My top ten places to visit in Ireland - tourist attractions that everyone on vacation should see
From St. Patrick’s Relic to “Riverdance” - my top choices in Ireland
The Book of Kells is an illuminated, or decorated, copy of the Gospels written about 800AD and a fantastic example of Celtic knotwork. It’s held in Trinity College Dublin and there is an easy to follow and informative exhibit on Irish monasteries before the book itself.
The Book of Kells was rebound in four volumes in 1953 for conservative reasons and two volumes are normally on display. One is open to a fully decorated page and the other is open to the beginning of text.
Admission to see the Book of Kells also includes a visit to the Long Room of the library, which hosts a menagerie of artifacts.
2. Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Built in 1871, the Gaiety Theatre is home to many plays and musicals, including the original Irish dance hit, “Riverdance”.
The theatre hosts a wide range of shows; and will soon be hosting a performance of “Steel Magnolias.”
On Friday and Saturday nights the theatre transforms into an in demand venue featuring various bands, DJ’s, and movies.
After the show take a stroll down Grafton Street, a chic shopping area of Dublin.
With a far reaching range of collections and exhibits holding almost four million objects and specimens, the National Museum of Ireland is sure to have something for everyone.
Notable pieces include the Ardagh Chalice, St. Patrick’s bell and shrine, and the spooky bog bodies, Iron Age bodies well preserved in Ireland’s peat bogs.
The Museum also offers family friendly tours and activities.
Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic example of a medieval fortress in Ireland.
The castle contains 15th and 16th century furnishings and has a real dungeon. The grounds beyond the castle encompass over 30 buildings including several homes, a school house, and post office and represent daily life in the 19th century.
After a day of exploring the park, guests may stay for dinner at either a Traditional Irish Night featuring music, song and dance, or the Bunratty Medieval Banquet with a show by the Bunratty Castle Entertainers.
5. Temple Bar, Dublin
Stop in for a pint and enjoy the craic with the locals in the heart of Dublin’s fair city. Temple Bar contains a wide range of pubs and restaurants and shops. Between 25th January and 29th January, there is the 7th annual Temple Bar Tradfest, which hosts film screenings, internationally renowned artists, and festival concerts. Temple Bar is full of energy and a must see in Dublin.
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