The 55 Best Places to Visit in Ireland (With Photos)
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
- Adult: €11 – €14
- Family: €28
First impressions might make you think Grafton Street is a shoppers tourist trap. And that’s true to a certain degree. But Grafton Street’s much more than solely shopping.
Grafton has taken on a life of its own and has become a focal point for those traveling through Dublin.
Strange shops, and bright-colored neon signs line stony walkways. Street performers, musicians, Guinness-fueled pubs, and buskers draw you into the atmosphere.
It’s an easy place to lose yourself listening to local music armed with a pint, meandering down the side streets, or window shopping.
And if the crowds start to get overwhelming, then head next door to St. Stephen’s Green – an incredible park in Dublin (which we will talk about next).
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A truly scenic sanctuary, St Stephen’s Green takes you out of the bustling city. And into a lush landscape of flora and fauna, and tranquil pools overshadowed by canopies of overgrown trees.
This park is often busy with joggers or bikers. But the parks massive, so stray off the paved paths and you’ll soon find yourself alone. And enjoying phenomenal landscape in the heart of Ireland’s most popular city.
Sitting just south of Grafton Street; St. Stephen’s Green a haven for those looking to trade the busy city for some peace and relaxation.
All right enough, churches, shopping, and parks. Let’s get back to the booze. The Jameson Distillery combines two of the things I love most about Ireland, booze, and history.
The Museum isn’t as lavish as the Guinness Storehouse, but still worth it. After taking the tour and learning the rich history of whiskey, you get to sample three different kinds yourself.
After leaving the museum hand around the corner to the attached whiskey bar. This large, lively tavern has an assortment of fun Jameson drinks to sample.
Chances are you’ll be stumbling away hours later with a smile on your face.
James Distillery Hours, Tickets, and Location
May – September
Mon – Sat: 08:30 – 17:00
Sun: 09:30 – 17:00
October – April
Mon – Sat: 09:30 – 17:00
Sun: 12:00 – 16:30
- Adult: €11 – €14
- Family: €28
St Patrick’s Cathedral’s – a Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic church – famed for its elegant architecture.
It’s the largest church in Ireland and one of the most visited sites in Dublin.
The history of St. Patrick Cathedral dates back over 800 years, and it’s the last cathedral in Ireland that has daily sung services.
The cathedral’s also the burial place for the author, Jonathan Swift. Swift was Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and also wrote the renowned Gulliver’s travels.
Family(2 adults & 2 children under 16): €18.00
Group Rates (10+): €7.00
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Travel Info
March – October
Mon – Fri: 09:30 – 17:00
Sat: 09:00 – 18:00
Sun: 09:00 – 10:30 / 12:30 – 14:30 / 16:30 – 18:00
November – February
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
March – October
Monday – Sunday: 09:45 – 17:15
Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Temple Bar District is to drinking and local music what Grafton Street is to shopping.
Lively bars and pubs line the maze of streets, with small hole-in-the-wall stores and overpriced souvenirs shops peppered throughout.
While the Temple Bar District’s one of the fun-loving areas in the city, it’s also one of the most touristy.
And while these pubs retain a local atmosphere, they’re bursting with tourists. The most popular bar being Temple Bar, itself.
Temple Bar District doesn’t provide the most authentic pub experience, but by the time your stumbling home, you won’t mind.
Things to Know About Template Bar District
Best Bars and Pubs
- Temple Bar
- The Norseman
- Stag’s Head
- Auld Dubliner
Seemingly odd, Glasnevin Cemetery’s one of the best things to do in Dublin. Being the 2nd largest cemetery in Ireland, it covers over 124 acres and over 1 1/2 million people interred here.
If you have Irish heritage, there’s a good chance you can trace your roots back to someone in Glasnevin.
The Cemetery has an eerie beauty and walks you through the, often complex, history of Ireland.
Many of Ireland’s famous heroes and icons are buried here.
Like Daniel O’Connell (Ireland’s Liberator) Kevin Barry, and Éamon de Valera. Among other writers, poets, and politicians.
Glasnevin Cemetery (also known as Prospect Cemetery) is free to enter, and there is nearby paid parking. But to get the most out of the site, enter the museum, and take a guided tour you should plan on spending around 6 – 15 Euros.
Glasnevin Cemetery Travel Info
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00 (18:00 on the weekends)
Address: Finglas Rd, Northside, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, D11 XA32, Ireland
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (Or IMMA for short) gives visitors a hodgepodge art style to admire.
Living at the crossroads where contemporary art and life meet the IMMA has a vast and diverse collection of artists’ works.
It features a retinue of artists who challenge and inspire one another.
General Admission: Free
Special Exhibition: Price Varies
Paid exhibitions are free on Tuesdays. But advanced booking is recommended.
IMMA Hours and location Info
Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 17:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00-17:30 pm
Address: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland