A lot of people visit Ireland for its immense natural beauty but there is a lot more to see there than just unspoiled countryside.
While rural areas are indeed very popular with tourists, so too are the island’s cities and towns.
Most people are unaware that Ireland comprises two separate nations, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. These countries have their own unique and distinct cultures, shaped by their fascinating histories and the people that have settled in them.
Traveling to Ireland can be difficult because there is so much to see, making planning a trip there confusing. This post will cover some of Ireland’s top tourist spots.
The Aran Islands are three rocky islands located off Ireland’s western coast. They have been continuously occupied and inhabited for thousands of years. Traveling to them can be done by taking a small ferry from Doolin, a popular tourist village. In the area around Doolin and on the Aran Islands there are a number of bed and breakfasts for you to stay at. Book your rooms early so you can guarantee places for you and your family. Hotel and bed and breakfast rooms sell out fast in that part of Ireland.
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It is a lively city with active nightlife and many different cafés, bars, and restaurants. Most people travel to Dublin to experience the city’s unique drinking culture. There is a lot more on offer there than just bars, however. You can find a number of different museums, galleries, and cultural institutions in the city of Dublin. If you are traveling there for culture then it is a good idea to do some online research first. Social media is a good place to learn about cultural events and happenings.
Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital city. Like Dublin, it has a vibrant night scene and a rich cultural scene. Belfast is an immensely popular tourist destination which is why you need to book your tickets and flights several weeks in advance of your trip. Booking everything early will help you to guarantee tickets, and rooms, and also save you money. Most hotels and airlines give customers access to discounts when they book early. You may also want to consider searching for discount codes and coupons online before placing reservations.
County Cork is often ranked as one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties. There are many different places to visit and see there. It does need to be noted that County Cork is a rural area and is therefore not as active or exciting as Dublin or Belfast. The vast majority of people stay in bed and breakfasts when they travel to County Cork, as there are not many large towns or cities. County Cork has some of Ireland’s most beautiful churches so if you are interested in architecture then you are guaranteed to have a good time there.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park is a huge national park located in County Kerry, which is down on Ireland’s southwest coast. Killarney National Park was actually Ireland’s first national park, making it a fantastic place for individuals interested in history to visit. The park is large so it is a good idea to take a guidebook or map with you if you’re planning on visiting. It is not uncommon for people to get lost in the park. Be sure to take a cell phone booster with you too so that if you lose signal you can still use your mobile device.
Kilkenny is a very interesting and beautiful area in Ireland for you to visit. Most people go there to check out the historic castle. However, there are also a number of highly-rated pubs and bars in the area. If you are intending on visiting Kilkenny, then again, it is important to reserve hotel rooms several weeks or months before your intended visit. The primary reason for this is that it is a popular tourist destination meaning it can be difficult to secure a room. You may also get a discount, as mentioned earlier on.
Limerick is most famous for its cathedral. There is a lot more to see other than that though. If you do plan on visiting to see the cathedral then it is worth noting that while entry is free, donations are recommended. It is an expensive building to keep and maintain.
Ireland is a fun place to go away on vacation. There are lots of interesting towns, cities, and outdoor spaces for you to see and visit there. Give the locations specified in this post priority as they are the island’s most popular.