10 more places to visit on the island of Ireland

Even if you’ve been to Ireland before, there’s always something new to enjoy. Here are 10 recently opened attractions you should add to the to-do list.

Derry Girls Experience, Tower Museum, County Derry
The walled city of Derry has a new attraction for fans of the award-winning TV sitcom Derry Girls. An exhibition at the Tower Museum, running until July 2024, showcases props, costumes and memorabilia from the show such as Erin’s diary and Ma’s 90s-style jumper. A new treat for fans who may already have enjoyed the Derry Girls guided tours and mural.

Irish Wake Museum, County Waterford
Ireland’s newest museum traces the Irish customs, traditions and superstitions associated with death from the earliest times to the twentieth century. The unique attraction, located in Ireland’s oldest urban domestic building, offers a guided tour that takes you through five centuries of fascinating funeral rituals.

Skellig Six18 Distillery, County Kerry
The dramatic Wild Atlantic Way is the inspiration for the whiskey made at Skellig Six18 Distillery and Visitor Experience in Cahersiveen. Led by a storyteller, the award-winning tour of the distillery reveals the whiskey-making process and how the distillery got its name. There’s also the opportunity to sample a variety of spirits.

Ireland’s Ancient East Maze, Sky Park, County Louth
Ireland’s largest adventure park has a new challenge with the opening of the Ireland’s Ancient East Maze. With towers, bridges and gates that open and close, the maze offers a new experience every time. Themed around aspects of Ireland’s Ancient East, there is inspiration along the way for more places to visit.

Beyond the Trees Avondale, County Wicklow
The newly refurbished Avondale House offers guided tours through this historic building and is an added attraction for visitors to Avondale Forest Park and its dramatic treetop walk. The Beyond the Trees walkway, which opened last year, stretches for 1.3km ending at the foot of an impressive 38m-high timber viewing tower.

OM Dark Sky Park, County Tyrone
Named after the sound of the universe, the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory is one of three areas on the island designated as an International Dark Sky Place. The purpose-built stargazing facility at Davagh Forest features state-of-the-art tech and equipment. The ancient Beaghmore Stones nearby, built to align with the stars, are part of the magical experience.

International Rugby Experience, County Limerick
This top-class visitor attraction celebrates rugby and its international heroes in an interactive, multi-sensory experience. Featuring six zones rooted in World Rugby’s values of Passion, Discipline, Integrity, Solidarity and Respect, visitors go on a journey from the grass roots of rugby right up to legendary status.

Mount Congreve Gardens, County Waterford
Renowned as among the great gardens of the world, Mount Congreve Gardens have recently been redeveloped to create three walking routes peppered with creative interpretation and features that tell the story of Mount Congreve and its botanic collection. A new visitor centre adds to the experience.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour, County Down
The world’s only official Game of Thrones Studio Tour is at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, where a significant proportion of the show’s Northern Ireland-based filming took place. The tour takes you through the kingdoms of Westeros with original sets, props and costumes on display. A new collection of Dorne costumes has recently been added. There are numerous interactive features and fascinating behind-the-scenes secrets are revealed.

10 Listowel–Abbeyfeale Greenway, Counties Limerick and Kerry
The greenway has been extended to create a 16km off-road trail that links the heritage town of Listowel with the market town of Abbeyfeale. A tranquil route passing through a picturesque landscape of heather bog land, fertile valleys and rolling hills, it’s the perfect place to escape to for a leisurely walk or cycle.