Top Ten Best Places to Visit In Ireland

Ahh, Ireland. The home of green fields, shaggy livestock, castles, cliffs, Guinness, and some of the friendliest people anywhere in the world. Ireland is truly a magical place, with something to offer everyone. There’s rich history, beautiful architecture, stunning nature, and for an Island, more things to do and see than you’d believe until you got there. And surprisingly good food.

The Top Ten

1 Dublin Dublin

There are specifics in Dublin, or course, but with so much to do in Ireland, even if you just walk around Dublin, it’s a sight to see. The city has an old feel, with lots of stone, and a large, beautiful park. Dublin felt like no where else in the world has felt to me. Not too crowded or dirty like some of the place in Italy or Spain, but it somehow felt just as old. Not run down, but solid, rock old. But even without naming specifics, it’s easy to spend a lot of time in Dublin, sightseeing, eating, or just walking, taking it all in.

2 Spike Island
3 Tayto Park
4 Dublin Zoo
5 The Guinness Storehouse

Located in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is a place you just can’t miss if you’ve made it all the way to the Emerald Isle. You get to see how and where Guinness is made, which is a really incredible experience, and after the tour, you get taken to the top of the storehouse, with a lovely view of all Dublin laid out before you, and you get a pint of Guinness, poured from the sources, included in the tour. Even if you don’t think you’re a Guinness Fan, Take the pint, you won’t regret it. But here’s the best part of the Storehouse; the restaurant. Oh my goodness, the food we had at the restaurant there is some of the best I’ve ever had, with delicious, dark Guinness bread is served to your table, and we ate every crumb. I had the bacon and mash with cabbage, and it was to die for. A more traditional Irish meal, done to perfection. We also got the dessert sampler, which was fab, but that meal ended up being the best meal I had in Ireland, which is saying something.

6 St. Patrick’s Cathedral
7 Blarney Castle

The Blarney stone is sort of a touristy thing, but the castle and area itself are beautiful, with lots of flower gardens, and a lot of history. Blarney Castle is about 600 years old, and of course, made famous by the above mentioned Blarney Stone.

8 Trinity College
9 The Cliffs of Moher

One of the most iconic images of Ireland is the Cliffs of Moher. Sheer cliffs give a stunning view of the ocean. You can see goats and puffins climbing the cliffs, and you can see everything even better once you climb Brian’s Tower.

Adorable hobbit hole type shops dot the hillside on your way into the visitors center, and shopping in them is a fun experience.

10 Aran Islands

The Contenders

11 Fota Island
12 Ring of Kerry
13 Kilmainham Gaol
14 Dun Aengus
15 Galway
16 The Rock of Cashel
17 Giant's Causeway Giant's Causeway
18 Baar, Kilfenora
19 National Museum of Ireland
20 National Wax Museum Dublin
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