Fáilte Ireland has announced that 2017 was another record year for visitor's to our best attractions, though we're not that surprised.
Fáilte Ireland's Top 10 Visitor Attractions has revealed that the Guinness Storehouse and the National Gallery of Ireland are top of the list for visitors.
The Guinness Storehouse is no.1 for the second year in a row for fee-paying attractions, while the National Gallery, which tops the non-fee paying list, surpassed one million visitors this year.
This was particularly helped by the reopening of its permanent collection halfway through the year, as well as hosting two major exhibitions of Caravaggio and Vermeer.
Overall, the top 20 fee-charging attractions during 2017 were:
- Guinness Storehouse, Dublin - 1,711,281
- Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare - 1,527,000
- Dublin Zoo - 1,264,300
- National Aquatic Centre, Dublin - 1,099,756
- Book of Kells (Trinity College, Dublin) - 983,410
- Tayto Park, Co. Meath - 735,000
- St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin - 603,000
- Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Co. Galway - 558,000
- Muckross House & Gardens, Co. Kery - 552,923
- Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall, Co Wicklow - 501,601
- Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork - 455,559
- Blarney Castle & Gardens, Co. Cork - 450,000
- Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin - 425,000
- Kilkenny Castle - 418,685
- Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary - 376,488
- Dublin Castle - 371,000
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co. Clare - 369,275
- Brú na Boinne, Co. Meath - 281,103
- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin - 238,285
- Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal - 211,000
Ireland’s top 20 ‘free to enter’ attractions for 2017 were:
- National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin - 1,065,929
- Castletown House, Co. Kildare - 666,541
- Glendalough, Co. Wicklow - 639,826
- National Botanic Gardens, Dublin - 569,652
- DLR LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin - 525,708
- Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin - 489,295
- Doneraile Wildlife Park, Co. Cork - 480,000
- National Museum - Archaeology, Dublin - 474,564
- Science Gallery (Trinity College), Dublin - 407,529
- Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin - 359,432
- Kilkenny Castle Parklands - 336,315
- Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons, Co. Kildare - 350,000
- National Museum - Natural History, Dublin - 336,412
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin - 335,875
- National Museum - Decorative Arts & History, Dublin - 234,336
- Connemara National Park - 221,713
- National Library of Ireland, Dublin - 197,245
- Crawford Art Gallery, Cork - 188,814
- Malin Head Viewing Point, Co. Donegal - 172,329
- The Hugh Lane, Dublin - 167,410
Welcoming another record year for visitors, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Product Development, Orla Carroll said:
“Fáilte Ireland invests in new and compelling attractions throughout the country because we know that they bring visitors from around the world to our shores."
We may give out but this little country of ours is bloody great, lads.