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Land of legends, medieval castles and Guinness beer, this wonderfully green island is known for its wild beauty, rich culture and chatty locals.

When many think of Ireland, they envision rolling green hills, rugged coasts and sleepy villages. The dynamic cities of Dublin and Galway are equally compelling. Explore districts filled with excellent museums, music venues, five-star restaurants and superb shopping. Retreat to the countryside for fresh air and soul-stirring scenery.

On the Republic of Ireland’s eastern coast, discover Neolithic tombs and historic Viking port cities such as Waterford. In Dublin, try pouring the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse and admire city views from the building’s top-floor bar.

Head west to the Atlantic coast to marvel at the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular natural attractions. Stand next to O’Brien’s Tower, at the highest point of the cliffs, and enjoy the spectacular views. Connemara, an undeveloped swath of mountain and lake landscapes west of Galway, offers yet more beautiful scenery as well as hiking and biking trails.

Rent a car and drive around the Ring of Kerry, following the fringe of the Iveragh Peninsula. Stop and sunbathe on the sandy beach at Rossbeigh or travel by boat around the lake at Ross Castle.

See the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in County Cork. Visitors line up to lay their lips on this weathered rock, which supposedly imparts eloquence to those who kiss it.

Visit during March to witness the nationwide St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or in September for the Galway Oyster Festival.

Fly to Cork or Dublin airports. Ride the train around the country, booking your tickets online as far in advance as possible for the cheapest fares. Alternatively, rent a car and explore Ireland’s stunning countryside at your own pace. In neighboring Northern Ireland, drive the Coastal Causeway Route, one of the world’s most stunning coastal drives or tour scenic locations from the hit TV show Game of Thrones.

Small as it is, the Republic of Ireland delivers a wealth of diverse cultural experiences as well as rugged, scenic landscapes.

Popular cities in Ireland

Dublin featuring a river or creek, modern architecture and night scenes
Dublin
Known for Poolside Bars, Tour and Live Music

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Reasons to visit

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Grand Canal
  • Trinity College
Glucksman Gallery showing modern architecture
Cork
Known for Friendly People, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • English Market
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Fitzgerald Park
Dunguaire Castle featuring heritage architecture, a river or creek and heritage elements
Galway
Known for Friendly People, Poolside Bars and Tour

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Reasons to visit

  • Eyre Square
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway Harbour
Muckross House showing heritage architecture, heritage elements and flowers
Killarney
Known for Nature, Historical and Live Music

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Reasons to visit

  • Killarney National Park
  • Ross Castle
  • Muckross House
Limerick featuring night scenes, a river or creek and a city
Limerick
Known for Friendly People, Dining and Poolside Bars

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Reasons to visit

  • King John's Castle
  • Thomond Park
  • Hunt Museum
Ben Bulben which includes tranquil scenes and mountains
Sligo
Known for Friendly People, Poolside Bars and River View

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Reasons to visit

  • Knocknarea
  • Sligo Abbey
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

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