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Guinness Storehouse and National Gallery retain top spots as Ireland sees an up of five percent in tourists. Photo by: Getty

Ireland names the most popular tourist attractions of 2013 (PHOTOS)

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Guinness Storehouse and National Gallery retain top spots as Ireland sees an up of five percent in tourists. Photo by: Getty

A list of Ireland’s most visited attractions (free entry and paid) of 2013 has been released with the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo and then National Gallery of Ireland topping the lists.

Ireland’s national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland, released their annual list which is seen as a definitive list of what tourists do and see in Ireland. Their list is compiled by ranking the numbers of visitors per year.

Overall Ireland recorded a five percent increase in visitors for the year.

Recent figures from the Irish government's Central Statistics Office show that the number of overseas visitors to Ireland during January to May of this year increased by nine percent.

The Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar said, "It's good to see visitor numbers growing at so many of our key attractions, and it's further proof that Irish tourism is going from strength to strength".

"Visitors like to have a wide range of things to see and do, and Ireland has some fantastic free and paid attractions. That’s why the Government continues to invest in new attractions and in refreshing established ones," he added.

CEO of Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn said, "Today's research provides another positive piece of news for tourism as our visitor attractions are quite clearly experiencing the same growth that we are seeing right across the tourism sector."

Here are 2013’s results:

Top ten fee-charging attractions 2013

The most remarkable change in this list is that the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience saw a ten percent boost over the last year.

1. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin: 1,157,090


2. Dublin Zoo: 1,026,611


3. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Co. Clare: 960,134


4. National Aquatic Centre, Dublin: 858,031


5. Book of Kells, Dublin: 588, 723


6. Tayto Park, Co. Meath: 435,000


7. St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin: 410.000


8. Fota Wildlife Park, Cork: 365,396


9. Blarney Castle, Cork: 365,000


10. Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin: 326,207


Top ten free attractions 2013

The National Gallery topped the list, as it did in 2012. However, the newest entry on the list is the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Kildare.

1. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin: 641,572


2. National Botanic Gardens, Dublin: 550,000


3. Farmleigh, Dublin: 435,476


4. National Museum, Archaeology, Dublin: 404,230


5. Newbridge Silverware, Kildare: 350,000


6. Science Gallery, Dublin: 339,264


7. National Museum, Natural History, Dublin: 284,323


8. National Library of Ireland, Dublin: 260,323


9. National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin: 251,226


10. Chester Beatty Library: 250,659


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