The 32 Best things to do in Ireland’s 32 counties

Wouldn’t it be amazing to say you visited every county in Ireland? Even better would be to say you done one of the best things to do in every county. Here is our recommendation to do something amazing in every county!

1. Antrim – Giant’s Causeway 

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An absolute no-brainer. The Giant’s Causeway is a fantastic place, one of Ireland’s finest locations for natural beauty and wonder. Undoubtedly Antrim’s greatest tourist attraction.

2. Armagh – St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Armagh’s most iconic building. Voted No.1 attraction on tripadvisor. Construction of this imposing Cathedral was started in 1840, dedicated for worship in 1873, and its magnificent interior décor completed in the early 20th century.

3. Carlow – Duckett’s Grove

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Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country.

4. Cavan – Dún na Rí Forest Park

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Voted Cavan’s No.1 tourist attraction on tripadvisor. The 565 acre Dún na Rí Forest Park is just outside Kingscourt along the banks of the River Cabra and features a dramatic gorge embracing part of the Cabra Estate, formerly owned by the Pratt family. The Romantic Glen of the Cabra River, stretching the full length of the park is an area steeped in history and legend. It is said that Cuchulain camped there at night, while by day conducting his single handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Maeve. The Normans were here also and in later years the glen echoed to the sounds of Cromwells armies.

5. Clare – Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.

6. Cork – Blarney Castle & Gardens

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Blarney Castle  is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle.

7. Derry – The City Walls

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No. 1 attraction on Trip Advisor to Date. Scenic/ Historic Walking Area. Customers View: “We were very moved by the way our guide was implacably neutral in his description of the causes of the troubles and we left having our views changed for good. This is a complicated part of the world and our guide brought it to life for us. He was very articulate, had a great sense of humour and answered our questions in an intelligent manner. This tour is a must.”

8. Donegal – Portsalon Beach 

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A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area (NHA). The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.

9. Down – Jump into a pool above Bloody bridge

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Above Bloody Bridge (close to Newcastle), there is a stream the whole way up to the top of the Mourne Mountains. On the way, there is many pools which are deep enough to jump in and swim about!

10. Dublin – Kilmainham Goal

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One of the most famous jails in the world and definately Ireland’s most famous jail. There are amazing tours every 20 minutes and it is only $2 entry for students. You will find out that the youngest prisoner in this jail was six years olf and you will learn of the stories and legends of the lives of famous prisoners including the leaders of the Eater Rising 1916 who were executed here. Many films including the original Italian Job and In the name of the father were filmed here.

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