Guinness Storehouse tops Irish tourist attractions list (PHOTOS)


The home of the “black stuff”, the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, continues to be the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, according to a Ireland’s tourism development authority's survey with over a million visitors..

Not only is it top of of the list with 1,087,209 visitors but the famed St James’ Gate location has seen its tourist numbers grow by six percent.

According to  Fáilte Ireland's list of top attractions for 2012 Dublin Zoo came in second place and a newcomer to the top ten was Tayto Park, home to Ireland’s famous cheese and onion chips.

The Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, came in third, and they also experienced an increase of eight percent with almost 874,000 visitors. Ireland’s National Aquatic Centre and children’s Aquazone, in Blanchardstown, Dublin, came in fourth with 813,406 visitors.

Fáilte Ireland's survey listed the top free attractions with the number one on this list being the National Gallery of Ireland, which also ranked fifth on the paid attraction list. Also listed on the free attraction were the Book of Kells, at Trinity College, the National Botanic Gardens, in Glasnevin, Dublin and the National Museum of Ireland Archeology.

Here’s a full rundown of the top paid attractions and the number of visitors:

Guinness Storehouse:1,087,209

Guinness Storehouse - 1,025,677 visitors

Dublin Zoo: 1,029,417

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience: 873,988

National Aquatic Centre: 813,406

Book of Kells: 561,259

Book of Kells - 524,119 visitors

Tayto Park: 391,000


St Patrick’s Cathedral: 385,000

St Patrick's Cathedral - 362,000 visitors

Fota Wildlife Park: 377,500

Fota Island Resort, Cork

Blarney Castle:329,000

Blarney Castle - 325,000 visitors

Kilmainham Gaol:310,910

Kilmainham Gaol - 294,095 visitors

Top ten free attractions:

The National Gallery of Ireland:660,486

National Gallery - 624,412 visitors

National Botanic Gardens: 544,685

The Old Palm House is the main glass house in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St: 409,275

National Museum of Archaeology - 402,582 visitors

Farmleigh: 375,064

Farmleigh - 315,464 visitors

Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin: 302,171

Science Gallery - 242,833 visitors