Make the most of those long summer days in Ireland by getting out and embracing everything the island has to offer. Whether you’re an adventurer, culture vulture or history lover Ireland’s packed with fun activities to do with friends and family. From majestic castles to spectacular greenways, we’ve rounded up a list of the top ways to spend a day out in Ireland.
1. Chase castles
Want to see how kings, queens, lords and ladies lived back in the day? There’s no shortage of epic castles to explore in Ireland. In fact, there are more than 1000 dotted around the country! Like these…
Home to the world-famous Blarney Stone (said to give the gift of eloquence to those who kiss it), Blarney Castle is a great place to spend a day. Amble around the castle grounds and glorious gardens before dropping into the quaint café.
Step back in time at this 15th Century castle where you can attend a medieval banquet complete with song and dance. Spend the evening enjoying a traditional feast in the Great Hall, all while being served by costumed waiters.
Nestled in the heart of the city and overlooking the River Nore, this spectacular 12th century castle is an ideal day out in Ireland. Experience the grandeur of the castle’s interiors before strolling around the beautiful rose garden.
2. Bike a Greenway
Looking to stretch your legs while soaking up Ireland’s stunning countryside? Try cycling or walking a greenway – picturesque trails spanning old railway lines, canals and coastal paths. Here are three to consider…
Stretching over 46km, this paved path winds its way around the scenic Comeragh Mountains, through lively towns and alongside river and sea. Stop by the stunning gardens at Mount Congreve or the Viking Settlements on the trailside.
Want to see some of Ireland’s most rugged coastal scenery? Cycle this 42km stretch from Westport to Achill by bike or electric bike. The views over Clew Bay are breath-taking, as are the golden beaches along the way.
This short 7km route begins at Carlingford Marina and is perfect for anyone looking for a quick cycle or stroll. Expect stunning views of Carlingford Lough before enjoying famous Carlingford Oysters in one of the quaint restaurants in the medieval town.
3. Travel Back in Time
More of a history lover? You don’t have to look very far to stumble upon a ruin or two in Ireland! Travel back centuries at ancient sites and prehistoric structures that have stood the test of time. Starting with…
Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids at Giza, Brú na Bóinne contains three astonishing passage tombs. Stop by the Visitor Centre and take the Newgrange Chamber Tour where you’ll hear stories about these Neolithic monuments.
Perched high up on a hill overlooking Tipperary, the imposing Rock of Cashel is a brilliant spot to spend some time. This centuries-old site commands stunning views and contains round towers, chapel ruins and St Patrick’s Rock.
Located on the banks of the River Shannon, a visit to Ireland’s oldest and most famous monastery will transport you back in time to the mid-6th century. Delve deeper into the site’s history with a trip to the Visitor Centre.
4. Get cultured
Ireland is bursting with impressive galleries and world-class museums, making it the ultimate place for a cultural day out. Whether you’re interested in Picasso or airplanes, here are three we’d recommend…
Learn about aviation and maritime history at the world’s only flying boat museum in Foynes. Housed in an original airport terminal building, their story comes alive through exciting exhibitions, simulators and full-sized replicas.
Plan your cultural day out with a trip to the National Gallery, located in the heart of Dublin City. Boasting over 2500 Irish and international masterpieces including works by Caravaggio, Jack B Yeats and Mainie Jellett.
Discover the history behind this world-famous brand, once modelled by style icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The collections showcased are nothing short of luxurious, the factory tour is immersive and the award-winning café is delicious!
5. Visit Iconic Irish Attractions
You can’t spend a day out in Ireland without stopping by some top bucket list attractions! And since it’s so easy to overlook what’s on our own doorstep, we thought we’d remind you of three that everyone should do at least once…
A day exploring a UNESCO Global Park is a day well spent. Ramble along the cliff-side pathways taking in views over the Atlantic Ocean. The visitor centre is excellent, where you’ll find a theatre, sensory experiences and delicious food with a view!
Ireland’s most-visited attraction naturally is a must-see – even if you’re not a fan of Guinness! Here, you’ll learn about Ireland’s greatest export, and finish off your day by taking in panoramic Dublin views atop their Gravity Bar, pint in hand!
Voted by National Geographic as one of the ‘Top Houses & Gardens’ in the world,a trip to Powerscourt will be worth your while! Wander around the grounds and admire ornamental lakes and lush gardens.