27 Sep 2017
Ireland’s Ancient East can take you on an unforgettable journey through 5,000 years of history.
If you haven’t discovered Ireland’s Ancient East yet, you might be wondering why you should. Right, here are 10 compelling reasons that show how amazing this unique touring region really is.
1. Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site
Find a sense of wonder at this history-saturated area beside the River Boyne in County Meath. It predates the Pyramids, contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes and boasts the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe.
Explore a medieval city with its heritage evident everywhere. Marvel at ancient Kilkenny Castle, the Medieval Mile and the cobbled streets and passageways, yet feel the city’s modern vibe in its style, food and fantastic pubs.
Experience the Ireland of Saints and Scholars at this tranquil County Wicklow destination, a monastic city as awe-inspiring as the views in the valley enclosing it.
4. Hook Head Lighthouse
Take a step back in time at the world’s oldest operational lighthouse in County Wexford. Brave the balcony with views over miles of rolling sea and enjoy a tour hearing tales of life as a light keeper.
5. Dunbrody Famine Ship
Understand the Irish famine experience on this authentic reproduction of an 1840s-emigrant vessel in County Wexford. Costumed characters and interactive tours will capture your imagination.
6. Listoke Distillery
Uncover the secret of great gin at the County Louth distillery responsible for the much lauded small-batch Listoke 1777. Take a tour or join the gin school and distil your own special bottle.
7. Titanic Experience
Walk in the footsteps of passengers as they boarded Titanic at picturesque Cobh, County Cork, the liner’s last port of call. View the original ‘Heartbreak Pier’ and imagine what it was like to be on the fateful liner with the Titanic Experience.
8. Irish National Stud
See why the Irish are equestrian masters at one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding centres in County Kildare. Top off your visit with a wander through the adjoining Japanese Gardens – a horticultural delight.
9. Rock of Cashel
A spectacular historic treat, this County Tipperary icon is loved for its rich heritage. Its sturdy walls contain a complete round tower, ancient cathedral and the finest Romanesque chapel in the country.
10. Cavan Burren Park
A peaceful, scenic and fascinating geological and archaeological landscape in County Cavan, brought to life in a series of trails and interpretative centre. Part of the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, it is a paradise for walkers.
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