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9 Really 'Touristy' Attractions In Ireland That Are Actually Worth A Visit

By logan

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


Don't get me wrong, I'm all about avoiding the tourist traps – in nearly any city. 

However, sometimes we look past the reasons why these are tourist traps in the first place – they typically have something unique and amazing to offer.

I've met countless people who have lived in Ireland their whole lives yet never seen the Cliffs of Moher, or didn't even know Glendalough National Park existed.

What a shame. 

Now and then, it's nice to act the tourist in your own country.

And here are nine perfect places to do just that.

1. The Old Jameson Distillery 

Located in both Dublin and Cork, this is where you'll learn where the legend of John Jameson began. 

This tour is entirely entertaining and informative – plus you'll later appreciate whisky even more than you already do. 

The best part? The comparative tasting – and the refreshing Jameson Ginger and Lime at the end. 

100% worth it. 

2. Killarney National Park

Here's an absolute beaut that many locals often completely disregard. 

Venture out to Killarney for a weekend (or even a day), and experience gorgeous rolling hills and lake views on a cycle. 

Check the ever-famous Muckross House off your list as well. 

Believe me, you will leave pleasantly surprised. 

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3. The Cliffs of Moher 

I know – pretty mainstream. But genuinely, Ireland's most visited tourist attraction has some serious magic and charm about it. 

You've seen the photos, you've heard the talk, but none of it does these views justice.

People fly thousands of miles to pay these cliffs a visit. Go and see 'em for yourself!

You'll come to appreciate this little island that much more. 

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4. The Guinness Storehouse

As Guinness is basically worshiped here, it should be a given for all to have heard the true tale of how this legendary liquid was established. 

This €16 tour is truly worth it – from the production process, to the brilliant advertising, to the pint pouring, and finally, the gravity bar at the end. 

The pints taste even better than usual when you're overlooking Dublin City. Hard to avoid the tourists, but paying a visit during the week would be your best bet. 

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5. Powerscourt Estate

One of the World's Greatest Gardens is just an hours drive from Dublin in County Wicklow.

This estate is so contrastingly different than anything else in Ireland. 

There's an Italian and Japanese garden that are both eccentrically beautiful, and you'll feel like a giant 'cos everything is so dainty and detailed.

Oh, and I can't forget to mention the stellar view of Sugar Loaf Mountain. 


6. Glendalough National Park

Another well-known spot in Wicklow, this is the 'honeypot' of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The lake is honestly a remarkable site, and there are plenty of walking trails near to get high-up views. 

Get out there, and breath the fresh, fresh air. 

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7. Titanic Belfast

This museum is absolutely riveting. Explore the depths of the world's most famous ship by seeing the shipyard, walking the decks and uncovering the truth of this legend, in the city where it all began. 

Here's some rich history that you wouldn't want to miss, folks. It's much too close to pass up, anyway. 

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8. Dingle Peninsula 

National Geographic once described the western Dingle Peninsula as "one of the most beautiful places on Earth.” 

Not in Ireland... not in Europe... but on Earth. Even locals will stop to gawk at the beauty of this rugged coastline. 

The best part, too, is that it's actually not flooded with tourists, as it's a bit tougher to get to than the rest of 'em. Drive it, cycle it, just go on and see it. 


9. Kilmainham Gaol

One of the few attractions that doesn't involve drinking in Dublin, here's an engaging museum that was once a place where prisoners were incarcerated, tortured and executed. 

Very dark, but very fascinating. 

You'll get a true history lesson in Ireland's fight for independence, interactive with thought provoking displays and authentic artefacts. 

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