Ireland is the ancestral home for many modern-day Americans. Come here you want to see where your relatives originally hailed from or just enjoy one of the most fascinating places in Europe.
Ireland Things To Do
Ireland is home to ancient castles and contemporary cities. Combine them both with a visit here.
In Dublin’s Fair City
The heart of contemporary Ireland is Ireland’s biggest city. Dublin is where to go to get in touch with today’s Irish. You will want to allow enough time to see sights such as Dublin Castle, the academic halls and exhibits of Trinity College such as the 804 Book of Kells, the River Liffey that flows through the center, and Christchurch Cathedral that dates back over nine centuries. Get across the river via the Ha’penny Bridge. Explore the fight for Irish independence in 1916 along a walking tour devoted to bringing that period to life.
If you want to trace your own heritage, you can start at Queenstown. This was a departure point for many Irish immigrants during the great migration. Many ships left Cobn for a new life in America.
The Waterford Crystal Factory
Ireland is famous for many exporting many fine items. One of the most famous Irish goods is crystal. A Waterford crystal factory tour has a museum that demonstrates how this delicate item is still made today.
The Rings of Kerry
Circling the Iveragh Peninsula, the 110 mile road will bring you along some of the loveliest places in Ireland. This is the heart of County Kerry next to the Irish Sea and home to places like Ross Castle, a 15th century tower, and Killarney, an ancient town prominent in Irish history. There’s a Victorian mansion with acres of gardens called Muckross House you can tour. You can rent a car and drive the many wandering roads or take a guided tour by bus. This is a whole day trip. Another popular whole day drive in Ireland is the Dingle Peninsula. The Peninsula meanders across another part of County Kerry. This was the Gaelic speaking part of Ireland and the language can still be heard here today. Look for Iron Age forts and Stone Age houses that still stand, along with lots of sheep farmers happy to let you take their picture.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Ireland.