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Our Guide To Ireland's Most Visited Paid Attractions in 2018


Failte Ireland have just published the visitor numbers for Irelands most visited attractions in 2018.

7 of the top 10 paid attractions feature on Scratchable Map Ireland. We'd have had all of the top 10 if Dublin and Wicklow weren't such small counties with so many brilliant attractions! Here's the top 10 and how many visitors they had in 2018;

1.  Guinness Storehouse - 1,736,156 
2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience – 1,580,000
3. Dublin Zoo – 1,230,145
4. Book of Kells – 1,057,642
5. Tayto Park – 700,000
6. St Patrick’s Cathedral – 627,199
7. Kylemore Abbey & Garden – 561,657
8. Muckrose House – 550,649
9. Powerscourt House Gardens and Waterfall – 472,523
10. Blarney Castle & Gardens – 460,000
 

1.  Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

1,736,156 visitors

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse was, once again, Ireland's most visited attraction in 2018. Learn all about the brewing of Guinness,  the Arthur Guinness Story and the 9,000 year lease. Relive the famous Guinness ads of the last 80 years and find out how to pour the perfect pint of the black stuff. Finish the tour with a pint in the Gravity Bar with a 360 degree view of Dublin City.

Check out our blog, written by a local, about visiting The Guinness Storehouse.

2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, County Clare

1,580,000 visitors

Cliffs Of Moher, County Clare

The 8 kilometre long, 214 meter high cliffs are one of Ireland's most famous attractions and the most famous cliffs in Ireland. So popular, it is recommended to visit the cliffs in the morning or evening to avoid the huge crowds and queues. For a great sunset, we recommend visiting in the evening.

4. Book of Kells, Dublin

1,057,642 visitors 

The Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin
Visit Dublin's iconic Trinity College to see the 9th century manuscript, The Book Of Kells. Described as 'Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript', the Book Of Kells is a must see for any trip to Dublin.
 

5. Tayto Park, Meath

700,000 visitors

Tayto Park, Kildare
Tayto Park is Ireland's first and only Theme Park. A trip here is sure to entertain children and adults of all ages. It also has a zoo with a huge range of mammals, birds and farmyard animals. Check out Ireland's first rollercoaster and Europe's biggest wooden rollercoaster with an inversion - The Cu Chulainn Coaster!

7. Kylemore Abbey & Garden, County Galway

561,657 visitors


Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, to give it its full title, is one of Ireland's iconic attractions. Home to the Benedictine Nuns until 1920 and a girls' school until 2010, the ground floor of the abbey has been restored. You can also visit the Neo-Gothic Church and the Walled Gardens. The 14th century church overlooks Lough Pollacapull. You might be lucky enough to see the choir perform there during your visit! The 6 acre heritage gardens are stunning and display plants from the victorian era.
You can also take a guided hike on the hidden trails above Kilmore Abbey.
Looking for more information about visiting Kylemore Abbey and Connemara

8. Muckross House, Killarney National Park, County Kerry

550,649 visitors

Muckross House, Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Muckross House & Gardens, at the heart of Killarney National Park, had more than half a million visitors in 2018. Muckross House is a 19th century Victorian mansion and is only accessible by guided tour. Buy a joint ticket and visit the Tradition Farms too. Learn about farming, education and life in the 1930s before electricity was available.
Allow lots of time for this trip, so that you can explore Ireland's oldest national park too.

10. Blarney Castle & Gardens, County Cork

 460,000 visitors

Blarney Castle, County Cork

Have you really been to Ireland if you haven't kissed the Blarney Stone? Blarney Castle has been one of Ireland's top tourist attractions for years. And for good reason. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone hope to get 'the gift of the gab'. When you have that done don't forget to explore the huge grounds and gardens. The Fern Gardens, Druid's Cave and The Witch's Kitchen, to name just a few, are some of the brilliant features of Blarney House and Gardens.

Check out 6 Things You Should Know About Visiting Blarney Castle.

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