Ireland is the land of Irish pubs, magical creatures – these two sometimes walking hand in hand, breathtaking green landscapes and an amazing cultural heritage. It is also one of the top travel destinations of all time but not the cheapest, actually it is one of the most expensive ones. Naturally, if you know a couple of tricks, you can experience the country to its essence without facing total bankruptcy. If you look carefully, you can find quite a lot of free attractions in Ireland from natural wanders to historical monuments and museums. Below you will find the best attractions that you can visit for free while in Ireland.
With its immeasurable natural beauty and fascinating ancient architecture, Ireland is a true mystery waiting to be explored. Travel plans of any serious globetrotter prominently mentions Ireland. Ireland is a beautiful country with forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, parks, islands and peninsulas that open to the ocean.
Major cities like Dublin and Belfast are regular travel destinations but one must not forget to travel to the towns and villages of Ireland to experience rural Ireland. There is a beautiful contrast when one travels from the liveliness of urban cosmopolitan cities to the quiet calm of rural towns. Famous Achill Island, Croaghaun, Keel Beach are just some of the major tourist destinations of the country.
World heritage sites like the Archaeological Ensembles of Newgrange and the Skellig Michael have stood witness through the Viking and Gaelic pasts of Ireland while newer monuments like Blarney Castle, Poulnabrone tomb, Clonmacnoise are prime examples of Irish architectural beauty that tempt all to travel to Ireland.
Irish people still retain their Gaelic heritage, occasionally showing it off in the various festivals celebrated around the year like the Saint Patrick’s Day, Saint Brigid’s Day, Lughnasa, Puck’s Fair, Chalk Sunday, Mayday, Samhain etc. Saint Patrick’s Day is day of merrymaking, people from all over the world travel to Ireland to experience this festival.
Pubs of Ireland should be a necessary travel destination in Ireland, the pubs serve out famous Irish whiskey and Guinness beer along with Apple Cider, Irish cream and Meade the legendary drink of Vikings. There are a variety of places to eat in Ireland serving both traditional and the modern Irish dishes like the shredded boiled cabbage served with bacon, boiled in cabbage water with boiled potatoes. Ahernes is a world famous restaurant worth the travel by any tourist. Dublin city, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Killarney are places tourists are recommended for authentic Irish cuisine.
Ireland invites all its visitors to travel and explore its rich wildlife, fauna and flora. There are endangered animal species in Ireland like the golden eagle, the huge Irish elk and the wolf that can be seen in the. Glenveagh, Connemara, Ballycroy, The Burren, Killarney and Wicklow Mountains national parks . Those interested in bird watching must travel to Ireland for the 400 bird species that reside here.
One can travel through Ireland via air, rail, bus, road and sea. Ireland has four major airports well linked with other of its islands as well as other countries to facilitate easy travel to Ireland for the international visitors. There is also an interstate travel facility which provides efficient railway travel network for all its visitors. Ships from Britain are a leisurely way to travel to Ireland, 3,600,000 people travel to Ireland by sea every year,
The climate of Ireland is mild, which is favorable for all the visitors who want to travel through the country. Ireland offers many travel accommodations like hotels, guest house, historic palace, hostels, cottages, manor, villas, town houses and farm houses; it is easy for a tourist to find an accommodation, but bookings should be made in advance to avoid inconveniences. Ireland has something for everyone, so make your travel plans for Ireland now for a new travel experience.
Top Attractions In Ireland
1. National Museum of Ireland
The Museum has got four sections, three (Archeology, Decorative Arts and Natural History) can be found in Dublin, while the fourth, Country Life, in Castlebar – Mayo County and all can be visited for free. Archeology section houses the largest collection of items connected to Irish history, culture and people. Fans of the Celtic world and Irish culture should really not miss it.
2. The Murals in Belfast and the Ulster Museum
Although the Northern part, it is still Ireland, Belfast is a great city full of fun. The long decades of hostility between the Catholic and Protestant community created a rich collection of political murals on both sides. It is not only free to take a tour and see the murals created by the Republicans and the Loyalists, but it’s also safe now. The worst thing to happen is to get a few unfriendly glance from a local if you stare at their house for two long. 😉 If you want to know more about the Catholic-Protestant conflict commonly knows as ‘The Troubles’, visit Ulster Museum for free.
3. Heritage Sights All Over the Country
The whole island abounds with architectural memories of the Celtic culture and the Middle Ages. Let it be an ancient cemetery, a Celtic cross, the ruins of a monastery or castle, a hightower a lot of the historical monuments are free to visit. Even the some of the most famous attractions like the Hill of Tara and Glendalough are free to access, the fee they charge only applies to the heritage centers nearby. So feel free – literally – to tour the most valuable treasures of the Irish culture.
4. Irish Folk Music
My personal favorite. There is nothing better or more authentic than listening to some good old Irish ballads in an Irish pub in an Irish town next to a pint of good Irish beer. And it’s all free – well apart from your pint of beer maybe… Almost all pubs have regular or occasional live music all over the island and mostly you don’t even have to pay to listen.
5. Taking the Saint Patrick Tour
The famous Saint Patrick, Ireland’s proselytist to Christianity and patron saint is one of the central figures of the Irish culture. His name is linked to many places all over the island. You can follow his footsteps and visit the important locations connected to his life for free. Visit Armagh and Downpatrick Cathedral, both being the reputed grave of the saint or the holy mountain of Ireland, Croagh Patrick. The now existing St. Patrick’s Curch in Saul, near Downpatrick commemorates the missionary’s very first church on the island but there is a large number of free sights on Saint Patrick’s Trail.
Ireland offers plenty of amazing things to see and do even if you are on a budget travel. It is a beautiful country with scenic landscapes and wonderful cultural heritage worth to be admired.