Our can’t-miss Bucket List of iconic sights and main attractions to help you plan your dream vacation to Ireland
As the Celtic Experts, of course we’re going to show you all the top experiences you can have in Ireland including a few hidden surprises you never knew existed… but when it comes to planning the perfect trip, let’s start with the iconic sights and main attractions first. Make note of these bucket list items for when we help map out your dream vacation to the Emerald Isle.
1) Guinness Storehouse
Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where you’ll experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer. With a 250-year history, you’ll be taken through the intricate architecture of this seven-story museum where you’ll learn to pour “The Perfect Pint”. Top off the day at the Gravity Bar and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
2) Titanic Belfast
Shining ominously in the ocean’s wake, the strange beauty of this building will give you chills. Situated on the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, this is where the ill-fated maiden voyage began. Take a tour through the past and transport yourself back in time to the elegant “Golden Age” of ocean travel as you walk through the many exhibits of the Titanic Belfast museum.
3) Cliffs of Moher
Dubbed the most beautiful place in Ireland, this UNESCO World Heritage site must surely be at the top of your Emerald Isle bucket list. Step away from the liveliness of the city for a breath of fresh Irish air and as you glance over the Cliffs of Moher and listen closely for the whispers of ancient folklore blowing in the wind. These famous rock formations can and will have you walking away with an entirely new perspective on life.
4) Blarney Castle & Gardens
It’s easy to see why Blarney Castle has attracted thousands of Bucket List seekers for centuries. Built nearly 600 years ago, there are several myths behind its magical fortified walls. Legend has it that a visit here can change your life forever and leave you with the gift of gab… that is, only if you’re daring enough to hang upside-down and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Have you got what it takes?
5) Temple Bar
You’ve seen it in every picture of Dublin; with its bright red doors welcoming locals and visitors alike into its lively, boisterous atmosphere. People come from all over the world to snap a photo in front of the iconic Temple Bar before having a pint (or two) of course. The characters you meet here will have you telling stories for years to come.
6) Peace Wall & Street Art
You’ve heard the saying, “if these walls could talk…” Well in Belfast, Northern Ireland, they do. Hop into a snazzy old-fashioned black cab and let one of our experienced drivers escort you around the city. Mural after mural, you’ll learn about the Troubles of Ireland and see how the locals used street art as a means of expression. Go beyond the history books and get up close & personal to moments that have been captured in time.
7) Ring of Kerry
Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’ on a day tour to admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas. Or perhaps opt for a jaunting cart ride for a different way to see the National Park.
8) Killarney National Park
Ready to be awe-struck? Those photo libraries won't know what hit them after capturing the landscapes of the great outdoors in Killarney National Park. This Biosphere Reserve covers over 10,000 hectares of woods, waterfalls, mountains and lakes. Plus, with our exclusive Local Specialist, Linda Woods, you will become fully immersed even further into the stories behind this magical park.
9) Dublin Castle
One of the most important buildings in Irish history, Dublin Castle has held many roles throughout the years. Built in the early 1200’s, it’s part of the oldest surviving architecture found in the city. Once a Viking settlement, it eventually become the center of English power for over seven centuries before being overturned by the Irish Free State in 1922. It’s beauty has even graced the screen in numerous films including Michael Collins, Becoming Jane and the television series The Tudors.
10) St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Take a step back in time to medieval Dublin as you enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral with its 800-year history. The largest cathedral in Ireland was once the temporary home to Jonathan Swift; author of Gulliver’s Travels. St Patrick’s Cathedral is rich with gothic architecture and is currently being restored to its original 13th century glory. Explore the building’s many exhibits including a specially commissioned tree sculpture in memoriam of World War I and you might get the chance to hear its famous choir that performs during school terms in the Lady Chapel.