Whether you are a history buff or like to visit attractions that are just a little bit quirky, Ireland is the destination for you. From the Blarney Stone to an array of historically magical castles, the options for sightseeing tours in Ireland are virtually limitless. When planning your next holiday to the wondrous surrounds of Ireland, be sure to check out these not to be missed attractions.
As aforementioned, Ireland is home to some quirky attractions, with tales and legends dating back for hundreds of centuries. Constructed nearly 600 years ago, the Blarney Castle is a must visit tourist attraction in Ireland, mainly due to the popular ‘kissing of the Blarney Stone’. It is said that by kissing The Stone of Eloquence, one will receive the gift of articulacy and expression. From the richest of the rich to mere pilgrims, folks have flocked to the Blarney Castle to get a glimpse, and even a kiss, of the Blarney Stone.
Nature lovers will adore Ireland holidays, with sights such as those provided by the breathtaking Wicklow Mountains. The largest continuous mountain mass in Ireland, the Wicklow Mountains occupy an entire county, while bordering several others. Photo opportunities in this naturally wonderful area are virtually endless, so be sure to bring along your camera for this expedition.
Possibly the most infamous castle, throughout all of Ireland, the Dublin Castle attracts thousands of tourists each year. Since being built in 1204 AD, the castle has continued to play an important role in the rich history of the country. The castle spans over an enormous area of more than 11 acres, containing two museums, a number of cafés, conference centres, beautiful maintained gardens and various government buildings.
The recent birth of red panda cubs, a zoo home to a giraffe calf and tapir calf, the Dublin Zoo really is one of the most spectacular manmade animal habitats in the world. From rare species to much loved favourite, the whole family will enjoy a day at the zoo, frolicking with playful meerkats and discovering the various animal enclosures.
National Botanical Gardens
The National Botanical Gardens of Ireland are home to an abundance of different wildlife species, ranging between rare types of both fauna and flora. Located just 5 kilometres from the city centre of Dublin, this attractions provides for a convenient and enjoyable day out.
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest drawcards for tourists to Ireland is the historically beautiful castles that await them. The Kilkenny Castle is truly a picture of perfection, surrounded by the lush green countryside of Ireland. Established in 1195, this historical site was originally built to gain control of the fording point of the River Nore. Nowadays, however, visitors can explore the castle grounds, with guided tours providing an insight into the rich heritage of the country.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Formerly a prison, the Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum that provides invaluable insight into the history of Ireland. As one of the largest unoccupied gaols, throughout all of Europe, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience to step foot inside these four walls of a prison cell.
Whether you want to absorb as much of Ireland’s heritage as possible or simply want to spend your vacation relaxing in the countryside, amongst a backdrop of charming castles, this is the perfect holiday destination for you.