Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction. The interior has been furnished by Lord Gort with tapestries & artifacts from various eras in the history
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin
Dublin Castle fulfilled number of roles through history Originally built as a defensive fortification for Norman city it later evolved into a royal residence. Dublin Castle was formerly the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Most of the complex dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland.
Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison, located in Kilmainham in Dublin, which is now a museum. It has been run since the mid-1980s by the Office of Public Works (O.P.W.), an Irish Government agency.
Trinity is located in the centre of Dublin, Ireland, on College Green opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament. Library of Trinity College is a copyright library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million books. The Book of Kells is by far the Library's most famous book and is located in the Old Library, along with the Book of Durrow, the Book of Howth and other ancient texts.
Áras an Uachtaráin is the official home of the President of Ireland. The original house was designed by park ranger and amateur architect, Nathaniel Clements in the mid eighteenth century. It was bought by the administration of the British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to become his summer residence in the 1780s.
Visit Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century mansion with an exquisite chapel and reception rooms. The Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Originally called Kylemore Castle, it was built between 1863 and 1868 as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy politician from Manchester.
At Molly Gallivan you will experience the simple lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity and modern conveniences. Her farm is complete with animals, fowl and traditional farm machinery.
Adjacent to the castle is Alnwick Gardens, just ten years ago this site was derelict and forgotten but today the gardens are extremely beautiful and inspiring. It is a formal garden set around a cascading fountain.
Ashford Castle, surrounded by the immense lawns and beautiful forests of its 350 acre private estate, overlooking the sparkling waters and picturesque islands of Lough Corrib, is so grand, so beautiful, and so magical, that it is hard to believe your imagination is not playing tricks on you. Yet real it is. In the 13th century a monastery stood on this site, but this was replaced by a castle which became the home of the Guinness brewing family in 1715. They massively extended the house and estate over the next two hundred years and in 1939 it became one of Ireland’s most impressive and renowned hotels.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on the banks of the river Shannon adjacent to St Peter and Pauls Church and the Luan Gallery. It was reopened in November 2012 following extensive renovations.
Ballintubber Abbey is situated two kilometres northeast of the village of Ballintubber, County Mayo in Ireland. Ballintubber Abbey has been used continuously for worship since its foundation in 1216, even though burned down by Cromwell in 1653. In 441 St. Patrick had founded a church on the same site.
The centre is located on the River Boyne just north of Donore Village at the recently restored 18th Century Oldbridge House; The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre has free access to the battle site, parklands, gardens and some lovely picnic areas.
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the Stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
Borris house is one of most important country houses in Ireland. It is one of the very few houses in Ireland that is still occupied by the family for whom it was built and it still contains a great deal of its original furniture, paintings & documentary.
Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre and learn all about the burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old and visit one of the tombs. The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange.
Cahir Castle is one of the largest ancient castles in Ireland. Standing tall, the castle appears to grow out of the rock, now situated in the town centre, Cahir castle is well preserved and has a guided tour and audiovisual show in multiple languages.
Carlow Courthouse is considered to be one of the finest courthouses in the country, it was designed by William Vitruvius Morrison in 1830. The building was made possible by the generous patronage of the Bruen family of Oak Park.
The largest and one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe. Carrowmore is the site of a prehistoric ritual landscape on the Knocknarea or Cúil Irra Peninsula in County Sligo in Ireland. It is one of the four major passage tomb cemeteries.
Visit the multi-award winning Centre, which has exhibitions, audio-visual show and tearooms and take a guided tour with our professional guides and discover a buried wall for yourself using a centuries old method of probing.
The monastery of Clonmacnoise is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. It was visited by the Pope in 1979. The site can be visited for a fee, via an Interpretative Centre.
The centre is based around the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O'Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840's when he was evicted from his home. Guided tours are both entertaining & educational.
Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Home to the Gaelic Athletic Association
Dunguaire Castle is is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvara. The castle's 75 foot-tower and its defensive wall have been restored to excellent condition, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. It is thought to be the most-photographed castle in Ireland.
Galway Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St.Nicholas. the large octagonal dome of Galway’s Cathedral rises above the roofs of the medieval city
Originally the GPO was situated on the site of the Commerical Buildings which are now the site of the Central Bank. The GPO is most famously known for serving as the headquarters of the Leaders of the Irish Volunteers during the Easer Rising of 1916.
Glasnevin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Ireland and was first opened in 1832. It was established as a place where people of all religions and none could bury their dead with dignity.
Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several typical Irish cottages, known as a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy cove of Glen Bay Beach in the Irish-speaking area (Gaeltacht ) of South West Donegal. Built and managed by local people, the folk village is one of Ireland's best living-history museums.
Glendalough is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and destroyed in 1398 by English troops.
The Hill of Tara located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Leinster. It contains a number of ancient monuments, according to tradition.
Head out into the countryside to see some of the Forty Shades of Green. Visit Jerpoint Abbey to see romantic ruins with Romanesque details and a delightful cloister arcade with unique carvings.
A visit to ‘Jerpoint Park’ takes you on a journey back to medieval times where you feel part of a very rare and special place. Set amidst beautiful Kilkenny countryside between two rivers - The Nore and the Little Arrigle.
Kilkenny Castle was the seat of the Butler family. There are ornamental gardens on the city side of the castle, and extensive land and gardens to the front. It has become one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland.
Experience 800 years of history in Limerick City. King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Heritage Precinct, on the River Shannon
The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church.
Leighlinbridge Castle, also called Black Castle, is situated in the village of Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland, on the River Barrow, and was one of Ireland’s earliest Norman castles. In 1180 Hugh de Lacy built the first castle here to defend the river crossing. This place has had an eventful history. During the fourteenth century, the Kavanaghs reclaimed most of their land including the castle in Leighlinbridge, which the Kings of England had to pay "Black Rent" for peaceful passage of the main road through Leinster, for one hundred and fifty years.
Leinster House also known as the House of the Oireachtas (Tithe an Oireachtais) is the seat of the two Houses of the Oireachas( the National Parliament) encompassing of Dáil Eireann (The house of Representatives) and the Seanad Eireann (The Senate). It is claimed it was modelled on the White House, the residence of the President of the United States. In 1815 the Third Duke of Leinster sold the mansion to the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) for 10,000 pounds together with a yearly rent of 600 pounds.
Lismore Castle is located in the town of Lismore. It was largely re-built in the Gothic style during the mid-nineteenth century by William Cavendish. The castle site was originally occupied by Lismore Abbey, an important monastery and seat of learning established in the early 7th century. It was still an ecclesiastical centre when Henry II, King of England stayed here in 1171, and except for a brief period after 1185 when his son King John of England built a 'castellum' here, it served as the episcopal residence of the local bishop.
Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was responsible for its design. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed world wide for their splendour and beauty.
Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt. Foremost among the passage-tombs of Europe, Newgrange has long evoked the wonder of archaeologists and laymen alike.
The name Poulnabrone literally means 'The hole of the sorrows' and is one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The thin capstone sits on two high portal stones to create a chamber in low cairn.
Powerscourt House & Gardens is a popular tourist attraction & includes a golf course, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and a Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Rathfarnham Castle has a very colorful and interesting history. The castle is a large white four storey Georgian house consisting of a square house with towers at each corner, it is set in formal gardens and on part of the estate visitors can see a Roman Triumphal Arch used as the grand entrance.
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings is a historic site in Ireland's province of Munster, located at Cashel, Co.Tipperary.
Ross Castle is located in Killarney National Park on the edge of Lough Leane in County Kerry. The Castle was one of the last castles in Ireland and the last in Munster to surrender to the Cromwell Army during the Irish Confederate Wars. Cromwell’s army headed by General Ludlow could not breach its walls.
Staigue Fort is probably the finest example of a stone fort in Ireland. It is built of stone common to this district and is almost circular. It is situated three miles from Sneem on the Ring of Kerry and it stands on a low hill in an amphiteatre of rugged hills open to the sea on the south.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary Blessed Virgin has had a long and eventful history. No trip to the City is complete without visiting this historic building at the very heart of this ancient metropolis
Cross Strangford Lough by ferry to visit the St. Patrick Centre and the saint’s grave at Down Cathedral. Down Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. It stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery, built in 1183.
Travel to County Leitrim to visit Strokestown Park House. There are three parts to see - the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum. The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine
Trim Castle in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, on the shores of the Boyne has an area of 30,000 m². It is the remains of the largest Norman castle in Europe, and Ireland's largest castle.
Walls of Derry. A walk around Derry’s walls reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene. Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities
Drumcliff is a village nestled under the foot of Benbulben just north orf Sligo Town. It is more famous now as the final resting place of W B Yeats whose grave is in the churchyard under a simple headstone with the inscription