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Travel Guide

King John\'s Castle showing heritage elements, a bridge and heritage architecture

Explore a Neolithic tomb, walk along rocky cliffs as waves crash below or just enjoy a laugh with the locals in this long-inhabited island nation.

The island of Ireland has been inhabited since around 8,000 B.C. Ancient ruins dot the landscape alongside medieval castles. Despite its long human history, Ireland still features large swaths of undeveloped natural landscapes, including desolate islands and Europe’s highest seaside cliffs. Explore Ireland’s ancient artifacts and rocky coast before heading into Dublin and having a pint of creamy stout.

Start at one of Ireland’s oldest sites, Brú na Bóinne, a collection of burial sites north of Dublin that are more than 5000 years old. Get a guided tour through Newgrange, one of the most impressive sites. Walk through the narrow halls of this massive grass-covered burial mound.

Stop at Ireland’s beautiful castles, which are spread across the landscape in various states of preservation. Cahir Castle in the island’s southern interior is a well-preserved 12th-century fortress, one of the country’s largest. Walk its corridors and look out over its battlements. Well-kept Ashford Castle in Galway functions as a five-star hotel. Make a reservation if your dream is to stay overnight in a 13th-century castle.

Rent a car to explore Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coastline. Nearly the entire coast is lined with steep, rocky cliffs that descend straight into the ocean’s heavy surf. The most desolate and dramatic coastal landscape can be found in the Aran Islands just off Ireland’s west coast. Head to Inishmor, the largest of these three islands. Walk along an almost completely uninhabited slab of gray rock with the ocean just below you.

Complete your trip to Ireland with a visit to the welcoming city of Dublin. During the day, see its architectural attractions like Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. At night, experience its main cultural attraction: the pub. Have a Guinness and enjoy conversation with Dublin’s famously sociable locals.

Fly into Dublin or take a ferry from France or the UK to reach Ireland. The northeast corner of the island, including Belfast, belongs to the UK, but you can cross the border freely.

Popular cities in Ireland

Dublin which includes heritage elements, a city and street scenes
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours
Come for the culture, and stay for the craic. Ireland’s compact capital has something for everyone.

Reasons to visit

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Grand Canal
  • Trinity College
Glucksman Gallery featuring modern architecture
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly

Reasons to visit

  • English Market
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Fitzgerald Park
Dunguaire Castle which includes a river or creek, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Walking

Reasons to visit

  • Eyre Square
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway Harbour
Muckross House which includes a garden, a castle and heritage elements
Known for Seafood, Spas and Shopping
Explore the cobbled streets, 19th-century architecture and beautiful walking trails of this Irish town known for its pub culture, hospitality and mountain surrounds.

Reasons to visit

  • Killarney National Park
  • Ross Castle
  • Muckross House
Limerick showing a city, a river or creek and night scenes
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Walking
The city of Limerickhugs the River Shannon as it broadens out to meet the wider sea waters of theestuary in Mid-West Ireland. Limerick has been broadening its ownhorizons in recent years with rejuvenation projects and a cultural renaissancethat have helped make it a fantastic place to explore the surrounding regionfrom.

Reasons to visit

  • King John's Castle
  • Thomond Park
  • Hunt Museum
Ben Bulben showing tranquil scenes and mountains
Known for Seafood, Relaxing and Spas
Welcome to Sligo, which is in a very popular part of Ireland Northwest and Lakelands. Come and enjoy the magical natural environment in this region including beaches, coastal plains and forests.

Reasons to visit

  • Knocknarea
  • Sligo Abbey
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Popular places to visit in Ireland