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29 Top Things To Do In Ireland For 2019

There are so many things to do in Ireland. This country might be small but it’s packed with history, amazing landscapes, imposing castles and activities. With this, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of activities in Ireland.

I remember the first time I’ve learned about Ireland. It was through awesome Irish bands who made names in the international scene. Although my love for music is replaced by my love for travel, my fascination with Ireland remains the same.

So here are the best places to see in Ireland and why it’s worth visiting this country.


29 Awesome Things To Do In Ireland

Be amazed by the natural beauty and landscapes in Ireland.

1. 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, Cliffs of Moher boasts one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

To learn more about Cliffs of Moher, click here

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 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.

Check out our guide for the National Parks In Ireland For First Time Visitors here

3. Glendalough Upper Lake

Glendalough Upper Lake Ireland

Glendalough is a glacial lake in the Wicklow Mountains. It is classified as ribbon lake which means, it is a long and narrow lake formed in glacial trough. The lake is one of the main attractions in Wicklow Mountains National Parks. Along with the lower lake, the valley of these twin lakes have drawn a lot of visitors and it’s one of the favorite day trips from Dublin.

Aside from the lake, the Monastic Settlement which has the round tower, St Kevin’s Church, St Kevin’s Cross and the Cathedral are also among the main attractions.

Check out our guide for The Best Lakes In Ireland here

4. Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael things to do in ireland

Skellig Michael is a twin-pinnacled rugged cliff that lies 12 km off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 meters) above sea level.

On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock, you will find a remarkably well preserved 6th-century monastic settlement. This is one of the best things to see in Ireland and a visit to this major tourist attraction may well be the highlight of your holiday.


Visit the castles in Ireland.

6.Blarney Castle

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.

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.

7.Kilkenny Castle

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.

8. 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 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 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.

9.The Rock of Cashel

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 12th to 13th century.

10. Dunluce Castle

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.

Dunce 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.

Check out our guide for The 15 Must-See Castles In Ireland here


Explore the ancient sites in Ireland.

11. Brú na Bóinne

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, County Meath.

The site covers over 780 hectares where the majority of the monuments are located on the north side of the river.

Bru na Boinne contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. It is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Aside from these three spectacular ancient sites, there are over 90 Neolithic monuments dotted across in Brú na Bóinne. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, this famous River Boyne Valley is considered one of the best attractions in Ireland.

To learn more about Brú na Bóinne, click here

12. Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is an archaeological complex in County Meath of Ireland. It is located near the River of Boyne and it runs between Dunshaughlin and Navan. Hill of Tara 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.

For more things to do in Meath, click here

13. Giant’s Causeway

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 private car.

14. Fahan beehive huts

Visit the Fahan Beehive Huts of Dingle in Kerry and step into pre-historic Ireland. They were built in the form of a circle of successive strata of stone, each stratum lying a little closer to the center than the one beneath. No mortar was used building these beehive huts by using the corbelling process. These huts dated back to the 12th century and they stand along the panoramic Slead Head drive.

For more things to do in Dingle, click here. 

15. Kenmare Stone Circle

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.

For more things to do in Kenmare, click here


Learn history from awesome museums in Ireland.

16.Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol museum

This symbol of Irish Nationalism was formerly a jail which got transformed into a museum over the course of history. The 300 years old building has a soul of its own and you can feel it in the chapels, cells, and grounds of Kilmainham Gaol. The museum gives a deep insight into the struggle that the country had to go through in the past.

17. EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum

The Irish Emigration Museum tells tales of the 10 million people who had to emigrate from Ireland for the sake of earning more or to find new opportunities. 10 million uprooted lives and 10 million stories, that’s what you get to see in this ethereal place.

18. Irish Potato Famine Exhibition

This museum brings before us the pain and suffering of the people in The Great Hunger. The seasonal museum is well worth a visit if you are a planning a visit to Dublin.

19. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

The 1.5 million people buried in the Glasnevin Cemetery and their artistically designed graves are there for you to search the lineage of old Irish people. A walking tour of the can be a great venture for tourists.

To learn more of the best museums in Dublin, click here

20. 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.

For more things to do in Letterkenny, click here


Check out the charming towns in Ireland

21. Dingle

THINGS TO DO IN DINGLE IRELAND

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula and one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. This town is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches.

To learn more about Dingle, click here.

22. Kinsale

kinsale ireland

Kinsale is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland. Kinsale has a beautiful set of long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. It is also a leading Irish tourist attraction and the southerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

To learn more about Kinsale, click here.

23. Killarney

Ross Castle KILLARNEY

Killarney is a lakeshore town in the County of Kerry. 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.

To learn more about Killarney, click here.

24. Cobh, Ireland

cobh ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel. It is known as the last port of Titanic before the tragedy struck. If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.

To learn more about Cobh, click here.

25. Kilkenny

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.

To learn more about Kilkenny, click here.


Check out the lakes in Ireland.

26.Lough Ree

Lough Ree is one of the 3 lakes in the Shannon River Basin along with Lough Derg. The lake serves as a border between the counties of Longford and Westmeath and it’s a popular fishing and boating area. The boats leave from the harbor in Athlone.

27.Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. This lake connects to the sea at Galway through River Corrib. Aside from being a Ramsar site, it has also been designated a Special Area of Conservation. Lough Corrib has over 1300 islands scattered around the lake. Inchagoil Island, one of the islands within the lake has views of the Maumturk range, Joyce Country and the mountains of Connemara.

To check the best lakes in Ireland, click here

Check out the amazing libraries.

28. Marsh’s Library

Marsh’s Library is one of the oldest public libraries in Dublin that you definitely should not miss in your itinerary. It holds 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts where many of these are donated by an Archbishop of Dublin, Narcissus Marsh. This library, like some other attractions in Dublin, has also witnessed much of the city’s history.

Opening Times

Daily except Tuesday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Adult €3 | Student/Senior €2 | Child (U-16) free

Contact Information

Address: St Patrick’s Close, Dublin, Ireland

Email: [email protected] 

Phone:  +353 1 4543511

29. Trinity College

If you enjoy walking down the memory lane, give it a shot at Trinity College where you can find a collection of Ireland’s treasured past in its Long Room Library. This 200-foot-long room holds 200,000 books as old as you can possibly imagine. The most popular treasure in this library is the Book of Kells which has a great role in the Irish identity.

 

11 Things To Do In Doolin, Ireland

There are lots of things to do in Doolin. Doolin is a small town in the County of Clare known as the base for Cliffs of Moher. From amazing landscapes and seascapes, there are also interesting activities in Doolin that visitors can enjoy.

So here are the top things to do in Doolin, and why it’s worth visiting this charming town.

11 Things To Do In Doolin Ireland

1.Doolin Cliff Walk

things to do in doolin ireland

The Doolin Cliff Walk starts at Doolin and ends at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center. This walk offers a spectacular sight of the cliffs along the Atlantic. The trail is about 8 km and approximately takes about 3 hours. From the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center, you can just take the public transport to go back to Doolin.

2. Moher Hill Farm

Moher Hill Farm is an open farm and leisure park located on the Western seaboard of Cliffs of Moher. It is located in the nearby Liscannor and it’s only less than 15 minutes from Doolin.

Aside from the animals, they also have several outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family. They have mini-golf, nature walking trail, picnic and play areas. If you are travelling with family, this is one of the best things to do in Doolin with kids.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Admission Fee

€8 Adult

€8 Child

€6 Child under 3 years

€6 Senior Citizens

Children under 18 months go free

Contact Information

Address: Moher Hill Open Farm, Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor, Co.Clare.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0657081071

3. Doonagore Castle – Doolin Ireland

Doonagore Castle is Doolin’s iconic 16th century round tower house castle on the hill overlooking Doolin Point. The name Doonagore came from the Irish words Dún na Gabhair which means “fort of the goats”. Currently, the castle is not accessible to the public as it is a private holiday home. It is one those Irish castles that are not owned by the state so touring inside is not possible but you can get close to it and take a picture.

4. Doolin Cave 

Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave or Pol an Ionain is a limestone cave in Doolin located at the western edge of Burren National Park. It is known for its Great Stalactite which is one of the longest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest known free-hanging stalactites in Europe.

This cave is one of the best things to do in County Clare and one of the amazing activities in Ireland.

Opening Times

Open 10am-5pm daily.

Admission Fee

Adults: €15.00

Children: €8.00

Family 2 Adults and up to 3 Children: €45

5. Gus O’Connor’s

This pub is quite popular with locals and tourists and for a reason. Not only that they serve amazing food but this pub has been entertaining guests with awesome Irish traditional music since 1832.

If you find yourself in Doolin, make sure to stop by for lunch or dinner. Gus O’Connor’s is one of the best things to do in Doolin.

Opening Times

Monday – Sunday from 10 am to 12 am

Contact Information

Address: Fisher Street

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 00353 657074168

6. Take a day trip to the Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Aran Islands are a group of rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna. It is one of the best day trips from Galway.

7. Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey

Aillwee Cave is a cave complex in Burren National Park in County Clare. It is privately owned along the Birds of Prey center in the location.

A visit to Aillwee Cave includes exploring the caverns, underground river, stunning rock formations, and a waterfall. It is said that the cave is over 350,000 years old.

The Birds of Prey center, on the other hand, educates visitors on the conservation of the Raptors, their biology, and the ancient art of Falconry.

Opening Times

10 am to 5 pm. However, it varies month to month so for an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Cave only

Adult €12.00
Child between 5-16 yrs of age €5.50
Family Ticket  €29.00 (2 Adults & 1/2 Children)
Family Ticket  €35.00 (2 Adults and up to 4 Children)

Birds of Prey Centre only  

Adult€12.00
Child between 5-16 yrs of age€8.00
Family Ticket  €29.00  (2 Adults and up to  4 Children)

Joint Ticket for Cave & Birds of Prey Centre  

Adult €18.00
Child between 5-16 yrs of age €10.00
Family Ticket €44.00 (2 Adults & 1/2 Children)
Family Ticket €50.00     (2 Adults & up to 4 Children)

Contact Information

Address: Ballyvaughan, Clare, Republic of Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 65 7077036

8. Cliffs of Moher cruise

cliffs of moher tour and tips

There are several Cliffs of Moher cruises that start and end at Doolin pier. If you want a different way to see the cliffs, then a cruise is a must. The boat cruises below the spectacular cliffs which tower over 700ft above the ocean.

To book your cruise tour for €15 per person, click here.

9. Doolin Chocolate Shop

And lastly, nothing beats ending your trip in a chocolate shop. The Doolin Chocolate Shop is a popular shop to try handmade Irish artisan chocolate.

The chocolate shop offers amazing chocolate bars, chocolate slices, chocolate boxes, fudges, and chocolate lollies – a treat for yourself or your loved ones. See it for yourself!

Contact Information

Address:  Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 922 080

10. The Burren

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 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.

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 

11. Doolin Music House

Want to experience authentic Irish traditional music? This music house is owned by Christy Barry, a Doolin local. The difference with other traditional music performance is that it is done inside his own house, giving visitors a homey ambiance.

Christy Barry is also an award-winning traditional musician and played extensively in Europe and the USA. So if your idea of a good time includes a cozy ambiance, amazing music, good wine and snacks in front of a fireplace, then this music house is a must.

Opening Times

The sessions at Christy Barry’s home take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (other days available on request) from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

Contact Information

Address: R478, Aughiska More, Ireland, Doolin V95 WY06, Ireland

Email: d[email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)86 824 10 85


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The Cliffs of Moher Tour (Tips and Guide For First Time Visitors)

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.

So it’s not really hard to find a Cliffs of Moher tour whichever city you’re staying in Ireland.

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

cliffs of moher tour and tips

It’s quite common to include a visit to the cliffs on a week-long Ireland trip. Most travelers begin in Dublin and work their way southwest toward the Shannon Region.

This route typically includes stops in Kilkenny, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, Cork, and Kinsale.

If you don’t know where to start with your Cliffs of Moher tour, this guide is for you.

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What city is closest to the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare, in the Burren region. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport which is almost an hour by car.

Shannon Airport has direct connections to the USA and mainland Europe serving the West Coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Airlines serving Shannon Airport include Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Air Transat.

It is also easily accessed by road from Galway (1.5 hours), Ennis (40 minutes), Limerick (1.5 hours) and from Dublin is approximately 4 hours via Limerick.

When is the best time to visit Cliffs of Moher?

cliffs of moher

Cliffs of Moher is a popular tourist attraction and summer months in Ireland is the busiest time to visit. The months of May, June, July, and August can become quite crowded during the peak times of the day which is from 11 am- 4 pm. So if you visit, within these months, avoid the peak hours to enjoy your visit.

As for the best months to avoid the crowd, September and October are a quieter season to visit.

How much does it cost to visit the Cliffs of Moher?

The admission prices include the visitor center and to walk along the pathways and platforms, vehicle parking, leaflets, and maps.

Adults €6
Students €4
Senior Citizens €4
Children under 16
Free Group rates available on request

What is there to do at the Cliffs of Moher?

The Atlantic Edge Experience

Atlantic Edge Experience is the virtual tour of the Cliffs of Moher. The exhibition can be found inside the visitor center. It features amazing aerial footages, landscapes images, caving, and deep sea diving and animals footages. This will give you an overview of what to expect in the Cliffs of Moher and the surrounding areas.

Cliffs of Moher cruise

There are several Cliffs of Moher cruises that start and end at Doolin pier. If you want a different way to see the cliffs, then a cruise is a must. The boat cruises below the spectacular cliffs which tower over 700ft above the ocean.

To book your cruise tour for €15 per person, click here.

Doolin Cliff Walk

The Doolin Cliff Walk starts at Doolin and ends at the visitor center. This walk offers a spectacular sight of the cliffs along the Atlantic. The trail is about 8 km and approximately takes about 3 hours. From the visitor center, you can just take the public transport to go back to Doolin.

O’Brien’s Tower

o'brien's towerO’Brien’s Tower is the highest vantage point on the cliffs. The O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower located between Doolin and Liscannor. It was built by Sir Cornellius O’Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of tourists that frequented the cliffs in 1835.

From atop the watchtower, visitors can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk Mountains and the Twelve Bens to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.

Opening Times

Open 24 hours daily.

Admission Fee

The tower has a separate fee from the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre.

€2/adult

€1/child

Cliffs View Cafe

Guests can enjoy classic Irish fare which includes wild Atlantic prawn salads with stout bread and Burren-smoked salmon. All of these, while enjoying the views of the cliffs and Liscannor Bay from your table.

Hag’s Head

Hag’s Head is the most southerly point of Cliffs of Moher. The edge of the cliffs forms an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman’s head looking out to the sea.

According to legend, an old hag, Mal of Malbay, fell in love with the Irish mythology hero, Cu Chulainn. She chased the Cu Chulainn one day but lost her footing while crossing the sea stacks and fell off the cliff.

Things to do near Cliffs of Moher

The Burren

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 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.

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 

Doolin Cave 

Doolin Cave or Pol an Ionain is a limestone cave in Doolin located at the western edge of Burren National Park. It is known for its Great Stalactite which is one of the longest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest known free-hanging stalactites in Europe.

Opening Times

Open 10am-5pm daily.

Admission Fee

Adults: €15.00

Children: €8.00

Family 2 Adults and up to 3 Children: €45

St. Brigid’s well

St. Brigid’s well is one of the oldest healing well in Ireland. St. Brigid is one of the Patron Saints of Ireland. It is said that in 500 A.D., St. Brigid, a young girl then, renounced her beauty and prayed to become ugly. So that she wouldn’t attract suitors and be forced into marriage. It is also said that she gave away her possessions to the poor and became a nun.

The well of St. Brigid is now a popular well that said to have healing factors. Aside from the well, you will find a grotto with mementos from people who visited the well.

Opening Times

Open daily anytime.

Admission Fee

Free

How to go to Cliffs of Moher using public transportation

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Galway

From Galway to Cliffs of Moher is only over 75 km. Take a bus from Galway Bus Station on Eyre Square to Cliffs of Moher. Take the Bus Eireann #350 and it will take you directly to the gate of the visitor center. It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes for €16-19 one-way trip. Bus leaves every hour.

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 the visitor centre. 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 the visitor center. 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 the visitor center via Gmit. Travel time and bus fare are almost the same.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Limerick

Take a bus (#302, #343) from Limerick Arthur’s Quay station to Friars Walk, Dunnes. This takes about 45 minutes for €3-11 per trip. Then from Friars Walk, walk towards Ennis Bus Station and take the bus that goes directly to Moher visitor center. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Cork

Take a bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell to Ennis Bus station. This takes about 3 hours for €23-28 per trip and then take a bus from Ennis Bus Station that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Shannon

Take a bus (#343) from Shannon station to Friars Walk, Dunnes. This takes about 30 minutes for €6-8 per trip. Then from Friars Walk, walk towards Ennis Bus Station and take the bus that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

Or you can also join tours from the following cities.

Cliffs of Moher Tours through different cities

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Galway

Galway City is only 1.5 hours from Cliffs of Moher so a lot of people use Galway as a base. If you want to take a day trip from Galway to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Full Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour

This tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region is a leisurely guided day tour that includes a 2hr stops at the Cliffs of Moher and visits to Kilfenora and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

Experience the Cliffs of Moher independently with a round-trip express coach service from Galway. Get access to the visitors center on arrival, and enjoy a full 2 hours to explore at your own pace. It’s € 14 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Village: 7-Hour Tour

On this 7-hour trip from Galway, discover the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin village. Enjoy the comfort of a luxury coach and expert guides. It’s € 25 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Dublin

Dublin is approximately 4 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Moher, Burren & Galway Full-Day Tour

This tour includes a visit to the city of Galway, the Burren, marvel at the ruins of historic Kilmacduagh Monastery and Cliffs of Moher. It’s € 45 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour

Explore the cliffs on a 12-hour tour from Dublin, and travel back through Ireland’s rich heritage on a scenic drive to the Galway coast. Stop en route for spectacular photo opportunities in Kinvara fishing village, Bunratty Castle and more. It’s € 40 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Tour

Travel in comfort and style from Dublin city on a luxury coach, sit back in your reclining leather seat with a complimentary tea or coffee and access free Wi-Fi as you head west through the Burren, Doolin, and Cliffs of Moher. It’s €50 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Limerick

Limerick is approximately 1.5 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Limerick to Cliffs of Moher, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Moher Full-Day Tour

Experience the wild coast of the Atlantic Ocean on an 8-hour tour to the Cliffs from Limerick, and see the highest cliffs in Europe, Lemenagh Castle, and with a free ticket to the Atlantic Edge.  It’s €25 per person. To book, click here.

Cliffs of Moher Tour from Cork

Cork is approximately 3 hours away from County Clare. If you want to take a day trip from Cork to the cliffs, there are several tours you can choose. Just click on the respective tours to book.

Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour

Other sites you’ll see on this tour of Ireland’s scenic west coast include the city of Limerick, the Burren, and Bunratty Castle.  It’s €35 per person. To book, click here.

Practical tips for Cliffs of Moher tour

1. Avoid the peak hours

As mentioned, the busiest hours are between 11 am to 4 pm, especially during summer. So to avoid the crowd, make sure to come earlier. There are times that they need to close the area because it gets too full.

2. Stay on designated viewing paths

Visitors falling off the cliffs are not news, unfortunately. The edge of the cliffs don’t have barriers and taking selfies on the edge of the cliffs is not worth your life. Take caution especially if it’s windy.

3. Prepare for the weather

Even if it’s summer, it can get pretty windy and cold along the cliffs so make sure to bring a jacket or sweater with you. Rain is also unpredictable so bring a raincoat if you can. And wear good walking shoes to prevent yourself from tripping due to wet and uneven ground.

4. Avoid the crowded area

The full trail of Cliffs of Moher from Doolin to Liscannor is 18 km long. But the section from the visitor center to Doolin is only 8km. Most people only stay near the visitor center and this is where it gets crowded. To avoid the crowd, walk further north to enjoy a crowd-free section of the cliffs.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 2 hours for exploring the area.

Opening Hours

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

Contact Information

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

Phone: [email protected]

Email: +353 65 708 6145

Affordable Hotels near Cliffs of Moher

There are several B&Bs and hotels near Cliffs of Moher. Most of these accommodations can be found in Doolin or Liscannor which are both within 8km from Cliffs of Moher. Also, most of the activities are located in Doolin, so it might be a better option for you as well.

Here are some of our favorites.

Ceol na dTonnta

This bed and breakfast offers beautifully decorated rooms, excellent breakfast with lots of options and located near the sea which gives the guest a nice view from the rooms. The place is also pet-friendly and there are tons of things to do within the area. And for the price of €70-€90 a night, it’s a steal. To check the reviews, click here.

Glasha Meadows

Glasha Meadows is a family-run bed and breakfast in Doolin with spacious room, awesome breakfast, and wifi. It’s also a 10-minute drive from Cliffs of Moher. Room rates range from €75-€155. To check the reviews, click here.

Island View Lodge

Island View Lodge offers private apartments with a small kitchen and dining area. It’s also only 20-minute walk to Cliffs of Moher and guests can enjoy the sea view nearby. Room rates range from €85-€145. To check the reviews, click here.

 


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13 Awesome Things To Do In Meath, Ireland

Meath is a County in Ireland known for its ancient sites and history. Along with these varieties of things to do in Meath, it’s proximity to Dublin makes it one of the best day trips to do from the city.

13 Things To Do In Meath, Ireland

1.Explore the 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. Hill of Tara 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. Check out Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Although Slane Castle is located in the town of Slane and considered one of the must-see castles in Ireland.

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

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

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 41 9880305

4.   Bective Abbey

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

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

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 41 9880300

6. Donaghmore Round Tower

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. Go back in time with Brú na Bóinne ( Boyne Valley Tombs)

Brú na Bóinne ireland

Brú na Bóinne or Palace of the Boyne is valley tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. Brú na Bóinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however, these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

If you are in the area, this is one of the best places to visit in Drogheda Ireland.

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

Admission Fee

For the Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth:

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

Contact Information

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9880300

For more information about Brú na Bóinne, click here.

Check out this deal for Newgrange, Monasterboice, and Hill of Tara: Full-Day Tour

8.Learn history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the 18th century Oldbridge House which is the exact location of the infamous battle between two kings; King James II and his son-in-law William III. The battle had the largest soldiers deployed in the history of Irish battlefield. King James had over 25000 troops while William III had over 36000 soldiers.

The battle took place on July 1st, 1690 where William’s forces defeated King James’ army. The battle is one of the most symbolic battles in the history of British Isles.

Opening Hours

May – September Daily 9.00 – 17.00

October – April Daily 9.00 – 16.00

Admission Fee

 Adult €4 | Group/senior €3 | Child €2 | Family €10

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9809950

9. Check out Mellifont Abbey

Mellifont Abbey is the first abbey built in Ireland on 1142 through the orders of Saint MalachyArchbishop of Armagh. It housed over a hundred monks and three hundred laymen. The ruins of the abbey are still standing 10 minutes away from the centre of Drogheda.

Opening Hours

31st May – 5th September: Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 836 6111

10.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower

The Martello Tower was built in the mound of Millmount in 1808 after Oliver Cromwell attached the town that killed over 2500 men on September 11th, 1649. The tower was created to avoid the same destiny and to prevent the invasion of the French people. Today the tower complex houses the Millmount Museum which houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm | Sunday and Bank Holiday 2 pm – 5 pm

Admission Fee

Museum-Adult €3.50 | Child €2.50 | Student €3 | Family €8 | Tower-Adult €3 | Child €2 | Student €2.50 | Family €6 | Tower and Museum-Adult €5.50 | Child €3 | Student €4 | Family €12

Contact Information

Location: Millmount, Drogheda, Louth

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9833097

11.Trim Castle

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 the 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 an access to the Trim Castle grounds and audio-visual show at the visitor center. You can get the ticket from the visitor center.

Contact Information

Location: Trim, Co Meath

Phone: +353 46 943 8619 

Email:  [email protected] 

12.Kells Round Tower and Crosses

Kells Round Tower and High Crosses are national monuments in Ireland. It is located in Kells, a town in Meath known as monastic settlement and it boasts religious significance. The Book of Kells, which contains the 4 Gospels of the New Testament was completed in this monastery.

The tower is over 80 feet high while the crosses are over 10 feet which were all built during the 9th to 10th century.  There’s also a church in the area that offers exhibition for visitors. This highly informative exhibition is free although a donation is welcomed.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Kells, Meath

Phone: +353 1 835 8022

Email: [email protected]

13. Watch horseback racing at Laytown beach

Laytown is a seaside town in County Meath. It is popular for archaeological digs such as Tara Brooch, and Hiberno-Norse ring pin. It’s also the home of Laytown Races which is held annually every September at the beach.

Laytown Races ist he only race event run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club.

Opening Hours

For information on the dates, click here.

Admission Fee

ADULT                              €10.00

SENIOR                            €6.00

STUDENT                         €6.00

CHILD                               Free under 16 but must be accompanied by an adult

Contact Information

Location: Laytown Races, Laytown Strand, Laytown,  County Meath

Phone: +353 (0) 41 9842111

Email: [email protected]

10 Top Things To Do In Drogheda Ireland

Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It is known for its tourism and as a center of medical care. Drogheda lies between 2 counties, with the southern part of the town located in County Meath and the rest in County Louth. If you are planning a trip to this town, here are the top things to do in Drogheda, Ireland.

Things To Do In Drogheda Ireland

1.Go back in time with Brú na Bóinne ( Boyne Valley Tombs)

Brú na Bóinne ireland

Brú na Bóinne or Palace of the Boyne is valley tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. Brú na Bóinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however, these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

If you are in the area, this is one of the best places to visit in Drogheda Ireland.

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

Admission Fee

For the Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth:

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

Contact Information

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9880300

For more information about Brú na Bóinne, click here.

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2.Have fun at Boyne Boats Adventure

Want to listen about the battle of Westeros? I mean the battle of the Boyne! This popular activity in Drogheda features the currachs, a traditional Irish boat. Visitors take a boat tour along the Boyne canal. And as you paddle along the Boyne navigation system, the guide tells the history that shaped Ireland and the popular story of the Battle of the Boyne. It is entertaining with an audio-enhanced experience and the best part? Games of Thrones shot some scenes in the area where guides acted as bit players. Check out their stories about their GOT experience.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Adult (18+) €20 | Teenager (13-17) €15 |  Child (3-12) €10 | Family of 4 (2 Adults & 2 Chilren) €50

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 86 361 6420

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3.Learn history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the 18th century Oldbridge House which is the exact location of the infamous battle between two kings; King James II and his son-in-law William III. The battle had the largest soldiers deployed in the history of Irish battlefield. King James had over 25000 troops while William III had over 36000 soldiers.

The battle took place on July 1st, 1690 where William’s forces defeated King James’ army. The battle is one of the most symbolic battles in the history of British Isles.

Opening Hours

May – September Daily 9.00 – 17.00

October – April Daily 9.00 – 16.00

Admission Fee

 Adult €4 | Group/senior €3 | Child €2 | Family €10

Contact Information

Location: Oldbridge, Meath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9809950

4.Check out Magdalene Tower

Magdalene Tower is a landmark located at the highest point of the northern part of Drogheda, County Louth. All that now remains of the once important of Saint Mary Magdalene is freestanding single-bay three-stage bell tower.

Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded the monastery in 1224.  It was here Ulster chiefs acknowledged their submission to Richard II, King of England in 1367.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: 9 Magdalene St, Upper Mell, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

5. Visit 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.

Although Slane castle is not part of Drogheda, it is closed enough for a quick trip. It’s only around 15 minutes drive away from Drogheda and it’s one of the best day trips from Dublin and one of the best castles in Ireland.

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

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6.St Laurence’s Gate and the Drogheda Walls

St Laurence's Gate things to do in drogheda

St Laurence’s Gate is a fortified gateway built in 13th century as part of the walled fortifications in Drogheda. The Anglo-Normans made the town as one of their primary strongholds by building walls around it that enclosed 113 acres area. Drogheda was one of the largest walled towns during that time.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Location: Laurence Street, Drogheda, Louth

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  +353 41 9872843

7.Explore the Beaulieu House and Gardens

This unfortified mansion is a journey back through Ireland’s past. The house was built in the 1600s by de Verdun family. Noble families and statesmen lived in the mansion since then which whom was a big part of the Irish history.

Beaulieu House is surrounded by 4 acres of gardens and grassy terraces for plant lovers.

Opening Hours

June 1st -September 1st.

Monday-Friday, 11-5pm.

Weekend Opening in July and August, 1pm-5pm

To verify the opening hours, make sure to call in advance.

Contact Information

Location:  Cross, Beaulieu, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 PD3R, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9838557

8. Check out Mellifont Abbey

Mellifont Abbey is the first abbey built in Ireland on 1142 through the orders of Saint MalachyArchbishop of Armagh. It housed over a hundred monks and three hundred laymen. The ruins of the abbey are still standing 10 minutes away from the centre of Drogheda.

Opening Hours

31st May – 5th September: Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 836 6111

9.Millmount Museum & Martello Tower

The Martello Tower was built in the mound of Millmount in 1808 after Oliver Cromwell attached the town that killed over 2500 men on September 11th, 1649. The tower was created to avoid the same destiny and to prevent the invasion of the French people. Today the tower complex houses the Millmount Museum which houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm | Sunday and Bank Holiday 2 pm – 5 pm

Admission Fee

Museum-Adult €3.50 | Child €2.50 | Student €3 | Family €8 | Tower-Adult €3 | Child €2 | Student €2.50 | Family €6 | Tower and Museum-Adult €5.50 | Child €3 | Student €4 | Family €12

Contact Information

Location: Millmount, Drogheda, Louth

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 41 9833097

10.Peruse arts in Highlanes Gallery

Highlanes Gallery is a public art gallery and visual arts exhibition centre which opened in 2006. It showcases national and international temporary exhibitions and the  Drogheda Municipal Art Collection which includes fascinating collections dating back from the 18th century.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm

Admission Fee

Admission to the gallery is free but a donation is welcomed.

Contact Information

Location: 36 St Laurence St, Lagavooren, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 F7PH

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353 (0) 41 9803311

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Brú na Bóinne: The Boyne Valley Tombs Guide For First Time Visitors

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, County Meath.

The site covers over 780 hectares where the majority of the monuments are located on the north side of the river.

Bru na Boinne contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from Neolithic period. It is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Aside from these three spectacular ancient sites, there are over 90 Neolithic monuments dotted across in Brú na Bóinne.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, this famous River Boyne Valley is considered one of the best attractions in Ireland.

Things to see in Bru na Boinne

Newgrange

newgrange passage tomb

Newgrange was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC. Which means it is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. It is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones. Some of these kerbstones are decorated with megalithic art.

Newgrange is also popular during the winter solstice. During winter solstice dawn, the sun shines on the roof-box of the passage tomb which illuminates the floor of the main chamber. It is said to be the oldest astronomically orientated structure in the world.

The winter solstice experience is done yearly and it’s only limited to a few people. Selection of the visitors is done based on a lottery. For more information on the lottery, click here.

Knowth

knowth passage tomb

Knowth, on the other hand, is a 5000-year-old mound which the western passage ends in a rectangular chamber. Like Newgrange, the mound is encircled by 127 kerbstones decorated with megalithic art. The Knowth site also contains one-third of all the megalithic art in all Western Europe, with over 200 decorated stones were found during excavations at Knowth.

Dowth

Dowth Passage Tomb

Dowth is one of the three principal tombs of the Brú na Bóinne. Unlike Newgrange and Knowth, Dowth creation is unknown, but the features of the tomb aligned with the other passage tombs which date approximately between 3200 and 2900 BC. It is also less developed as a tourist attraction than its neighbors because of its lower chamber and the decoration is less visible compared to others.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

Brú na Bóinne 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

Brú na Bóinne Admission Fee

There are different admission fees depending on the attraction you want to see. Please note that Dowth is not officially included on the tour to Brú na Bóinne. However, visitors can go on their own to Dowth through private transportation.

A. Exhibition

Duration:  1 hour

Adult: €4.00

Sen/Group: €3.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €10.00

B. Exhibition and Newgrange

Duration: 2 hours

Adult: €7.00

Sen/Group: €6.00

Child/Student: €4.00

Family: €16.00

C. Exhibition and Knowth

Duration: 2 hours

Adult: €6.00

Sen/Group: €4.00

Child/Student: €4.00

Family: €14.00

D. Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth

Duration: 3 hours

Adult: €13.00

Sen/Group: €10.00

Child/Student: €8.00

Family: €30.00

How to get to Brú na Bóinne from Dublin

Knowth Brú na Bóinne

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

There are several ways to get to Brú na Bóinne.

Through private car

Depending on which area of Dublin you’re on, you can head to M1. Drive from M1 to Meath and then take exit 9 from M1. Then follow Donore Rd and then turn right to Staleen Rd. Then turn right again and you will see the entrance 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. 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.

 

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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10 Awesome Things To Do In Tralee, Ireland

Tralee is the capital city of County Kerry. There are several things to do in Tralee which makes it one of a popular stop in Dingle Peninsula along with Dingle.

Here are the best things to do in Tralee Ireland.

1.Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum is a museum inside the Ashe Memorial Hall located in the centre of town. The museum collects and preserves the heritage and archaeological artifacts of County Kerry.

Visitors can enjoy the medieval times through recreated medieval town in the lower ground floor of Ashe Memorial Hall.

Opening Hours

January – May:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm

June – August:
Open daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm

September – December:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm

Bank Holiday weekends:
Sunday and Monday, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee

Adult/Senior/Student: €5.00

Child: FREE (accompanied by an adult)

Family: €10.00 (2 adults, 3 children)

Contact Information

Location:  Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny St, Co. Kerry, V92 CXE3, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 66 712 7777

2.Blennerville Windmill

Blennerville Windmill is located along Tralee Bay and only 8 minutes away from the centre of Tralee. The windmill is 21.3m high with 5 floors and it made of stone. The windmill was built in 1800 order of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett. It suffered decays on the 19th century but it was also restored and was opened again in 1990.

Today, Blennerville Windmill is the only commercial windmill in Ireland open for public tours.

Opening Hours

June-August 9:00 am- 6:00 pm | April/May/September/October 9:30 am -5:30 pm

Admission Fee

Adult €7 | Student/OAP’s €5 | Children over 5 years €3 | Children under 5 years free | Family €20 (2 adults and 3 children)

Contact Information

Location: Windmill Street, Blennerville

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 66 7121064

3.Tralee Town Park

Tralee Town Park is one of the largest public urban parks in Ireland. It covers around 35 acres and it’s adjacent to the Kerry County Museum. It is also the home of Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

Tralee Town Park is famous for its Rose Garden and Garden of the Senses which both won several awards. It is a good place to relax and just watch the world go by.

4.Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral Tralee Ireland

Ardfert Cathedral is part of the monastery built by St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’ in the 6th century. This monastery consists of 3 medieval churches, 2 ogham stones, and graves.

The churches are a great example of the Romanesque style with interesting carvings.

Opening Hours

29th March (Opens at 12noon) – 26th September

Daily 10 AM  – 6 PM

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Location: Ardfert,  Co. Kerry, V92 KR7P

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353 (66) 713 4711

5.Banna Strand

If you want a change of environment, a trip to the beach is what you need in Tralee. Banna Strand or Banna Beach is a Blue Flag status beach in Tralee Bay. It’s a walkers’ paradise and it extends miles after miles with magnificent views of the mountains, Dingle Peninsula and Kerry Head.

6.Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

Tralee Bay Wetlands is a nature and activity centre. It is located in Tralee Bay Nature Reserve which encompasses over 8000 acres extending from Tralee town to the Maharee Islands. It is a designated Natura 2000 site.

Visitors can enjoy pedal boats, canoes, picnic areas, interactive displays, and safari boat trip. There are also viewing points, cafes and retail shops in the area.

Opening Hours

10am—5pm Daily

Last Admission 4.30pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6/€10 Child €4/€6

Senior Citizen/Student: €5/€8

Family Pass: €20/€32

(2 adults, 3 children)

For the rates of individual activities, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ballyard, Co Kerry, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 66 7126700

7.Fenit

Fenit is a small island in Tralee Bay connected to the mainland through a small sandbar. Located 10 km from the centre of the town, the Fenit harbour is an important seaport for fishing, freight import, and export.

This charming fishing village is home to just over 500 people. The activities in the island consist of walking along the beach, fishing and appreciating the beautiful mountains nearby.

8.Ratass Church

Ratass Church is a medieval church and a national monument in Tralee. It is known for its ogham stone, or a medieval alphabet used to write the early Irish language.

The church is located in a graveyard in Quill.

9.Ballyseedy Wood Walk

Ballyseedy Wood Walk is a wooded walking trail in Tralee. It was first mapped during the 16th century for  Sir Edward Denny. It is now a sustainable woodland recreational amenity for visitors and one can enjoy a tranquil walk here. Visitors can also check out the castle in the area, Blennerhassett estate and plantation, the view of Slieve Mish Mountain and the rolling hills.

10.Tralee Aqua Dome

Want to try some water activities? Tralee Aqua Dome is a popular recreational activity centre in town. It features waves, rapids, lazy rivers and the famous Flume slide for children. There’s also a spa and sauna for adults. And if you are a fan of golf, there’s an 18-hole miniature golf course in Aqua Dome.  It is one of the most popular activities in Tralee with kids.

Opening Hours

September – End June: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 – 19:00

July 1st – Mid August: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 – 21:00

Admission Fee

Adult € 16.00

Junior under 18 yrs / OAP / Student € 13.00

Under 2 FREE

For the complete list of prices, click here.

Contact Information

Location: THE AQUA DOME Dan Spring Road

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)66 7128899

6 Awesome Things To Do In Cahir, Ireland

Cahir is a small town in County Tipperary in Ireland. It is known for its castle, natural wonders, and architecture. Because of this, there are several awesome things to do in Cahir and if you are in Cork City, it can be a good side trip from Cork.

1. Visit Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in 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, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (52) 744 1011 

2.Explore Mitchelstown Cave

Mitchelstown Cave is located between Mitchelstown in County Cork and Cahir in County Tipperary. It is only 15 minutes away from the center of Cahir. Mitchelstown is a limestone cave known for its beautiful caverns and speleothems. It is also considered as the finest limestones caves in Europe.

The cave was discovered by Michael Condon, a farm worker, accidentally in May 1833 and was first explored and mapped by James Apjohn in 1834.

Opening Hours

February: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 4pm | March to October: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 5pm | November: (open 7 days a week) 10am to 4pm | December and January: (open weekends only) | (open 26th December to 6th January 10am to 4pm)

Admission Fee

Adult: €9

Child: (up to 12 years old) €3.50

Family: 2 adults up to 2 children (up to 12 years old) €20

Minimum 2 adults for a tour.

Contact Information

Location: Burncourt, Tipperary

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 52 7467246

3.The Swiss Cottage

The Swiss Cottage is an ornamental cottage located in Cahir. It was part of the estate of Lord and Lady Cahir and they used it for entertaining guests. The cottage is now used as a historic house museum.

Opening Hours

16th March – 27th October
10:00 – 18:00 – Last Admission – 17:15

28th Oct – 3rd November
09:30 – 17:00 – Last Admission – 16.15

4th of November
09:30 – 15:30 – Last Admission – 14:45

Site closes for 2018 season on the 4th of November.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Please note there are no credit and debit card facilities at this site

Contact Information

Location: Ardfinnan Road, Farrannagark,  Co. Tipperary

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 52 7441144

4.The Vee

The Vee refers to a V-shaped turn on the road leading to a gap in the Knockmealdown mountains. It overlooks one of the best vistas in Tipperary including beautiful mountains, a lake and the amazing flowers along the way.

Aside from the view by the road, one can also explore the beautiful Bay Lough or the climb to the tomb of Colonel Grubb. And if you happen to visit Cahir in winter, check out this place for some Aurora sightings.

5. Relax at the Sensory and Mobility Garden

The Sensory and Mobility Garden was specially created to be accessible and enjoyable to all especially for people with disabilities. The garden contains several features, such as scented plants, sculptures, water features, Braille signs, and pathways of different textures to stimulate the senses. It provides a relaxing place to unwind and is also a mobility practice area.

6. Cahir Abbey

Cahir Abbey or Priory of St. Mary in Cahir was a medieval priory and a national monument in Cahir. It was founded in 12th century by Galfrid de Camville, Anglo-Norman Baron of Cahir. The priory was known as the house of Augustinian Canons.

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