Things to Do & See in Ireland

Ireland is located in the European Union and is noted for its rolling green pastures, delicious cuisine and historical landmarks. A vacation to Ireland is sure to produce positive, lasting memories and the desire to return. Whether it's your first or 70th time visiting the Irish nation, consider checking out these Ireland hot spots while you're roaming the country.
Ireland Castles

There are countless castles in Ireland, many of which are exquisite and offer a deep sense of history. One of the most famous is Blarney Castle, built in 1446 and home to the famous Blarney Stone. It is located in Blarney Village in the southern part of the country. Another popular castle is Dublin Castle, a grand spectacle located in Dublin, Ireland's capital city.

Blarney Castle
Blarney, Ireland
353-21-438-5252
www.blarneycastle.ie

Dublin Castle
Great Ship St
Dublin 2, Ireland
353-1-677-7129
www.dublincastle.ie

Guinness Brewery

A trip to the original Guinness brewery will enhance your trip to Ireland, even if you're not a beer connoisseur. This world- famous brewery is in Dublin and was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. Tours are offered daily and guests can sample various types of beer along the way.

Guinness Storehouse Brewery
St James's Gate
Dublin 8
353-1-408-4800
www.guinness-storehouse.com/

St. Patrick's Cathedral

This world-renown cathedral is comparable to St. Peter's Basilica and Notre Dame in its presence, history and architectural genius. It's the largest church located in Dublin and its rich historical background makes it a hot spot for most tour routes.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close
Dublin 8, Ireland
353-1-453-9472
www.stpatrickscathedral.ie

Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney are in County Kerry and located in one of the most breathtaking areas in Europe. There are mountains surrounding three lakes, all near the town of Killarney. There are many small islands in the area, and a castle is also located there. Queen Victoria herself explored the nearby Muckross House, a beautiful home harking back to the 19th century.

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