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The top places to fall in love with Ireland

1Kilkenny

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

    4,406 recommendations

  • Pubs

    4,339 recommendations

  • Food

    3,401 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    3,044 recommendations

2Limerick

39 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

    2,019 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    1,959 recommendations

  • Food

    1,653 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    1,488 recommendations

3Clondalkin

9 properties in Clondalkin

What travellers love about Clondalkin

  • Convenient public transport

    802 recommendations

  • Shopping

    772 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    631 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    580 recommendations

4Waterford

29 properties in Waterford

What travellers love about Waterford

  • History

    1,761 recommendations

  • Shopping

    1,628 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    1,504 recommendations

  • Food

    1,435 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

The Claddagh
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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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Eyre Square
Parks
The flags of the fourteen Tribes of Galway fly over grassy Eyre Square. The Brownes were one such merchant family – see the original doorway of their early 17th-century mansion on the northern edge. Surrounded by pubs and cafés, the green’s a classic meeting spot. Families, friends and flocks of students gather here on sun-kissed afternoons – yes, they happen occasionally!
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Guinness Storehouse
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If you’re a fan of dramatic buildings, how about this: the Guinness Storehouse is a glass atrium on seven floors in the shape of a pint of Guinness. Each floor tells part of the brewing tale, starting with its four ingredients – water, barley, hops and yeast. The tale ends at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, with spectacular views over the city and a drink in hand …
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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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Lynch’s Castle
Landmarks
More a medieval mansion than a “castle”. This limestone building was home to the Lynches, a merchant family that gave Galway over eighty mayors. Look for the intricate, original stonework that adorns its Gothic-style façade: from decorative window frames to gargoyles and coats of arms. Now a bank, you can enter its foyer to see a well-kept, 17th-century fireplace.
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Croke Park Stadium
Stadiums and arenas
Ireland’s dynamic national games are Gaelic football and hurling. And the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is Croke Park in the suburb of Drumcondra. After an enormous €260-million redevelopment, it’s now Europe’s fourth-largest stadium with a capacity of more than 80,000. It’s also a major music venue, hosting bands such as U2, The Script and One Direction.
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What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 116,811 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 99,565 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 90,531 travellers

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