak and winter season. To verify the schedule, click here

Admission Fee

Admission fee is free for the park. But individual attraction such as the castle has an entrance fee.

For the castle tour admission fees: Adult Castle Ticket €7.00 | Concession Castle Ticket €5.00 | Family Castle Ticket €15.00

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 1002537

3.Ballycroy National Park- County Mayo

Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy is the last national park established in Ireland in 1998. Located in County Mayo, this park covers 42 square miles of land. It is a unique habitat with diverse fauna and flora. It is also known for its large expanse of blanket bog, amazing cuffs, and river habitats.

The blanket fog in Ballycroy is the last intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and Western Europe and is highly protected due to its big role in protecting the ecosystem.

Things to do and see in Ballycroy National Park

1.Interactive Exhibition in the visitor’s center

2.Several walking and hiking trails. For more information on hiking trails, click here.

Opening Times

10 am to 5:30 pm from mid-March to 4th of November

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0) 98 49 888

4.The Burren National Park – Clare

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles near Doolin in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras. During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Things to do and see in Burren National Park

1. Walk along several walking and hiking trails in the park. For more details on the trails, click here.

2. Visit Cliffs of Moher

3. Explore the nearby Dromore Wood Nature Reserve

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

5.Wicklow Mountains National Park – County Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains national park

Wicklow Mountains National Park is the largest national park in Ireland with an area covering more than 129,500 square kilometers.  It is also the only one located in the east of the country.

It extends from County Wicklow and a small area of Dublin which makes it one of the best day trips from Dublin.

The park contains a variety of attractions that include lush forests, fields, and mountains, and the historical Glendalough Valley. Glendalough features early medieval monastic structures.

Things to do and see in Wicklow Mountains National Park

1. Visit Glendalough.

2. Take a scenic drive through the mountains.

3. Go hillwalking in remote locations

Opening Times

The park is open at all times but the visitor center is only open from May to September daily between 10 am to 5:30 pm. From October to April during weekends from 10 am to 4:30 pm. If you are planning to stay in the park, for more information click here.

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 761 002667 

6.Connemara National Park – County Galway

Connemara national park ireland

The Connemara National Park is the second smallest national parks in Ireland with only 30 square kilometers area size and located in the region of Connemara in Galway. It was established in 1990 and the area covers bogs, heaths, grasslands, and forests. It is well known for the diversity of bird life in the area.

Things to do and see in Connemara National Park

1.Exhibition on the Connemara Landscape (multi-lingual)

2. Check out the Connemara Ponies

3. Picnic areas and playground for kids are available

4. Walk along the nature trails. Make sure to check out the park rules before exploring the park. For more information, click here.

Opening Times

Visitor Centre – Open daily, 9 am to 5.30pm from March to November

Park Grounds – Open daily 9.00am-5.30pm all year round

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park and visitor center.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 100 2528 


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10 Things To Do In Blarney, Ireland

Blarney is a beautiful small town located 8-km north west of Cork which is a good side trip from the city and 260-km southwest of Dublin. Due to its historic past, Blarney is a popular Irish tourist destination. There many things to do in this town. So if you are planning to visit Blarney, here are the top 10 things to do in this town.

1. Village Center

The beautiful rolling countryside is dominated by the famous square surrounded by various restaurants, bars, and shops. There are several homes in Tudor Style around the square which adds charm to this town center. Enjoying a drink or two in one of the town’s pubs is a popular activity for tourists after sightseeing.

2. Blarney Castle

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular castles and a day trip from Dublin is Blarney Castle. Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations.

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee: €16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for the family. For more information regarding booking, click here

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 21 4385252

3. Blarney Stone

In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world climb the stairs to kiss the famous Blarney stone. There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone. The Blarney Stone is located in Blarney Castle.

Location: Blarney, Cork, Ireland

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm

Admission Fee: €16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for the family. For more information regarding booking, click here

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 21 4385252

4. Blarney House and Gardens

Blarney house

Blarney House is a Scottish Baronial mansion that was designed by John Lanyon. It is located in the middle of parklands and open to the public during summer months. It is located about 200m South of the castle and overlooking the Blarney lake.

The mansion boasts lovely gardens around it with Poison Garden being the most popular. The Poison Garden contains an interesting and educational collection of deadly and dangerous plants from around the world.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm (only during summer season)

Admission Fee: €16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for a family.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 21 4385252

5. Inspirational Gardens

Only 17 minutes away from the center of Blarney is the Inspirational Gardens. It is a display of 13 inspirational gardens. The garden was basically designed to inspire people to design their own garden in a unique way. These gardens in Griffins Garden Centre boasts a beautiful view overlooking the banks of Dripsey River.

Location: Griffins Garden Centre, Restaurant & Homestore, Dripsey, Co. Cork

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission Fee: free

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)21 7334286

6. Clogheenmilcon Sanctuary

It lies on the outskirts of Blarney. Here you will find at least 100 acres of beautiful alkaline wetlands that were once a deep lake. It is known as the remnant of the last ice age. The sanctuary is a popular walking trail and picnic spot for the locals.

7. Martin valley trail to Waterloo

Martin valley trail is a popular walking trail in Blarney that offers a panoramic view of the meadows and river. It is a 2.6-kilometer walking trail alongside the River Martin.

8. Old Muskerry tram route

You will find the Muskerry tram route if you walk west toward the tower of the castle. The Muskerry Railway is another fascinating piece of Blarney Castle history. It was built to help connect Blarney to Cork and bring more tourists into the town. It was closed down in 1934 after serious damage and road competition.

9. Farran Forest Park

It is a public park located on the south side of Innsicarra lake. It is about 25 minutes away from the town of Blarney but it’s worth the extra travel.  You can enjoy an exciting and beautiful woodland walk and it is also a perfect location for a family picnic. There’s also a wildlife enclosure that holds a herd of deer, ducks and other wildlife.

Location: Coillte Teo, Bowl Road, Macroom, Cork, Republic of Ireland

Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm during summer and 8am to 5:30pm during winter

Admission Fee: none but parking fee is €5

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 26 42837

10. Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills

Gunpowder Mills Ballincollig

The Gunpowder Mills in Ballincollig are easily one of the most interesting historical buildings in all of Cork. It is also the largest industrial archaeological site in Ireland. It is a 50-hectare park with historical 19th-century mills which produced about 16000 barrels of gunpowder. Aside from the historical buildings, the park also offers a scenic riverside walk.

Location: Coolroe, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm

Admission Fee: free

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 21 4276891



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8 Things To Do In Letterkenny, Donegal

Letterkenny is a town in County Donegal, in the north of Ireland. If you’re planning a visit to this town, there are heaps of fun things to do in Letterkenny. It is known as the Cathedral town and the largest and most populous town in Donegal.

8 Things To Do In Letterkenny Donegal

1.Donegal County Museum

donegal county museum

Letterkenny’s 19th-century workhouse, built to provide Famine relief, now houses the local museum. The permanent collection offers 8000-plus artifacts from prehistoric times onwards. This county museum is officially recognized by the Government of Ireland as the best museum in the country.

Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: High Rd, Ballyboe Glencar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 74 912 4613

2.Main Street Letterkenny

Main Street Letterkenny

Main Street is an important thoroughfare in Letterkenny and it said to be the longest street in Ireland. Letterkenny’s long, sloping main street is graced by a cute little market square halfway down and red-brick Georgian houses which some of it owned by famous people.

3.Glenveagh Castle

glenveagh castle

Set in some 16,500 hectares of County Donegal mountains, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th Century castellated mansion built between 1870 and 1873. The Scottish Baronial-style castle is built by Captain John George Adair. When he picked the location for his castle, he went as far as evicting 244 tenants to have privacy.

The gardens around the house were planted in a free-flowing style with exotic species from Tasmania, Madeira, and Chile. The Glenveagh gardens itself is a major attraction aside from the surrounding lakes and forest in the area.

Admission Fee

Adult Castle Ticket €7.00 | Concession Castle Ticket €5.00 | Family Castle Ticket €15.00

Opening Hours

9 am to 5 pm but check in advance first as the castle tour is limited during off-peak and winter season. To verify the schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Address: Glenveagh, Churchhill, Letterkenny, Donegal

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 1002537

4.Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of Donegal’s treasures and Ireland’s second largest national park. The park is located 15 kilometers west of Letterkenny. It unfolds across 16,500 hectares of heathland, forest and bare mountain slopes around the amazing Lough Veagh.

Glenveagh National Park offers several things to do in Letterkenny. From the Glenveagh Castle, lovely gardens, viewpoint, hiking trails, lake and the visitor center that shows the history of this famous attraction in Letterkenny.

Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours

The visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The park is open from dawn till dusk.

Contact Information

Address: Church Hill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 76 1002537

5.Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills Letterkenny

One of the few monuments of industrial archaeology in Ireland is the complex of mills at Newmills. The oldest surviving building in the complex is said to be 400 years old. New mills is an interesting reminder of a stage in the industrial development of this country which has now given way to more sophisticated but usually far less fascinating technology.

The complex of industrial buildings includes both corn and flax mills powered by the river Swilly. The visitor can also check out one of the largest waterwheels in Ireland in action.

Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours

Summer: Monday – Friday 08:00-20:00 Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays 09:00-20:00 | Winter: Monday – Friday 08:00-17:00 Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays 09:00-17:00

Contact Information

Address: Churchill Road

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 74 9125115

6.Letterkenny Town Park/ Bernard McGlinchey Town Park

 

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Bernard McGlinchey Town Park is a public park located on the site of an 18th-century woodland. The park is often used as the venue for festivals and French markets. There are also work out equipment for adults and playground for children so it’s a good place for the entire family to spend a day.

Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours

24/7

Contact Information

Address: Ballyboe Glencar

Phone: 074 9194200

7.Ballymacool Town Park

Currently, the biggest public park in Donegal, Ballymacool Town Park is a good place for kids and the entire family. It is also located outside of the city and in the countryside area so it’s a good place to relax after a crazy week. The park has a picnic and park benches located throughout. It also has toilet facilities.

Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours

 8 am to 9 pm

Contact Information

Address: Ballymacool, Creeve (Smith)

8.Cathedral of St. Eunan and St. Columba, Letterkenny

Cathedral of St. Eunan and St. Columba

St. Eunan’s Cathedral or the Cathedral of St. Eunan and St Columba as it is also known, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the parish of Conwal and Leck in Letterkenny. It was built between 1890 to 1900 and is the only Catholic cathedral in the county. St Eunan’s Cathedral should definitely be on your plan when you visit Letterkenny. The ergonomic design of the Cathedral was built in the Victorian neo-Gothic style and it surely one of its kind.

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