Next Ireland Trip
Trying to decide on where to visit during your next Ireland visit may seem like a daunting task but in reality, you can cover a lot of ground bearing in mind that Ireland is a small island. Many visitors to Ireland choose car rental which allows them to see the country quickly. Others choose to cycle, walk or take a bus tour. Most of the items in the list below are located in Dublin and you can see them all comfortable in a couple of days. Below also are some suggestions if you only have a day to spare. Here are some ideas on where to visit during you next Ireland trip, to get you going :
Some Top Free Attractions In Ireland
1. National Gallery, Dublin
2. National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
3. National Museum of Archaeology, Dublin
4. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
5. Farmleigh, Dublin
6. National Museum of Decorative Arts (Collins Barracks), Dublin
7. National Museum of Natural History, Dublin
8. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
9. Science Gallery, Dublin
10. Holycross Abbey, Tipperary
The second list on where to visit during your next Ireland trip below details some items outside of Dublin. If you are hiring a Car, you can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. If your itinerary on where to visit in Ireland includes these items, bear in mind it takes just about three hours to drive from Dublin to Cork.
Some Top Paid For Attractions In Ireland
1. Rock of Cashel, Tipperary
2. Dublin Zoo, Dublin
3. National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
4. Book of Kells, Dublin
5. Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
6. Cliffs of Moher, Clare
7. St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
8. Blarney Castle, Cork
9. Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
10. Bunratty Castle, Clare
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Where To Visit during your Next Ireland Trip?
It depends on how much time you have to spare, and how you plan to get around. There is certainly enough to entertain you in Dublin Ireland for a few days at least. Then if you hire a car you can easily visit the neighbouring counties of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath aswell. These are located within one hour of the city centre. Cork in the extreme south is about 3 to 4 hours by car and Galway to East of the country about 3 hours away. Both places are well worth a visit. Don't forget to visit the northern ireland page. There are lots of churches, castles, monastic ruins and stone age formations that you will come across off the beaten track. Where to visit during your next Ireland trip depends a lot on how much time you have to spend.
Here a few basic ideas to save you time!
One Day in Dublin :
See the pictures of ireland video page. When you travel to Dublin, see some of the attractions above or hire a car and drive to Glendalough in Wicklow to views a stunning Monastic Settlement, stopping off at Avondale (House and Gardens) on the way.
You may head north to visit the Hill Of Tara in Meath - a very ancient site with panoramic views for miles around. Newgrange is definitely worth a visit and it's construction pre dates the pyramids of Egypt. This is a popular destination for many visitors to Ireland.
One Day in Kilkenny:
Kilkenny is another option when you decide on where to visit during your next ireland trip. The impressive 12th century Kilkenny castle is set in extensive parklands and the old Castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer months. The 13th century cathedral of St Canice is the second longest cathedral in Ireland. You may even decide to visit Dunmore Cave which consists of a series of chambers formed over millions of years.
One Day in Cork :
A day around Cork City in the South of Ireland might encompass St Finbarr's cathedral, Cork Gaol, Fota Island Widlife Park and the beautiful town of Cobh with it's links to the Titanic voyage.
A little further afield (about 30 minutes drive) will bring you to the beautiful town of Kinsale on the Coast. An old sea faring town and well known as the culinary capital of Cork if not Ireland. A great little town to walk the streets, full of history, colourful buildings and nice pubs and Restaurants. Place this town high on your list of things to see when you are planning where to visit during your next Ireland trip. A few kilometres further and you reach the Old Head of Kinsale with it's quaint lighthouse and famous Golf Links. A great view of deep into the Atlantic Ocean with next stop the USA!. See the little Lusitania commemoration here also (The Lusitania was torpedoed within sight of land here in 1915).
You may decide instead to spend a day driving around West Cork, passing through Kinsale and then along the coast of West Cork visiting the lovely towns of Clonakilty, Union Hall and Baltimore. You can visit Sherkin Island and the beautiful Gougane Barra, the picturesque fishing village of Castletownbere and on to Bantry.
One Day in Kerry:
Kerry is one of the most popular Counties for visitors to Ireland. You need to include this in your itinerary of where to visit during your next Ireland trip. It is situated in the South West corner of Ireland. Drive to Dingle, a wonder quaint village with lovely little pubs and great views of the Blasket Islands.
Spend a day doing the Ring Of Kerry, a beautiful trip with lots to see along the way.
Or go to the beautiful Muckross House outside Killarney and see the Torc waterfall.
One Day in Mayo:
Mayo is another great option when you are deciding where to visit during your next Ireland trip. You have the beautiful Atlantic Drive on Achill Island to the incomparable Croagh Patrick - One of the oldest religious sites in Ireland, this mountain is home to an 11th century monastery. The Royal Abbey of Cong and the Ceidi Fields are both well worth a visit. The famous hollywood movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed in Mayo. You can experience the set for this film in Cong...
One Day in Galway:
Go for a walk along the coast of Salthill, then wander the streets of Galway City. It is nice and compact and easy to get around. Drive to Cong in nearby County Mayo and see the wonderful landscape where the famous "Quiet Man" was filmed. Go for a walk in the Demesne of Ashford Castle. When you decide on where to visit during your next Ireland trip, Galway should be on that list.
Drive out into the rugged terrain of Connemara as far as Clifden. Or spend a day on the Aran Islands.
Drive north and experience the wildness of Donegal and go to Malin Head, right at the top of Northern Ireland.
Head to Sligo for a day and see the surfing at Rosses Point, the various museums and galleries dedicated to the famous WB Yeats, and visit Glencar Waterfall in nearby Leitrim.
One Day in Belfast:
Don't exclude this city from your list of where to visit in Ireland. Go see the impressive Titanic Exhibition and soak up the atmosphere and drama surrounding the construction of the Titanic in Belfast.
Drive to the amazing rock formation that is the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, stop off at the famous Bushmills Distillery, and if you have a good head for heights, walk across thebridge.
En route from Dublin to Cork you could stop in Tipperary and see the striking edifice that is the Rock Of Cashel. It really does look like something from a picture postcard, wonderfully picturesque and historic. From the top there is a spectacular view for miles around.
Don't get too hung up on where to visit during your next Ireland trip....you can always come back another time :)
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After deciding on where to visit during your next Ireland trip, even with just one or two days to visit, you can experience the key things that make up Ireland - the people, the food, the weather, the landscape, the history and the friendliness.