1. The Cliffs of Moher
|The Cliffs of Moher|
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the famous Ireland landmarks, located in County Clare, Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs, about 11 miles Cliff Walk and rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. This makes Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular tourist destinations and drawing more than one million backpackers yearly. The cliffs are also recognized by UNESCO. O’Brien’s Tower is a popular view point and marks the highest point of the cliffs, from there visitors can see the Aran Islands and stunning view of Cliffs.
The best time to visit the Cliffs of Moher in summer from June to August. At this time, it can be crowded, but reach before 11am can help you to beat the crowd. 2 hours is a good time to enjoy the view of this cliff.
2. St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
|St Patrick’s Cathedral|
St Patrick’s Cathedral is an Anglican church in Dublin, Ireland, built between 1191 and 1270. St. Patrick’s is the tallest and the largest church in Ireland with its 43-metre spire. It is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture. This Cathedral is also known for the tomb of famous author Jonathan Swift. This Cathedral is an extremely popular place among tourists, more than half million tourists visit this place yearly.
The best time to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral are all year round. It is free to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It takes about an hour to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral.
3. The Giant Causeway
|The Giant Causeway|
The Giant Causeway is one of the beautiful features of Ireland and Ireland must see site too. It is the basalt columns, located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland. This site has become popular since the 19th century. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Visitors can walk over the basalt columns that are at the edge of the sea, a half-mile walk from the entrance of the site. Hiking on the Causeway Coast would be your one of the best memories.
The best time to experience the Giant’s Causeway early in the morning or late in the evening. Avoid the time between 11am to 4pm, to escape from crowed. You need almost a day to enjoy Giant Causeway.
4. Kilmainham Gaol, Kilmainham
Kilmainham goal is a former prison, which is now turned into a museum. It was built in 1796 in Kilmainham, Dublin. It was one of the most important places at that time. The majority of the Irish leaders in the rebellions from 1798 to 1916 were imprisoned and history of Irish Civil War of 1922-23.
The best time to visit Kilmainham Gaol are April to September. Opening hours 9.30am and 6pm. It cost near about 8- 10 Euros for adults. In general, the tour of Kilmainham Gaol museum takes 1 to 2 hours.
5. The Rock of Cashel
|The Rock of Cashel|
The Rock of Cashel is a historical site of the kings of Munster, which also known as “Cashel of the Kings” and St. Patrick’s Rock”, located on a small hill at Cashel, Ireland. It was built between 1235 and 1270 and hall of the Vicars Choral was built in the 15th century. Some of the famous spots must see while visiting the Rock of Cashel is Irish High Cross, graveyard, Hall of the Vicars Choral and The Round Tower. This beautiful building is definitely worth to visit with your family.
The best time to visit from early September to late October after the summer. Opening times is from 9am to 7pm. It is not completely free to visit, it has some entry charges, the amount varies, so carry some money with you. Allow at least 2 hours to visit such a beautiful structure and enjoy the stunning view from the hills.
6. The Ring of Kerry
|The Ring of Kerry|
The Ring of Kerry is the most famous and beautiful driving route of Ireland. It is not just driving route, some of them love to walk in this route. This 179km-long circular route includes lots of famous Ireland landmarks along with some stunning view of the nature. Some of the best scenery of Ireland can capture on this root like brooding mountains, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, rugged coasts and some historical sites like Staigue Stone Fort, Muckross House, Killegy Chapel and Graveyard. It is one of the famous Ireland landmarks, attracts almost millions of tourists yearly.
7. The Blarney Castle and Stone
|The Blarney Castle and Stone|
The Blarney Stone is among the machicolations of the castle. It was built in 1446 by McCarthy of Muskerry. The Blarney Castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the famous Blarney Stone. Most of the Tourists believe that to kissing the Blarney stone, give the gift of eloquence. Apart from that the castle is surrounded by prepossessing garden. Which includes enchanting rock formations with fanciful names such as Druid’s Circle, Witch’s Cave and the Wishing Steps. The garden also includes a poison garden with myriad poisonous plants.
The best time to visit The Blarney Castle from June to August. It is one of the famous Ireland landmarks which means more crowed, try early or late in the afternoon to escape from crows. Opening hours from 9am to 4:30pm. In general, 3 to 4 hours would be a good time to visit both the Castle & Gardens.
8. Newgrange, Meath
Newgrange Stone Age Passage tomb in the County Meath, Ireland. It was constructed about 5,200 years ago, which is one of the world’s oldest buildings ever discovered. This prepossessing place is spread over a 4,047 m² and 12 m height. It attracts almost 200,000 visitors each year, makes this place most visited archaeological site in Ireland. Newgrange is also on the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Tours are limited every day, so arrive as early as possible. Opening times from 9:30am to 3:00pm, last admission. Well, it is spread over large area and numerous of interesting things to view, so I would recommend to visit at least 3 to 4 hours to explore it comfortably.
9. Titanic Quarter
The Titanic Quarter is one of the world largest waterfront regeneration projects. It spreads over 185 acres on the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built. The building opened on 31 March 2012 and attracted over 800,000 visitors in its first year. Still over a million of tourists visited every year to visit the national museum, film studios, titanic’s dock and pump-house, Titanic Belfast, riverside entertainment, the wee tram, titanic hotel Belfast, HMS Caroline, titanic pilgrimage walk, and titanic boat tours. Titanic Belfast becomes the most popular tourist attraction of Europe with its artifacts, unique architecture, and grate gallery’s collections.
The best time from March through May, weather condition would be favourable for the tour. Opening hours from 9am to 5pm. The tour of Titanic Quarter would take about 2 to 4 hours, depending upon your interest.
10. The Mourne Mountains
|The Mourne Mountains|
The Mourne Mountains are a granite mountain range in the southeast of Northern Ireland. It is the highest mountain range of Ireland, including Slieve Donard at 850 m. Some of the activities that are popular among the visitors include hiking, forest and beach walks, cycling and rock climbing. It is a famous destination for hiking and taking in views of the surrounding landscape, including local forests and the coastline.
The best time to visit this stunning Irish mountain range is in spring or summer. You will require a day to explore the beauty of the Mourne Mountains, while only hiking to Slieve Donard would take 2 to 3 hours.
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