Top 10 Attractions In Ireland

Oakfield park

Posted / 10th July 2019

Are you looking for family friendly attractions to visit in Ireland? Looking for weekend activities or for ideas for a staycation?

In this post we are going to provide you with some ideas for your next trip with your family in Ireland.

 

Top 10 Attractions In Ireland 2019

Here are some of the top 10 attractions to visit in Ireland;

 

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a Victorian walled garden where visitors can learn about the history, experience the tranquil views along the lakeshore setting. Kylemore Abbey is located in Connemara, County Galway. It is set in a 1,000 acre estate and is popular among international and Irish tourists.

Kylemore Abbey

The popular Irish attraction has a “Giants Ironing Stone” where children can make a wish. There are many walks that visitors can take through the estate, while there is also options for dining and shopping.

If you are planning on visiting Connemara, this year, Kylemore Abbey, is certainly a place that you should not miss out on.

 

Glenveagh

Glenveagh National Park is a dog friendly park in Donegal, set in 16,500 hectares of mountains, woodland and lakes. Glenveagh National Park is the second largest national park in Ireland. Glenveagh Castle is a popular tourist attraction among international visitors and photographers. The 19th century castle was built between 1896 and 1873 and was later presented to the Irish nation in 1981.

Glenveagh

The grounds are known for its largest herd of red deer in Ireland while the gardens also have exotic plants and ornamental rhododendrons.

Other activities at Glenveagh include:

  • Public tours of the Castle
  • Walking trails
  • Cycling
  • Fishing

 

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an area with around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which was formed from an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most visited attractions in Ireland.

Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is a great attraction to visit if you are interested in Landscape photography. Photographers can get great photos of this unique landscape.

There is a visitor centre near the Giant’s Causeway which offers experiences for visitors including walking trails audio guides, coffee shop and more.

 

Newgrange

Newgrange is a famous Irish attraction in County Meath. It is a passage tomb dating back to around 3,200 BC.

Newgrange has lots to offer from the sights surrounding the tomb to the Neolithic art and pieces of sculpture. There is a visitor centre where visitors can learn more about the history of Newgrange while there are also tea rooms to enjoy tea after your visit.

newgrange

The Winter Solstice is a spectacular event that happens on December the 21st, the shortest day of the year, as a shaft of sunlight enters the Newgrange chamber through an opening in the roof box. This event gathers a large number of visitors from around the world.

 

Glendalough

Glendalough is a popular family friendly attraction in Wicklow. Glendalough is a glacial valley with two lakes and is a popular recreational area for walking trails, rock climbing and for picnic. The area is also a popular attraction for photographers as the area offers lots of opportunities for landscape photography shots.

Glendalough

Glendalough was an early Medieval settlement containing a number of medieval churches and monuments.

 

Top 5 Attractions In Ireland 2019

 

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands just off Galway offers an authentic Irish experience. The Aran Islands consists of three Islands, Inis Mor Island, Inis Meain Island and Inis Oirr Island. Inis Mor Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland with monuments and cliffs.

Aran Islands

There are lots of things that visitors can do. Activities in Aran Islands include:

  • Surfing
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Boat Trips
  • Cliff diving
  • Rock climbing
  • Cycling
  • Learning the Irish language
  • Arts and crafts

Tourists can reach the Islands through the Aran Island Ferry’s or a flight from Connemara.

The Ring Of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in the Iveragh Peninsula and part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Ring of Kerry

Activities for tourists around the Ring of Kerry include:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • Water sports

The vast scenery around the Ring of Kerry attracts photographers from around the world.

The Ring of Kerry is a family friendly attraction as there are lots to do and quality places to stay.

 

Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone is built into the Blarney Castle in Blarney, County Cork. The Blarney Stone has become a popular tourist attraction with visitors coming from far and wide to kiss the stone as legend says that kissing the Blarney Stone gives the kisser the “gift of the gab”.

Blarney stone

The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone is said to have originated in the 18th century.

 

Cliffs of Moher

If you are looking for stunning views to experience with your family, then the Cliffs of Moher is certainly a site to behold. The sea cliffs run for around 14 kilometres rising to a maximum height of 214 metres.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher attract over 1.5 million visitors per year from around the world. The cliffs are recognised by UNESCO.

There is a visitor centre has interactive media displays offering information on the history of the cliffs and information on the geology, the flora and the fauna around the cliffs and more. From the visitor centre, there is an 18 kilometre walk along the cliffs.

 

Oakfield Park

Oakfield Park is one of the most popular family friendly attractions in Donegal. Open 7 days per week through the summer months of June, July and August with lots of things to do for all the family.

Oakfield Park

Attractions at Oakfield Park include:

The gardens will be in full bloom with a wide range of beautiful and exotic flowers to see. The award winning gardens are set across expansive landscapes, parklands and mature woodlands overlooking Croaghan Mountain.

The trains will bring you through the lush landscapes. With over 4.5 kilometres of narrow gauge railway track, you can experience Oakfield Park with a 15 minute steam train trip to see the gardens, lakes and sculptures such as the longsleeper in comfort.