The Things you Simply have to See and Do when Visiting Ireland

Ireland is a wonderful country. Commonly paired alongside a visit to the UK, venturing over to the Emerald Isle is recommended. From the Irish hospitality and their delicious traditional cuisine, to the people who call it their home and the history on offer throughout the nation, it’s a country millions of people understandably can’t wait to visit.

From documentaries about iconic Irish singers, such as Sinéad O’Connor’s Nothing Compares, to comical movies from the country, like Waking Ned, plus games with an Irish theme like the luck-themed Wild Wild Riches, Ireland is on show throughout the world. Wherever you are on earth, there probably isn’t an Irish-themed pub too far away to frequent should you want to either. Ireland and Irish culture is therefore not completely unknown to the world, but you need to experience it in the flesh to truly appreciate the delights of the Emerald Isle. There are some things you simply have to do while you’re there, too.

Visit a traditional Irish pub

First and foremost, if you’ve never been to Ireland before, then you have to experience Irish pub culture in the flesh. An environment that brings the community together with fine drink and traditional Irish music, visiting a pub that has been entertaining Irish audiences for centuries is a must. You’ll feel the history of the establishment, you’ll potentially be treated to a few stories from welcoming locals, you can try traditional Irish food and drink, and it’s the perfect place to warm up and relax after a day of sightseeing.

Learn about the world’s most famous shipwreck

You know about the story of the Titanic, right? Well, the legendary ship was actually built in Belfast and, as a result of this, the city boasts a truly brilliant Titanic museum that has been intriguing visitors to the city since 2012. After picking up numerous awards, this fascinating experience is well worth doing, particularly if you’re keen to hear about what occurred in more detail and make the most of one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions.

Take in a game at Croke Park

If you’re interested in sport, then you need to sample an Irish sporting experience. The home of Gaelic football and hurling, Dublin’s Croke Park is the place to go, although you can probably get a taste of Ireland’s passion for sport at a small local sporting event, too. Croke Park is a lovely venue, though, providing supporters with a memorable experience and an atmosphere that many other nations struggle to match. Ireland’s love of sport is impossible to deny once you visit a respected stadium like Croke Park.

Take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin

One of the most famous prisons in the world, Ireland’s Kilmainham Gaol has housed some big political figures over the years, as well as prominent leaders and mass murderers. As seen in various movies, Ireland’s most notorious prison is engrossing, particularly if you’re able to explore it with a highly knowledgeable guide. Located in Dublin, it’s a great thing to do in the city.

Sample Ireland’s finest at the Guinness Storehouse

It’s hard to compile a list of things do in Ireland without suggesting a Guinness-themed adventure of some sort. While you could sample Guinness in a public house, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse will enable you to learn more about Ireland’s most famous export. Ideal for fans of the black stuff, it’s a memorable day out, although make sure you sort your tickets out before getting there – it’s usually busy!

Also visit The Giant’s Causeway, see Riverdance, and hike up Carrauntoohil.

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