Ireland is one of those countries that should be visited in your lifetime – from the rich culture, greenery that is like taken from a movie set to the warm and friendly locals. The capital city – Dublin – is even considered as one of the top thirty most beautiful cities in the world. With the experiences and sights being truly popular in this European country, there are many memorable and beautiful places to visit in Ireland.
George’s Street Arcade
Prepare your wallets in one of the most unique shopping destinations in Dublin. The George’s Street Arcade has a picturesque Victorian design that is worth taking a shot at. Being one of Europe’s oldest city markets, the management has done a great job of maintaining the building and still looks great up to this moment. There are plenty of independent boutiques that are offering collectible items, souvenirs, and some vintage pieces. A wide variety of dining and food options is also available in the area. Why not try some Irish coffee after some serious shopping?
Cliffs of Moher
With the breathtaking views of the island, the Cliffs of Moher is a product of nature’s natural phenomenon. It is undeniably one of the most beautiful cliffs in Ireland, being one of the top tourist destinations. Know what the Atlantic Ocean looks like and how did the greatest artists, poets and musicians found their inspiration with its spectacular views. It has a visitor center to assists tourists and supports sustainable tourism. The best time to visit is from April to September, where temperatures are perfect for sightseeing.
Trá Bán Beach
Even if this beach is not recommended for swimming, it is still a great place to visit. Located in the Great Blasket Island, it is only accessible via ferry being a remote island in the southern part of Ireland. Be surprised as you can see some dolphins and whales while on your way. Trá Bán has an English translation that means “white beach” that is great to have a picnic. There are a number of hostels and a few guest houses if you would like to spend the night on the island.
The most visited area in Dublin, tourists coming from the Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral can head on to this area is a few blocks away. Make sure to take a pint of beer or savor a platter of traditional fish and chips in one of the restaurants and diners in the area. The Temple Bar itself is popular for its largest collection of rare whiskies and the iconic bright red building.
If you wanted to explore an urban city aside from Dublin, Galway City is the one for you. For sure, you will never get bored with its cheerful atmosphere and streets with colorful facades. The city becomes more lively in its festivals, such as the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh that happens in July every year. Pubs are popular in Ireland, yet Galways have some of the greatest ones in the country. Head to the Galway City Museum to see some valuable pieces and have more information about the city’s history and heritage.
Being the second-largest city in Ireland, it is full of amazing pubs and restaurants that are popular among locals. Aside from the colorful houses, there are wonderful architectures that can be seen in this city. Marvel to the classic beauty of its city hall, the English Market, and The Church of St. Anne. Shoppers will be delighted to visit a more peaceful Patrick’s Street, the city’s main shopping district.
The Burren National Park
This park is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, so expect that this is a well-maintained tourist destination. The park was opened to the public in 1991 where you can witness the beauty of nature and the wildlife. There are guided walks in different seasons that are commonly offered for free. Make sure to visit the Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, where there are great walking trails. As of writing, access is only for pedestrians as there is a vehicular barrier built on the entrance of this nature reserve.
Another one of the most visited places in Dublin, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse will complete your visit to Ireland. This legendary drink houses the world’s largest pint glass that rises through the building. You can also find the highest bar in Dublin in the same building, where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness. Have a drink while taking the time to cherish the spectacular views of Dublin.
Connemara National Park
Also located in the beautiful County Galway, the Connemara National Park is a great place for walks and sightseeing. It has over 7,000 acres of land that include mountains, grasslands, and forests. This is a perfect place for photographers and operates drones, with its great picturesque views. Wild camping is allowed in the National Park but make sure to be informed about the areas where it is not permitted. Groups of 10 or more may require a permit from the park management.
The Irish Emigration Museum
Awarded as Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the World Travel Awards 2019, this interactive museum makes learning more interesting. Visiting this museum will make you understand the country’s history and culture through digital spaces. They are different galleries in the museum that will showcase the country’s most important stories to tell that contributed to who they are today. It is located in Dublin’s Docklands and is open to visitors from 10 am to 5 pm every day.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
You might be wondering why should you visit a cemetery in Ireland. Well, this location is turned into a museum where people from all walks of life that has contributed to the wellbeing of Ireland are buried here. The proceed from visiting this museum goes to its maintenance and improvement, as it is run by a not for profit organization. Besides this museum the National Botanic Gardens, where you can see beautiful flowers and plants that are unique to Ireland.
This list is proof that Ireland is more than just a historical adventure. There are more great places to visit in Ireland, just as the friendly locals for their suggestions and directions. Just make sure you have enough energy to visit all of them!