Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is widely known for its unique beautiful natural landscapes, rocky shores, and colorful flower carpets. The natural beauty of the country is complemented by hundreds of man-made historical sites and modern monuments. Things to see in Ireland are almost countless: apart from natural sites, there are castles, cathedrals, and charming cities that preserve the spirit of the medieval Ireland.

There’s no need to explain how wonderful and authentic Ireland is: facts and history of this country will prove it in the most effective way. Everything in this country is magnificent, from the old Irish language to the natural wonders of the world. So take your time learning more about the best places to visit in Ireland!

Dublin

Our list of places to visit in Ireland starts with its capital, Dublin. Dublin is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Europe. Guests from all over the world are attracted by numerous historical sites, especially the Trinity College, a functioning educational institution with a thousand-year history that is housed in a beautiful Victorian building. This is where the Celtic Book is kept, which is the most ancient Christian manuscript. Another interesting and well-known Ireland tourist attraction is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

If you are looking for the top hotels in Ireland, we highly recommend you to check accommodation in Dublin. For example, RIU Plaza The Gresham Dublin will gladly provide you with a great room in the very city center.

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Giant’s Causeway

If you keep wondering what to see in Ireland, then check one of the most extraordinary places in this country: the Giant’s Causeway. It is located in Southern Ireland near the Antrim Mountains. It was formed after the volcano eruption as the lava created thousands of basalt columns that look like black pipes.

The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most iconic Ireland’s points of interest. It is located just between the mountain slopes and the sea. The Giant’s Causeway rises 6-12 meters above the water surface and consists of approximately 40,000 columns. By the way, here is a very interesting fact about Irish culture: the Giant’s Causeway was deified by the ancient Celts who mentioned it in their religion and folklore.

Blarney Castle

Among the best Ireland’s places to visit, one of the most recommended ones is definitely the Blarney Castle, the most famous castle of the Irishmen. This is not just a popular tourist attraction, but also one of the national symbols of the history of Ireland. By the way, in the Blarney Castle you will also find the famous Blarney stone. A person who dares to kiss it is believed to gain an unprecedented eloquence.

If you are looking for the best castles to stay in Ireland, then, unfortunately, staying in the Blarney Castle is impossible. However, you should check the 5-star Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel that might help you feel the most luxurious and royal!

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Cliffs of Moher

For those who wonder where to go in Ireland, we recommend checking another outside attraction. The Cliffs of Moher is another unique natural site of Ireland that is situated in County Claire. This is a long series of almost identical rectangular coastal cliffs; they all rise 200 meters above sea level. There is a viewing platform that you can use to enjoy the sights. The Cliffs of Moher are crucial to Ireland’s tourism and image.

As the legend says, after the Christianity reached the shores of Ireland and the Celtic druids lost their respect and power, they jumped from these cliffs to kill themselves. The name “Moher” comes from the Irish language. In particular, the Irish word “Mhothair” means “the ruins”.

Newgrange

Another thing you should definitely see is beauty and mystery of the Newgrange in County Meath. The Newgrange was built more than 5,000 years ago. It is 500 years older than the Egyptian pyramids and 1,000 years older than the Stonehenge. There’s no doubt that it is one of the best places to visit in Ireland.

It is a passage tomb that consists of a circular mound and inner stone chambers. From the outside, a narrow corridor leads you right into a burial chamber. Inside of the mound, there is darkness all year round. The burial chamber is illuminated by the sunlight only once a year, on the December, 21st. The Newgrange is widely referenced in the Celtic mythology.

Connemara National Park

The last attraction in our list of things to do and see in Ireland is the Connemara National Park. It is located in County Galway and considered to be the focal point of natural beauty, culture and ancient traditions of the country. The park looks like a picturesque combination of valleys, mountains, lakes, swamps, gray stones, blooming heaths, forests and meadows.

The stone walls surrounding the narrow winding paths became the symbol of the West Ireland. Actually, if you are interested in Irish history facts, here is an interesting one. Back then, the stones were scattered everywhere across the lands of Ireland. So the Irish people removed them all to clear the ground and built the walls along the roads. Such walls can be seen in the West Ireland up to this day.

Are you looking for the best places to stay in Ireland near the Connemara National Park? Then check out the Letterfrack Lodge hostel! It is very comfortable to spend the night in!

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