Attractions

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 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…
Top Choice Castle in Birr

Birr Castle

It's easy to spend half a day exploring the attractions and gardens of Birr Castle demesne. The castle dates from 1620 and is a private home, but during May to August visitors can visit the main living quarters on t…
Top Choice Castle in Trim

Trim Castle

Proof of Trim's medieval importance, this remarkably preserved edifice was Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman fortification. Hugh de Lacy founded Trim Castle in 1173, but it was destroyed by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, Irela…
Top Choice Historic Building in Donegal Town

Donegal Castle

Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, well-preserved Donegal Castle is an imperious monument to both Irish and English might. Dating from the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in 1623 by Sir Basil Brooke…
Top Choice Historic Building in Mullingar

Belvedere House & Gardens

Don't miss magnificent Belvedere House, 5.5km south of Mullingar. This immense 18th-century hunting lodge is set in 65 hectares of gardens overlooking Lough Ennell. Designed by Richard Cassels, it contains delicate …
Top Choice Monument in Drumcliff

Yeats' Grave

Yeats was long believed to be buried next to the doorway of the Protestant church, but recent evidence suggests that the bones shipped here from France in 1948 were not his at all, owing to the actual bones being sc…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bantry

Bantry House & Garden

With its melancholic air of faded gentility, 18th-century Bantry House makes for an intriguing visit. From the Gobelin tapestries in the drawing room to the columned splendour of the library, it conjures up a lost w…
Top Choice Castle in Athlone

Athlone Castle

Inside this low, hulking 13th-century castle by the River Shannon there are engaging and modern displays that bring to life the tumultuous history of the town and detail life here through the ages. The highlight is …