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.
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.
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.
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.
This beautiful building showcases some of the best international talent in opera.
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.
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.
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
Serving local seafood and steak, the Hollow restaurant is known for its scallops, lemon sole, cod, mussels, monkfish, plaice, crabmeat, hake and haddock.
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.
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.
The place for the latest mainstream fashions, Brown Thomas has locations throughout Ireland, in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.
This popular sailing town along the southwest coast of Ireland is a picturesque spot for outstanding cuisine.
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.
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.