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Ireland’s Top Tourist Attractions Revealed

Ireland’s top tourist attractions, paid and free, have been revealed in Fáilte Ireland’s annual list of “Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions” for 2017.

The Guinness Storehouse once again drew the most visitors, with 1,711,281 people coming through its doors this year. The National Gallery of Ireland, however, received the most significant visitor growth, with 41 percent more people visiting than in 2016. This was the first year the Gallery surpassed 1 million visitors, coming in with 1,065,929 total.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and the Dublin Zoo came in second and third in overall visitors as well as in the Fee-Charging category.

Below are the Top 5 key attractions in each category.

Top 5 Fee-Charging Attractions

  1. Guinness Storehouse, with 1,711,281 visitors and 4 percent visitor growth.
  2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with 1,527,000 visitors and 7 percent visitor growth.
  3. Dublin Zoo with 1,262,300 visitors and 10 percent visitor growth.
  4. National Aquatic Centre, with 1,099,756 visitors and 5 percent visitor growth.
  5. Book of Kells, with 983,410 visitors and 10 percent visitor growth.

Top 5 Free Attractions

  1. The National Gallery of Ireland, with 1,065,929 visitors and 41 percent visitor growth.
  2. Castletown House Parklands with 666,541 visitors.
  3. Glendalough Site with 639,826 visitors.
  4. National Botanic Gardens with 569,652 visitors.
  5. DLR LexIcon (Dun Laoighaire Rathdown) with 525,708 visitors and 12 percent visitor growth.
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