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Ireland has a reputation for being a magical, green and pleasant land where the people are friendly, and there’s always a good time to be had, and you know what? It doesn’t disappoint! If you’ve never been to Ireland before, you should definitely add it to your travel bucket list. Once you’ve done that, here are some of the key places that you’ll want to see while you’re there:
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
There are lots of amazing things to do in Dublin, but if you want to do something a little different and learn a little bit about Irish independence, then Kilmainham Gaol is the place to do it. You’ll find out all about the uprising of 1916, and get some great photos of the old jail. If you’re lucky and you turn up on the right day, you might even get to see a recreation of the important event! Either way, you’ll have a very interesting and informative time.
The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim
The Giant’s Causeway is probably Ireland’s most famous landmarks and one of the most well-known landmarks in the world. Basically, it is made up of a whole lot of basalt rock columns – around 40,000 in fact. Legend has it the causeway was built, as the name might suggest, by a giant Finn MacCool, so that he could cross the waters and fight a Scottish giant by the name of Benandonner for a girl. You probably won’t see any giants while you’re there, but the scene will take your breath away, that’s for sure.
Dunluce Castle in Antrim
Located not too far away from the famous Giant’s Causeway, you’ll find this amazing castle, which is located right on the side of a sweeping cliff. Stunning views and epic selfies are to be had there. If you’re a history buff, you will absolutely love this place.
Drink Guinness at Kehoe’s Pub in Dublin
This quaint little pub might not be the first place you think of visiting, or even the tenth when you’re in Dublin, but it is the place to go if you want the typical Irish pub experience. Sip on a Guinness, have a craic with the locals and soak up the ambience – you won’t regret it.
Kiss the Blarney Stone in County Cork
Kissing the Blarney stone is pretty much obligatory if you’re down County Cork way. One of the most famous stones in the world, it’s said that once you pucker up and give it a kiss, you will be gifted with eloquence. Sound like a tall tale? There’s only one way to find out!
The Japanese Gardens of Kildare
Ireland has a beautiful scenery all of its own, and you’ll want to take in as much of that as you can while you’re there, but you should also make an effort to visit these wonderful Japanese gardens, which are as beautiful, exotic and fragrant as you’d expect – they provide a great contrast to the rugged beauty that makes up most of Ireland.
Fota Wildlife Park in Cork
If you love you some animals, and you can’t get enough of exotic creatures like lemurs and kangaroos, then you won’t be disappointed by a trip to this park which is home to some of the most beautiful specimens around. It’s all just a short distance away from Cork city centre, which is also worth a visit!
The Ring of Kerry in Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is located in the Dingle area of Kerry, and it’s a great place to go if you love exploring nature’s bounty and taking in the view. The stunning cliffs are sure to impress you, as are the wild growing fungi, which are worth a look, and the many dolphins you might if you’re lucky, spot swimming off the coast. Just bare in mind that it’s a little out of the way so that transportation may be needed.
See Grafton Street in Dublin at Christmas
If you’re lucky enough to be in Ireland during the festive season, then you are not going to want to miss out on a trip to Grafton Street. Why? Because this street is lit up like you wouldn’t believe. If you love all of the sparkle and shine that comes with Christmas and you want to soak up some serious festive atmosphere, it is the only place to be.
Visit any of these amazing Irish attractions, and I can assure you that you won’t be one little bit disappointed. It’s an amazing country, and these are amazing places!