I created the ultimate Ireland Bucket List because I've now been to Ireland three times (can't get enough) and I have future plans to go back in July. I'm going to finish off the bucket list with you guys hopefully and it is going to be amazing. I highly, highly recommend Ireland if you are planning a trip to Europe. The culture, history and people just make Ireland an extremely amazing place to visit. Let us not forget the scenery either - Ireland is the greenest place I've ever seen and it doesn't stop there. The architecture, churches, pubs, everything...Ireland has so much to offer everyone and every kind of traveler. So, I've created a bucket list that encompasses this and shows you all the goods that Ireland has to offer! Find your roundtrip ticket to Ireland now!
1. Kiss the Blarney Stone
This was a terrifying experience.....and I think it was only this way for me, personally, because you had to lie on your back and look down basically at a 60 foot drop (maybe it was less and I'm exaggerating but that's what it felt like).
The guy that is holding me - that's his job basically. He sits there all day while people lay backwards and kiss this stone. They also have a photographer on hand to capture the exact moment - but I just had my friends do it because it's just as great. Even if you are afraid of heights, this is well known throughout Ireland and I even knew about it before I moved over to the UK - so I highly recommend kissing the Blarney Stone while you are in Ireland! It's a little outside of Cork, Ireland so that can be your base location!
2. The Cliffs of Moher
Clare Co., Ireland
I can't tell you enough how great the Cliffs of Moher are. Even though I went when it was kind of rainy/muddy, they are worth it. They are completely massive and span on for miles it feels like but very pretty and just overwhelming. The entrance to the Cliffs are free but they have a nice cafe and shop that is somewhat built into the top of the cliffs and you have views of the cliffs from here as well... I would recommend bringing a picnic and just having a picnic at the top of cliffs and I would watch your weather app like it's your job! I wouldn't recommend this as a rainy day activity!
3. Temple Bar
The temple bar in Dublin is actually an "area" of Dublin. It's in the center of the city and has so many blocks encompassing it. The Temple Bar, however, is one of the coolest bars in this area and it just has so much character. Really lovely place to visit and have a pint of Guinness and listen to the live, local music. It's free to get in but be warned that it's super crowded after around 8pm, so I would suggest getting there early to secure a table or spot within the pub!
4. Trinity College
Trinity college is located in Dublin, Ireland and it's Ireland's oldest university and is absolutely gorgeous. Rain or shine I would go see this college and just have a walk around. It has several little courtyards that are adorable and a huge green behind the Book of Kells Library that everyone will go lay out on or throw frisbees on a warm/sunny day. This college is also known for it's library, as mentioned before, Book of Kells/The Old Library. It is one of my favorite places I've ever been, no matter how many people were in there because it's absolutely gorgeous.
5. The Book of Kells/The Old Library
Again, I highly recommend this place. Technically this is called the "Old Library" but you walk through the Book of Kells exhibition to get here - so you learn a bit about the history. It's €9 for students but I would pay it again and again. I have only seen this place on Pinterest, before my visit, so to see it in real life was an absolute dream. Kind of nerdy, I know, but it's worth it believe me.
6. The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is actually amazing. I wrote a review about it here and I don't even like beer that much. The entire storehouse has really good aesthetics and the history of how Guinness started is really intriguing. As part of your ticket, you get a free pint of Guinness at the top in the Gravity Bar. I couldn't recommend this place more to my friends and family. It's located in Dublin and I believe it's one of their biggest tourist attractions but even so, I highly recommend it for your visit to Dublin!
I, like you, am still currently crossing off these places on my bucket list. I've created a downloadable bucket list below where you can do the same. I don't know about you but exploring Ireland is amazing and I can't wait to see more of it and cross the other things off while I do. Hopefully this helps jump start your visit to Ireland and give you some guidance as to where to start in certain places.