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:
Dublin Zoo: 1,029,417
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience: 873,988
National Aquatic Centre: 813,406
Book of Kells: 561,259
Tayto Park: 391,000
St Patrick’s Cathedral: 385,000
Fota Wildlife Park: 377,500
Top ten free attractions:
The National Gallery of Ireland:660,486
National Botanic Gardens: 544,685
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St: 409,275
Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin: 302,171
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion St: 290,927
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts , Collins Barracks: 271,309
Chester Beatty Library: 255,704
Holy Cross Abbey: 240,000
The National Library of Ireland: 180,320