Top 5 exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022

If you’re looking to see some incredible attractions this year in Ireland, take a look at these five exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022.

As well as being a beautiful island, Ireland has many stunning tourist attractions to visit. Attractions across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland draw thousands of tourists every year.

Hotspots such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Blarney Stone, Aran Islands, and many more are loved by both local and international tourists.

This year, there are more to be added to that list. If you’re planning a staycation in Ireland or even a few day trips, make sure you visit these exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland.

5. Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Co. Down – the world’s first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour

The Game of Thrones Studio Tour is one of the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland.
Credit: Facebook / @GOTStudioTour

Forget Winter is Coming; one of the world’s hottest tourist attractions is coming. Located in the Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland, the world’s first and only official Game of Thrones Studio Tour, which is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, is now open for business.

The €48 million attraction, located very close to where much of the iconic HBO show was filmed, opened on 4 February.

This attraction is one not to miss with life-size models of the actual characters, complete with real props and costumes worn by them in the hit show.

There are interactive displays for fans to transform themselves into the characters and also test out their archery skills. This is sure to be one of the most popular attractions this year.

You must park in the complimentary off-site car park located at The Boulevard Banbridge. A shuttle bus service is provided that will bring you to the main entrance of the studio tour. Public transport from Belfast City Centre is also available.

Address: The Boulevard, Cascum Rd, Banbridge, Northern Ireland, BT32 4LF

Tickets: HERE

4. Ireland’s Ancient East Maze at Skypark, Co. Louth – an a(maze)ing experience

Kids will love Ireland's Ancient East Maze.
Credit: Facebook / @skyparkcarlingford

Travelling through Ireland soon and searching for a fun activity to do (or to keep the kids occupied)? Your next stop has to be Ireland’s Ancient East Maze at Skypark.

Located in lovely Carlingford, County Louth, the 8,350 sq ft (776 sq m) wooden maze first opened last summer and is guaranteed to attract a whole host of tourists this year.

You can find your way around the maze, which is also constructed from sustainable wood, through a series of games and movable gates allowing you to alter your route.

Worried you might get bored wandering around a maze? Not in this one.

Part of the game sees maze adventurers searching for famous landmarks found in the Republic of Ireland, such as Glendalough, Bru Na Boinne, and Blarney Castle. We couldn’t think of a better way to discover more about our country’s history.

Address: Dundalk Rd, Moneymore, Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland

Tickets: HERE

3. Youghal Seafront Boardwalk, Co. Cork – let’s take a walk, shall we?

Youghal Seafront Boardwalk is one of the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland.
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The picturesque seaside town of Youghal in County Cork is now home to Ireland’s longest boardwalk.

Stretching an impressive 7 km (4.34 miles) between Youghal town centre and Redbarn Beach, which was also awarded the highly sought Blue Flag in 2021, the newly extended boardwalk will provide you with some truly spectacular views.

The completed renovations of the boardwalk, now 6.6 ft (2 m) in width, have facilitated greater access for those with limited mobility, wheelchair users, and pushchairs.

Thanks to the new boardwalk, there is direct pedestrian access to Youghal town. So, for those of you who enjoy going for walks on the beach but hate getting sand in your shoes, we’ve found you a solution.

Located not far from Cork City in the Republic of Ireland, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022.

Address: Claycastle, Co. Cork, Ireland

2. Our Place in Space, various locations across Northern Ireland – a trip to space without leaving Earth

You need to check out Our Place in Space.
Credit: www.ourplaceinspace.earth

One of the most exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland this year is the immersive experience of Our Place in Space, a solar system sculpture trail.

This 10 km (6.2 miles) trail will take you on a journey through the solar system, where you will see 13 ft (4 m) high sculpted models of all of the planets and the sun. A fun and interactive way to learn about our solar system.

Created by artist Oliver Jeffers, the out-of-this-world experience will be coming to four different locations (listed below), including Derry and Belfast City Centre, throughout 2022.

Admission is free, so you really have no excuse not to come and see this phenomenal attraction. It also takes a lot less time to travel to Derry than to actual space.

With lots of family events planned, this is certainly one of the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022.

Dates:

Derry: 22 April to 22 May

Belfast (Divis & Black Mountain): 11 June to 10 July

Ulster Transport Museum and North Down Coastal Path: 17 September to 16 October

More info: HERE

1. St Declan’s Way, Co. Waterford – walk a mile (or 59) in a saint’s shoes

St Declan's Way tops our list of exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Move over St Patrick; St Declan just got a new attraction. Ireland’s latest pilgrim route opened to the public late last year and is one for you to take note of.

The route takes you from Cashel in County Tipperary all the way to Ardmore in County Waterford, which is the route that St Declan himself took back in the fifth-century when he was going to meet St Patrick.

Fun fact: many believe that St Declan actually preceded St Patrick in bringing Christianity to Ireland.

The trail begins in the car park at the famous Rock of Cashel. From there, you pass through many of Ireland’s beautiful towns like Cashel, Cahir, and Ardfinnan.

You’ll then enter west Waterford, crossing through the Knockmealdown Mountains and finishing up in St. Declan’s Monastery in Ardmore, County Waterford. An excellent way to see the Republic of Ireland’s enchanting scenery.

Address: Rock of Cashel, Rock Ln, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

More info: HERE

Other notable mentions

The Ceide Fields is one of the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

Borris Viaduct Walk: For walkers and hiking enthusiasts, a new trail has opened in Carlow, providing mesmerising views of the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster.

The Southeast Greenway: Work is still continuing on finishing Ireland’s latest cycle path, which is set to open later in the year and is certain to be one of the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022. The new route will connect the towns of New Ross in Wexford and Waterford City.

The Ceide Fields, Co. Mayo: The oldest known stone wall fields in the world have gotten a whole new fantastic visitor centre. Due to open in March, the Ceide Fields visitor centre promises to provide an exciting and insightful experience of the area and its history.

FAQS about the exciting new attractions to visit in Ireland in 2022

Is it safe to hike alone in Ireland?

Yes. Thankfully in Ireland, the chances of being attacked by a wild animal are slim to none, but you should follow the regular advice of telling someone where you are going, packing food and water, and bringing a phone.

What currency do they use in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland uses Pound Sterling. The Republic of Ireland uses euros.

What is the weather like during the summer months in Ireland?

Occasionally we are blessed with sunshine and some heat, but if you are doing an outdoor activity in Ireland, we strongly advise bringing a jacket, even in the summer.

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