Looking to save money on your vacation this year? Heritage Island is here to help!
HeritageIsland.com represents the top attractions and heritage towns in Ireland, and they've set up a special coupon page online at www.heritageisland.com to help tourists save their hard-earned cash this year.
They've a special pass online which offers discounts and two-for-one deals at several of Ireland's top tourism sites.
For example, if you are in Dublin, you can get a two-for-one deal to enter the Croke Park Experience, and a 10 per cent discount on entry into the Guinness Storehouse, big breaks on two must-do- things in the capital. Also if you are over one the West Coast, you can save 25 per cent off admission to the Atlantic Edge Exhibition at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center. Savings no to be sniffed at in the current economic climate!
Here are ten of our favorite places to places to use coupons on. Enjoy!
Dublin: Croke Park Experience
Headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), 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 yards). The museum at Croke Park holds 125 years of GAA history and is a must-see spot for any Gaelic sports fan.
Dublin: Guinness Storehouse:
No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to St. James Gate and the Guinness Store house. Travel up the seven 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 plain 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.
Wicklow: Powerscourt Gardens
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 and walking paths. The 18th century gardens and estate sit amongst the foothills of the beautiful 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 China, Japan and Australia. The center has an exhibit at the moment called “Sounds of History,” which explores the history and importance of Irish performing arts.
Dunbrody Emigrant Ship:
See where the journey to leave Ireland began for nearly one third of the country’s population in the 19th century. In Co. Wexford, off the River Barrow, a replica of the Dunbrody ship is available for tours. Visitors can see what it was like for their ancestors centuries 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 trip from Cork City. 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.
Cliffs of Moher
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 Co. 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 believed 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.
West Ireland (Galway-Killary-Sligo):
There are beautiful panoramic views to be seen from Killary Harbour. Ireland’s own fjord, Killary Harbor features catamaran tours and cruises, which are still a smooth ride, even in rainy Irish weather. The fjord winds its way between Galway and Mayo and is a scenic yet relaxing tour of some of Ireland’s natural wonders.
Originally a Gaelic Maguire stronghold, the Enniskillen Castle Museum in County Fermanagh has been completely refurbished and is now a living museum, which re-enactors and costumed tour guides. Special exhibits happen year-round and include artifacts and information about Irish history, art, music and archeology.