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Thursday 19 September 2019

Two Wicklow sites on 'most visited' list

Glendalough: third most visited among free sites
Glendalough: third most visited among free sites

Mary Fogarty

Powerscourt House, Gardens and Waterfall and Glendalough have made lists of the top 10 most popular visitor attractions in Ireland for 2018.

Fáilte Ireland published its annual survey last week, with Powerscourt number nine on the list of fee-paying attractions, and Glendalough third on the list of free sites.

472,523 visitors went to Powerscourt, and 732,824 to Glendalough.

Once again the Guinness Storehouse tops the fee-paying list with over 1.7 million visitors last year. The Cliffs of Moher closely follows in second place with 1.5 million, and Dublin Zoo holds the 3rd spot with over 1.2million visitors in the same category.

The survey also collates visitor numbers on free-to-enter attractions with a new entry to the list, Kilkenny Castle Parklands1 claiming top place with the National Gallery of Ireland closely following.

Others on the fee-paying list included the Book of Kells, Tayto Park, St Patrick's Cathedral and Kylemore Abbey.

The top-10 free to enter attractions includes the National Botanic Gardens, Castletown House, and Doneraile Park.

Fáilte Ireland publishes an annual list of top visitor attractions1 to give attractions insight into how they are performing. It complements Fáilte Ireland's research on 'What makes a Great Visitor Attraction', which allows attractions to look to each other's successes in order to find ways to improve their own visitor experience.

'While 2018 was a positive year for most of Ireland's top attractions, there are many challenges ahead for the tourism industry,' said Fáilte Ireland's director of product development Orla Carroll. 'As the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland's role is to support the development of a world-class tourism sector. Our work with attractions in helping them grow their visitor numbers through training and funding is a significant part of what we do across the country. Over the course of 2018 alone, Fáilte Ireland approved grant funding of more than €31million for 46 projects.'

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