The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin are again the most-visited heritage site in Ireland, drawing over 500,000 visitors in the past year, the Irish Examiner reported.
Despite its top place, visits to the Botanic Gardens fell from the previous year, which Paul Maher, curator of the gardens, blamed on bad weather.
Farmleigh House just beat out Kilmainham Gaol for second place on the list, drawing 315, 464 visitors, over 45,000 more than the previous year.
President Obama’s and Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Farmleigh House helped increase its popularity, according to Bridgeen Kelly, Farmleigh House manager. Farmleigh also increased its open hours this year, adding convenience for visitors, she said.
The Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary nabbed fourth place, with the Brú na Bóinne site of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth in Co Meath coming in fifth.
The Office of Public Works’ scheme to increase tourism by allowing free entry to heritage sites on the first Wednesday of every month continues to see great success, the Examiner reported.