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Adare

South Ireland

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The beautiful and quaint village of Adare is nestled in a wooden and lush countryside setting, is arguably Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village. Designated as a Heritage Town, has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty: its thatched-roof cottages and stone buildings are truly a gem and must not be missed if you want an authentic trip to Ireland! Adare Castle is regarded as a fine example of the medieval fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Ballycotton

South Ireland

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Ballycotton is a pleasant and picturesque angling village steeped in a long maritime history. It was off the village that the first passenger steam ship to cross the Atlantic, the Sirius was lost in 1837.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Ballyhack Castle

South Ireland

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Ballyhack Castle alarge tower house is a well hidden gem that can trace its origins in Norman history was perfect to overlook Waterford estuary.
Time to spend here: 1 hours   More information

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Blarney Castle

South Ireland

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You should pay a visit to one of Ireland's most picturesque village: Blarney. This village, steeped in history and full of magical charm is also known as "the biggest little village in Ireland". Blarney offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover. Blarney Castle is not to be missed; it was built some six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. It has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures. There you will see the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Castle Island

South Ireland

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Castleisland is a busy town situated on the main Killarney to Limerick road is seen as the gateway to Kerry. The remains of the town castle lie in ruins in a field south of the town. Close to the town, you will find Crag Cave, one of the largest cave systems in the country and were only discovered in 1983. 3.8kms of cave have been explored running right under the town with about 400m open to the visitors.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Charles Fort

South Ireland

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A National Monument, Charles Fort is a fine example of a star-shaped fort (a layout specifically designed to resist attack by cannon) from the late 17th century. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Christ Church Cathedral

South Ireland

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Christ Church Cathedral was first built by the Vikings in the 10th century, and the present building has been described as the finest 18th century ecclesiastical building in Ireland!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Cit Blackrock Castle Observatory

South Ireland

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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory – the Space for Science is fun and exciting place to learn about the Universe. This science centre is housed in Blackrock Castle, a 400-year-old fortification built at the River Lee and has been part of Cork's history ever since. The award-winning exhibition Cosmos at the Castle is an interactive way to learn about astronomy and recent scientific discoveries.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Cobh

South Ireland

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Half an hour away from Cork is Cobh (formerly Queenstown). Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. This is a lovely waterside town, boasting brightly coloured houses where its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the massive Cobh Catherdral, St. Coleman's Cathedral with its carillon of 47 bells. The harbour in Cobh is very impressive: it is so large it can take the largest vessels afloat.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Cork city Gaol

South Ireland

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Cork City Gaol is a visit not to be missed. Though this former prison can seem a little grim, it gives you a glimpse of how hard and difficult life was for prisoners a century ago. The wax figures and other displays in the museum bring you back into the day-to-day prison life of the 19th century and show you the hardness of the penal system at that time.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Curraghmore House

South Ireland

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Curraghmore House has contained the home of the Marquis of Waterford and his ancestors since 1170. His ancestors came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover. Throughout Ireland's turbulent history, this family have never been 'absentee landlords' and they still provide diverse employment for a number of local people. The garden includes an arboretum, some beautiful terraces and a bridge built for King John to cross the River Clodagh in 1205.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Desmond Castle

South Ireland

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Built as an urban tower house by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500, Desmond Castle has served as Customs House, Prison, Ordnance store and a Workhouse. Since 1997, Desmond Castle has housed the International Museum of Wine. This exhibition documents the fascinating story of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world. This is an essential half-hour all-weather activity.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dingle Peninsular

South Ireland

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A trip to the Dingle Peninsula is a must, you can have a walk on Inch strand or an evening in the vibrant town of Dingle. This attractive and colourful fishing town is full of lovely craft shops, bars and restaurants. You can take a boat trip and explore to Blasket Islands or simply travel round Slea Head alongside magnificent views of the coastline and get stunning views of Mount Brandon and the Slieve Mish mountains.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

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Dunbrody Historic Emigrant Ship

South Ireland

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The magnificent Dunbrody Historic Emigrant Ship, a full-scale replica of a ship built in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross, which carried thousands of emigrants from Ireland to North America
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Duncannon Fort

South Ireland

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Duncannon Fort is a wonderful star-shaped fortress built on an important promontory in Duncannon Harbour. It was built in 1588 to withstand an invasion by the Spanish Armada. Have a stroll around the ramparts and enjoy spectacular views across the estuary to County Waterford and to Hook Head.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Edmund Rice Visitor Centre

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Edmund Rice Heritage Centre tells the story of the educationalist and missionary Edmund Rice who devoted his life to the education, servicing the poor and the Irish republican cause. He began his mission among the poor of Waterford and his work was strongly supported by the people of the city.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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English Markets

South Ireland

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Another great shopping destination in Cork is the English Market. This large building boasts a wide range of local and worldwide products from fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet chocolates to tasteful bakery and meats.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Flying Boat Museum

South Ireland

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Down the coast in the town of Foynes the Flying Boat Museum recalls the period of the 1930's and early 1940's when Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between Europe and America and flying boats were regular visitors with exhibits, illustrations and audio-visuals.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Gap of Dunloe

South Ireland

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The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass of approximately 10 km long. It is renowned world-wide for being the finest example of glaciated valley in Europe formed some 2 million years ago. The Gap of Dunloe comprises five lakes which shaped the landscape of this magnificent area into a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Hook Peninsula

South Ireland

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Hook Peninsula is located at the most southerly point of County Wexford. It is steeped in Norman history. The lighthouse is one of the oldest still operating in the world and with its stunning views; the area is perfect for a romantic picnic. The peninsula is also famous for its wreck diving, and wild lan
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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James Fort

South Ireland

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Right next to Charles Fort, you can find James Fort, built in 1607. Its strategic position enabled to guard and protect the small harbour of Kinsale. James fort, just like Charles Fort, is another great example of the military architecture of the 17th century offering wonderful panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Kilmore Quay

South Ireland

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Kilmore Quay is a pretty fishing village that offers original thatched roof cottages, a harbour and a marina as well as arts and crafts markets and festivals. Boat trips can be taken around the uninhabited Saltee Islands, popular with bird watchers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Kinsale Beaches

South Ireland

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If you're visiting Kinsale in the summer, you will probably want to go to some of the Blue Flag beaches in the area. The most popular are Garretstown and Garrylucas (White Strand) beaches, just over 8km from Kinsale.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Kinsale Museum

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The building in which the Kinsale Museum is housed can be dated back as far as the 1590s. The museum houses a large number of local artifacts relating to Kinsale's maritime, military and secular history from the Battle of Kinsale to the Kinsale Giant.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Lough Gur

South Ireland

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Lough Gur is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites and is set in a peaceful and tranquil area near a beautiful lake. Traces of human activity can be traced back to 3000 BC! This ancient place hosts a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery. There are replicas of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur.
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Mizen Head Signal Station

South Ireland

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Mizen Head Signal Station is a dramatic place to visit. The path to the signal station goes down the cliffs and the 99 steps to the bridge at the end of the peninsula where you can enjoy spectacular views and out to the point and the former Keepers Quarters with its interpretive displays. Along the way there are several paths up to wonderful views north along the coast to the Sheep's Head and the Beara Peninsulas and south to the Sea Arch. This is a world renowned whale and dolphin watch location and often there are seals under the bridge.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Muckross Abbey

South Ireland

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Muckross Abbey was founded by the Franciscans in the 15th century. Although a 'ruin', the building is in a remarkable state of preservation with the walls of the Cloister and its associated buildings in their original complete state.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Muckross Home and Garden

South Ireland

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A visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens is a one-Stop Shop for Killarney's Heritage. This popular attraction is a Victorian mansion built in the mid 19th century. The park around the house is well-worth a visit, you'll be able to admire the beauty of the gardens, the great collection of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, extensive water garden and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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New Ross

South Ireland

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New Ross is a port city located just half a hour west of Wexford.It is the ancestral home of the Kennedy family former US president John F Kennedy. The Kennedy Homested is an interesting attraction that can be visited here.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Reginalds Tower

South Ireland

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Reginald's Tower is home to an exciting exhibition that uses a superb collection of historic and archaeological artefacts to give you a glimpse into the fascinating Waterford's Viking heritage. Reginald's Tower, the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, is a circular defense tower built at the beginning of the 13th century and at various stages in its rich history has been used as a mint, a prison and a military store. To this day, it remains Waterford's most recognisable landmark.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Ring of Kerry

South Ireland

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The Ring of Kerry, situated on the Iveragh Peninsula, is probably the most visited attraction in Ireland outside of Dublin. This tourist trail is part of the mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

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Ross Island

South Ireland

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A visit of the region is not complete without going to Ross Island. Contrary to its name, Ross Island is not an island but a peninsula. This place provides a peaceful haven away from the bustle of town. You can stroll through the mystical and ancient woodlands along the lakeshore and see the remains of copper mines visible through bright blue pools.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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St Annes Church

South Ireland

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The city of Cork is dominated by St Anne's Church, also called the 'Four-Faced Liar' because each of the tower's four clocks used to tell a different time. The church was built in 1722 with two different types of stones: red sandstone and the limestone. You can even ring the bells on the 1st floor of the tower and continue the up to the top for 360-degree views of the city overlooking the River Lee.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Marys Cathedral Killarney

South Ireland

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Designed by the famous neo-Gothic designer, Pugin, the foundation stone of St. Mary's Cathedral was laid in 1842. Building was suspended during the worst period of the Great Famine, when the partially completed building was used as a shelter & hospital for the sick and dying. It was not completed until 1855. Killarney's Cathedral is reputed to have been one of Pugin's favourite buildings.
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St Multose Church

South Ireland

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The historic St Multose Church dates back to 1190. Though the building has undergone changes since medieval times, many of its original features survive and it continues to be used as a house of worship today.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Patricks Street

South Ireland

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St. Patrick's Street, in the heart of Cork is probably the best shopping street in Ireland. It's a paradise for the shopping enthusiasts who will find an abundance of shops to suits every tastes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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The Bishops Palace and Gardens

South Ireland

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The Bishop's Palace & Gardens tells you the story of Waterford from the 18th century to 1970. There you'll be able to see the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - a decanter made in the 1780s!
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The Cork Butter Museum

South Ireland

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The Cork Butter Museum tells you the story the butter trade in Ireland. Discover the fascinating history of the internationally important Butter Exchange in 19th century Cork, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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The Holy Trinity Chruch

South Ireland

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The Holy Trinity Church was built in 1834 and is located in the heart of the city, next to the south channel of the River Lee. This stunning Georgian-Gothic building features very interesting stone carvings of the exterior.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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The House of Waterford Crystal

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The House of Waterford Crystal is Waterford number one attraction. Witness the skills of the traditional craftmens during the Factory Tour gives you a unique insight into the centuries old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. You will feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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The Irish National Heritage Park

South Ireland

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The Irish National Heritage Park is a fantastic place where you will be taken on a great adventure into 9,000 years of history. Its 16 archaeological and historical reconstructions will give you the opportunity to see how people lived from the coming of man to this island until the arrival of the Normans in the 12th century.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Torc Waterfall

South Ireland

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Torc Waterfall an impressive waterfall of 70 to 80 feet high and the Owengarriff river which feeds it rises in "The Devil's Punchbowl" on nearby Mangerton mountain. The top of the waterfall makes an excellent point to capture the breath-taking views of the lakes.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Waterford and Suir Valley Railway

South Ireland

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Waterford & The Suir Valley Railway will guarantee you an exciting and fun day out: get on a train and travel along a narrow gauge track through the country side and along the banks of the River Suir. This family friendly railway runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering views of the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens. This is an area rich in history and is only accessible by
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Waterford Beaches

South Ireland

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If you're visiting Waterford during summer, you'll be please to know that many of the beaches nearby enjoy Blue Flag status with superb water quality and very pretty settings. Try Dunmore East, Ardmore, Bunmahon, Clonea and Counsellor's Strand. With 5 km of sandy beaches, Tramore is a popular family friendly resort with activities from surfing, sailing and kayaking to cliff walking and golf.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information