This is a list of the top 40 most visited tourist attractions in Ireland , (figures from 2011)
Being popular is not a guarantee that  it will be  a good attraction – but it helps. The top attraction for tourists is once again the Guinness Storehouse. The visit by Barack Obama in 2012 will have helped with publicity. The British Queen also visited when she came to Ireland
The majority of the places are in Dublin . The figure shown next to each attraction is the number of visitors during 2011.


Guinness Storehouse Dublin  1,025,677

Dublin Zoo Dublin  1,000,000

National Aquatic Centre Dublin 825,049

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience  Clare 809,474

The National Gallery of Ireland  Dublin ,624,412

Book of Kells Dublin 524,119

National Botanic Gardens  Dublin 501,000

National Museum of Ireland Dublin 402,582

Fota Wildlife Park Cork 390,124

St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin 362,000

Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin 362,000

Blarney Castle Cork  325,000

Farmleigh Dublin 315,464

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History Dublin 295,488

Kilmainham Gaol Dublin 294,095

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History Dublin 289,172

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Clare 275,986

Chester Beatty Library Dublin 247,729

Science Gallery Dublin 242,833

Holy Cross Abbey Tipperary 240,000

Rock of Cashel  Tipperary 233,038

Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre Meath 228,550

Old Jameson Distillery Dublin 223,522

Powerscourt House & Gardens Wicklow 207,446

The National Library of Ireland Dublin 206,342

Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny 206,277

Connemara National Park Galway 202,543

Christ Church Catherdral Dublin 155,944

Aquadome Kerry 142,301

The National Wax Museum Dublin 141,960

Dublin Castle Dublin 141,849

Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane Dublin 135,007

Dublinia Dublin  134,089

Clonmacnoise  Offaly 134,034

Newgrange Meath 132,760

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre  Dublin  121,587

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens Kildare 114,162

Glenveagh National Park Donegal 112,000

Skerries Mills Dublin 109,033

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life  Mayo 108,785

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