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The top places to fall in love with Ireland

1Killarney

168 properties in Killarney

Welcome to Killarney

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Lough Leane, colourful Killarney is a top Irish tourist destination. The UNESCO-listed Killarney National Park surrounds Muckross House, a stately home sitting in large grounds with a traditional farm.

What travellers love about Killarney

  • Scenery

    9,647 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    7,353 recommendations

  • Nature

    6,187 recommendations

  • Food

    4,873 recommendations

2Clondalkin

9 properties in Clondalkin

What travellers love about Clondalkin

  • Convenient public transport

    745 recommendations

  • Shopping

    721 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    603 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    535 recommendations

3Kilkenny

49 properties in Kilkenny

Welcome to Kilkenny

Spirited Kilkenny was Ireland’s capital in the Middle Ages and although many monuments remain from back then, it’s now best known for the 'craic'. Kilkenny cream ale flows in pubs forming part of its legendary nightlife and tours of Smithwick’s showcase Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, on grounds containing the St Francis Abbey ruins.

What travellers love about Kilkenny

  • Castles

    4,235 recommendations

  • Pubs

    4,139 recommendations

  • Food

    3,247 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    2,877 recommendations

4Limerick

34 properties in Limerick

Welcome to Limerick

Limerick revels in one of Ireland’s most iconic views – the River Shannon curving past King John’s Castle, a 12th-century fortress that could have come straight from a Grimm fairytale. Frank McCourt wrote ‘Angela’s Ashes’ about his childhood here, and his former school is a museum about him, set amid elegant Georgian architecture in the Newtown Pery district. Equally attractive is the custom house, now housing the Hunt Museum's eclectic collection of art and artefacts.

What travellers love about Limerick

  • Shopping

    1,947 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    1,885 recommendations

  • Food

    1,569 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    1,415 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

Spanish Arch
Landmarks
Under the oligarchy of its merchant Tribes, Galway prospered as a result of trade with Europe. In 1584, the city walls were extended to guard against looting – this arch is all that remains of the fortifications. Today, you’ll still hear foreign accents by the banks of the Corrib. Here, English-language students, tourists and natives mingle over an ice cream on sunny days.
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Temple Bar
Popular areas
Trip across the River Liffey on the delightful Ha’penny Bridge to Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural nerve centre. Spot the brightest star in Ireland’s galaxy of contemporary artists at the Project Arts Centre; tap your foot along with the catchiest traditional tune at the TradFest; and press your nose against shop windows where you can buy just about anything under the sun.
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The Claddagh
Popular areas
This area thrived as an Irish-speaking fishing village even as Galway succumbed to Norman rule in 1230. Ask a local pub owner to teach you “cúpla focal” (a few words) and make a friend for life – the area lends its name to the famous Claddagh friendship ring. Across the River Corrib, the Long Walk quay’s colourful collage of cottages makes a perfect picture postcard.
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Dublin Castle
Monuments
There’s been an occupied castle on the same site in the city centre since 1204 AD – so imagine how much history it’s seen! The nucleus of British rule in Ireland until 1922, it now hosts state dinners and international conferences. The lavish “state apartments” are open to the public by guided tour. You might even recognise them as the backdrops of some major movies.
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Trinity College
Institutions
Modelled on Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity College was founded in 1592 in the heart of the city centre. Among its most illustrious graduates are Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Edmund Burke and Mary Robinson. Mingle with today’s star students in the quad, then queue to see the exquisite “Book of Kells” – the four Gospels handcrafted by medieval monks.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Landmarks
It’s Ireland’s largest church with a 43-metre high spire. And that’s not its only claim to fame: the satirist, Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels”, was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Built in the Gothic style, it was completed in 1191, though the Lady Chapel was added around 1270. For the perfect acoustic treat, take time out to listen to some organ music here.
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What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 111,614 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 94,974 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 86,446 travellers

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