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What to See When Vacationing in Ireland?

If you want to have a relaxing family vacation or a romantic getaway with your partner, you won’t go wrong with choosing Ireland. This beautiful country has lots to offer to everyone of all ages so, whether you’re vacationing with your kids, your sweetheart, or your friends, you won’t run out of things to see and do. To help you plan your itinerary, here are some of the attractions that you should explore during your Ireland trip:

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Natural Wonders

Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Isle because it has retained much of its natural features despite the rapid modernization it has gone through. These features include the Cliffs of Moher, which rise more than 200 feet from the ground and span eight kilometers. The Cliffs of Moher have become one of Ireland’s most well-known sights and attract hundreds of tourists every year. You can also visit the Aran Islands (a group of three ruggedly beautiful islands with towering cliffs) and the Ring of Kerry (a scenic route that takes you through breathtaking views of majestic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean).

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Historic Structures

Ireland is steeped in history, so it’s no surprise that it has lots of interesting architecture with historical significance. The Trinity College in Dublin, which was built in 1592, has retained its old-world charm and contains valuable artifacts like the Book of Kells. The Kilmainham Gaol, meanwhile, was constructed in the late 1700s and was the site of several executions during the 1916 Uprising. Want to visit ancient castles? Check out the Dalkey Castle (which has an informative Heritage Center) and the Bunratty Castle (which has a Folk Park that reflects Irish life a century ago).

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Bustling Markets

A visit to Ireland won’t be complete without exploring its busy markets and high streets! Drop by Grafton Street in Dublin to watch performance artists while you browse through the shops, and check out Shop Street in Galway to buy Claddagh rings and other souvenirs while interacting with artsy, creative people.

Explore these attractions to make your Ireland trip more fun and memorable!

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Photos by: Andrea Puggioni,  stephane333Tony Webster and John Menard

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