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Ireland - Your Guide to the Best Attractions, Places and Activities

The Best Attractions of Ireland - Region by Region


Trim Castle (County Meath)

Trim Castle (County Meath)

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Glendalough Round Tower (County Wicklow)

Glendalough Round Tower (County Wicklow)

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St Patrick's Cathedral (Catholic) in Armagh (County Armagh)

St Patrick's Cathedral (Catholic) in Armagh (County Armagh)

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Even the best guidebooks to Ireland can be overwhelming - and they often lag behind the times, omit things the writer did not like (or see) and are, all in all, static for a long while. Yet the amount of sights and attractions to be found on this comparatively small island seems immense. Indeed you cannot throw a pebble without hitting an ancient monument in most areas. Planning an Irish vacation can become a nightmare.

But ... it does not have to be. The first thing to throw over board is the silly idea that you have to see everything. You can't. not on a time-restricted vacation, not in a year or two, not in a lifetime. There will always be spots you missed - travelling Ireland is a bit like cleaning the house in this aspect. And let us stick with the house analogy ... as you have favourite spots in your house and the attic where you store stuff that might one day come in handy again (never throw away the Betamax, you know), you will have a list of favourite things to see while driving down the Irish roads and then a long list of things that might be interesting too. 

I have tried to take the pain out of the decision process for you. And compiled a few lists that will give you an idea which are the most important sights and attractions. Conveniently sorted by region or theme.





The Province of Connacht

The Province of Leinster

The Province of Munster

The Province of Ulster


Festivals and Events

Food and Drink


Special Interests


And a Final Warning


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