If you’re looking for reasons to visit Ireland, you can ask anyone who’s been there and they’ll give you multiple reasons why the country is a great place to visit. Ireland’s one of those places that most people want to visit, and after they do they have nothing but good things to say about their experience. From the food to the pubs and beautiful scenery, there’s so much that Ireland can offer, but here’s seven reasons to start.
1. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
Even if you’re not a beer lover, the Guinness Storehouse is an experience worth having. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland, but the pint is worth the crowd. The brewery has been around since 1759 and has no plans of moving anytime soon. There are seven floors that visitors can go through, with each one housing a different experience, from learning how to pour the perfect pint to panoramic views of Dublin, or explaining how each delicious pint of Guinness is made.
2. Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College was founded in 1592 and has a stunning campus. While you can attend Trinity College as a student, one of the main reasons most people go there is to see the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells contains the Four Gospels written in Latin, with gorgeous illustrations throughout.
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3. The Blarney Stone, Blarney
Have a big presentation or speech to give? Then the Blarney Stone is the place to visit. Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to make the visitor eloquent and persuasive. In order to actually kiss the stone you have to lean backwards while holding onto two railings. Considering well known public speakers have kissed the stone, clearly proves it all worth it.
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4. Bunratty Castle, County Clare
If you’re looking for an interesting place to eat, you should check out Bunratty Castle. The castle and the grounds around it are filled with history, as it’s built on was once an ancient Viking trading camp, and it was taken over by both Irish chieftains and English kings. Outside the castle itself, visitors can experience a traditional medieval feast on the grounds, with servers dressed in authentic garb. The meal also has background music played by a medieval instrument quartet, and the guests are seated family-style like how people would’ve sat together during medieval times.
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5. Brú na Bóinne, County Meath
For people who love history and wide open spaces, look no further than Brú na Bóinne, considered one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes. The area is dominated by three large passage tombs, but there are also 90 other monuments to be seen here. All of this can be seen by going on a formal tour from the visitor center.
6. Slieve League Cliffs, County Donegal
The Slieve League Cliffs are some of the tallest sea cliffs in all of Europe, giving its visitors absolutely stunning views. There’s a cute, little visitor center and a cafe that you can go to before actually going up the cliffs. To travel up to the top, you can either drive hike up if you’re feeling especially active. There are guided walks offered as well.
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7. The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills
The Giant’s Causeway is a completely natural phenomenon that looks like either someone created it or it came from another planet. This beautiful landscape is mainly comprised of rocks that are shaped like hexagon tubes placed next to each other, creating the appearance of them being stepping stones. Some say this was caused by volcanic eruption, others think it was caused by an actuall giant. Whatever you believe, everyone can agree that it’s a stunning sight to behold.
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