The new old Ireland: castles outnumber activity parks and visitor centres in attraction charts



  • Castles outnumber visitor centres
  • Country houses also prominent

Ireland’s top fifty visitor attractions for 2017 included 13 castles, cathedrals, gaol or monasteries, 9 museums and libraries, 8 bespoke visitor centres, 7 country houses, 5 theme activity parks, 4 wildlife or botanic parks and 4 coastal features. Figures were recently made available from Failte Ireland’s 2017 toppling tourism performance and regional statistics from TourismNI.




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