The top ten must-see historic and cultural sites in Ireland
Guides and discounts to Ireland's best tourist attraction
In tough recession times both here and overseas, Ireland’s tourism may have slowed down, but HeritageIsland.com is providing travelers with guides and discounts to some of Ireland’s best historic and cultural spots.
There’s so much to do in Ireland, HertiageIsland.com has carefully picked out some of the most worth-while attractions to see, that not only education on Irish lore and legend, but also modern culture.
Here they are, split up by region:
Croke Park Experience
Home to the Gaelic Athletic Associate, Croke Park is the largest athletic stadium in Ireland. The historic stadium in the heart of Dublin has also been the venue for more than a dozen of Ireland’s biggest concerts, including U2, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner. Tour the stadium, which holds 82,300 people and take a look at the full pitch, 144.5 by 88 meters (roughly 158 by 96 yard). The museum at Croke Park holds 125 years of GAA history and is a must-see spot for any Gaelic sports fan.
No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to St. James Gate and the Guinness Store house. Travel up the 7 floors and learn how Arthur Guinness came up with his famous stout. Learn how to pour the perfect pint and get a free pint of Guinness on the top floor at the Gravity Bar. Don’t forget to take a look at the breath-taking view from the top, where you can see all of Dublin.
THE MIDLANDS (surrounding Dublin):
Take a moment out of the cities and take in some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside. In Co. Wicklow, just outside of Dublin are the Powercourt Gardens, with more than 47 acres of beautiful gardens, topiaries, walking paths. The 18th century gardens and estate sit amongst the foothills of the Wicklow mountains.
Near the Rock of Cashel, the Brú Ború Cultural Centre teaches and informs about Irish music, song, dance and theater. The tradition of Irish music and performance has been taken all over the world by the Brú Ború center, including Chinam Japan and Australia. The center has an exhibit at the moment, “Sounds of History”, which explores the history and importance of Irish performing arts.
Dunbrody Emigrant Ship
See where the journey began for nearly 1/3 of the Irish population in the 19th century. In County Wexford, off the River Barrow, a replica of the Dunbrody ship is available for tours. Visitors can see what it was like for their centuries decades ago. The majestic tall ship still has original emigrant rosters and memorials as well as documents containing the ship’s history.