36 Top Things To Do In Ireland For 2020

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.


36 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. On 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 a ribbon lake which means, it is a long and narrow lake formed in a 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 has 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.

5. Assaranca Waterfall – Ardara, Donegal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re headed to the quaint fishing town of Killybegs in County Donegal, you won’t miss this beautiful surprise just off the side of the road.

The picturesque Assaranca waterfall is found on your way to the stunning Maghera caves. Stop and admire the winding cascades and take a moment to just enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Seeing this waterfall won’t even cost you hours of hiking so stop, rest for a while and take lots of photos! 

Check out this guide for the Best Waterfalls In Ireland. 


Visit the castles in Ireland.

6.Blarney Castle

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular attractions 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.

Check out this Kylemore Abbey Tour article for more information.

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 the 12th to the 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 prehistoric landscapes in the world dating back from the 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 in a private car.

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.

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 to build 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 that 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 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 can be a great venture for tourists.

To learn more about 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 in Letterkenny, Donegal is officially recognized by the Government of Ireland as the best museum in the country.

For more things to do in Letterkenny, click here


Explore the charming towns in Ireland

There are lots of amazing towns in Ireland that you should visit at least once. 

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.

Lough Tay Wicklow

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


Learn from the amazing libraries in Ireland

trinity college dublin

 

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 for 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: keeper@marshlibrary.ie 

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 Irish identity.


Attend some of the popular Irish festivals 

St. Patrick's Day

30. St. Patrick’s Festival

The biggest and grandest festival in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Festival is one hell of a celebration that you should not miss if you’re planning to travel to Ireland.

This festival which was started by the Irish government in November 1995 eventually turned into a multi-day celebration which takes place somewhere around March 17 every year. The highlight of the festival is the St. Patrick’s Day where there’s a grand parade, lots of drinking, and locals and tourists party in the streets all over Ireland.

It is a nationwide celebration where people usually dress up as Leprechauns. Spread throughout the St. Patrick’s Festival Week are various activities and events like traditional performances, food fairs, and a celebration of Irish culture.

31. Temple Bar TradFest

Late winter in Dublin is never boring because this would mean non-stop traditional Irish music and unlimited drinking sessions in Temple Bar TradFest.

Today, this festival is already considered as the largest festival of traditional music in Ireland long after it started as a small niche music festival in 2006.

The recognition received from this festival has pushed it to expand its goal which now includes the promotion of the next generation of Irish musicians.

TradFest also offers a memorable experience for festival-goers with its live music concert held in some of Dublin’s popular historical sites.

Aside from that, you can also expect to party all night long for free. Exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, and film-screenings are also in the line up of activities. This festival starts around January 21 and ends on January 27.


Explore the vibrant cities of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

grafton street dublin

32. Dublin 

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. The city surely has a lot to offer to tourists coming in and out of this marvelous city in Ireland. It has everything in store for travelers of all kinds- solo, group, young or old. From museums to bars, to historical sights, Dublin is surely packed with interesting things to do

33. Belfast

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and along its size comes with a rich historical and political background.

It is also best known for a lot of things like the Titanic and CS Lewis. All these events gave birth to a lot of Belfast tourist attractions that first-time or frequent visitors will surely don’t want to miss.

Today, there are a lot of museums and landmarks that you would want to include in your Instagram feed if you’re paying a visit.

34. Derry 

Londonderry, also popularly known as “Derry”, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.

Overall, it is the fourth largest city in the country. Derry is derived from an Old Irish name which means “oak grove” but aside from that, it is also known as the walled city.

In fact, it is the only remaining intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe.

Londonderry is engulfed with a lot of history that is why you should not skip it when in Ireland.

35. Cork 

There are several things to do in Cork City. Cork surely has a long history behind it.

Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, Cork has gone through several developments which made it a hub for tourists nowadays. 

36. Galway 

Galway City and nothing else comes in mind if we speak about Ireland’s top destination for arts, music, and urban culture. This city on the west coast of Ireland never fails to exceed expectations- from its medieval walls down to the breathtaking view of the River Corrib.

So whether you’re coming over for a quick visit or longer, there’s just so much to enjoy in this harbor city.

30 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland 

Dublin surely has a lot to offer to tourists coming in and out of this marvelous city in Ireland. It has everything in store for travelers of all kinds- solo, group, young or old. If you’re looking for a perfect way to spend your time in Dublin, this article is the perfect list that you need. Here are the top things to do in Dublin.

30 Things To Do In Dublin Ireland

1. Take a glimpse of the past in Trinity College

trinity college dublin

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. Trinity College is also one of the best free things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

Opening Time

May to September

Monday to Saturday

08:30 am– 5:00pm

Sunday -09:30–5 pm

October to April

Monday to Saturday

09:30 am-5: pm

Sunday: 12 pm–4:30 pm

Admission Fee

Adult – €11–14

Family- €28

Concession -€12

Group- €11

Contact Information

Address: College Green Dublin 2, Ireland

Email: bookofkells@tcd.ie

Phone:+353 1 896 2320

2.Shake hands with the St. Michan’s Mummies

If you’re brave enough to spice up your Dublin tour, why don’t you try shaking hands with an 800-year-old mummy? Kept in a vault underneath St. Michan church, dozens of coffins are left as-is for the public eye to see.

As time pass by, these coffins slowly disintegrate revealing a mummy inside. Well, not every coffin contains a preserved mummy though and nobody, not even the church, can tell which coffin has mummies in them.

If you are in the city, this is surely one of the most interesting things to add on your Dublin itinerary.

Opening Times

March to October

Monday to Saturday

10 am to 4:45 pm

November to March

Monday to Saturday

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Admission Fee

€6

Contact Information

Address: Church Street, Dublin City

Email: stmichan@eircom.net 

Phone: +353(0)18724154

Check this tour that includes a visit to St. Michan’s Church to see the mummies.

 

3. Enjoy a private dinner at the Pig’s Ear

Treat yourself in this three-story Georgian Townhouse while you’re in Dublin. Its creative menu will surely leave you wanting to explore more of this city and the Irish cuisine.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday

Lunch- 12 pm- 2:45pm

Dinner- 5:30pm-10pm

Closed Sundays and bank holidays

Contact Information

Address: 4 Nassau St, Dublin 2, Ireland

Phone: 01 670 3865

Email: info@thepigsear.ie

4. Revisit an old prison cell in Kilmainham

Kilmainham Gaol museum

So you think that visiting a mummy is not creepy enough? Then go ahead and add the Kilmainham Gaol in your things to do in Dublin. The Kilmainham Gaol used to be a place for executions and public hanging.

Martyrs and Irish leaders were also imprisoned within the walls of this infamous prison which makes it a perfect exhibit on the history of Irish Nationalism. It is also one of the best museums in Dublin. 

Opening Times

For updated opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Online prices – Adult €8, Senior €6, Child/Student €4 and Family €20. Walk-up prices* – Adult €9, Senior €7, Child/Student €5 and Family €23

Contact Information

Address: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland. D08 RK28

Email: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

Phone: +353 1 4535984

Check this tour that includes a visit to Kilmainham Gaol and Irish National War Memorial Gardens.

 

5.Satisfy your appetite

After going through some of those unusual things to do in Dublin, why not satisfy your appetite? Dublin has various food and drink tours you can sign up like the Delicious Dublin Tours, Dublin Wine Trails, and Fabulous Food Trails.

Vegans can also join tours like the Vegan Dublin Food Tours By Vegan in Ireland.

6. Be amused bigtime at the Little Museum of Dublin

After a sumptuous food-trip around Dublin, you’ll surely have sufficient energy to visit the Little Museum of Dublin, right?

Brace yourself since you will definitely need this energy to explore all 5,000 artifacts that the museum is keeping on its three floors. Aside from these artifacts, the museum also holds history classes for kids. So if you are visiting Dublin with kids, this is one of the top things to do with your little ones. 

Opening Times

Opening Hours: daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Tickets cost €8 for kids, while families (2 adults and up to 3 children) pay just €20.

Contact Information

Address: 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

Email: MUIREANN@LITTLEMUSEUM.IE

Phone: +353 1 6611000

7. Experience Dublin through the DART

DART Dublin

This 54-kilometer commute ride will take you to the best sights and experiences in Dublin– from the highs and lows to every twists and turn of the city. Hop on and off these 31 stops and save yourself from those expensive sightseeing tours.

Don’t worry if you get hungry, you’ll surely find something at the Platform Pizza Bar, one of the best stops of this ride.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30 am -6 pm

Admission Fee

For updated fares to/from Dublin, click here. 

Contact Information

Address: Iarnród Éireann HQ, Connolly Station, Amien Street, Dublin 1, D01 V6V6

Phone:  (01) 8366 222

8. Watch over South Dublin from the mountains

If you want to breathe some fresh air, you should not forget the Dublin mountains in your list of things to do in Dublin.

Its accessibility from the city is one of the reasons why locals and tourists prefer to spend their morning or afternoon overlooking South Dublin.

9. Read the Ulysses in Sweny’s Pharmacy

Whether you’re looking for your own “sweet lemony wax” or you simply want to read a passage from Ulysses, Sweny’s Pharmacy is the perfect place for you.

This pharmacy-turned-bookshop host special events too. And if you’re a huge fan of the Ulysses, you can even celebrate Bloomsday among others here.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open late on Thursdays for readings.

Contact Information

Address:  1 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.

Email: swenyspharmacy@gmail.com

Phone:  083-457-9688 / 087-228-1570

10. Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery

A visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery will surely not disappoint if you want to learn more facts circulating Dublin. Feel free to walk around this cemetery, chit chat with their experienced set of tour guides, touch the coffin of Daniel O’Connell, and dig deep into Dublin’s history.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 10: am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6.00, Child: €4.00

Contact Information

Address: Glasnevin Cemetery Finglas Road Glasnevin Dublin 11

Phone: + 353 01 882 6550

Email: info@glasnevintrust.ie

Check this tour that includes a visit to Glasnevin Cemetery, Tower Cafe and O’Connell Tower.

 

11. Learn from the Leprechauns

The National Leprechaun Museum, contrary to other museums, is specifically for those who are interested to know more about Irish folklore, mythology, and legends. Of course, you can also catch a glimpse of these Lucky Charm mascots and their pot of gold.

One of the highlights in this museum is where guests can walk into a room of oversized furniture and optical illusions.

Opening Time

Monday to Sunday – 10 am-6:30 pm

Friday- Saturday night time ( for 18+ only)

Admission Fee

7 years and up

45 mins, €10-16

18+ only

60~ mins, €18

Contact Information

Address: Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Email: rainbow@leprechaunmuseum.ie

Phone: 01 8733899

12. Discover Dublin’s lost medieval wall

Remains of Dublin’s protection against invaders is what the Saint Audoen’s Gate represents nowadays after parts of the wall crumbled and broke down to pieces.

If you happen to be touring around the historic part of Dublin, exit through St. Audoen’s Gate and walk along the medieval pathway to reach the existing portion of the lost city wall.

13. Unleash your inner bookworm in Marsh’s Library

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: keeper@marshlibrary.ie 

Phone:  +353 1 4543511

14. Take a walk in the Murdering Lane and Cutthroat Lane

Revisit Dublin’s darker days with these two streets. Although these streets have been renamed in the present time already, Murdering Lane and Cutthroat Lane were believed to be named after the murderous deeds that made these streets busy a couple of centuries ago.

15. Pay tribute to the Irish martyrs at the Proclamation Sculpture

This permanent outdoor sculpture located across the infamous Kilmainham Gaol honors Ireland’s leaders of the Easter Rising.

Engraved in these abstract and faceless sculptures are their execution orders and bullet holes where they were hit by the firing squad.

16. Experience life during the Vikings era at Dublinia

Dublinia

Dublinia has various interactive activities for guests who want to learn the history of Dublin from the Viking age until the horrific Black Plague. The museum has four permanent exhibits that you can enjoy.

Guests are also invited to try the clothing of each era and watch the development of Dublin through the years from a bird’s eye view.

Opening Time

Monday to Sunday

March to September

10 am to 6.30pm (Last entry 5.30pm)

October to February

10 am to 5.30pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Recommended length of visit is 90 minutes.

Dublinia closes on the 24th/25th and 26th of December only

Admission Fee

Adult: €10.00

Student/Senior: €9.00

Child: €6.50

Family: €26.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Contact Information

Address: St Michaels Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 6794611

Email: info@dublinia.ie

17. Go pub crawling

You can never go wrong choosing Dublin whenever you want to experience a pub crawl. If the rumors are true, Dublin has almost a thousand pubs just within this lively city alone!

Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start your ultimate pub crawl experience; pubs are almost everywhere to sell you a pint or two. Also, don’t forget to make new friends!

18. Take a long walk at the Great South Wall

The Great South Wall is perfect for those who want fresh air but doesn’t want to stay too far from the city center.

This 4km walk only takes 30-40 minutes and ends at the lighthouse in the middle of Dublin Bay. The view at the end of the walkway is breathtaking so don’t miss a photo or two.

19. Check out the Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is one of the oldest castles and best 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 the 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: info@malahidecastleandgardens.ie

Phone: +353 1 816 9538

Check this tour to Malahide Castle and Garden.

 

20. Get stunned by the Celtic mural in the Oratory of the Sacred Heart

A small red structure somewhere in the outskirts of Dublin should not be missed in your itinerary too. Inside, you will find its interior covered with beautiful Celtic Revival art and stained glass windows which illuminate the artwork.

This mind blowing masterpiece has earned recognition and awards in the field of architecture.

Opening Hours

Open to the public for a very limited period of time each year, for updated opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Library road Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 205 4700

Email: dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie

21. Chill at the park with Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde statue dublin park

To commemorate one of Ireland’s greatest sons, a sculpture of Oscar Wilde rests in the northwest corner of Merrion Square Park where tourists can take a photo or simply reminisce Wilde’s contribution to literature.

Opening Time

Monday- Sunday -24 hours

Contact Information

Address: Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Phone: 01-6612369

Email: parks@dublincity.ie

22. Chat by the Joker’s Chair

If you’re still in Merrion Square, why not drop by the Joker’s Chair and celebrate Dermot Morgan’s contribution to the Irish entertainment industry?

This comedy actor is one of the celebrated ones because of his comedy acts brave enough to criticize the Irish royal court.

23. Watch Irish sports in Croke Park

History also happens in the Croke Park and pretty sure all sports enthusiasts can attest to that. This large stadium in Dublin is not just any stadium but it is Ireland’s sporting cathedral.

Regardless of which month you visit, you can always choose between watching a summer game or taking the stadium tour.

Opening Time

Monday, Thursday to Saturday- 9:30 am- 5 pm

Sunday- 10:30 am-5pm

Admission Fee

For updated fees and online booking, click here. 

Contact Information

Address: Hogan Stand Jones Road Dublin 3

Phone: +353 (0)1 8192300

Email: info@crokepark.ie

24. Enjoy a sunny afternoon at Stephen’s Green

Stephen's Green

Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre park ornamented with colorful flower beds, rows of trees, rockeries, and shrubberies. The park also features a waterfall and a lake on top of its Victorian layout.

For children, a playground is also accessible and safe to use during operating hours. It is also one of the best parks in Dublin.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday

Monday – Saturday: 7.30 am – dusk.

Sunday and bank holidays: 9.30 am – dusk.

Approximate times of dusk are 4.30-6 pm (Jan-Feb), 6.30-8.30pm (Mar-Apr), 9 pm (May-July), 7-8.30pm (Aug-Sep), 4-6.30pm (Oct-Dec). Please contact us for exact closing hours on any given day.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Phone: +353 1 475 7816

Email:  info@heritageireland.ie

25. Bring your family to Airfield

Take a break from the pubs and museums. The Airfield Estate is Dublin’s only working farm which accepts tourists all year long.

The estate has various attractions you and the entire family can enjoy such as the Heritage Experience, the Ornamental Garden, Woodland Walks, and Naturescape.

Opening Time

Monday- Sunday

9:30 am- 5pm

Admission Fee

Adult-€12

Senior/ Student – €8

Children -€5

Under 3’s – Free

1 adult + 1 child €16

Contact Information

Address: Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dublin 14, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 969 6666

Email: hello@airfield.ie

26. Visit the National Museum

National Museum Dublin

Another interesting thing to do in Dublin is a visit to the National Museum of Ireland. This museum specifically features Irish artifacts showing Celtic and Medieval art, prehistoric gold, and a lot more.

To make it more interesting, the museum also has another exhibit which features bog bodies back from the Iron Age. Be sure to check out the Kingship and sacrifice exhibit.

Opening Times

Open daily except Monday from 10 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland

Email: marketing@museum.ie

Phone: +353(0)16777444

27. Party rock at the Temple Bar

Fancy a piece of live music after exploring all of Dublin? How about craving for some food and refreshment before starting your day? Temple Bar is the right spot for these.

Located at the heart of Dublin, you can always find a safe haven in Temple Bar may it be to start or to end your day.

Opening Time

Monday-Wednesday 10:30 pm- 1:30 am

Thursday- Saturday-10pm-2:30 am

Sunday- 11:30 pm- 1am

Contact Information

Address: 47/48 Temple Bar Dublin D02 N725 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 672 5286

28. Find the perfect pint at Guinness

Guinness Storehouse Dublin

If you have an eye for the perfect pint, the Guinness Storehouse is an experience of a lifetime. This seven-story building stands proudly as the home of the most famous beer in the whole world.

Today, tourists can now learn its history and enjoy the best Irish cuisine. Every floor holds exciting surprises for everyone.

Guinness Storehouse is also the most visited attraction in Ireland.

Opening time

Monday to Friday- 9:30 -7 pm

Late Opening during July and August

9am- 8pm

Admission Fee

Adult – € 18.50

Student (18+) – € 18.50

Senior Citizen (65+) – € 18.50

Child 13-17 ( under 13 are Free) — € 16.00

Contact Information

Address: St James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 408 4800                            

Email: Vicki.mcgrath@diageo.com

Check this tour to Guinness Storehouse with a free pint and skip-the-line-ticket.

 

29. Order cocktails at the Vintage Cocktail Club

Itching for some late-night party? The Vintage Cocktail Club has an exclusive cocktail and dining experience you can add in your itinerary.

The chic and vintage ambiance of the place complements its award-winning cocktail menus.

Opening Time

Drinks

Monday to Sunday

5pm – 7.30pm

7.45pm – 10.15pm

10.30pm – 01 am

Dining

Monday – Thursday & Sunday

5 PM – 11 PM

Friday & Saturday

5 PM – 11 PM

Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

12:30pm – 4pm

Admission Fee

For more information about fees and online booking, click here.

Contact Information

Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Phone: (01) 675 3547

Email: book@vccdublin.com

30. Take a photo with the Spire of Dublin

Who would dare miss a photo opportunity with the Spire of Dublin? This beacon in the night sky of Dublin stands 120 meters high in the middle of O’Connell Street and is such a sight to see– day or night. Don’t worry it’s not hard to miss even from afar.

Also, check out this post on where to stay in Dublin! 

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21 Travel Tips For Ireland For First-Time Visitors

Going to Ireland for the first time? This lush green country, aptly named ‘Emerald Isle’ sure packs a punch when it comes to attractions.

There are diverse landscapes, ancient archeological structures, old churches and lots of castles. It’s not the biggest country in the world but daunting nonetheless.

Ireland is an easy country to get around in, the Irish are warm and accommodating, and going there looks like a huge epic adventure. Make the most of your trip by taking into consideration these travel tips for Ireland.

21 Travel Tips For Ireland For First-Time Visitors

Travel Tips Before Going to Ireland 

Causeway Coastal Route

1. Ireland is a great place to visit any time of the year because of its mild, temperate climate.

However, if you want to be sure that most attractions are accessible or open, the best time to visit is during the shoulder season.

These are months that are in between the peak and low seasons. There’s March to May and September to November. During these months, temperatures are still mild, tourist sites are less congested and you’d definitely enjoy the beauty of the Emerald Isle.

2. Ireland is beautiful at any time of the year but it also has pretty unpredictable weather. Expect rain, even during summer.

It’s best to be always prepared so pack an umbrella, slip-proof shoes, a cardigan, and a waterproof jacket to stay warm and dry. Check out this packing list for Ireland for all seasons

Dark Hedges

3. Don’t forget to bring your adapter plug, especially if you travel with multiple electronic devices.

You would surely want to capture and document your trip so your cellphone and camera needs to be fully charged before you leave your hostel or hotel. Pack your adapter to help save time while in Ireland with a busy itinerary. 

4. An essential advice not just when traveling to Ireland but to any other country is to buy travel insurance.

Good travel insurance will protect you and take care of you when you get sick or injured while traveling, as well as during theft and cancellations.

It is pretty much your very own comprehensive protection if anything goes wrong while you’re on vacation. Never go on any trip without it. 

Travel Tips for staying in Ireland 

Abbey court hostel ireland

5. If you’re looking for an easy way to save some cash while in Ireland, it’s best to stay in a hostel. They’re cheap, give you access to the bare necessities and usually includes free breakfast. Check out this list of places to stay by cities

6. However, even if it’s slightly pricier, a bed and breakfast is a great option as well. You get to stay in a homey atmosphere, and has additional opportunities to interact with locals.

Bed and breakfasts and guesthouses also often serve Irish food instead of getting them in pricier restaurants outside. These accommodations are often in old or historic houses, some are even in castles. 

7. You can also combine your accommodation choices. For example, stay in a hostel when in big cities like Dublin or Belfast, then book a guesthouse then in smaller cities or towns. 

Travel tips in eating in Ireland 

Colcannon

8. Take advantage of the free food, especially free breakfast in your accommodations. Be sure to eat right before going anywhere. 

9. Ireland has some cool low-cost local supermarkets. Take advantage of these by buying some basic pick-me-ups like canned or bottled juice, cereal bars, digestive biscuits, and crisps.

They come in handy when you get hungry in between exploring sights or during long-distance trips to the countryside. 

10. A great way to save some cash is to eat early, whether it’s lunch or dinner. Many restaurants in Ireland offer budget lunch nor dinner to the’early birds’ and they’re cheaper.

There isn’t a lot of options though as they’re usually set meals. It is another way to experience local cuisine, too! 

11. Try at least any of the food and drinks that Ireland is known for. Have the traditional Irish breakfast, some stew, bangers, and mash or even fish and chips.

Have a pint of Guinness, a glass of whiskey or Irish coffee. Trying these definitely adds to the experience. 

Travel tips getting around Ireland

Railway Station Dublin

12. Ireland has excellent public transportation, so take advantage of it especially in the big cities. Most offer free wifi, have friendly drivers and are known to always arrive on time. 

13. If you want to save more, get a LEAP card. This is a card you can top up to use on Ireland’s public transportation. With the card, you get discounts on fares compared to cash tickets. It’s very useful in Dublin and Belfast as well as Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford

You can also get a Dublin Pass that will give you access to over 30 attractions in Dublin for free and a hop-off and hop-on bus tour. You can get it Dublin Pass

14. If you’d like to explore Ireland past the big cities at your own pace, it is best to rent a car. It’s quite easy to rent a car in Ireland and in the long run, it will be your cheapest option.

Renting (or hiring) a car is also a fantastic way to see most of the Emerald Isle as there’s a lot of scenic drives going from one city or town to another. If you’re unfamiliar with driving rules in Ireland, you can check out this guide for driving in Ireland

driving in ireland

15. Try ridesharing, which is another lowcost means of transportation for visitors in Ireland.

Here, you only have to pass a small background check to get approved. The drivers who rideshare are also registered and vetted. Once approved, the driver will pick you up.

With this option, you only need to pitch in for gas. Two good ridesharing apps you can try are BlaBlaCar and CarpoolWorld

Travel tips for enjoying Ireland 

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16. Be sure to get a Heritage card — it’s a card you can to up and gives you access to some of the best attractions across Ireland. Specifically, the Heritage card gives free admission to site managed by the Office of Public Works.

These include Dublin Castle, Ennis Friary, the Iveagh Gardens, Glenveagh National Park, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, and more. This is valid for a year so you can explore as much as you want here.

17. When in cafes, restaurants or even spas, know that Ireland does not have a set culture on tipping.  However, a few euros will be very much appreciated easily especially for exceptional service. Check out this tipping tips for Ireland. 

18. Don’t drink too much when in a pub. If you’re trying to save but want to experience Ireland’s pub culture, go ahead and order a pint of Guinness. Pub drinks are a bit pricer, so stick to just one pint.

A fantastic way to do this is to find a pub with a great atmosphere and especially one with a band that features traditional Irish music. Then, you can order one drink and enjoy the rest of the evening

O'Connells Bar

19. Talk to as many locals as possible — in your hotel or bed and breakfast, a pub or wherever you happen to be. The Irish are a friendly, accommodating lot and are happy to help out visitors to their country. 

20. You should absolutely visit Northern Ireland. It’s a long drive bit truly worth it. Visit Belfast, drive along the Causeway Coastal Route or see the gorgeous town of Portrush

21. Ireland is 32,595 square miles (84,421 square kilometers) and is packed full of sights. Pace yourself and don’t squeeze ten attractions in a single day or two.

When in Ireland, you may opt to visit just a few sights or try around two interesting activities in a day. Be sure to really enjoy and savor each place you visit. 

 

10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Ireland

You’ll never find a country as naturally diverse and breathtakingly beautiful as Ireland. Aptly nicknamed the ‘emerald isle’, its glorious landscapes and lush sceneries are ideal for outdoor adventurers and a lovely escape from the city hustle.

One of the best things you could ever find while on a hike up a mountain or through forests are charming waterfalls, and there’s a lot in Ireland.

These spectacular water cascades easily make a long, strenuous hike even more worthwhile. When in Ireland, make it a point to see a few.

From dramatic and remote waterfalls tucked in the mountains to those hidden in forests near busy highways, here are ten of the best waterfalls in Ireland.

10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Ireland

1. Torc Waterfall – Killarney, Kerry

Torc Waterfall

Located in the massive Killarney National Park, Torc Waterfall is among the top attractions in Killarney and for anyone doing the Ring of Kerry tour.

This waterfall is about 70 to 80 meters high, found at the base of the lush Torc Mountain.

From the car park, it only takes several minutes of walking before you reach the falls. It is surrounded by scenic woodland and one of the prettiest sights in this part of Ireland.

For a better view, climb up about a hundred steps on the side of the falls. Everything looks even more magical from there.

The place gets busy during the summer months so plan your trip ahead.  Set out early to really enjoy this famous Ireland attraction. 

 

2. Assaranca Waterfall – Ardara, Donegal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re headed to the quaint fishing town of Killybegs in County Donegal, you won’t miss this beautiful surprise just off the side of the road.

The picturesque Assaranca waterfall is found on your way to the stunning Maghera caves. Stop and admire the winding cascades and take a moment to just enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Seeing this waterfall won’t even cost you hours of hiking so stop, rest for a while and take lots of photos! 

3. Aasleagh Falls, County Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The easily accessible Aasleagh Falls is situated along the River Erriff in County Mayo, very close to the border with County Galway.

From the parking spots, it only requires a short walking distance to reach this stunning piece of paradise.

Aasleagh Falls is quite a sight — sweeping cascades that flow abundantly over rocks and into a rolling stream. The place is also known for salmon fishing so you might want to try that as well if you have more time.

Since the Aasleagh Falls is close to the borders of Galway and Mayo, there are plenty of equally cool places you can visit nearby.

Some of these are the Killary Fjord, Connemara National Park, and Kylemore Abbey

4. Glencar Waterfall — Co. Leitrim

Glencar Waterfall Lough Letrim

Located in County Leitrim, the 50-foot tall Glencar Waterfall is a must-see.

Regarded as among the prettiest waterfalls in Ireland, it falls through the Dartry Mountains then flows into Glencar Lough.

Gorgeous and romantic, the waterfall is said to have inspired the W.B. Yeats poem called “The Stolen Child,”.

It is widely believed that how Glencar looks like after rain as water gushes down the mountainside, was in the lines:

Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car…

Set put early and spend at least half a day here and simply take in the sight of this waterfall.

Pack a picnic brunch or lunch and hang out at the picnic area that offers great views of the Glencar waterfall. There’s also a playground in the area which makes it a family-friendly place to visit. 

5. Gleninchaquin Falls – Kenmare, Kerry

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You may not have heard of Gleninchaquin Waterfalls, but if you’re doing the Ring of Kerry tour, this should be part of your itinerary.

At 459ft tall, it is among the highest waterfalls in Ireland. You’d have to view it at a certain distance to fully appreciate its unique beauty, and it’s totally worth it.

The route to Gleninchaquin takes you through lush meadows surrounded by mountains from afar, an idyllic sight that’s perfect for an afternoon walk.

Once you see the cascades, pick a spot for a picnic or simply to hang out and enjoy the scenery. The area has amenities like a car park, restrooms and even a tea room for your convenience.

6. Glenevin Waterfall – Clonmany, Donegal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The short walk to Glenevin Waterfall in County Donegal’s Inishowen is one of the prettiest sights ever. The wooded valleys with a stream winding through it invite you to stop every once in a while to take it all in.

Once you reach the cascades, rest and enjoy. Rising at, or falling from a 30 feet drop — this waterfall is one of the most spectacular attractions in Inishowen.

If you’re up for an adventure, the waterfall is also a good starting point for a more challenging hike to Raghtin More.

There are a car park and restrooms in the area as well as a tea house. There are no entrance fees but there’s a donation box to help provide for the upkeep and repairs.

The surrounding parts and the walking trails have been damaged due to flooding so that’s something to consider when you go visit Glenevin. 

7. Glenoe Waterfall, — Co. Antrim (Northern Ireland)

Glenoe Waterfall Ireland

A beautiful addition to the must-see waterfalls in Ireland is found in Glenoe Village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Majestic and fairytale-like, Glenoe Falls is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the main street of the village, which is situated at a scenic glen. This glen is where you’ll find the 40-feet high waterfall.

Walk to the footbridge and watch as the water cascades through lush vegetation. Listen as the waterfalls and flows into a brook, the sound of it is quite relaxing.

If you’re staying in Belfast, it’s just a short drive from there. Just head up north, Glenoe Falls is just a few miles past Carrickfergus Castle. 

8. Kilfane Waterfall and Glen – Thomastown, Kilkenny

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Listed as an Irish Heritage garden, the remote beauty that is Kilfane Waterfall and Glen is a must-see if ever you’d like to wander off the beaten path.

The place is not as well-known as the others in this list, but this historical paradise entices with its stunning surroundings.

To get here, wear comfortable hiking shoes and get ready for a storybook-like adventure. You’d trek through lush forests, walk on small bridges under tall trees, down to the valley that leads to the waterfall.

Here, you’ll find an 18th-century cottage. Take in the glorious sight that has delighted visitors for centuries. This off-the-beaten-path adventure is definitely worth it. 

9. The Devils Chimney Waterfall – Leitrim/Sligo border

Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird

A unique waterfall in Ireland that you must see if only to find out what the name was all about, is located by the Leitrim and Sligo border.

If you’re already in Glencar Waterfall, just head to the west and you won’t be too far from The Devils Chimney Waterfall.

Also called the ‘Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird’ (the stream against the height), the waterfall is reached by a moderately challenging hike that takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on your fitness level.

The views on the way become more and more beautiful as you get closer to the waterfall itself.

The Devil’s Chimney towers at 492 feet and got its name from a strange occurrence that’s caused by the weather in the area.

When the wind blows from the south, the waterfall is blown back upwards, and over the same cliff where the water drops. It’s strange and beautiful, a sight you shouldn’t miss when you’re in the area. 

10. Tourmakeady Waterfall — County Mayo, Ireland

Tourmakeady Waterfall

Nestled in the scenic Tourmakeady Forest Park Walk, this waterfall is another unmissable sight in Co. Mayo.

Accessed through a trail that only takes a couple of miles to navigate, the majestic Tourmakeaday is the reward waiting after a short trek through woodlands.

It is set at the highest point in the trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. This romantic setting is part of the Glensaul River and considered one of the best waterfalls in Ireland to visit.

Legend has it that this is where a key figure in the 1916 Easter Rising, Èamon de Valera, courted his wife. 

 

15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

Londonderry, also popularly known as “Derry”, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.

Overall, it is the fourth largest city in the country. Derry is derived from an Old Irish name which means “oak grove” but aside from that, it is also known as the walled city.

In fact, it is the only remaining intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe.

Londonderry is engulfed with a lot of history that is why you should not skip it when in Ireland. To give you an idea, here are 15 things to do in Londonderry.

15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

1.  Walkthrough Irish history in the Walls of Derry

Derry City Walls - things to do in londonderry

The Walls of Derry is one of the most iconic spots in Londonderry. After all, these walls made the city known as the only walled city in Ireland that survived through time. These diamond-shaped defensive walls were built in the 1610s to protect the city from the English and Scottish colonists.

It also stood strong amidst the 105-day siege during the Williamite War in 1689. The walls can be stretched 1.6 kilometers in total, is 26 feet high, and approximately 30 feet wide. It can be seen straddling a hill.

Walking through the middle of the wall shows a clear division of the countryside and the Inner City. Before, the walls were closed to the public for decades mainly because it is one of the best spots for snipers.

However, after the city has regained peace, this walled city has become one of the top tourist attractions in Londonderry and one of the best day trips from Belfast. 

Opening Hours

Monday- Saturday – 11:30 am- 1am

Sunday- 12pm -12 am

Contact Information

Address: Bishop St, Londonderry BT48 6PR, UK

Phone: +44 28 7126 7284

Email: info@tourismni.com

2. Understand the story of Derry in the Tower Museum

Tower Museum Londonderry

The Tower Museum is located within the historic walls specifically in Union Hall Palace. It is a historic tower which presents the history of Derry through award-winning exhibits from the prehistoric time until the 1960s.

It also has an exhibit of a local shipwreck in 1588 located in a separate gallery. In this gallery, you can see artifacts from a Spanish Armada ship known as La Trinidad Valencera.

The Museum also has a cinema where you can continue learning the history of Derry during the second half of the 20th century. The presentation talks about the causes and outcomes of the Troubles.

Opening Hours

Monday- Sunday- 10 am-4;30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Tower Museum Union Hall Place Derry  BT48 6LU

Phone: 028 7137 2411

Email:tower.reception@derrystrabane.com

3. Get to know more of the Free Derry Museum

Free Derry Museum Londonderry

As stated earlier, Derry is engulfed with a lot of history and more of it can be seen from the Free Derry Museum.

With over 25,000 artifacts in its exhibits, the Free Derry Museum aims to send a message supporting civil rights and equality. It tells the story about the Battle of the Bogside, Operation Motorman, and Bloody Sunday.

These stories are being supported with letters, posters, photographs and actual footage. The museum opened in 2006 and it has become one of the major resources for schools and colleges all over Ireland and beyond.

The museum also draws visitors from Unionist and Nationalist communities but more importantly, it welcomes everyone who is interested in the history of the city of Derry and its civil rights movement.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Saturday 1.00pm – 4.00pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Sunday 1.00pm – 4 pm (July – Sept)

Last admission 30 minutes before stated closing time.

Admission Fee

Adult £6.00 / Concessionary/Senior £5.00 / Groups (10+) £4.00

Contact Information

Address: Museum of Free Derry,  55 Glenfada Park, Bogside, Derry, BT48

Phone: 028 71 360880

Email: info@museumoffreederry.org

4. Learn the history of the Siege of Londonderry in the Siege Museum

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Siege of Londonderry is another historical event in Ireland that is worth to know. In fact, an extension to the Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall was completed in 2016 to exhibit this 1688 Siege.

Today, it is now called the Siege Museum and Exhibition where you can find exhibitions about the Apprentice Boys of Derry, Orange Order, Women’s Orange, and The Royal Black Institution.

Each of these orders is located in separate rooms where you can find artifacts, videos, and interactive media.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday

10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Sunday

Closed (Group tours available by request)

Admission Fee

£4 per person

Under 12 – Free

Contact Information

Address: 13 Society Street Londonderry BT48 6PJ

Phone: 028 71261219

Email:info@thesiegemuseum.org

5. Cross through the Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge Derry

The Peace Bridge is another symbolic spot in Derry which connects the Unionists and Nationalists as it literally crosses between the waterside and cityside communities in Derry.

As for those who have not known, the Waterside community generally belongs to the Unionists while the Cityside to the Nationalists. The 235-meter bridge was completed in 2011 as a collaboration between AECOM and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Today, it is a popular scene to celebrate New Year in Londonderry.

6. See the beautiful Guildhall building

Guildhall Derry

This beautiful neo-gothic style building is located just outside the city walls and near the Peace Bridge and is totally worth the visit.

Originally built in 1887 by the Honourable Irish Society, the Guildhall is embellished with a beautiful stained glass window, a grand staircase, the main hall organ, and a corridor which altogether adds up to the building’s alluring charm.

Aside from its intriguing history, the Guildhall also faced a major restoration in June 2013 which now results in a multifaceted tourism experience for anyone who wishes to visit the building.

Visiting the Guildhall will introduce you to an exhibit which presents the history of the city during the colonization in the 17th century- also known as the Plantation of Ulster. Because of this, this promising tourist hub has been awarded and recognized by several professional bodies, heritage groups, and construction organizations.

7. Hear a story of romance and tragedy in the Prehen House

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Home of Ireland’s greatest love story, the Prehen House is an 18th century Irish Georgian house located in Prehen, County Londonderry. The house was built in 1740 for Andrew Knox after he married Honoria Tomkins, heiress of Prehen.

Much more of this, the Prehen House is also tied to the story of Mary Ann Knox. Her story was both romance and tragedy where she was accidentally killed during an attempted elopement by John MacNaghten, the landowner.

As a punishment for this accident, MacNaghten was executed and hanged for his crime. Although the house is still privately owned, tourists and visitors are also welcome to visit to hear this tale and appreciate the views of Derry and the Foyle River.

Contact Information

Address: Prehen Park, Derry, Londonderry, BT47 2PB

Phone: (028) 7134 2829

Email: info@prehenhouse.com

8. Pay respect to St Eugene’s Cathedral

St. Eugene's Cathedral Derry

The Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Derry is no other than St. Eugene’s Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church was built in the second half of the 19th century with a Gothic Revival style.

The enchanting outcome of this project was made possible by the brilliance of its architect, James Joseph McCarthy. The tower of the cathedral is visible in the northwest of the city kissing the edge of Brooke Park.

In the upper section of the bell tower, you can also see a statue of St. Eugene from 1873. McCarthy used a Sardinian granite on the sanctuary floor while the altar is bedazzled with Carrara marbles.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:  

8.00 am, 10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Saturday:  

10.00 am

Contact Information

Address: St. Eugene’s Cathedral Derry City BT48 9AP

Phone: 028 7126 2894/ 028 7136 5712

Email: steugenes@btconnect.com

9. Visit the internationally recognized St Columb’s Cathedral

St_Columb's Cathedral, DerryThis cathedral in the heart of the walled city is the Mother Church of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. The cathedral, built in the early 1630s, has a Northern Irish style known as Planter Gothic.

It is dedicated to St. Columba, an Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in Derry before he was exiled from the country. Parts of this cathedral is recognized as one of the oldest standing monuments in Derry.

The chancel and spire, on the other hand, does not belong to it because it only came in the 19th and 20th century.

10. Take a walk in St Columb’s Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re looking for a place to just chill or maybe have a picnic with your family, the St. Columb’s Park right at the bank of the River Foyle is the perfect hangout spot for you.

You can also go straight to this park if you’re coming from the Peace Bridge. Aside from the greenery and landscape of the park, you can also find a manor house which was built in the 18th century.

This manor house is currently being used for accommodation and conference center. There is also a small cafe on the ground floor for visitors who wants to take some refreshments.

Opening Hours

March to October – Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

November to February (incl) Monday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Open for Services: Sunday 8am-9am, 11am – 12.30pm, 4pm-5pm

Contact Information

Address: 17 London Street Londonderry BT48 6RQ

Phone: 028 7126 7313

Email: stcolumbs@ic24.net

11. Take a quick trip to Ness Country Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ness Country Park, a 55 hectares of greenery, is located on the Banks of River Burntollet just outside the walled city. It consists of seven kilometers of forest and riverside and a vast meadow.

If you dig deep into the heart of the forest, you will be taken to the enchanting Ness waterfall and its set of rapids. Locals advise that the best time to walk in the park is during the spring season where bluebells and wood anemones paint the forest floor with lovely hues.

Ness Country Park is the perfect countryside getaway if you want to take a break from the walled city.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday -9 am – 4pm

Contact Information

Address: 50 Oughtagh Rd, Killaloo, Londonderry BT47 3TR

Email:  info@tourismni.com

12. Snap a pic with the Bogside Murals

Bogside Murals Derry

The Bogside Murals do not only serve as a tourist attraction in Derry but it is also a reminder of its difficult past. This set of 12 large paintings are located in the neighborhood where the Bloody Saturday took place. This historical event resulted in these paintings which aim to champion civil rights.

You can take a guided tour to know the deeper context of these paintings which depicts the Battle of Bogside in 1969, Operation Motorman in 1972, the victims of the Bloody Sunday, and a dove of peace.

13. Add the Free Derry Corner in your ‘Gram

Free Derry Corner

Still located in the Bogside Neighborhood, the Free Derry Corner is a single standing wall which was once the entrance to a self-declared autonomous Nationalist area in Derry.

The message which says “You are now entering Free Derry” was painted by a local activist in 1969 during the early phases of the Troubles.

The wall used to have rows of terrace houses at the background. However, these houses were demolished later on which leaves the wall independently standing as a dual carriageway in the present time.

Beside the wall is a memorial for the victims of the Irish Hunger Strike.

14. Rediscover the charm of the Craft Village

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you have an eye for arts, crafts, and little trinkets, the Craft Village deserves a quick trip. Most of the finds here are of Irish references like Irish dancing costumes, glassware, knitwear, crystal home decorations, candles, and a lot more.

Aside from these, the Craft Village also hosts live performances. To watch these performances, just spot the Canopy and the large iron and glass structure which shelters the stage.

15. Travel through the Derry-Coleraine Railway

The Derry-Coleraine Railway is a 50-kilometer train ride offering one of the most beautiful views in the world. The ride passes through a green landscape of dry-stone walls and basalt hills.

It continues heading towards the coast of Benone Strand before reaching Castlerock. From there, you’ll experience the longest railway tunnels in Ireland which were dug in the 1850s.

The ride ends at Causeway Coast where you’ll most likely recognize several scenes from Game of Thrones.

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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 on 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 center by using the contact information below.

Contact Information

Email: infokillarneyhouse@chg.gov.ie

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 meters. 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: infokillarneyhouse@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353 85 801 7973

4. Pay respect at St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful gothic church at the center 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: killarneycathedral@eircom.net

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 the 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: info@muckross-house.ie

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:  rosscastle@opw.ie

Phone: +353 64 663 5851

8.Torc Waterfall

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 center of Killarney.

It is also one of the best attractions along the Kerry Way and among the best waterfalls to visit in Ireland

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.

Planning a visit to Killarney? Here’s our list of best hotels in town


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Ireland In January: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

Ireland in January can also be a good idea. This usually green state gets another color, as snow covers some of its parts especially in hills, mountains, and forested areas. It is an off-peak season in Ireland but it doesn’t mean there won’t be enough things to see and enjoy.

Dome of Ireland’s parks are especially beautiful during winter, plus there are events that are quite interesting. If you’ll be spending a post-holiday vacation in Ireland, here are a few things to take note of to make your stay worthwhile.

What is the weather like in Ireland in January?

Average Temperature in Ireland in January

The average temperature in Ireland is around 7°C and lows of 3°C in January. 

Rain in Ireland in January

There is 70mm rain over 24 days on average in January. 

Wind in Ireland in January

10 – 16 miles per hour

Sun in Ireland in January

An average of 1-1.5 hours of sunshine every day as Irish skies are usually overcast around this time. 

What should I pack for Ireland in January?

January is considered to be one of the coldest months in Ireland. This tail-end of winter is also expected to have more rain so be sure to pack rain-proof and cold-proof clothes along with you.  Remember that when traveling, there is no such thing as bad weather…but only a poor choice of clothing.

Raincoat – protect yourself from the unpredictable Ireland weather. A good packable raincoat like this Lightweight rain jacket from Amazon will always come in handy when traveling to Ireland in January since it only takes a small portion of your bag.

Rain Boots – ordinary walking shoes will not save you from the wet season so be sure to prepare your rain boots. This Sperry Rain boot looks durable and chic– perfect for trendy female travelers out there.

On the other hand, here’s another pair of rain boots for men. If you’re not planning to do extensive outdoor stuff, be sure to check them out.

Hiking Boots – Planning to do more hiking in January? Be sure to pack a good pair of hiking boots to keep your feet warm and comfortable amidst the cold Ireland weather. This hiking boot from Timberland is a good option.

Waterproof trousers – These waterproof trousers are good to layer on top of your thermal underwear. If you’re planning to pack lightly, check out these pair of trousers for men and women.

Thermal socks – a good pair of thermal socks will also make you feel comfortable walking in the middle of the cold. Check out this unisex thermal socks from Amazon.

You can also check out our Ireland packing list for all season. 

Where you should stay in Ireland in January

Although there are a lot of accommodations in Ireland that will fit any traveler’s budget, nothing beats the experience of staying in castle hotels in Ireland. So here are some of the affordable castle hotels that you can stay in Ireland for the month of January.

Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. A 4-star castle hotel in Cavan situated in a quiet neighborhood in Kingscourt, Cabra Castle Hotel is a mix and match of royalty and modern luxury. Rates start at $162. To book, click here.

A Gothic castle dated from 1209, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is located at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want the unique experience that comes with this castle, better check it out before it’s too late. Also, the rates start at only $110 a night. To book, click here.

Things to do in Ireland in January

1. Feast on Some Irish Food

Feast on Some Irish Food

Have you ever wondered why people tend to eat more during cold seasons? In Ireland, there’s no need to work up an appetite especially if you’re served some of the heartiest and most delicious traditional Irish food.

Warm-up with a giant bowl of Irish stew, or savor some hearty seafood chowder. Try also sone if their spiced beef delicacies and don’t forget to finish your meal with a warm pint of Guinness.

2. Powerscourt Estate and Gardens

powerscourt estate and gardens

There are places in Ireland that are especially beautiful during winter, and Powerscourt Estate is one of them.

Located in County Wicklow, the Powerhouse Estate and Gardens is one of Ireland’s most famous tourists spots, known for its magnificent main houses, gorgeous themed gardens and it even has its own waterfall.

It’s lovely during other times of the year, but Powerscourt just looks magical during winter as most of it gets covered in snow. Make sure you visit, stroll through the grounds and don’t forget to take photos!

3. Temple Bar Tradfest

Temple Bar Tradfest

One of the most iconic parts of Dublin and all of Ireland doesn’t stop partying even in winter. Temple Bar Tradfest is Ireland’s biggest traditional music festival and a must-see for visitors who haven’t heard of traditional Irish songs yet.

The festival lasts for five days during January of each year and features both Irish and international folk and traditional musicians.

4. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way

wild atlantic way

Yes, it is possible to drive the Wild Atlantic Way during winter, just be sure to set out early so you can better enjoy the sights. This stunning coastal route is a must when in Ireland. National Geographic even called it one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches through 2600 kilometers spanning the western coastline— from Malin Head in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork.

You’ll also pass by some of Ireland’s most breathtaking regions like Connemara, Galway, and Kerry.

A must even on January, a winter drive through the Wild Atlantic Way offers unparalleled views of scenic coastlines, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque bays and inlets.

5. Winter by the Coast

blackhead lighthouse

If you’re in Ireland on a January, a must-try is staying at a place that offers amazing seascape views. Check out places like the Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House in County Antrim, or the Temple House out west in County Sligo.

These are both centuries-old structures that offer some of the coziest accommodations and a definite must-do as it offers a unique experience.

6. Watch the Sky During Astrofest

Astrofest is the world’s biggest astronomy festival, and it happens in Ireland every January of each year. It takes place every last week of January, in Galway. The festival has events such as exhibits, film screenings, and talks.

This is a must both for the merely curious and those who are passionate about anything related to space sciences, earth studies, and astrophysics.

7. Stargazing at Ring of Kerry

killarney national park

Watching the skies once the sun is out, while it’s cold outside — in gaps and valleys, forested hills and slopes and even cliffs? Why not?

Ireland’s diverse natural wonders are found in the stunning Ring of Kerry, and it’s a must if you want something different to do. Set against the backdrop of geographical wonders that date back to hundreds or thousands of years, stargazing in Ring of Kerry is a definite must.

Hop on a bus tour or drive there yourself — the sights are are quite magnificent and along with the tiny lights dotting the night sky, it just looks splendid.

8. Northern Lights

Northern Lights

January is among the best months nor just for astronomy festivals or stargazing, bit also for chasing the rather elusive Northern Lights. There’s no need to go to Iceland or Norway to wait for the Aurora Borealis to appear. There’s already plenty of locations in Ireland for nature’s amazing lights display.

Head on to the northwest or northern coastlines of Ireland, such as Donegal, Leitrim, and Mayo where there’s almost zero light pollution. These places are where you’ll most likely see ‘the lights’.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll witness this magical phenomenon right away when you visit, but it’s surely worth a try.

Tours you should do in Ireland in January

 

Practical Tips for Ireland in January

1. Make sure you bring clothes that are suited for cool, wet weather such as an insulated rain jacket, gloves, and a warm hat.

2. When you go out at night, make sure you have with you either a sturdy windproof umbrella or a water-resistant raincoat.

3. The sun doesn’t always shine during winter and skies are mostly overcast and gray. It’s definitely cold so it’s best to dress in layers to keep your body warm.

4. Visit the pubs for some amazing winter treats — fireside storytelling, fresh hot pancakes any time of the day and warm beer.

5. In between planned destinations, take time to stroll through town centers or check out the mountains (such as the Mourne Mountains in County Down, or Croagh Patrick in County Mayo) if they’re close by as they’re especially pretty during winter.

10 Movies Set In Ireland That You Must Watch Before Visiting

Going to Ireland soon? Simply curious about the Emerald Isle? Watching a film is a great way to prepare for a trip to explore the country without leaving home.

This may be a short list, but each film features a part or aspect of Ireland.

From the playful to the strange, here are our top ten movies set in Ireland to watch that’ll make you want to visit. 

10 Movies Set In Ireland That You Must Watch Before Visiting

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1. Calvary (2014)

 

Calvary follows a small-town Irish priest who learned through a confession that someone wants him dead.

A quirky dark comedy, this is one of the most underrated films of 2014. Calvary got rave reviews for its crafty storytelling and memorable performances.

Apart from the intriguing plot, the film also takes viewers to the beautiful Irish countryside.

The story takes place in Easkey town in County Sligo, where a good part of the movie was actually filmed. Calvary also features scenes in Streedagh beach, Ardgillian Castle, and Dublin.

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2. Circle of Friends (1995)

 

Based on Maeve Binchy’s book of the same title, Circle of Friends is a critically acclaimed coming-of-age film. It is about small-town girl Benny, her friends, and the struggles she faced as she goes to college.

It was set in the 1950s, in a fictional town called Knockglen. This was actually the village of Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny where a large part of the film was shot.

Certain scenes were also done at Trinity College in Dublin. The film also allows glimpses in Irish life and culture as well as fantastic views of Dublin, Kilkenny, and Thomastown. 

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3. Into The West (1992)

 

A delightful and fun family film, Into The West, boasts of great performances and a heartwarming story. It is about two brothers who set out on an adventure to the west of Ireland.

Their widowed father, who was known as ‘The King of Irish Travelers’, goes after them and reconnects with his own heritage.

The film was set in the Atlantic coast, do expect breathtaking views of the emerald state as you follow the journey of this family ‘into the west’. 

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4. Leap Year (2010)

 

The romantic comedy Leap Year might as well double as a tourism campaign for Ireland.

Apart from the story, one can’t help but follow where the next scenes will take them. The movie is about Anna, who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day or February 29.

Apparently, Irish legend says that Leap Day proposals a Yes.

However, on the days leading to that day, something unexpected happens. She’s not quite sure about her original plans anymore.

See if you’ll recognize where in Ireland certain scenes were filmed. You’ll most likely recognize Dublin and Temple Bar.

The breathtaking scenery of Aran Islands, Connemara, County Galway, County Mayo, Wicklow National Park, and Olaf Street in Waterford were also featured. 

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5. Michael Collins (1996)

 

The gripping 1996 film Michael Collins offers a dose of Ireland’s history. It was set particularly during the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

The film is based on the life of Michael Collins, an Irish patriot and revolutionary. The story is quite gripping, a definite must-watch whether you like history or simply want to see a good film set in Ireland.

It also features stellar performances from Liam Neeson as Michael Collins himself and the late great Alan Rickman as the villain De Valera.

Much of the film was done with either Dublin or the Wicklow Mountains, offering a great backdrop to the compelling story. 

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6. Once (2007)

 

Filmed in Dublin, this romance musical is about two struggling musicians who fell in love. It’s another of those critically acclaimed films that even got nominated to various award-giving bodies.

Its theme song ‘Falling Slowly’ won the Oscars for Best Original Song. Once also had a Tony-award winning stage version.

While watching the film, viewers will easily spot Grafton Street in Dublin. It was said that the filming budget was so tight then that they couldn’t even get permits.

There were even scenes where pedestrians weren’t aware that they’re being filmed. The result is a film that’s authentic and heartfelt. 

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7. P. S. I Love You (2007)


Both a heartbreaking and hopeful film, P.S. I Love You is a recent classic.

Whether you’re into love stories or simply fascinated with Ireland, this is a lovely film to watch. P.S. I Love You follows the journey of a young widow who received mysterious letters from her dead husband.

The letters were apparently written by the deceased to help her cope with the loss.

She was instructed to go to Ireland and that’s where all the fun took place. The film features breathtaking scenery, and practically the best of Ireland.

Viewers will see glimpses of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Blessington Lakes and The Sally Gap in County Wicklow. 

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8. Sing Street (2016)

 

Another musical set in Dublin but with a younger cast and vibe is Sing Street. This was also directed by the same guy who did Once, John Carney.

Expect more great music and compelling performances from its young actors.

The story is about Conor, a Dublin teenager. He wanted to Impress the girl he likes so he started up a band.

Throughout the film, viewers might recognize certain Dublin attractions. There are also parts filmed in St. Catherine’s Park, and Dalkey Island.

Sing Street is another darling of the critics, and if you want to watch, it’s still streaming on Netflix. 

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9. The Young Offenders (2016)

 

A film inspired by the biggest cocaine seizure in Ireland back in 2007, The Young Offenders is currently streaming on Netflix.

The story is about two Irish teens who stole bikes and set out to find a huge cocaine shipment. The shipment was worth 7 million euros and said to have gone missing after a ship capsized in West Cork.

Most films in this list have scenes filmed in Dublin, but The Young Offenders gives glimpses of County Cork, particularly the Southwest part. 

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10. Waking Ned Devine (1998)

 

Set in a fictional Irish Town, this fun film follows two elderly best friends.

They just discovered that someone in their tiny town won the lottery, and wanted to find out if he’s in a sharing mood.

However, they both got a strange surprise when they visited his house. The rest of the town now has to get involved, too. The film location was mainly on the Isle of Man, in the Irish Coast. 

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15 Best Hotels in Portlaoise, Ireland

Portlaoise hailed as the fastest-growing largest town in Ireland, is situated in the South Midlands in Leinster province.

This country town has a flourishing tourism industry where you can find an 800-year old hilltop castle in Dunamase, historical sites, parks, and lots of things to do. Portlaoise is definitely a great addition to your Ireland itinerary.

If you want to give it a shot, here are 15 best hotels in Portlaoise to get you started.

best hotels in Portlaoise

Budget Hotels in Portlaoise

Maher’s B&B Portlaise

Flying from the busy Dublin Airport? You should be eyeing for Maher’s B&B as your home away from home in Ireland if you want decent accommodation that will fit your tight budget. Rated as the best value accommodation in Ireland, Maher’s B&B is a good choice.

Why it’s good?

Maher’s B&B has a variety of rooms that will fit any group of travelers. It is close to Ballyhyland Cross Country Equestrian Center which is perfect for travelers who fancy horses. The hotel has free wifi and free parking perks for its guests. Guests who want to chill can also stay in the outdoor lounge where they can take a good view of the countryside scenery surrounding the hotel.

Rate per night

You can book a room for $51 per person with free exceptional breakfast already.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Portlaoise Rathleague, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

No available data

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another decent budget accommodation 1 kilometer from Portlaoise is the Killeshin Hotel. This promising hotel offers a hot tub, an indoor pool, a gym, and free parking.

Why it’s good?

If you fancy Large LCD TVs and large work desks, you will find these if you book a room in the Killeshin Hotel. Its bathroom is also fully equipped with the essentials. You can also enjoy the hotel’s Zest Health Club where you can spend an afternoon at the sauna and steam room. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Cedarooms bistro and bar has European cuisine made from local produce and a wide selection of drinks.

Rate per night

You can get double or twin rooms from $141.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.5 Very Good

Location

Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 863 1200

How to book

For the latest rate,click here.

Ivyleigh House

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ivyleigh House is a Georgian house located between Main Street and the railway station. This budget-friendly hotel is known for its elegant bed and breakfast accommodation.

Why it’s good?

You will surely find comfort if you stay in Ivyleigh House. Guests mostly love the clean and squeaky rooms in the hotel. Each room also comes with a TV, an alarm clock, a tea set, and a coffee maker. The bathroom also has a good shower facility for guests to enjoy at the end of the day. The location of the hotel is close to Slieve Blooms Mountain, The Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden, and Portlaoise Golf Club.

Rate per night

You can enjoy a night at this hotel for $115.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Church Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 2081

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel is located in Abbeyleix town where guests can conveniently explore County Laois- including Portlaoise. If you’re looking for a 3-star hotel with great service, this hotel is perfect for you.

Why it’s good?

This hotel takes pride in its cozy and relaxing en suite bedrooms. There is a full Irish breakfast served to its guests every day. For dinner, guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal in Manor Bar and perhaps grab a couple of drinks to end the night too. Guests can also dine at Old Oak Restaurant every Saturday if they prefer 3-course meals.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $66 per night without breakfast and $90 per night with breakfast.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.5 Very Good

Location

Cork Road, R32 VE24 Abbeyleix, Ireland

Phone

(057) 873 0311

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Midlands Park Hotel

Strategically located in the heart of Portlaoise, Midlands Park Hotel is a 4-star accommodation close to the shopping district of the town. Enjoy a relaxing night with this hotel while being mindful of your bank account.

Why it’s good?

Midlands Park Hotel offers free wifi, guest access to its fitness and health club, and a good range of restaurant options. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s 22 m pool, the kids club, sauna steam room, and the jacuzzi. There are also various beauty treatments offered in the hotel’s spa. Dining in the Midlands Park Hotel is also a pleasure. There are three dining options guests can choose from– Kelly’s Steakhouse, Trio Restaurant, and The Charter Bar.

Rate per night

Double or Twin room costs $104 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Jessop Street, R32 KV20 Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 867 8588

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Midrange Hotels in Portlaoise

Kavanaghs Bar & Venue Townhouse

This townhouse is serving excellent city views and free wifi. Not only that guests can visit lots of exciting places from this apartment, so if you don’t want to miss all the fun be sure to check this out.

Why it’s good?

This apartment is located across Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue where guests can accommodate 2 bedrooms with up to 5 single beds available. You can find its bathrooms equipped with state of the art furniture and stylish finish.

Rate per night

The apartment costs $281 per night which can fit up to 5 persons.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.2 Superb

Location

82 Main Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 1744

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Killenard Apartments

Located just outside Portlaoise, Killenard Apartments should be added to your list of midrange apartments if you’re going to Portlaoise. It is one of the highly recommended accommodations from guests visiting the town.

Why it’s good?

The Killenard Apartments in The Heritage Resort in Killenard consists of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments. It also features a golf course, a walking trail, and a restaurant. Each apartment has its own entertainment set and comfortable beds.

Rate per night

You can find an apartment which can fit up to 6 persons for $167 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)9.5 Exceptional
Location

Killenard Tirhogar Drive, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

(057) 864 7101

How to book

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Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Another beautiful property recommended to tourists traveling to Portlaoise is the Roundwood House in Mountrath. If you fancy the countryside vibes, you will surely love being here.

Why it’s good?

Roundwood House is situated at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. It offers authentic Irish hospitality since this house is hailed as one of the historic homes in Ireland. Guests can enjoy rooms with en suite bathroom and a beautiful garden view. A full Irish breakfast is also offered which is already included in the room rates.

Rate per night

A two-person room costs $208.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.4 Superb

Location

Mountrath, Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ireland

Phone

(057) 873 2120

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is located off the junction 17 of M7 motorway. It is also a 5-minute drive from the town center. If you’re looking for budget accommodation close to the town center, you should consider adding Maldron Hotel Portlaoise in your list.

Why it’s good?

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is situated in the beautiful countryside in Portlaoise. There are so many outdoor activities near the hotel that a lot of guests will enjoy. The hotel itself is already a deal-breaker too. Its bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with showers and satellite TVs. Guests also have full access to the hotel’s gym where they can take advantage of the sauna, steam room, and hot tub after a sweaty workout. If you want to relax and pamper yourself, the gym also offers various massages and beauty treatments. Maldron’s bar and restaurant also offer sumptuous treats for the guests.

Rate per night

Double Rooms start at $136 per night while the superior family rooms start at $158.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

8.4 Very Good

Location

Togher Roundabout, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 869 5900

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

O’Loughlins Hotel

O'Loughlins Hotel

Located in Mainland, Portlaoise, O’Loughlins Hotel is not difficult to access. This boutique style hotel is worth every cent if you’re visiting Portlaoise.

Why it’s good?

Not only because if its en suite bathroom, but guests also love this hotel because of its friendly staff and great breakfast options. The location of the hotel is also in the heart of town where you can easily visit tourist spots like the Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want some exciting indoor activities, the Dunamaise Arts Center and Supershot Paintballing are just a few minute drives.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $135 per night with a good breakfast included.

Average review rating (from booking.com)8.1 Very Good
Location

Main Street, Portlaoise, Ireland

Phone

(057) 862 1305

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Hotels in Portlaoise

The Ballesteros Penthouses Killenard

Situated within The Heritage Golf Resort, The Ballesteros Penthouses offers a wide range of awesome facilities. Guests who have been in Portlaoise also recommend this place if you’re looking for luxury hotels.

Why it’s good?

The rooms are excellent in this hotel. Each of them is equipped with luxurious designs and furniture for every guest’s comfort. There’s also a walking/running track and a tennis court in the vicinity of the hotel.

Rate per night

Rooms cost $221 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Killenard, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

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How to book

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The K Club

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The hand-painted bathrooms in this hotel are worth checking out. Located in Straffan, this 5-star hotel is the fancy accommodation you ever wished for.

Why it’s good?

Rooms in K Club have an excellent view of the River Liffey. Aside from this, guests can also avail the luxurious services in K Club like the indoor swimming pool, gym, private spa baths, and hot tubs. You can also find an on-site hair salon. Lots of activities can be enjoyed here too. There’s archery, tennis, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, and fishing.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $383 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Straffan, Straffan, Ireland

Phone

(031) 601 7200

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luttrellstown Castle Resort

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This Castle Resort offers exclusive access to its 560-acres estate for 24 guests only. No wonder why it is hailed as one of the top spots by tourists who have traveled in Portlaoise.

Why it’s good?

Luttrellstown Castle Resort has hands-on staff and private chefs who are excellent in customer service. The hotel has 12 rooms in total, a library, billiard room, and bar. The outdoor view of the hotel is also perfect for strolling. The meals prepared by private chefs are a combination of modern and traditional Irish cuisine.

Rate per night

You can find rooms from $6,300 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

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Location

Castleknock, Luttrellstown, Ireland

Phone

(0) 1 86 09 600

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Kilkea Castle

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another castle hotel enjoyed by travelers in Portlaoise, Kilkea Castle is popular for its bar and superb breakfast that you definitely should not miss.

Why it’s good?

You can find a variety of room with a great outdoor view. The rooms are well maintained and equipped with all sorts of furniture and electronics. Guests can go fishing or golfing too.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $255 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.0 Superb

Location

Kilkea Demesne Kilkea Castle, Kilkea, Ireland

Phone

(059) 914 5600

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Heritage Killenard

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This 5-star accommodation is very rare to book so you’re probably in luck if you can reserve a room in this hotel. Also one of the top hotels in Ireland, The Heritage Killenard is worth a try.

Why it’s good?

The Heritage Killenard has a lot of on-site features that a lot of guests love. There’s a leisure center, an award-winning spa, a private garden, and an on-site restaurant.

Rate per night

You can find rooms for $208 per night.

Average review rating (from booking.com)

9.1 Superb

Location

Windmill Terrace, Killenard, Ireland

Phone

(057) 864 5500

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.


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9 Best Golf Courses In Ireland That You Must Visit

Known as the emerald isle, Ireland’s diverse and dramatic landscapes make it an ideal canvass for designing golf courses.

Over the past century,  the country has seen the establishment of golf courses. With most of them set in unique locations such as woodlands and clifftops, Ireland’s golf courses are also considered as among the best in the world.

Whether you’re a golf enthusiast or not, consider a golf course tour of Ireland. It is a unique and inspiring way to discover majestic landscaped courses. It is also a chance to discover more of this beautiful country.

However, even if you’re not in an official or planned golf course tour, you might want to visit some of these awesome places.

Here are some of the best and most beautiful golf courses in Ireland. 

9 Best Golf Courses In Ireland That You Must Visit

1. Adare Manor, Co. Limerick

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The restoration of the picturesque Adare Manor was a project of its new owner, J.P. McManus. He is an Irish businessman and owner of one of the most successful stables in the history of horseracing.

He was also recently responsible for the $250 million renovations of the Adare Manor, which includes a Tom Fazio remodeling of the golf course.

The fairytale-like landscape of Adare Manor complements its parkland golf, which has the reputation of a championship course.

It has played host to a number of tournaments and regarded as one of the best golf courses in Ireland. 

2. Ballybunion Golf Club, Co. Kerry

Ballybunion Golf Club

Located on the Northwest coast of County Kerry, Ballybunion Golf Club boasts of two incredible courses.

One is the North Kerry Links, which is a globally recognized brand. The other is the Old Course, which adds a distinct experience of its own.

The Ballybunion Golf Club has breathtaking views of the ocean and considered as among the top golf courses not only in Ireland but all over the world.

This golf course has narrow fairways, steep slopes, and tough grass, yet even the best golfers think its unique and rather challenging. 

3. Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in the Tullagh Point in  Innishowen Peninsula’s Atlantic edge, Ballyliffin Golf Club is the most northerly golf course in Ireland.

Just like the Ballybunion Golf Club in Kerry, Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal is made of two stunning links courses.

These are the Old Links and Glashedy Links, both known as among the best golf courses in Ireland. Ballyliffin has played host to prestigious tournaments.

These include the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open, the Ladies Irish Open and the North West of Ireland Open. 

4. Lahinch Golf Club, Co. Clare

Lahinch Golf Club

The name Lahinch came from the Irish word Leithinsi, which means ‘half an island’. The village dates back to the 18th century, while golf here started around 1892. 

The Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare has ranked No. 41 in the Top 100 Courses in the World.

This course is located next to a charming surfing town, and quite a lovely place to visit if you’re doing a golf course tour in Ireland.

It is often referred to as the  “St. Andrews” of Ireland,”. Lahinch’s two principal designers were so significantly connected to St. Andrews, namely Old Tom Morris (1893) and Alister MacKenzie (1927).

It is said to be among the most enchanting places to play golf. Lahinch Golf Club gets high praises for its distinctly rugged and varied landscape. 

5. Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet in Kilkenny opened its door to golfers in 1991.

The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, and known not just in Ireland but all over the world. It is situated in lush Irish woodland, in the rolling pastures of the east.

Mount Juliet, gets high praises even from Tiger Woods, who said, it has ” perfect fairways” and the “best greens we’ve putted on all year”.

Mount Juliet has in the past, hosted three Irish Open tournaments.

6. Old Head Golf Links, Co. Cork

old head golf course

Set in County Cork, Old Head Golf Links is considered as a bucket-list experience when golfing in Ireland. It is situated on a rugged headland just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

The setting is rather challenging – with its extreme weather conditions and location along the jagged coast. It’s best to take note of the weather before going here, though.

One can easily slip and fall soon as the wind blows at 60 miles per hour while trying to approach a shot. 

Still, Old Head is regarded not just as one of the best, but also among the most beautiful golf courses.  It was designed by the iconic John O’Connor and considered as a must experience among avid golfers. 

7. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Co. Dublin

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located on the outskirts of Dublin is another golf course by the coast. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is set on a picturesque beachfront. It is also prone to unpredictable coastal winds.

This, along with the rugged fairways, testing roughs, and challenging bunkers make playing here quite an extraordinary experience.

Considered as a championship course, the layout of Portmarnock Golf Links is among the most unique in the world.

It has hosted tournaments such as the 2019 Amateur Championship, the 1991 Walker Cup as well as 19 Irish Opens, including the first-ever Irish Open in 1927. 

8. The Royal Dublin Golf Club

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Royal Dublin Golf Club is the second oldest in Ireland. It was established in 1885 and still known as one of Ireland’s best golf courses.

It is situated in the North Bull Island, a UNESCO protected site. The Royal Dublin Golf Club boasts of fantastic views of the Irish capital and stunning coastal landscape. 

9. Tralee Golf Club, Co. Kerry

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another of the best golf courses in Ireland that’s in County Kerry is the Tralee Golf Club.

It was established in 1984 and designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer in Tralee. It’s one of those golf courses where playing can be quite an experience.

The landscape boasts of stunning cliff top tees, unparalleled views, and traditional seaside golf links. The Tralee Golf Club scenery was beautifully captured in ‘Ryan’s Daughter’, a 1970 Academy Award-winning movie. 

 

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