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Historical sites in Ireland

Historical sites in Ireland

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Trip ideas for visiting Ireland's historical sites

  • Boutique travel
Ireland castles tour
Length 9 days Approx. $5,520
  • Off the beaten track
Tours of Dublin and Irish pub life
Length 8 days Approx. $940
Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Irish castles and Scottish highlands
Length 11 days Approx. $2,210
  • Highlights
Best of Ireland coastal road trip
Length 15 days Approx. $1,720
  • Highlights
Discover Northern Ireland
Length 7 days Approx. $1,440
  • Highlights
Best of Ireland
Length 7 days Approx. $1,550
  • Highlights
Dublin and Irelands countryside  
Length 7 days Approx. $1,660
  • Off the beaten track
Irish Heritage Trip
Length 8 days Approx. $1,660
  • Off the beaten track
Ireland's hidden gems
Length 14 days Approx. $2,220
  • Highlights
St Patrick's Day and Dublin Tours
Length 4 days Approx. $1,110
  • Highlights
Northern Ireland to Dublin
Length 8 days Approx. $940
  • Highlights
Irelands South Coast
Length 8 days Approx. $1,090

Our local experts in Ireland

Céad míle fáilte. In Ireland, they don’t just welcome you, they welcome you  "a hundred thousand times over!"  This saying portrays perfectly the warm and friendly Irish. In France however, our opinion on this beautiful country is limited. We’ve all heard of the lakes of Connemara, we suppose they must be impressive to have inspired Michel Sardou to such an extent; plus we don’t doubt the quality of the fish; although there’s always a concern tha...

Céad míle fáilte. In Ireland, they don’t just welcome you, they welcome you  "a hundred thousand times over!"  This saying portrays perfectly the warm and friendly Irish. In France however, our opinion on this beautiful country is limited. We’ve all heard of the lakes of Connemara, we suppose they must be impressive to have inspired Michel Sardou to such an extent; plus we don’t doubt the quality of the fish; although there’s always a concern that it may rain throughout a stay on Irish soil. The weather is more unpredictable than you'd like believe. Imagine nature’s beauty as the sun shines across a landscape drenched by the rain several minutes beforehand. It’s at that moment you understand that nothing good can come of a grey sky.


Ireland is an ideal spot for exploring, whether it’s on foot, by bike, on horseback or by boat. But it’s just as easy visiting the highlights of Ireland by car. People also come to play golf or go fishing. What’s more, Ireland is rich in history and legends, to be discovered when visiting its age-old monuments. Dolmens, medieval houses and old mansions to name a few. 

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Ireland has earned its place in history as a country that was able to avoid the conquering ambitions of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, it was not able to avoid the Vikings who had a significant impact on some of its cultural aspects. The country also had considerable influence from their English neighbors who eventually took over. Ireland's historical sites bear the secrets and information that contribute to the rich history of this great country.

What makes Ireland a great destination for history lovers?

Many of the historical sites in Ireland, such as Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral, are a direct reference to the country's religious and political past. You will also find ancient monastic influence in places such as the Rock of Cashel and Glendalough and understand the turbulence and violence the country underwent in areas such as Trim Castle and Reginald's Tower.

The best historical sites in Ireland to visit

Ireland is a fascinating place for any history buff, and its historical sites provide intriguing information on the battles, religion, human worship, and opportunities that all had a role to play in what the country is today.

  • Marvel at the architectural structure of Reginald's Tower

    Reginald's Tower is the oldest building in Ireland and was the first building to use mortar in its construction. Built by the Vikings in the 13th century, it was a prison, arsenal, and mint. The Landmark Monument is at the Quay in Waterford and is open all year-round. Tours run between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Communicate with the supernatural at Leap Castle

    The Leap Castle in Coolderry, Offaly County, is a must-visit place for anyone who believes in the supernatural. It was a home for the druids who used it for initiation ceremonies. The historical references may be chilling, but it is a top attraction for historical thrill-seekers. The current owner conducts private tours on a private arrangement basis.
  • Experience the strength and power of Ireland at the Rock of Cashel

    The Rock of Cashel in Tipperary County is open all year-round between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for tours. The structures include the Cathedral, Jewel of the Rock, the Round Tower, and the Hall of the Vicars Choral. There is a lot of Roman influence in its architecture.
  • Experience the power of history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

    History shows that Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The Cathedral currently stands on the spot where Saint Patrick would baptize the local Celtic chieftains in the 5th century. The church has a rich history, and visitors can discover more about its religious significance on operating tours.
  • Experience restorative peace and tranquility at the Glendalough Monastery

    St. Kevin set up the Glendalough Monastery in Wicklow County in the 6th century. He wanted a peaceful place for religious reflection. The Monastery was also the training ground for many disciples for over 900 years. It is open all year-round with tours operating throughout the day.

Tips for planning a historical tour of Ireland

The weather in Ireland is often rather wet - remember to pack for cooler temperatures and make sure that you always carry a raincoat. Consider using travel experts such as Evaneos to help put you in contact with the most knowledgeable local guides who can assist in developing the perfect itinerary for your historical tour of Ireland.

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