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Experiencing Ireland’s Past

Visitors with an interest in history will find Ireland to be a veritable goldmine of historic places and museums. From pre-historic earthworks and passage tombs to Belfast's troubled recent past, from early Christian monastic life to the centuries of struggle for independence. Touring the country or even staying in one area only will usually give ample opportunity to experience this history hands-on.

In Patrick's Footsteps
Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, is commonly known as the man who in 432 singlehandedly brought Christianity to the Irish and drove the snakes out of the Emerald Isle. While both these claims are suspect, the historical Patrick seems to have been a very successful missionary in the northern part of Ireland. A tour in his footsteps makes an...

Reaching out to the Heavens - The Round Towers of Ireland
The round towers are a unique Irish form of architecture - and have been puzzling antiquarians for centuries. See some of the remaining towers in a gallery put together by your About Guide Bernd Biege.

Bru na Bóinne - The Passage Tombs of Newgrange and Knowth
Bru na Bóinne, the landscape containing the famous passage tombs of Dowth, Knowth and Newgrange, is one of the "must-see" sights in Ireland. Through the modern visitor centre toours are arranged, conducted by guides. The winter solistice is simulated in the inner chamber of Newgrange. But is the visit worth the price?

Glendalough Monastic Site and Lakes
Glendalough ranks among the most historic and beautiful places in Ireland. A visit from Dublin will take only a few hours - but is it worth it? Your About Guide to Ireland thinks it definitely is, let Bernd Biege explain.

Heritage of Ireland
Website for the ancient monuments and heritage sites under state care in the Republic of Ireland.

Megalithomania - Ireland's megalithic monuments
Comprehensive website on Ireland's megalithic heritage - a truly monumental piece of work that leaves no stone unturned!

An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland
This independent body owns several properties of historic interest.

The National Trust in Northern Ireland
Ownes and manages several attractions, from the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast. Also provides accommodation in historic properties.

Heritage Island
Group of attractions all over Ireland offering a comprehensive website and savings of up to € 400 by using their voucher system.

Irish National Heritage Park
The Irish National Heritage Park provides reconstructions of Irish buildings from prehistoric to Viking and Norman times on 35 acres near Wexford.

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