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The emerald isle has no shortage of breathtaking and truly remarkable attractions. In fact, Ireland attractions draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Planning a trip to Ireland? Consider us your local source for International advice about one of our very favourite countries.

Without further adieu, here is our list of Great Ireland Attractions:
(In no particular order. How could we pick a favourite?)

1. The Guinness Store House. What kind of pub would we be if we didn't include Ireland's most popular brewery on our list of the best Ireland attractions? The Guinness Storehouse, located at Dublin's St. James's Gate is actually the most visited of Ireland's attractions. This prestigious 7 storey landmark has been home to our favourite black brew since 1759.  We’ll drink to that!

2. Cliffs of Moher. Witness natural beauty at its best at the legendary Cliffs of Moher. This spectacular vista predates civilization, going back over 300 million years. Not only are the Cliffs of Moher one of the most popular Ireland attractions, but they are also a gold-mine for geologists, who flock to the cliffs to study the veritable treasure trove of fossil rich rocks.

Cliffs of Moher - photo provided by Carling Course

Cliffs of Moher - photo provided by Carling Course

 

3. Dublin. Dublin itself is a bottomless pit of incredible attractions, including the Dublin Zoo, the National Aquatic Centre, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Book of Kells, the National Botanic Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Farmleigh House, the National Museum of Ireland and much more. You could spend the better part of a year in this historic city and never run out of incredible destinations.

Dublin, Ireland - photo provided by Carling Course

Dublin, Ireland - photo provided by Carling Course

St. Patrick's Cathedral - Photo provided by Carling Course

St. Patrick's Cathedral - Photo provided by Carling Course

4. Bushmills Distillery. Boasting some of the finest Irish whiskey in the world, Bushmills also boasts the oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Ireland attractions don't get much more Irish than this. We're talking over 400 years of fine Irish distilling at one historic venue. Definitely worth the trip to Northern Ireland!

5. Dunguire Castle. Dunguaire castle is one of the most visited and photographed castles in the West of Ireland, conveniently located by the roadside on the way into the picturesque, seaside village of Kinvara. It is hauntingly beautiful and situated by the water, and is one of the most calming and tranquil spots to visit.

Dunguire Castle - photo provided by Carling Course

Dunguire Castle - photo provided by Carling Course

 

6. The St. Patrick’s Festival. Ireland attractions meet Irish spirit. While the biggest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world is held in Dublin, you can basically pop on over to just about any major city in the emerald isle for a visit between March 16th and March 19th and enjoy a thorough dip in Irish tradition and festivities. Below is a photo our Marketing Coordinator, Carling, took at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Galway, Ireland.

Galway, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day 2011 - photo provided by Carling Course

Galway, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day 2011 - photo provided by Carling Course

 

7.  Blarney Castle. Located in Blarney near Cork, this famous stronghold dates back to before 1200 AD. Today it is partially in ruin, but it does have a few areas that are accessible. Blarney Castle stands as the home of the legendary Blarney Stone - the famed block of bluestone built right into the battlements of the castle. As legend has it, kissing the stone automatically gives the smootcher the gift of gab. There are a few different stories about the origins of the stone's powers, but the fact remains that the popularity of this attraction is as indisputable as the fact that thanks to this attraction, the word 'blarney' itself is commonly used worldwide to mean smooth talk. Pucker up!

8. Croke Park. Also called Croker among Irish sports enthusiasts, Croke Park is one of the must see Ireland attractions for anyone who is serious about their sports. Croke Park is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium that also serves as GAA headquarters. This sporting venue is the biggest stadium in Ireland, with a capacity for over 82,000 people. Croke Park is host to GAA games like football and hurling, but it has also hosted concerts, including the likes of U2 and Tina Turner.

9. Titanic Walk. Take a stroll through history and be regaled with tales about the building of the famous and unfortunate White Star ocean liner. Located in Cobh, Ireland, this tour is one of the most popular Ireland attractions for Titanic buffs and people with a general interest alike. You can visit the pier where passengers departed, learn about the Titanic’s construction and even learn about some of Ireland's seafaring military history.

10. Temple Bar. No trip to Ireland is complete without a day or night visit to the Temple Bar district, located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland.  Located on a cobblestone, pedestrian only street, are myriad’s of bars and pubs open at all hours for both the tourist and local alike.  It is like taking step through time, where the Guiness and Irish flag’s flow, and everyone is a friendly face.

Temple Bar - photo provided by Carling Course

Temple Bar - photo provided by Carling Course

Can’t front the airfare to see Ireland attractions first hand? Visit us at Doc Magilligian’s Irish Pub for a taste of the next best thing. We serve up fine Irish tradition every single day!

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