The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare attracts round 1 million guests every year.
Eire has many seashores and Seaside resorts resembling this one in Kilkee.

Tourism within the Republic of Eire is likely one of the greatest contributors to the financial system of the Republic of Eire, with 9.0 million individuals visiting the nation in 2017, about 1.Eight instances Eire’s inhabitants.[1][2] Every year about €5bn in income is produced from financial actions immediately associated to vacationers, accounting for about 4% of GNP and using over 200,000 individuals.[3][4] In 2011 alone, Eire was voted ‘Favorite vacation vacation spot within the World’ by readers of Frommer’s Information, Lonely Planet listed Eire because the world’s friendliest nation and Cork Metropolis as one of many high ten cities on this planet and the Irish vacationer boards web site,, was named the most effective vacationer board web site on this planet.[5][6] Most vacationers visiting Eire come from the UK, the USA, Germany and France.

Transport in Eire[edit]

Eire’s nationwide flag provider is Aer Lingus, which providers Europe, North America and North Africa, however the overwhelming majority of flights originating from continental Europe come from one other Irish firm, Ryanair, the most important low price airline on this planet. These airways, together with others, fly into all three of Eire’s worldwide airports, Shannon Airport, Dublin Airport and Cork Airport. Dublin Airport is by far the busiest, accounting for over 80% of passenger getting into and leaving Eire in 2011.[7] Together with these airports there are a number of different regional airports within the nation together with Eire West Airport Knock and Kerry Airport, which each function worldwide flights to Europe.
For travellers from mainland Europe and the UK, one other option to enter the nation is by sea, with connections by ferry to Roscoff and Cherbourg in France, Liverpool in England and Pembroke, Fishguard and Holyhead in Wales, Douglas on the Isle of Man and Santander in Spain. These routes are operated by Irish Ferries, Stena Line, Celtic Hyperlink Ferries, P&O Ferries and Brittany Ferries.[8][9][10][11]

Motorways hyperlink Dublin with all the most important cities within the nation and there are plans to increase the motorway system sooner or later. Lately the standard of Irish roads has improved dramatically with the appearance of the Celtic Tiger and important European Union funding, though outdoors the primary routes, roads could be fairly unpredictable by way of high quality and maintenance, particularly in rural areas resembling Co. Kerry and Co. Donegal.
The rail and light-weight rail community in Eire will not be as in depth because it as soon as was, however it’s nonetheless attainable to get from metropolis to metropolis utilizing the rail system, though many rural stations have closed alongside these strains. For the time being there is just one Gentle rail system within the nation, the Luas in Dublin. This method opened in 2004 and because of the variety of individuals availing of it (27.5million in 2010) it was acknowledged as being “Dublin’s greatest public transport success story” by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar in 2011.[12]

Sail Rail[edit]

Transport for Wales Rail, Iarnród Éireann, in addition to Irish Ferries and Stena Line promotes SailRail[13]

The tickets are closely discounted and supply an inexpensive technique of travelling from wherever on the UK rail community to wherever on the Irish rail community with only one ticket. A bus connection from Dublin Port is required to achieve Dublin’s most important practice stations, Connolly or Heuston.


The biggest metropolis within the Republic of Eire is Dublin. On account of its proximity to Britain, it was crucial metropolis in Eire through the Tudor conquest of Eire and subsequent British Invasions till after 1922 when the Irish Free State was shaped. Because the British held a presence right here for over 500 years, many of the historic buildings from the 1500s on have been constructed by them. As Dublin Airport is positioned simply outdoors the town, most worldwide guests to Eire start their keep right here. Among the many most important points of interest in Dublin are Dublin Fort, the seat of British rule in Eire till 1922, Phoenix Park, one of many largest internal metropolis parks on this planet,[14]The Basic Put up Workplace, one in every of Eire’s most well-known buildings because of the 1916 Easter rising, Kilmainham Gaol, a former jail turned museum that held and executed the rebels of the 1916 Rising and Trinity Faculty, the place the E book of Kells and the E book of Durrow are held.[15] In 2010, Dublin was awarded the title of UNESCO Metropolis of Literature, as many well-known writers resembling James Joyce and Samuel Beckett are from the town.[16]

Different Sights


Located on the southern coast of Eire, Cork is the second greatest metropolis within the nation. On account of a inhabitants explosion within the 1800s, a lot of its most well-known buildings are from this period. On this interval two cathedrals have been constructed, Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. One other historic attraction from this time is Cork Metropolis Gaol which opened in 1824, it’s now a customer centre for individuals to really feel what it was prefer to stay within the metropolis, and imprisoned within the jail, 200 years in the past.[19] Cork’s most well-known constructing and the image of the town, The Church of St. Anne, is understood for its clock tower dubbed “The 4 Confronted Liar” on account of all 4 of the clocks displaying barely completely different instances. Cork Airport is positioned simply outdoors the town and connects Cork to many different European cities, though many direct flight routes are solely accessible in the summertime.

Different Sights

  • Fota Wildlife Park, a zoo positioned simply outdoors the town on Fota Island, now one of the common customer points of interest within the nation.[20]
  • Elizabeth Fort, a 17th-century star fort simply off Barrack Avenue, initially constructed as a defensive fortification outdoors the town partitions, it’s now a vacationer attraction.
  • Cork Opera Home, an opera home constructed within the 1850s.
  • The English Market, a meals market that dates again to 1610. The market attracts guests from all through the world, together with a go to by Queen Elizabeth II throughout her 2011 state go to in 2011.[21][22]
  • College Faculty Cork, a Nationwide College of Eire, the grounds are common with guests because of the truth the River Lee flows via it.
  • Blarney Fort, a medieval fortress in Blarney, a city simply west of Cork. The fortress is now a partial smash with some accessible rooms and battlements, and is the situation of the Blarney Stone, a stone which is rumoured to provide the present of eloquence if you kiss it.
  • Spike Island, a former jail island positioned in Cork harbour, simply off the coast of Cobh. A 24-acre star-shaped Fortress was constructed within the late 1700s and this turned the most important jail on this planet within the 1850s, through the famine years. The island was transformed to a customer attraction in 2016 and gained the title of ‘Europe’s Main Vacationer Attraction in 2017.


Located on the mouth of the River Shannon, Limerick has been an necessary gateway metropolis for over 800 years. As a result of metropolis’s location on the midpoint of the Atlantic Hall, nearness to Shannon Airport (12 Miles) and good provide of fairly priced lodges it has grow to be one thing of a base metropolis for vacationers travelling alongside the west coast of Eire, though the town has many points of interest in its personal proper. King John’s Fort within the medieval quarter of the town is arguably the most effective identified attraction within the metropolis, relationship again to 922AD. The previous metropolis partitions of Limerick encompass a small little bit of the location, though many of the partitions have collapsed. St Marys cathedral additionally within the medieval quarter is a should see. It’s a fully restored 12th century cathedral with beautiful views over the town.[23] The Hunt Museum within the metropolis hosts one of many world’s best non-public collections on this planet, successful the Museum of the 12 months award many instances over time.[24] The museum has a large assortment of each historical and medieval items of artwork and sculpture, originating from various places and civilisations around the globe together with Historical Greece, Historical Rome, Historical Egypt and the Olmec Civilisation. Artists’ works within the museum embody Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jack B. Yeats and Henry Moore.[25]

Different Sights

  • Foynes village and Museum, a small village outdoors Limerick Metropolis that was the final port of name for Seaplanes heading in direction of The Americas. This stretch of the River Shannon turned one of many greatest civilian airports in Europe throughout World Battle II, and was the place the drink Irish Espresso was first served.[26][27]
  • St John’s Cathedral, one in every of two cathedrals within the metropolis, this one has been in steady use since 1861 and its spire is the tallest within the nation, topping out at 94m. In-built a Gothic Revival fashion, it is likely one of the few Irish buildings designed by Philip Charles Hardwick.[28]
  • Adare, a vacationer vacation spot and heritage centre, this aged village is common because of the truth a lot of its buildings nonetheless bear their unique thatched roofs, or crafted stone exteriors.[29]
  • Lough Gur, one in every of Eire’s most necessary archaeological websites, people have lived at Lough Gur since about 3000BC and there are a number of megalithic stays there.


Reaching metropolis standing in 1484, Galway celebrated its quincentenary in 1984. Galway in itself will not be notably identified for its points of interest, however quite for its vigorous environment and leisure scene.[30] That is partly as a result of 25% of the inhabitants of Galway (75,529 in 2011) is made up of scholars primarily from NUI Galway and GMIT, two third degree institutes within the metropolis. Galway is especially common with American vacationers as Galway is alleged to be probably the most ‘Irish’ of Eire’s cities, and is likely one of the few city areas the place you’re prone to hear Irish spoken, because of the truth the Gaeltacht space of Connemara is just a few kilometres away.[30] The largest lake within the nation, Lough Corrib, is located north of the town.
The ferry to the Aran Islands is positioned about 40 minutes away and departs from the village of Rossaveal often. The Aran Islands are positioned in Galway Bay, and the Irish Language is by far probably the most used language on the islands, with the overwhelming majority utilizing the language often. Because the islands are fairly a bit from the mainland, automobiles are fairly uncommon and the primary type of transport is the bicycle.[31]


Waterford is a metropolis within the South-East area of Eire. It’s the smallest metropolis within the nation, with a inhabitants of simply over 53,504 in 2016, though it’s the oldest, being based by Vikings in 324AD. Located within the south east, the town has one of many warmest climates in Eire, getting on common an additional hour of sunshine every day.[32] The seaside city of Tramore is positioned simply south of the town and has 5 km lengthy seashore, and can also be a preferred browsing spot.

Coastlines and resorts[edit]

Because the Republic of Eire occupies simply over 80% of the island of Eire, the nation has grow to be well-known for its scenic shoreline and villages and cities by the shoreline. Essentially the most broadly identified of those are located within the west of Eire, principally in Munster, however different areas of the nation have their very own particular person resorts as nicely. The Cliffs of Moher are probably the most well-known cliffs in Eire, however the highest cliffs in Eire are the Croaghaun, on the Atlantic coast of Achill Island off Co. Mayo, which rise to 688 m, over thrice increased than the Cliffs of Moher.[33] The Slieve League cliffs in Co. Donegal are sometimes incorrectly acknowledged as being the best, however at solely 601m, they arrive in second.

The south and south west of Eire is especially identified for its seaside resorts together with Kilkee, Lahinch, Quilty, Spanish Level and Doonbeg in Co. Clare, Youghal, Ballycotton, Kinsale and Bantry in Co. Cork and Glenbeigh, Dingle, Castlegregory and Ballybunion in Co. Kerry. Because the west of the nation faces the stormy Atlantic, it has grow to be synonymous with browsing, notably in Co. Donegal, Co. Sligo and Co. Clare.[34]

Tourism routes and areas[edit]

A lot of vacationer trails and areas have been developed within the 2010s to market Eire as a vacationer vacation spot.[35]

Wild Atlantic manner[edit]

A tourism driving route, the Wild Atlantic Means, extends for two,500 km of roadway alongside the West coast.

Eire’s Historical East[edit]

Eire’s Historical East (Irish: Sean-Oirthear na hÉireann) is a touring area encompassing 17 counties on the japanese facet of the Republic.[36] It’s divided into three zones:

  • “Land of 5000 Dawns”: the northern half, encompassing counties Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath. Contains Brú na Bóinne.
  • “The Historic Heartland”: the central half, encompassing counties Offaly, Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Carlow and Kilkenny
  • “The Celtic Coast”: the southern half, encompassing counties Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and the japanese a part of County Cork. It borders on the Celtic Sea.[37]

The Historical East can also be constructed round 4 “pillars”: Historical Eire, Early Christian Eire, Medieval Eire and Anglo Eire.[38]

Eire’s Hidden Heartlands[edit]

Eire’s Hidden Heartlands is a touring area encompassing the Shannon area and Beara-Breifne Means.[39] It was launched in July 2018.[40]

Festivals and occasions[edit]

Eire has many festivals, most of which happen yearly. Essentially the most well-known by far is the St Patrick’s Pageant which takes place in each county throughout Eire and celebrates Irish tradition the world over. Though St. Patrick’s Day festivals are held everywhere in the world on 17 March, the competition in Eire lasts over every week, and consists of the parades on the 17 in addition to the Skyfest celebrations, a fireworks show held someplace completely different in Eire yearly. A part of the celebrations embody Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week), which goals to advertise the Irish language through the two weeks continuing the competition. The parade in Dublin is the point of interest of the competition, with over 500,000 individuals attending it in 2012.[41]
One other competition which is understood worldwide, notably in Europe, is the Oxegen Music Pageant. Though it wasn’t held in 2012, will probably be held in 2013. First held in 2004, the four-day competition has, for 2 consecutive years, been named because the Finest European Pageant in a ballot which included festivals from France, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and different international locations.[42] Among the many artists to have performed on the competition embody Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Afrojack, Eminem and Coldplay.
For Irish individuals, most likely probably the most celebrated sporting occasions are the annual finals of the All-Eire Senior Hurling Championship and the All-Eire Senior Soccer Championship. These matches, usually held across the center of September, are usually totally offered out, with nicely over 80,000 individuals packed into Croke Park, the most important stadium in Europe not used primarily for Soccer.
One other competition that celebrates the Irish Tradition and Diaspora everywhere in the world is the Rose of Tralee. This worldwide competitors, which is widely known among the many Irish communities everywhere in the world, is held yearly within the city of Tralee in Co. Kerry. The winner is picked primarily based on her character and her skill to be a superb position mannequin for the competition and for Eire throughout her travels around the globe. Not like different pageants, the opponents usually are not judged on their look nor their physique. One of many solely guidelines of the competitors is that the potential roses must have an Irish ancestry.[43]
The Galway Races is an Irish horse-racing competition that begins on the final Monday of July yearly. Historically the busiest days of the races are the Thursday, when the Galway Hurdle and girls day happen. It’s well-known all through the world for being one of many world’s greatest race conferences. It’s estimated that over the week-long competition, 150,000 individuals attend the occasion.[44]
The Galway Worldwide Oyster Pageant is one other common competition held within the Metropolis of Galway. Over time it has gained many awards and titles together with ‘one of many 12 best reveals on earth’ by the Sunday Occasions, and was listed within the AA Journey Information as one in every of Europe’s Seven Finest Festivals, on par with the Munich Beer Pageant.[45][46]
Electrical Picnic is one other common music competition held in Stradbally Corridor in Stradbally, County Laois yearly since 2004. It was voted Finest Medium-Sized European Pageant on the 2010 European Pageant Awards, and has been voted Finest Large Pageant at every of the final 4 Irish Pageant Awards since they started in 2007. In comparison with different main music festivals, there may be extra emphasis on high quality competition providers resembling meals and sleeping preparations. Rolling Stone Journal acknowledged it was the most effective festivals they’d ever been to.[47]

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Pageant is likely one of the oldest festivals within the nation, initially began in 1892. Held over the month of September yearly, the competition attracts between 20,000 and 40,000 romantic hopefuls, coming from everywhere in the world to participate within the occasions. Lately the competition has grow to be notably common with vacationers from the Far East. Willie Daly, the prime matchmaker, makes use of his pocket book of love-seeking profiles to match potential {couples}, and the competition has advanced to grow to be the most important matchmaking competition in Europe.[48]
The Galway Arts Pageant is an annual arts competition that takes place every July in Galway Metropolis. It’s a global celebration of the performing and visible arts and an necessary showcase for the Irish arts. Yearly round 150,000 individuals attend the occasion yearly. Based in 1978, the competition continues to develop as a serious attraction for nationwide and worldwide guests

Geological tourism[edit]

Eire has many geological points of interest, most being alongside the shoreline of the nation. The 2 most well-known geologically necessary locations are each in Co. Clare; the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the visited websites within the nation, with the rocks on the backside of the cliffs dated as being about 320 million years previous, shaped when Eire was beneath water through the Carboniferous Interval.[49] The Burren was additionally created throughout this era. When a tropical sea flooded the south of the nation, a buildup of coral (Limestone) started, protecting many locations in Eire. When the ocean shallowed, rocks resembling Sandstone and Shale have been deposited over the Limestone, successfully protecting it over once more. The Burren is likely one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe and is likely one of the few locations within the nation the place the limestone is seen above floor.[50]
Many Irish mountains are additionally of geological distinction, most of them being shaped within the Caledonian or Amorican period. These mountains, shaped between 400 and 250 million years in the past, would have been the identical peak because the Alps, however resulting from weathering, have grow to be a lot smaller over time.[51]


Abroad guests to the Republic of Eire 2008–2017

In 2017 9,932,100 abroad vacationers visited Eire, a 3.5% enhance over the earlier years determine of 9,584,400.[52]

Rank Nation Guests
1 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 3,728,900
2 United StatesUnited States & CanadaCanada 2,101,500
3 GermanyGermany 681,400
4 FranceFrance 549,300
5 SpainSpain 443,200
6 ItalyItaly 363,300
7 AustraliaAustralia, New ZealandNew Zealand & Remainder of Oceania 208,500
Remainder of Europe 1,445,200
Remainder of World 410,800
Whole 9,932,100[52]

In 2016 9,584,400 abroad vacationers visited Eire, a 9.8% enhance over the earlier years determine of 8,643,100.[52]

Rank Nation Guests
1 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 3,924,100
2 United StatesUnited States & CanadaCanada 1,808,000
3 GermanyGermany 652,200
4 FranceFrance 531,400
5 SpainSpain 394,900
6 ItalyItaly 344,400
7 AustraliaAustralia, New ZealandNew Zealand & Remainder of Oceania 204,500
Remainder of Europe 1,379,100
Remainder of World 345,700
Whole 9,584,400[52]

In 2015 8,643,100 abroad vacationers visited Eire, a 13.7% enhance over the earlier years determine of seven,604,400.[53]

Rank Nation Guests
1  United Kingdom 3,546,900
2  United States &  Canada 1,514,200
3  Germany 629,300
4  France 504,700
5  Spain 343,200
6  Belgium,  Netherlands, &  Luxembourg 326,000
7  Italy 321,400
8  Denmark,  Finland,  Norway &  Sweden 233,900
9  Australia,  New Zealand & Remainder of Oceania 207,600
Remainder of Europe 684,900
Remainder of World 331,000
Whole 8,643,100[53]

In 2014 7,604,400 abroad vacationers visited Eire, an 8.1% enhance over the earlier years determine of 6,985,900.[54]

Rank Nation Guests Proportion
1  United Kingdom 3,163,900 41.6%
2  United States &  Canada 1,328,600 17.5%
3  Germany 455,700 6.0%
4  France 396,000 5.2%
5  Spain 307,900 3.8%
6  Belgium,  Netherlands, &  Luxembourg 274,700 3.6%
7  Italy 257,800 3.4%
8  Denmark,  Finland,  Norway &  Sweden 200,300 2.6%
9  Australia,  New Zealand & Remainder of Oceania 190,000 2.5%
Remainder of Europe 601,500 7.9%
Remainder of World 283,800 3.7%
Whole 7,604,400 100%[54]

In 2013 6,985,900 abroad vacationers visited Eire, a 7.2% enhance over the earlier years determine.[54]

Rank Nation Guests Proportion
1  United Kingdom 2,929,000 42%
2  United States 1,036,000 14.8%
3  Germany 483,000 7%
4  France 434,000 6%
5  Belgium,  Netherlands, &  Luxembourg 265,000 3.8%
6  Spain 263,000 3.8%
7  Italy 234,000 3.4%
8  Denmark,  Finland,  Norway &  Sweden 210,000 3%
9  Australia,  New Zealand & Remainder of Oceania 188,000 2.7%
10  Canada 123,000 1.8%
Remainder of Europe 575,000 8.2%
Remainder of World 248,000 3.5%
Whole 6,985,900 100%

Entry laws[edit]

Beneath the Quick-stay Waiver Programme, anybody from the international locations on the listing beneath can journey to Eire throughout the time remaining on a present UK visa, with out the requirement to acquire an Irish visa, and be granted permission to remain in Eire as much as a most of 90 days, or the time left on their UK visa to run out.[55]

Residents of most international locations can enter Eire and not using a visa, or by the Quick-stay Visa Waiver Programme, nonetheless residents of the next international locations want a transit visa to even journey via Eire on their option to one other nation;[56]

Tourism organisations[edit]

Tourism Eire was established beneath the Good Friday Settlement of 1998. It’s collectively funded by the Irish Authorities and the Northern Eire Government on a two-to-one ratio. Tourism Eire works along with the 2 vacationer boards on the island, Fáilte Eire and the Northern Eire Vacationer Board, to advertise Eire as a number one vacationer vacation spot, each North and South.

Fáilte Eire
Fáilte Eire is the most important vacationer physique in Eire, and promotes tourism as a number one element of the Irish financial system. The organisation supplies strategic and sensible assist to develop and maintain Eire as a vacationer vacation spot. The organisation runs, an award-winning web site[57]


  1. ^ In relation to China, nationals of the Particular Administrative Areas of Hong Kong and Macau are already on the listing of these nationals who don’t require a visa to journey to Eire.

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