"Take a tour to experience all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the hanging cell, Governor's office, hospital and graveyard. Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and for 150 years was a fully operational prison. On March 31, 1996, the Governor of Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol walked out of the fortified prison and the heavy air-lock gates slammed shut for the final time.
During those 150 years the Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots.
"The Belfast Peace Walls, otherwise known as The Belfast Peace Lines, separate catholic and protestant communities in Northern Islands Belfast. The purpose of the walls was to curb the violence steamed from the outbreak of civil unrest during the riots of 1969. The riots led to a thirty-year conflict known as the Troubles and reflect the civil rights campaign to end discrimination against Catholics and Irish nationalists.
Touring The Peace Walls is a stark reminder of Belfast’s violent struggles, the loss of life, and a reminder that the communities are still divided. Anyone that visits Belfast should consider the journey through history to learn about one of the most devastating religiously fueled wars that are often under-reported globally and seldom taught in history classes aside from England and Ireland."
"Titanic Belfast, named the World's Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2016, is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912.
Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. The self-guided Titanic Experience extends over nine interpretive and interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her."
As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. Delve into the history of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day, get face to face with dinosaurs and up close to the famous ancient Egyptian mummy, Takabuti and learn about how she came to arrive in Belfast in 1834. The Ulster Museum has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark, certifying that it is adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance regarding Covid-19 and has the required processes in place. Admission to the museum remains free but booking online is advised.
Pop by for a bite to eat overlooking the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the Ulster Museum's Wynne & Pym Café, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm serving light bites and refreshments.
The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland as well as one of the most visited sites in all of Europe. Last year saw over 1.7 million visitors from around the world pass through the doors of the famous storehouse at St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin.
But is it really worth all the hype? And do you need to be a fan of the black stuff to enjoy it? The following Guinness Storehouse review will tell you everything you need to know about the site and what to expect. Leaving you free to make your own mind up. So keep reading to find out what it’s really like.
According to the Dublin-born novelist and playwright George Bernard Shaw, “whiskey is liquid sunshine”. Learn the secrets of this iconic liqueur in the heart of the Irish capital: just next to Trinity College, you'll find the Irish Whiskey Museum.
Make the most of exploring the museum's different exhibitions thanks to your guide, an Irish whiskey expert who will entertain you with fascinating details on the history of the drink. You'll learn all about the whiskey-making process and its maturation in oak casks, as well as the evolution of distilleries in Ireland over the centuries.
John Jameson founded his distillery in Smithfield, Dublin in 1780. From the very beginning, he concentrated on the quality of his whiskey, demanding the best ingredients.
He wanted to make the world’s finest whiskey so he selected the best casks from around the world, freshest barley and the purest Irish water. These traditions are still honored today.
Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. It should not be forgotten however that, as a county gaol, Kilmainham held thousands of ordinary men, women and children. Their crimes ranged from petty offences such as stealing food to more serious crimes such as murder or rape.
Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held here for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.
Housed within the Old Library building, at Dublin City's Trinity College, the Book of Kells is a precious 9th century manuscript, featuring an exquisite combination of ornate Latin text and intricate illuminations. Discover how the world’s most famous medieval manuscript was made and learn about the rich symbolism behind it. You’ll also gain access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and home to 250,000 of Trinity College’s most ancient books. On exploring the Long Room, get a close up view of the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp. You will also see a rare original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a seminal text in Irish history which influenced the foundation of the Irish Republic as a sovereign independent state.
The exhibition and gift shop are open 7 days a week. Entry is timed and it is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance.
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.
Located on Nun’s Island, on the west bank of the River Corrib near Salmon Weir Bridge, Galway Cathedral is one of the largest and most dominating buildings in Galway. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1958 and was completed in 1965.
It is located on the site of the former city jail and features a dome at a height of 145ft. It was the last large church in Ireland to be made from stone, and features a huge octagonal dome that complements the skyline of the City of Galway. Inside the visitor will find the rose windows and wall paintings, which echo the broad tradition of Christian art, particularly impressive.
A busy tourist hub, full of bars, restaurants, shops and a plethora of entertaining street performers! Galway's Latin Quarter is another really popular and crowded area in the city. It is teeming with people throughout the day, with several street performers busy entertaining people with their array of talents. You'll find here tons of places to shop, and even more places to grab a bite and pint when you're done.
Galway's energy and warm atmosphere are captured to perfection in this brilliant neighbourhood, and you won't even get to know when the hours pass. Keep in mind though, it gets extremely crowded at times.
You don’t really “get” Ireland until you’ve been to Galway. We mean it. Far from being a twin or even a cousin to the more renowned Dublin, Galway is like a best bestie—sharing tons in common, while surprising you with their unique take and style. Visiting Galway is so key to experiencing authentic Ireland that it’s a destination on every one of our Ireland tours. And if you're a first-timer to Ireland, you'll no doubt want to make a stop here (or, you know, just let us take you). In fact, it’s so downright awesome, we even close out our tour of the British Isles with a couple days in Galway.
In Galway, Quay Street is the cultural and entertainment mecca. But don’t just take our word for it. We asked EF Ultimate Break Tour Director Laura—proud Irish local and world-class tour-giver—for her tips on making the most of your time here.
Discover the Wild Atlantic Way route where 2,500km of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves awaits you. Head along the coast to uncover over 180 Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points where the views are breathtaking and local stories are told.
Feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes into the base of towering sea cliffs, wander down vast beaches and watch flocks of birds dance in pastel skies as the sun sets on another magical day.