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Best Places to Visit in Ireland

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Ireland's rich culture, enchanting green landscapes and friendly locals are just a few reasons why so many travelers make the journey to this island country. But with so many cities, charming small towns and countryside wonders to choose from, it may be hard to decide exactly what should be on your itinerary. U.S. News took into account sights, adventure, food and culture, plus expert opinion and traveler sentiment, to determine the Best Places to Visit in Ireland. If you want to have a say in next year's list, be sure to vote below.   

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#1 Dublin

#1 in Best Places to Visit in Ireland

If you only have time to visit one place in Ireland, go to Dublin. Not only is Dublin the country's hub for politics, culture and music, it also offers great connections to some of Ireland's top points of interest, including the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle. While here, do as the Irish do and savor some brews either at the popular Guinness Storehouse or at the always exuberant Temple Bar.  Read More »

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#2 Killarney

#2 in Best Places to Visit in Ireland

For the quintessential Irish countryside experience, travel to Killarney. The town is surrounded by evergreen hills and valley on all sides, affording plenty of opportunities to become one with nature. Visitors gravitate towards Killarney National Park, which features Ireland's highest mountain range, McGillycuddy's Reeks. If you aren't much of a hiker, you can still enjoy the scenic lakes or visit one of the town's centuries-old churches or castles. 

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#3 Galway

#3 in Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Galway offers the best of both worlds for travelers. City slickers can revel in the city's relatively light but palpable bustle while outdoor lovers are still within driving distance of many natural attractions, including Connemara National Park and Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic route that runs right through Galway. If you prefer to stay local, stroll through the lively Latin Quarter then end your walk at the scenic Galway Bay.  Read More »

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#4 Limerick

#4 in Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Dubbed the first Irish City of Culture, Limerick boasts plenty to do for its residents and visitors. King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral are both lauded for their striking architecture, while the Hunt Museum and the Limerick City Gallery of Art boast enviable art collections. There are also pretty parks to peruse, including the People's Park and – if you're willing to drive about 12 miles southwest of the city – the lush Curraghchase Forest Park. 

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#5 Kilkenny

#5 in Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Kilkenny offers a hearty amount of historical attractions for travelers to explore. This is largely thanks to the city's prior distinction of being the medieval capital of Ireland, which today lives on in the Medieval Mile, Kilkenny's top attraction. Within the Medieval Mile you'll find several interesting city sights, such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and the Medieval Mile Museum.  

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