The Seven Wonders of Ireland

Newgrange, photo by raygunb on Flickr

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were the typical tourist attractions of the past, whose cultural importance was immeasurable, and which are talked about even today, when only one of them remains. But many other seven wonders have been created and discovered since then, and of course that Ireland has a set of wonders of its own. A culture, history and landscape as interesting and as rich as Ireland’s has well over seven wonders, and it isn’t easy to choose only a few of them. However, if you are wondering which are the attractions that definitely deserve the honor, here are the Seven Wonders of Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Guinness is the number one most famous drink in Ireland, and it doesn’t matter whether or not you actually like beer, the Guinness storehouse is a cultural treasure of Ireland. Guinness has been brewed in Ireland for centuries, and the storehouse was built at the beginning of the 19th century. Although the huge Chicago-style building is no longer used for brewing beer, it is a wonderful interactive visitor center.

Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey

Connemara, photo by Arnold Unterholzner on Flickr

Connemara National park in the western parts of Ireland covers some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country. Mountains, valleys, woods, heaths and bogs combine in the park, showcasing several of the most interesting ecosystems in Ireland. Part of this amazing scenery belonged to the extensive Kylemore Abbey Estate, a Benedictine nunnery that can be visited and explored.

Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

The Seven Wonders of Ireland could include many natural sites that capture the imagination, but one attraction that is undeniably at the top of the list is the Cliffs of Moher. The over 200 meter tall cliffs looming over the Atlantic are absolutely spectacular, and offer some incredible views. On one of the headlands you can find O’Brien’s Tower, a former observation tower for Victorian tourists.

Newgrange, Co Meath

Cliffs of Moher, photo by sedoglia on Flickr

Ireland has its fair share of Neolithic monuments that are in very good shape even today, but none are quite as well preserved as Newgrange, 5000 year old structure likely built for religious purposes. Archaeologists and historians still can’t quite figure out why Newgrange was built (other than being a religious site), and the place is shrouded in folklore and legends.

Ring of Kerry, Co Kerry

The Ring of Kerry tourist circuit has been attracting visitors since Victorian times, and it is more popular than ever. Kerry Peninsula is one of the most unspoilt parts of Ireland, with stunning landscapes, as well as small towns and villages where you can witness the best of Irish country life. There are several attractions on the Ring of Kerry, like the Gap pf Dunloe, Ladies View, Bog Village, Toc Waterfall and many others.

Rock of Cashel

Guinness Storehouse, photo by Mark Heard on Flickr

Ireland’s castles are magnificent when they are well preserved or restored, but perhaps even more fascinating when they lie in ruins. The Rock of Cashel is one perhaps the most famous of Ireland’s ruined castles and it served as the seat of the High Kings of Munster. This is where Ireland’s most famous saint, St Patrick, first converted an Irish king to Christianity.

The Burren

Not far from the Cliffs of Moher lies another one of Ireland’s most incredible natural sights. The Burren is a vast karst landscape that seems to be the most inhospitable place on earth. The empty and unforgiving landscape is dotted with the occasional neolithic monument or hill fort.

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