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5 Top Things To See and Do In Ireland

Published on 02/11/2023

Updated on 26/04/2024

Ireland is known for its rugged coastline, lush countryside and bustling cities.

Visiting a new country can feel overwhelming, especially when you want to ensure that you make the most out of your time there. 

If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful land, you might be curious to learn more about some of the top things to see and do in Ireland.

There are numerous must see tourist attractions in Ireland that you might not be aware of when visiting the country.  

The top things to see and do in Ireland include, but are not limited to:

  1. Dublin Castle 
  2. The Cliffs of Moher
  3. Wicklow Mountains National Park 
  4. National Gallery of Ireland
  5. Glendalough Monastic Site 

1. Dublin Castle 

One of the must see tourist attractions in Ireland and arguably one of the most famous sights in the country is Dublin Castle

Steeped in history and renowned for its stunning architecture, the castle was constructed on the site of a Viking settlement.

Since it was built in 1230, Dublin Castle has served many functions. Now, it attracts thousands of visitors a year and serves as a place for Irish government ceremonies and functions. 

The castle is open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 9:45 am to 5:45 pm so is the perfect attraction when making Dublin part of your private tour of Ireland

You can’t visit the capital without visiting this iconic and historical site.

Dublin Castle, one of the top things to see and do in Ireland.
Steeped in history and renowned for its stunning architecture, Dublin Castle was constructed on the site of a Viking settlement. Now, it attracts thousands of visitors a year and serves as a place for Irish government ceremonies.

2. The Cliffs of Moher

One of the top things to see and do in Ireland is to see the iconic attraction, the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher tower 702 feet above the Atlantic at their highest point and cover 5 miles along the stunning coastline.

There are multiple tours to the Cliffs of Moher available from Doolin all the way to Dublin. 

At Yellow Moon Tours, our Galway and Cliffs of Moher tour and bespoke private guided tour of Ireland offer the perfect opportunity to visit the Cliffs of Moher.

Get in touch with one of our friendly tour guides today to learn more and experience some of the most beautiful sights Ireland has to offer.

The Cliffs of Moher on a tour of top things to see and do in Ireland.
The Cliffs of Moher tower 702 feet above the Atlantic at their highest point and cover 5 miles along the stunning coastline.

3. Wicklow Mountains National Park 

Wicklow Mountains National Park is Ireland’s largest National Park and is one of the must see tourist attractions in Ireland.

From the vast and pristine lakes to the mountainous landscape, this National Park is heaven for any nature lover and is conveniently on Dublin’s doorstep.

With plenty of walking and hiking trails and stunning sightseeing spots, there is something for the whole family at Wicklow Mountains National Park

Entry is free and the National Park also runs a range of activities, lectures, workshops and field trips for groups completely free of charge, making it a budget-friendly attraction for all. 

Wicklow Mountains in Ireland's National Park, one of the top things to see and do in Ireland.
With plenty of walking and hiking trails and stunning views, Wicklow Mountains National Park has something for everyone.

4. National Gallery of Ireland

If the weather is overcast and you’re not sure what to see in Dublin, The National Gallery of Ireland is an attraction that’s perfect for rainy days!

Known as one of the top things to see and do in Ireland, the gallery is home to Ireland’s national art collection and houses works from renowned artists, from Vincent van Gogh to Caravaggio. 

Situated in the heart of Dublin, the gallery is open every day of the week and is perfect for any art lovers.

If you’re looking for an activity that’s not going to break the bank, the National Gallery of Ireland is entirely free!

5. Glendalough Monastic Site

If you plan to visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Glendalough Monastic Site that lies inside the grounds is not one to miss. 

The monuments and lakes can be accessed all year round, and you only need to pay for the car park at the Monastic Site. 

An example of must see tourist attractions in Ireland, the ancient woodlands surrounding the site are wonderful to explore and take a stroll where the monks once wandered. 

Dogs are also welcome in Glendalough, but they will need to be kept on a lead at all times. 

A group of five people hiking up a hill.
A bespoke private tour of Ireland allows you to tick off multiple sights of Ireland in a single day.

How We Can Help 

At Yellow Moon Tours, we offer multiple private tours of Ireland from Dublin.

Our tours include Iconic Dublin, Iconic Dublin and Beyond, Dublin – Spirit and Soul, Glendalough – Myths and Legends, and the Galway and Cliffs of Moher tour.

We also offer a bespoke private tour of Ireland, allowing you to tick off multiple sights of Ireland in a single day and is perfect for families, groups of friends, couples, and solo travellers alike. 

From bustling cities to winding country lanes, idyllic hidden beauty spots, and rolling lush pastures, our tour will open your eyes to the best of beautiful Ireland. 

If you’re interested in seeing more of Ireland, don’t hesitate to visit our website today.

So there you have it! We hope that this article has shown you some of the top things to see and do in Ireland.

For inquiries or questions, contact us at info@yellowmoontours.com or call +02032903665 to book your private tour today. For regular updates, check out our social media on Facebook, X, or Instagram.

Written by Jemima Thomas for Yellow Moon Tours, the private tours specialist covering London, Paris, New York and Ireland.

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