Ireland is a country with a lot of charm, and there are various tourist attractions that are popular with most of the country’s visitors. Many people either do not realize or are unaware of the strong history of the country, but it is apparent throughout its tourist attractions. From heritage museums to monuments and castles, Ireland has a lot to offer its visitors. The next time you visit the United Kingdom, consider taking a weekend trip to Ireland. Although there is so much to see, you can visit quite a few places in a single weekend. Here is a guide to some of Ireland’s most beautiful places to visit.
Cliffs of Moher
Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world travel to the Cliffs of Moher located on the west coast of Ireland. Standing at 702 feet above sea level, the cliffs over breathtaking views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
National Wax Museum
Located in Dublin, Ireland, the National Wax Museum is one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions. Serving as an ode to Irish history, the museum features waxed figures of famous Irish individuals ranging from actors to musicians to scientists.
National Museum of Ireland
Also located in Dublin, the National Museum of Ireland features a collection of art displaying Irish heritage and culture. There are three branches of the museum in Dublin and one location in County Mayo. Admission to all of the museums is free.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle is a medieval fortress. It was originally built in 1425 and restored in 1954. Today, it contains furnishings, tapestries, and works of art from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Bunratty Folk Park garden is a Victorian style garden also open to visitors.
Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park is a protected wilderness area. It is a beautiful retreat area that offers visitors many activities and things to see. The park has ponies, a children’s playground, a tea room, and picnic areas.
The Blarney Castle is another one of Ireland’s famous medieval castles, and it is primarily known for its Stone of Eloquence, most commonly referred to as the Blarney Stone.
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in Ireland that is older than Stonehenge in England or the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Visitors can only access the monument by guided tours.
The City of Galway is considered to be a bohemian Irish town. It has everything from places to shop to a thriving nightlife. The Galway Farmers Market is also a great place for visitors looking to try traditional Irish delicacies.