Historical sites of ireland

 historical sites of ireland


Belfast Murals

Capture a sense of “the Troubles” through the art painted on the buildings which house the very people who lived through the unrest. These images are very detailed and hold very strong political messages and stories about events and people. They have become a type of recorded history by some and represent the deep feelings of the people who live among them. People here are only too happy to tell the stories behind them.

Skellig Michael

Sixth Century Monastery.

Also the famous setting for scenes in Star Wars Movies VII, VIII & IX.

The rugged spiky rocks of this place have been a center of attention since filming was done here in 2014.

It is a fascinating work of nature surrounded by historical sites which can best be appreciated in person. 




The story behind Irish whiskey and how it’s made, plus as much as you want to drink!

It is part of Irish heritage and a must for any whiskey enthusiast.

Many distilleries offer a great experience for visitors to see the process of how Irish whiskey is made. 

Belfast: Titanic Quarter

The birth place of the RMS Titanic, possibly the most famous ship ever launched.

See the museum here and experience where it all started. 

National Parks

See our Flora, Fauna, scenery and wildlife in their natural habitat.


Knock Shrine

A place of prayer and pilgrimage for travelers and locals alike, designated an International Shrine

by the Vatican in March 2021.

Listen to the story of the 1879 apparitions, seen here by hundreds at the time. 




 A Megalithic Passage Tomb built around 3200 BC: older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids.

It is famous for what happens there on the shortest day of the year. Come and find out! 


A monastic site founded in 550 AD by Saint Ciarán. It is one of the oldest Christian settlements in Europe.



The Aran Islands

A group of islands in Galway Bay, off the west coast of Ireland,

whose population are still Irish (Gaelic) speakers.

There are Medieval Ruins, the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa,

and seven churches.

The islands are packed with Irish heritage, folklore, and

a glimpse of how life in Ireland was many years ago.


Home of the Book of Kells, Guinness Store House, brewery and museum,

Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Being the Capital city, it has so much to offer including an array of pubs and

night life specialties.

Why not come and experience the night life on Temple Bar or visit the

Brazen Head pub, founded 900 years ago and still doing business.


Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Ireland’s largest megalithic cemetery.

Stone circles, dolmens and many other remains of prehistory.


Céide Fields

A Neolithic site in County Mayo, containing the oldest field systems in the world.



The Rock of Cashel

In the heart of Munster is this amazing cluster of 12th and 13th century buildings, prominent on a hill in County Tipperary.

Originally the seat of the Kings of Munster, it was later a religious site, with

a Round Tower, a High Cross and a Cathedral.

Ian’s favorite!!

Cahir Castle

Originally the seat of the O’Briens, Princes of Thomond, and later home to the Butlers, Earls of Ormond.

The restored 13th century castle, situated on the river Suir, is now surrounded by the town of the same name. 

Jerpoint Abbey

Cistercian Abbey founded in the 12th century.

You can see elements of changing medieval styles, from Norman to Early English and Romanesque.

The 16th century cloister arcade, with its magnificent carvings, amazes visitors.

Galway Cathedral

The last Cathedral to be built in Europe using stone, it was completed in 1965.

Galway Cathedral was built on the site of the former Galway city prison. 


Early monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, who is said to be buried in an inaccessible cave above the lake.

Nestled in a glacial valley in County Wicklow, this place is steeped in history.

There are good amenities and fantastic walks and views for the more adventurous. It’s also a great place to enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature and history alike. 

Hill of Tara

The seat of the High Kings of Ireland from time immemorial, according to

accounts dating to the Sixth century.

Once the home of the Tuatha Dé Danann, St Patrick is said to have lit the banned Easter fire here,

explained the Trinity with a Shamrock and converted King Laoghaire to Christianty in 433 AD.

The site contains no fewer than 20 ancient monuments, and many more are known to exist but have

not been excavated yet. 


The burial place of Saint Patrick himself.

Inhabited in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, the town has existed since before 130 AD.

Long associated with the burial of St Patrick in 466 AD, it is said that St Brigid and St Columba are also interred here. 

Giant’s Causeway

A fascinating work of nature.

Formed as a result of volcanoes about 50 million years ago, legend says these basalt columns were part of a road to Scotland made by Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

There are identical basalt formations at Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa, in Scotland.

The Dark Hedges

Another natural beauty.

“Game of Thrones” fans will recognize this place immediately: An 18th century avenue near

Ballymoney, County Antrim, lined with beech trees, the impressive feature has been used to

represent the Kingsroad in the iconic TV series. 

Derry City

Made famous during the political unrest in the past known as “the Troubles”.

The last walled city built in Europe, it was also the focus of many movies about the Troubles, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” by U2, and Phil Coulter’s “The Town I Loved So Well”.

Officially Londonderry since 1613, the city is generally referred to most Irish people as Derry. 

Staigue Fort

A stone ring fort near Sneem, County Kerry, built about 300 AD, during the Iron Age.

It appears to have been a place of worship, an observatory and a defensive structure.  

Cliffs of Moher

Another natural beauty of our west coast.

On the edge of the Burren in County Clare, the cliffs stretch for more than 9 miles (14 km) and rise to more than 700 feet (210m.).

Come and stare out on the Atlantic ocean and experience its magic. It’s a must-visit place on any bucket list. 

Muckross House

A 19th Century Tudor-style Mansion, located on a small peninsula between two of the famous Lakes of Killarney, in County Kerry.

The house is full of splendour, suitable for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861, and is the focus of Ireland’s first and best-known National Park. 

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone is an unusually large Neolithic portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare.

Built between about 4000 and 3000 BC, it is the oldest dated megalithic

monument in Ireland, and one of our most iconic archaeological sights. 




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