10 Things to Do in Ireland

10 Things to Do in Ireland
Ireland is one of the most scenic and historic places to visit in Europe. With history dating back to nearly 8000 B.C. Ireland has had years to develop remarkable natural and cultural sights. Plan to spend at least one day in each of these remarkable locales.

Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral

While it is unusual for a city to have two cathedrals, Dublin has both Christ Church, which is the cathedral for the Dublin diocese and St. Patrick's, which is the National Cathedral. Both are remarkable and are worth a visit.

Christ Church Cathedral
353 1 677 8099
cccdub.ie

St. Patrick's Cathedral
353 1 453 9472
stpatrickscathedral.ie

Literary Pub Crawl

Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin's pubs as you learn about the lives and times of Irish authors. Some notable writers are James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett.

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
353 1 6705602
www.dublinpubcrawl.com

Guinness Storehouse

Home to the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse, there is also an informative museum in the storehouse. After your tour enjoy a free pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar whose glass walls provide a 360-degree view of Dublin.

Guinness Storehouse
St. James's Gate
Dublin 8
353 1 408 4800
www.guinness-storehouse.com

Waterford Crystal Factory

Celebrated as one of the foremost producers of crystal in the world, a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory is a must. See up close the blowing, cutting and finishing processes that lead to glistening crystal products.

Waterford Crystal
Kilbarry
County Waterford
353 51 332500
www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

Blarney Castle

Just outside of Cork you will find the beautiful grounds of the Blarney Castle. Here you can (with the assistance of guards) kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to provide its visitors with "the gift of gab."

Blarney Castle
Blarney
County Cork
353 21 4385252
blarneycastle.ie

Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula is renowned for its scenic coastlines and seascapes. Located in the southwest of Ireland the best way to experience this area is by tour bus or car.

Dingle Peninsula Tourism
Dingle
County Kerry
dingle-peninsula.ie

Killarney National Park

Muckross Estate and Ross Castle are just two of the many wonders in Killarney National Park. Located in the southwestern corner of Ireland this park has waterfalls, lakes, hiking and sightseeing; there's something for everyone.

Killarney National Park
Killarney
County Kerry
353 1 8882000
www.killarneynationalpark.ie

Eyre Square

A young and vibrant city, Galway is home to the National University of Ireland, Galway. Spend an afternoon enjoying a picnic and people watching in Eyre Square, the city's hub.

Eyre Square
Galway
County Galway
353 91 568302
www.eyresquarecentre.com

Cliffs of Moher

Located on the west coast of the island, the Cliffs of Moher rise roughly 400 feet directly out of the ocean. These cliffs are best viewed by boat to truly experience their majesty.

Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience
Cliffs of Moher
County Clare
353 (0)65 7086141
cliffsofmoher.ie

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is an amazing natural feature on the coasts of Northern Ireland. Hexagonal basalt columns fit together to make what appear to be very large stepping stones.

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre 

Bushmills 

County Antrim
028 20 731855
giantscausewaycentre.com

Article Written By Emily Crespin

Emily Crespin manages logistics for a wilderness education program in the Colorado Rockies. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology and a Master's in communications and public relations. Crespin has been a freelance writer and technical editor since 2008.

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