History & Heritage

Discover Ireland's ancient history and heritage as you explore the country by car.

At the heart of Ireland’s ancient history and heritage is Ireland’s Ancient East, although you will find thousands of years of history as you travel through all four provinces on your ultimate Irish road trip.

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Clew Bay

Clew Bay

Legend has it that there are 365 islands waiting to be explored at Clew Bay, giving visitors something for every day of the year.

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Achill Island

Achill Island

Set foot on Ireland's largest island and drive the 40km Atlantic Drive, taking in some of the finest scenery in Ireland as you go.

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Nephin Mountains

Nephin Mountains

Scale Connacht's second highest peak as you explore 'Wild Nephin'.

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Céide Fields

Céide Fields

With over 6,000 years of history, Céide Fields is the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world.

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Hill of Uisneach

Hill of Uisneach

Discover the ancient story of the mythical and sacred centre of Ireland.

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Battle of The Boyne Site

Battle of The Boyne Site

Visit the site of one of Ireland's most significant wars and learn about the story of The Battle of The Boyne.

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Newgrange

Newgrange

Discover a land older than Stonehenge and The Pyramids as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange.

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Beaulieu House

Beaulieu House

With a spectacular gardens and amazing gallery of artwork, Beaulieu House is a must for art lovers.

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Carlingford

Carlingford

From the unspoiled beauty of Carlingford Lough to the vibrant streets and nightlife, Carlingford is a town just waiting to be explored.

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Carrickmacross Workhouse

Carrickmacross Workhouse

Take a trip down memory lane, and discover the workhouse generation of Ireland's past in Carrickmacross.

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Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park

Take a journey back to Neolithic times at the spectacular Cavan Burren Park.

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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Climb the tower and kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the gift of eloquence.

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Reginald’s Tower

Reginald’s Tower

Experience Ireland's oldest civic building, in the country's oldest city.

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House of Waterford Crystal

House of Waterford Crystal

Visit the home of the world famous Waterford Crystal by touring the factory and discovering their crystal production methods.

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Dunbrody Famine Experience

Dunbrody Famine Experience

Discover the story of The Great Famine and the struggles faced by our ancestors during this time.

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Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse

Experience the worlds oldest intact lighthouse at Hook Peninsula.

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The Kennedy Homestead

The Kennedy Homestead

Discover the story and Irish roots of one of the world's most famous families, The Kennedy's.

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Wicklow Gaol

Wicklow Gaol

Experience 200 years of Irish prison life in this interactive tour of Wicklow Gaol,

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Powerscourt Estate & Gardens

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens

The jewel in Wicklow's garden crown, explore the beauty of the Powerscourt Estate.

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Glendalough

Glendalough

Explore the wonderful ancient monastic site of Glendalough.

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Belleek Pottery

Belleek Pottery

Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh.

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The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway

One of Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attractions The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Located on the tip of the Antrim coastline is Dunluce Castle.

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Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge

When in Derry take a walk across the cities newly constructed Peace Bridge taking you across the River Foyle.

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Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island is an island and civil parish off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point of Northern Ireland.

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Mount Errigal, Donegal

Mount Errigal, Donegal

Scale Donegal's highest peak and marvel at the spectacular panoramic views that await you.

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Walls of Derry

Walls of Derry

A walk around the walls in Derry reveal a city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

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Old Bushmills Distillery

Old Bushmills Distillery

Take a tour of Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery

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The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Visit The Dark Hedges one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland.

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Glenarm Castle and Walled Garden

Glenarm Castle and Walled Garden

Take a walk around Glenarm Castle and its very own Walled Garden.

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Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

Visit the Ulster Museum covering new and old Irish History as well as Fine and Applied art.

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Titanic Visitor Centre

Titanic Visitor Centre

Take in the full Titanic experience, explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic.

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Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle

Take a tour of the castle with interactive exhibitions making it fun and engaging for all.

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The Irish National Famine Museum

The Irish National Famine Museum

Learn more of what is regarded as the biggest social disaster in Europe the Great Irish Famine.

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Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining Experience

See how coal was extracted from the mine in County Roscommon Ireland.

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Knock

Knock

Ireland's National Marian Shrine in Co Mayo, visited by over 1.5 million people each year, is the site of an Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1879.

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Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

A remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life.

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Florence Court

Florence Court

Located just outside Enniskillen in the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain.

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Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Host to one of the finest show caves in Europe.

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Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park

Hear first hand the story of Irish emigration.

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Beaghmore Stones

Beaghmore Stones

A complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles and cairns.

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Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Wellbrook Beetling Mill

The last working water-powered mill of its kind.

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Downpatrick

Downpatrick

Pick up the St Patrick's Trail and explore some of the sites linked to the patron Saint of Ireland.

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Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle

One of the finest Norman Castles in Northern Ireland.

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Granite Trail

Granite Trail

Walk the Bogie line to the quarry like the men of Mourne and Newcastle did many times before.

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Cloughmore Stone

Cloughmore Stone

With views over Newry and Mourne the climb to the top of Slieve Martin to the Cloughmore Stone is well worth it.

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Explore the Mourne Mountains

Explore the Mourne Mountains

Spend the day walking in the Mourne Mountains with the highest mountain in Northern Ireland Slieve Donard included in its range.

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County Down Railway

County Down Railway

Learn more about the rich heritage of County Down brought to life in fascinating exhibitions in the museum.

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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside, this outdoor museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster.

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Scrabo Tower

Scrabo Tower

The undulating maritime landscape of North Down has been watched over for more than a century by the Londonderry Monument, commonly known as Scrabo Tower.

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Glencar Waterfall

Glencar Waterfall

Make a detour into Leitrim and marvel at the wonderful Glencar Waterfall.

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Fanad Head Lighthouse

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Discover over 200 years of Irish history at Fanad Head Lighthouse.

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Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach

Take a step back in time to Grianán of Aileach and over 3,000 years of Irish history

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Malin Head

Malin Head

Cycle through Ireland and you will be rewarded with incredible views of vast and varied landscapes.

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