14 Things to Do in Ireland

Add these 14 things to do in Ireland to your "To Do" list.
From the Guinness Storehouse to Loftus Hall, Ireland is full of lush green gardens, traditional pubs and some pretty tasty seaside cuisine. Get a pen and paper, because here are 14 things to do in Ireland.
Guinness Storehouse


'Barrels at cooperage display at the Guinness Storehouse brewery.'

Photo by: Holger Leue

Holger Leue

There is something about Guinness beer that has drawn fans — Irish or not — from around the world. A visit to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Guinness Storehouse to learn about its origins. A free pint is included with admission.
Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)

'Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)'

Photo by: Sean Munson

Sean Munson

Visit Kilmainham Gaol, one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, to experience what life was like behind bars in Ireland. Open 7 days a week year-round. Check the website for times and to book a tour.
Powerscourt Estate

'Powerscourt Estate and Gardens'

Spend an entire day in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin, shopping, eating or playing a round of golf at Powerscourt Estate, easily one of the top mansions in the world. Open for tours and daily activities, Powerscourt also boasts an immaculate garden for visitors to explore.
Wexford Opera House


'Wexford Opera House, Concert Hall. Europe- Ireland- Wexford'

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View Pictures

This beautiful building showcases some of the best international talent in opera.
Wells House and Gardens

'Wells House Estate and Gardens'

Built in the 1600s, the Wells mansion has managed to keep up its appearances. Now a “house and gardens” site for locals and tourists to visit, it offers a woodland walk, a living house tour, a craft courtyard, terrace gardens, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry, an adventure playground, a restaurant and the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary.

'Yamamori Izakaya'

Photo by: Photographer: Lee Williamson

Photographer: Lee Williamson

Travel back in time at Yamamori and see 1940s Chinese beer ads and movie posters. Don’t worry: The nostalgic décor won’t deter you from enjoying the immense traditional Japanese flavors of dim sum, nigiri and norimaki sushi, and sashimi.
The Harvest Room

'Dunbrody House Chef Kevin Dundon'

Dine at the Harvest Room restaurant in the Dunbrody Country House Hotel, and be treated to a master celebrity-chef meal created by Kevin Dundon. It’s said that Sunday lunch at the Harvest Room is the stuff of legends.
The Hollow Seafood and Steakhouse


'Beef steaks - generic for The Hollow Bar and Seafood Restaurant'

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Serving local seafood and steak, the Hollow restaurant is known for its scallops, lemon sole, cod, mussels, monkfish, plaice, crabmeat, hake and haddock.
The Yard Restaurant

'The Yard Restaurant'

Visit the Yard for a wonderful dining experience. Whether inside or outside on the quaint yard, this restaurant serves up the freshest of ingredients from around Ireland. Check its website for menu options on Thursday and Friday that differ from the rest of the week. The Yard is open noon to 10 p.m. daily.
Temple Bar Food Market


'The Temple Bar area of Dublin, Ireland, is pictured on May 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)'

Photo by: PAUL ELLIS


Farmers markets are adored for many reasons, but the main one is … local producers! Visit Dublin’s farmers market in the famous Temple Bar district and sample goodies such as cured meats. The Temple Bar Food Market is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brown Thomas

'Brown Thomas Patrick St. Cork Ireland'

Photo by: Ninian Reid

Ninian Reid

The place for the latest mainstream fashions, Brown Thomas has locations throughout Ireland, in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.


'Narrow Kinsale Street'

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This popular sailing town along the southwest coast of Ireland is a picturesque spot for outstanding cuisine.
Dunbrody Famine Ship

'Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience'

What happened to those who left Ireland and sailed to the New World? Did they return? Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigrant Experience to understand the struggles of these brave travelers.
Loftus Hall

'The fa��ade of Loftus Hall.'

Situated on Hook Peninsula, Loftus Hall is, some people say, the haunted house of the world, with historical reference to a visit from the devil. Get the facts for yourself in a 1-hour guided tour.
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