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The History of Must-See Landmarks In Ireland

Ireland has a beautiful history. Our past has made this country what it is today. The culture, art and design that have been passed down to us year after year for generations make this a rich and vibrant place to visit. 

Claddagh Tours takes pride in the story of Ireland and with that, we celebrate the history of Irish design and architecture throughout many of our tours. 

Thanks to the Irish Government we can also make use of free admission to all national galleries and museums. We also visit many of the most revered sculptures that showcase Irish heritage at its very best. 

Dublin city, the capital of our emerald isle is home to many of the landmarks we consider a must-see when you come to visit. Here are just a few to get you started.


This majestic building in the heart of Dublin is an iconic part of the city. It symbolises the failed Easter rising in 1916 but also pays homage to the talent, design and architecture that went into such a magnificent building. The GPO is a great example of Georgian architecture and the interior is breathtaking – a must-see when visiting. 

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is a testament to the design and architecture of its time. From its bold and billowing exterior to its intricate interior and attention to detail this building tells the story of Ireland from as far back as 1204. Having served as a military base, prison and court there really is no way you can miss this tour on your trip to Ireland.

Saint Stephens Green

Saint Stephens Green in the centre of Dublin city spans 27 acres and was named after a church and leprosy hospital that existed in the 13th century. A Victorian work of art, this park is an ode to the nature of Ireland, its landscape and historical sites in Ireland. There is so much to be discovered in this people’s park so make sure you set aside enough time to truly savour it. 

The Four Courts

Built between 1776 and 1796, The Four Courts is the epicentre of the Irish legal system. Having witnessed a substantial amount of upheaval in its 200 years, this building literally holds the tales of millions within its walls. This building marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War and has stood its ground through decades of political change, helping to shape the Ireland we know and love today. If its history isn’t enough to spark your interest, the architecture alone is worth a visit. 

Kilmainham Gaol 

Built to replace Dublin’s former prison in 1796, the Kilmainham Gaol that housed many of the revolutionaries from the 1916 rising is a feast for the eyes. This stone fortress is as breathtaking as it is full to the brim with history; an eye-opening visit for those that make the time to see it. 

The Royal Hospital of Kilmainham

Erected in 1680, there really are few buildings more beautiful than the Royal Hospital of Kilmainham. Now housing the Irish Museum of Modern Art, its corridors are filled with culture as rich as its own. If you find yourself in Ireland, we really cannot think of any reason why you shouldn’t make time for this magnificent landmark. 

Garden of Remembrance 

Dedicated to all who gave their lives for Irish freedom, the Garden of Remembrance was built on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 rising and is one tour we look forward to giving again and again. This garden is where nature meets man’s attempt to honour the fallen and is an integral part of the Irish people from the past, present and future. 

These landmarks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to visit-worthy locations in Dublin and beyond. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Ireland has a way of expanding its horizons and the magic never really stops. 

The number of places to see in this country can be overwhelming and that is why we are here; to help you make the most of your time in Ireland. Have any questions? Just get in touch.

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