Important Irish Landmarks to Visit

By Kenya Barrett

Ahh, Ireland — a beautiful country filled with lush green pastures, beautiful castles, and lots of Guinness — is rightfully a top destination for travelers worldwide. Many people visit Ireland to take in the gorgeous scenery, dabble in the delicious cuisine, and tap into the unique Irish culture. One way to get started is learning some history on the country’s most precious landmarks.

Two of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks are the Cliffs of Moher and the Titanic Quarter, keep reading to learn more about them!

Cliffs of Moher

Located in the Southwestern edge of County Clare, the beautiful sea cliffs run about nine miles long and stand at 702 feet through the Atlantic Ocean. Named after a fort (Moher) that was later demolished in 1808, the Cliffs of Moher initially stood as a lookout area for a potential French invasion during the Napoleonic War. Today, the southern tip of the cliff serves as the site of the Moher Tower.

From the Cliffs of Moher you can see various other locations including the Aran Islands and the Twelve Bens mountain ranges. A destination now recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the cliff draws in nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. The sea cliffs have also become a popular site for film production and have been featured in many films, including The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Leap Year. Outside of media, the area is also home to a number of wildlife species including razorbills, Atlantic Puffins, grey seals, dolphins, and minke whales, among others.

Titanic Quarter

This historic site is located in the city of Belfast, within the Northern region of Ireland. The area is home to a number of marine-based landmarks, film studios, and even educational facilities. However, the site’s most popular attraction is the Titanic Belfast — the original construction site of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. The attraction is a fascinating and immersive experience telling the story of the notorious ship.

Visitors can explore nine interpretive and interactive galleries and learn the history of the ship from its conception in the early 1900s to its maiden voyage. Additionally, travelers can venture the city and familiarize themselves with the individuals who built her, as well as the 1,500 lives that were unfortunately lost. Visitors can also spend time viewing the world’s last remaining White Star Vessel and RMS Titanic’s original tender ship, the SS Nomadic.

Other attractions within the Titanic Quarter include the Titanic Museum, Paint Hall Studios and The Arc. Paint Hall Studios is responsible for producing many popular series and films including Game of Thrones, Your Highness, and City of Ember. Likewise, the shipyard remains the location for the annual “Tall Ships Races.”

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