10 must-see historic and cultural sites in Ireland
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.
The most famous tourist spot in Ireland, the Blarney Castle is a short venture out from Cork City, County Cork. Though best known for the stone, Blarney Castle is a historic site with lots of information about pre-Christian times and battling clans in Ireland. Those who venture to the top of the castle can lean (backwards) over the edge and kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab, while others may just want to watch.
Recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, The Cliffs of Moher are a stunning tourist destination on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. The cliffs range in height from 120 meters (394 feet) above the Atlantic, to 214 meters (702 feet). Tours of the cliffs include views from the edge and boat tours beside them. A lot of wildlife habitat near the cliffs which make for fun field spotting games.
Craggaunowen, the Living Past
This archeological open-air museum settled in County Clare, tells the story of Ireland’s most famous clan, the Celts. The historic site features many ancient dwellings and built structures dating back to the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. There is also a replica of the boat believe to be used by Ireland’s king Brendan, who discovered the Emerald Isle. Ring forts and castles are also on the Craggauowen grounds, which show the history and fortitude of the ancient Irish.