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Ireland's top tourist attractions revealed

Bucket lists, ahoy!

Geraldine Gittens

Published 12/07/2015 | 14:08

The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher
Guinness Storehouse - Gravity Bar

The Guinness Storehouse is the top fee-charging attraction in Ireland, according to figures published by Fáilte Ireland.

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It welcomed over 1.26 million visitors last year - an increase of over 100,000 on 2013.

The country's top ‘free to enter’ attraction, meanwhile, was the National Gallery of Ireland with 593,183 visitors.

Doneraile Wildlife Park made the list of 'top ten free attractions' for the first time, ranking at number three with 460,000 visitors during 2014.

Both the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, and the Science Gallery at Trinity College experienced growth, rising 10pc and 5pc respectively.

Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2014

1. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, 1,269,371 visitors

2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Clare, 1,080,501 visitors

3. Dublin Zoo, 1,076,876 visitors

4. National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, 931,074 visitors

5. Book of Kells, Dublin 650,476 visitors

6. St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 457,277 visitors

7. Tayto Park, Meath, 450,000 visitors

8. Fota Wildlife Park, Cork, 438,000 visitors

9. Blarney Castle, Cork, 390,000

10. Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, 372,503 visitors

Top 10 Free Attractions 2014

1. The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 593,183 visitors

2. National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, 541,946 visitors

3. Doneraile Wildlife Park, Cork, 460,000 visitors

4. National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin, 447,137 visitors

5. Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, 406,982 visitors

6. Farmleigh, Dublin, 402,773 visitors

7. Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons Kildare, 350,000 visitors

8. Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, 306,662 visitors

9. Chester Beatty Library Dublin, 304,000 visitors

10. National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin, 300,272 visitors

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism & Sport Michael Ring said: “Our great variety of attractions, whether free or fee-paying, is an important part of our allure to visitors and add to the positive experience enjoyed by tourists here."

"Over the last few years, this Government has invested significantly in new and existing attractions and is committed to ensuring our attractions remain relevant and attractive to the visitors arriving to our shores.”

Meanwhile, Shaun Quinn CEO Fáilte Ireland said: “Tourism is on track to enjoy what could be a record year in terms of activity and visitors in 2015. With that in mind, we would expect the attendance numbers for most attractions to rise even further."

"We, in Fáilte Ireland, have invested quite heavily in our tourism infrastructure in recent years to ensure that Ireland remained an appealing destination despite the downturn. Now that tourism is on the rise again, Ireland and its strong collection of attractions are perfectly poised to welcome and cater for ever greater numbers.”

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