Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Brú na Bóinne

Newgrange

A startling 80m in diameter and 13m high, Newgrange's white round stone walls, topped by a grass dome, look eerily futuristic. Underneath lies the finest Stone Age passage tomb in Ireland – one of the most remarkabl…
Top Choice Historic Site in Skellig Islands

Skellig Michael

The jagged, 217m-high rock of Skellig Michael (Archangel Michael's Rock; like St Michael's Mount in Cornwall and Mont St Michel in Normandy) is the larger of the two Skellig Islands and a Unesco World Heritage site.…
Top Choice Historic Site in Strandhill

Knocknarea Cairn

Sligo's ultimate rock pile and a magical climb, Knocknarea is popularly believed to be the grave of legendary Queen Maeve (Queen Mab in Welsh and English folk tales). The 40,000 tonnes of stone have never been excav…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in South of Sligo Town

Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery

With a bird's-eye view of the county from high in the Bricklieve Mountains, it's little wonder this hilltop site was sacred in prehistoric times. But for a few sheep, it's undeveloped and spectacular. Dotted with ar…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in County Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

One of the largest Stone Age cemeteries in Europe, Carrowmore is finally receiving the renown it deserves and is Sligo's must-see attraction. Some 60 monuments including stone circles, passage tombs and dolmens ador…
Top Choice Historic Site in County Longford

Corlea Trackway

Don't miss the magnificent Corlea Trackway, an Iron Age bog road built in 148 BC. An 18m stretch of the historic oak track – like a pavement – has been preserved in a humidified hall at the site's visitor centre. To…
Top Choice Castle in Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Castle

Rising above the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history dating back to the 12th century, though much of its present lo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Around Drogheda

Monasterboice

Crowing ravens lend an eerie atmosphere to Monasterboice, an intriguing monastic site down a leafy lane in sweeping farmland, which contains a cemetery, two ancient church ruins, one of the finest and tallest round …
Top Choice Historic Building in Grafton Street & Around

Trinity College

Ireland’s most prestigious university is a bucolic retreat in the heart of the city. Just ambling about its cobbled squares it’s easy to imagine it in those far-off days when all good gentlemen (for they were only m…
Top Choice Historic Building in County Kildare

Castletown House

Magnificent Castletown House simply has no peer. It is Ireland’s most imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century. Hour-long guided tours be…