The 55 Best Places to Visit in Ireland (With Photos)

Best Places to visit in Ireland

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Ireland, then you’ve landed on the right blog post.

Ireland and I have a special relationship. Ireland was the first country I visited overseas, and my experiences there had a major impact on my life.

Since that first trip in 2006, I’ve traveled across Ireland numerous times. And I’ve explored (almost) every nook and cranny; small town, hidden cove, and rocky coastline that the country has to offer.

Along my travels, I’ve collected the list of the 55 best places to visit in Ireland. I’ve divided them up below in sections to make it easy to plan a visit to each and every one.

Note: I’ve tried very hard to display the current list of admission prices and sites hours. But as they change by season, please double-check before visiting any of the sites.

The Best Places to Visit In Ireland

Best Places to Visit in Ireland: Dublin

We’re kicking off this massive list of the best places to visit in Ireland with the Dublin Area. 

Because, for most travelers, Dublin is the entry and exit point for the country. And I want you to start your Ireland travels off right!

Dublin’s the mecca of tourism in Ireland. And while the best places in the country reside outside the major cities, there are some sites in Dublin that simply can’t be missed.

Let’s see everything that Dublin offers.

Guinness Storehouse

Ireland’s most famous drink has a massive brewery in Dublin. And even if you’re not a fan of beer, the Guinness Storehouse is a must when visiting Dublin. 

The Storehouse is a massive building with multiple levels. Each floor has a different theme, but the whole interior comes together to form the shape of a pint of Guinness. And it’s known as the largest pint in the world.

The fun and interactive self-guided tour takes you through the history and brewing process of the beer. As you make your way through the seven levels, the tour culminates at the top of the factory.

 A large glass dome that gives a 360-degree picturesque view of Dublin. Here you get a free pint of Guinness as you enjoy the view of the city.

My goodness, the Guinness Storehouse is worth visiting. And a perfect way to start or bookend any trip in Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse Travel Info

Hours

Open All Year, Expect for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St. Stephens Day.

Opening Hours: 9:30 – 7 pm.

During the Summer: 9:30 – 9 pm.

Tickets

Location

Trinity College / Book of Kells

Trinity’s, unlike any other college campus in the world. The white stone buildings that make up the campus are unlike the rest of Dublin. No building on the campus in as beautiful as the library. 

The arched roofs and massive dark shelves filled with over 200,000 of Ireland’s oldest books make up the library. It’s an architectural masterpiece and Ireland’s largest library.

The Book of Kells, the main highlight of Trinity College, is a 1000-year-old book containing the New Testament.

Ornately designed this colorful and illuminated manuscript – written in Latin – is Ireland’s most important cultural treasure.

Well preserved and the most famous medieval manuscript in the world, the Book of Kells warrants a visit.

Book of Kells Info

Hours

Mon – Sat (May – Sept)
08:30 – 17:00

Sun (May – Sept)
09:30 – 17:00

Mon – Sat (Oct – April)
09:30 – 17:00

Sun (Oct – April)
12:00 – 16:30

Tickets

  • Adult: €11 – €14
  • Family: €28

Location

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of history in the Pale. The castle, located on the site of an ancient Viking settlement, broke ground at the start of the 13th century. 

And for hundreds of years, it was a seat of power for the English during their long rule of Ireland.

The cliche “if these walls could talk,” fits aptly here, as Dublin Castle has been the setting for the most important events in Ireland’s history.

There’s a lot to see and do here, and you want to experience the castle to it’s fullest you’ll want a guided tour.

Dublin Castle Travel Information

Hours

March – October

Monday – Sunday:
09:45 – 17:15

 

Ticket info

Adult: €6–7

Location

Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland

Best Places to Visit in Ireland: Near Dublin