Ireland sightseeing is one of the best ways to develop your Irish side. Here we will share some of our favorite sights to see on the Emerald Isle, from the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to the rich history of Blarney Castle to the natural beauty of the Giant's Causeway and more. The good news is – travel is NOT required (although it is very highly recommended :-)!
Here is a partial list of the 81 Ireland attractions you will find below!
Read on to learn about these - plus 23 more - must-see sights in Ireland. In addition you will find our "10 most secret" Ireland attractions and 43 Best Irish Castles!
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Before we begin, let's take a moment to set the stage.
You can get all the information you could possibly want about Ireland sightseeing just by searching the internet. So rather than sharing the same information you can find anywhere, we will instead share ideas for expressing your personal Irish side through these amazing Irish attractions, wherever in the world you happen to be.
Then we will, of course, point you to where you can find more detailed information if you want it. I'll be your virtual tour guide. Sound interesting? Let's go!
This stunning natural attraction in County Clare is one of the most photographed locations in Ireland and one of the best things to see on an Ireland sightseeing tour. Show the Cliffs with a picture like this one facing northward along the coastline with O'Brien's Tower in the distance. Tell how the Cliffs of Moher were hilariously re-dubbed the "Cliffs of Insanity" in the American film, The Princess Bride.
Click on the image for more information, pictures and tips on the best ways to enjoy this lovely Irish landmark.
Another iconic stop on any Ireland sightseeing tour, Blarney Castle in County Cork offers beautiful scenery, magical history, and - of course - the world famous Blarney Stone, otherwise known as the Stone of Eloquence . Show picture of the lovely Castle grounds. Tell about what happens when you actually kiss the Blarney Stone (hint: you aren't standing up when you do it).
Click on the image for pictures, information, and tips on how to enjoy Blarney Castle.
Pictures definitely DO justice to these amazing basalt columns in County Atrim, which stretch mysteriously toward Scotland from the coast of Northern Ireland. Show a picture of perfectly formed columns fading into the distance. Tell the story of Finn MacCool and his epic effort to build a stone bridge to Scotland.
Click on the image for more information on the incredible Giant's Causeway!
Proudly displayed in the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, this Book is 680 pages long (and unfinished) and over 1200 years old. Show a beautiful picture of the Long Hall in the Old Library where it is housed (photos of the Book itself are not permitted). Tell how (and why) most important stories were told in pictures (most people at the time were not able to read the written word).
Do not miss the amazing book of Kells. Click the picture for more information and tips on how to enjoy it!
Older than the pyramids in Egypt, this amazing passage tomb in County Meath is world heritage site and a testament to the ingenuity of ancient times. Show a picture of its massive facade. Tell how the best time to visit is Winter Solstice, when the main chamber is illuminated by the sun through a perfectly designed roof-box.
I KNOW - hard to believe. If you would like to know more, click on the image.
This ancient monastery ruin is marked by a simple sign on the M6 traveling west from Dublin in County Offaly and was once a center of religious learning, culture and trade. Show pictures of numerous beautiful arches and High Crosses. Tell the story of how the young founder of the monastery met Diarmait Ui Cerbaill who assisted in its construction and eventually became the first Christian king of Ireland.
Click on the image to add this fascinating landmark to your Ireland sightseeing tour.
Billed as the oldest pub in Dublin City, Brazen Head is an easy choice (at least for us) as one of the must-see locations on any Ireland tour (virtual or otherwise :-). Share pictures of its beautiful facade or (with permission of course) its patrons enjoying Irish meals and live music. Tell how the Pub's innumerable famous patrons include James Joyce and Garth Brooks.
Want to know more? Click on the image!
This famous fortress in County Tipperary was the traditional home of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years and is now one of the top sights in Ireland. Show pictures of its 13th century cathedral, visible on the scenic route from Dublin to Cork. Tell of the famous legend which holds the Rock was created when the Devil heaved a gigantic stone at his adversaries.
Click on the image for pictures and interesting facts about the imposing Rock of Cashel.
This small island off the coast in County Kerry is famous for its well-preserved Christian Monestary and for the puffins that breed on the island in the summer. Show a picture of the steps carved into the hillside leading up to the monastery. Tell your friends how it was featured in the 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Click on the image to learn much more about this famous island.
The northernmost tip of County Kerry makes our list of Ireland sights to see, because it is one of the best places on the island to experience 'traditional' Ireland. Show a picture of the crucifix that marks the tip of the peninsula. Tell how Dingle has been featured in multiple Hollywood films including Far and Away starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Most of all, the Peninsula is beautiful. Click the image to find out why!
There are three Aran Islands located off the beaten path in Galway Bay, County Galway, off the west coast of Ireland. Show pictures of the vast network of stone walls presumably constructed to contain livestock and define property lines. Tell how the famous Aran sweater is perfectly constructed for coastal weather and contains patterns rich in cultural symbolism.
One of the best ways to experience this popular attraction is by ferry, tap here for one of the best services.
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry in Southwest Ireland. Show a picture of the incredible Cliffs of Kerry. Tell the story of Ross Castle, a historic 15th-century structure in the middle of Ring, where it is said an Irish Chieftan rises from his underwater slumber every seven years astride a magnificent white steed.
Check out this terrific piece for more on one of the top sights in Ireland!
This harbor city sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean in County Galway and is famous for its friendly locals and many festivals which frequently include traditional Irish music. Show a photo of the Claddagh Ring Statue located at the entrance to the colorful Claddagh neighborhood. Tell the heartwarming love story of how the Claddagh symbol originated.
You can find much more Galway City information here.
This old prison on the west side of Dublin was constructed in 1796 and is famous for housing some of the most notorious criminals in Irish history. Show pictures of the impressive staircases in the Gaol. Tell the story of the executions that took place there during the Easter Uprising in 1916.
This Dublin brewery experience is famous for many things, including certifying its patrons as 'pouring experts' during their visit! Show panoramic views of Dublin taken from the vantage point of Gravity Bar where you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff. Tell friends how the glass atrium (shaped like a giant pint of Guinness) would actually hold 14 million pints if filled!
Go here for more information about the amazing Guinness Storehouse, one of the top sights to see in Ireland.
This amazing park in the southwest part of the Island in County Kerry is famous for its picturesque mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Show pictures of the rugged Gap of Dunloe including (if you're lucky) the horse-drawn carriages that serve as transportation through the Gap. Tell the story of the Banshee of Muckross House, the Tudor-style mansion at the heart of the national park.
Go here for more information about one of the best sights in Ireland.
This granite mountain range is located in County Down in southeast Northern Ireland and is famous for the Mourne Wall which spans 22 miles of mountain peaks. Show pictures of the amazing Wall, which took over 18 years to build. Tell friends and family that these mountains inspired the Chronicles of Narnia and were a filming location for Game of Thrones.
Find more information at the official website here.
Located in southwest Ireland, County Kerry, the Iveragh Peninsula is the land mass encircled by the famous Ring of Kerry. Show pictures of the Ladies View (Kilarney's beautiful lakes). Tell anyone who will listen that the highest point in Ireland is on the Peninsula, in a mountain range with the wonderful name of MacGillycuddy's Reeks (yep, it's a thing).
Find more information about the Iveragh Peninsula here.
This historic castle is located in Dublin's city center, County Dublin, and was constructed on the site of an early Viking settlement. Show a picture contrasting the medieval look of the Castle with the modern city in which it resides. Tell the story of how it was captured by 25 Irish Citizen Army members during the Easter Uprising.
Learn more interesting facts about Dublin Castle here.
Located at the center of Killarney National Park in County Kerry, this beautiful building is famous for hosting Queen Victoria in 1861. Show an image of the stately Muckross Abbey Cloister. Tell about the resident craftsmen and women who demonstrate weaving, bookbinding, pottery and other traditional crafts.
Find much more information about the Muckross House here.
A boisterous pedestrian street and a fixture on most Ireland tours, Grafton Street is one of Dublin's premier shopping districts and a key stop on any Ireland sightseeing tour. Show an image of the Street and its traditional pubs bathed in lights during the holiday season. Tell about the excellent restaurants and street performers, which are sure to be a hit with traditional music fans.
Want more information about Grafton Street? Here you go!
This public park in west Dublin is largest city park in Europe and the official home of the President of Ireland. Show pictures of the deer that freely roam the park year-round. Tell the story of Leo the Lion (the mascot of MGM studios) who was born Cairbhe the Lion in Phoenix Park before becoming a global icon.
There is so much more fascinating information to share about historical Phoenix Park. You can find much of it here.
This 11th century fortress in county Kilkenny was one of the earliest castles built following the Norman conquest of Ireland. Show pictures of its lovely and historic tapestry room (you'll have to download them, photography is not allowed inside the castle). Tell the story Cromwell's cannon attack on the castle in 1652, widely believed to be the reason for the castle's missing south wall and tower.
Check out this article for more facts and information about one of the must-see sights in Ireland.
This 30 mile drive on the Dingle peninsula is like a journey back in time with historic sights, traditional Irish villages and famous movie locations. Show a sunset view of the Blasket Islands from the edge of the Dingle Peninsula. Tell your friends about the mysterious beehive huts that dot the landscape, built by monks to protect against the wet weather.
Learn more about one of the top sights to see in Ireland, here:
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is famous for many things including its designation as a UNESCO city of literature. Show images of the iconic Temple Bar district. Tell your history buff friends that Dublin is home to the largest Viking cemetery outside of Scandanavia.
Many more interesting facts about Ireland's capital city can be found here!
This iconic stop on our virtual Ireland tour is located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and delights approximately half a million visitors per year. Show images of the crystal-clear blue water dotted with fishing boats along the coastline beneath the bridge. Tell your friends to walk quickly and don't look down (just kidding, looking down is the whole point!)
Find much more information about one of the top sights in Ireland here:
This picturesque structure is located on the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare and is famous for it's unequaled views of the Irish coastline. Show panoramic images of the Cliffs and coastline taken from the Tower. Tell how the tower was allegedly built as a place for the owner to bring the women he was courting (we're working diligently to verify this story).
This prestigious university located in Dublin City, County Dublin is famous for having educated many of Ireland's literary figures, among them Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift. Show the flag of the Trinity College Dublin. Tell how the Long Room includes many important artifacts including a 15-century wooden harp after which the emblem of Ireland is modeled.
Want to know more about Trinity College Dublin? Find it here!
This famous museum in Dublin chronicles the Irish Diaspora, and has been voted Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction over multiple years. Show images of the whispering library, celebrating Irelands many famous authors and poets. Tell how EPIC is a wonderfully unique experience as the world's first fully digital museum.
Want more info about one of the top sights to see in Ireland? Go here!
As you will be able to see, if you have not already – we love Irish castles.
Not just because many of them are amazing feats of architecture and construction (especially for their time).
That is true. But the biggest reason we love Irish castles is because including them in our Ireland sightseeing tour literally transports us to another time.
It gives us a fuller understanding of what I like to call our “Irish sides.”
Click here to download our guide to 43 of the most famous Castles of Ireland.
You KNOW there is much more to see and do on any Ireland sightseeing tour. Majestic castles. Beautiful cities. Quaint villages. The Game of Thrones Tour. :-)
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