When thinking about Ireland, what things come to mind? There is the green countryside, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the cliffs of Moher, Four Courts, the Blarney Stone and of course, the old churches. For years, Ireland has been a famous tourist attraction. Aside from being a great travel destination, it has now become the most famous IT hub in Europe. The government of Ireland signed what is known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several world renowned software and online providers such as Google so it is now becoming a large part of the European IT market.
If you are an avid traveler, then Ireland is the perfect destination for you. Ireland provides mind-blowing views that Mother Nature creates and the Ireland heritage will certainly win your heart. Whether you are an experienced traveler or this is your first visit to Ireland, it is extremely important for you to know where the main tourist attractions are located before you begin to roam around Ireland. The travel destinations and tourist attractions are classified under two separate categories; general and religious.
Several of the main tourist attractions include:
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin: It is the national cathedral in Ireland and a top priority when visiting Dublin. It is a historic location and nearly 300,000 visitors come to see it every year. St. Patrick’s cathedral has a glorious history of the 17th century and it is the largest church in Ireland. The main cathedral is built using wood, but the current construction which was done between the years of 1191 and 1270 with some major rebuilding taking place in 1870. The entire construction holds a Neo Gothic impression.
Blarney Stone: Apart from the St Patrick’s Cathedral, another religious destination is the Blarney Stone. It involves many myths and contains a lot of history. It is situated at Blarney Castle near Cork. It was initially built in 10th century and later on, in 1210, it was rebuilt using stone. People believe that if you kiss the Blarney Stone it can bring happiness to your life and that is exactly why, politicians, celebrities, sportsman and common people visit the place in masses.
Grafton Street: After visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Blarney Stone, another popular non-religious destination in Ireland is Grafton Street. It is not just a location; rather some people think that it is an institution. It is the city center of Dublin and widely known for the shopping centers. You can find some great Art Deco buildings that welcome you.
Cliffs of Moher: If you love adventure, then you should not miss the Cliffs of Moher. It is a round stone tower situated at the southwestern border of the Burren bordering the Atlantic Ocean. These cliffs rise 120 meters (approximately 390 feet) above the Atlantic and the highest peak is 214 meters (approximately 700 feet). Additionally, keep in mind there are no security arrangements so you should be extremely careful during your visit. It is recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional guide or a local person who can guide you.
Four Courts: This is the main court building of Ireland and is the legal hub of Ireland. The Four Courts consist of the Supreme Court, High Court, Circuit Court and District Court. Commandant Ned Daly constructed it during the Easter Raising and later it was reopened in 1932 after a decade.
Finally, while in Ireland, take special note of the delicious Irish food, its culinary culture and all of the heartwarming people of this land.