Tourism in Ireland

Welcome to Ireland! Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted with castles and is sure to put a sparkle in your eye. You’ll love its friendly people, laid-back attitude, troubled yet fascinating history, and its rugged, romantic landscapes. This is “the land of saints and scholars,” with more Nobel Prize winners for literature than any other country in the world. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer. The 9th-century Book of Kells and other illustrated manuscripts are on show in Dublin’s Trinity College Library.  There is something here for everyone!

Before, after, or even during CRYO2022, don't miss Dublin's top visitor sights!

Got some extra holiday time? Visit Ireland's top destinations.

Cliffs of Moher

Spectacular cliffs stretching 700 feet over the rugged Atlantic coast is part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark and is a Special Protected Area for Birds and Wildlife, home to 35 species of birds.  A short walk to O’Brien’s Tower provides an excellent lookout on Ireland’s beautiful western shoreline.

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.  The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist destination: this large stretch of staircase-shaped rocks is the result of cooled lava from volcanic eruptions that took place over 65 million years ago.

The Rock of Cashel

Ireland’s most visited heritage site, the Rock of Cashel stars in countless images of the Emerald Isle. Perched upon a limestone rock formation in the Golden Vale, this magnificent group of medieval buildings includes the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 12th-century round tower, a 15th-century castle, and a 13th-century Gothic cathedral.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a  179km circular scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point, with several boats from Portmagee making the 12km crossing during the warmer months.