The Most Popular Tourist Destinations in Ireland | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 56

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland are?

How about the least popular (or the least crowded?)

And how can this information help you plan your vacation?

Jody tackles all those questions in this episode of the Traveling in Ireland Podcast.
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The Most Popular Tourist Destinations in Ireland

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(1:32) How Many People Visited Ireland in 2017?

In 2017 Ireland welcomed over 9 million overseas tourists, a rise from 2016's ‘record year' of 8.8 million.

Those numbers are huge for an island of only 4.77 million people.

(2:36) Where do most tourists to Ireland visit?

Dublin  5.9 million overseas visitors

Galway  1.67 million overseas visitors

Cork  1.6 million overseas visitors

Kerry  1.2 million overseas tourists

Clare  749,000 overseas tourists

(4:26) The Midlands is the least visited region in Ireland

Least visited counties:

Longford  24,000 overseas tourists

Leitrim  41,000 overseas tourists

Laois  43,000 overseas tourists

Offaly  52,000 overseas tourists

North Tipperary  53,000 overseas tourists

(7:03) How to Avoid the Crowds in the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland

Visit off-season. City breaks are perfect for cooler, shorter days.

Book tickets online to avoid lines.

For popular attractions visit before 10am or after 4pm (when possible).

(9:18) Consider alternates to the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland

While popular destinations are popular for a reason, you'll find spectacular alternates.

Dublin alternates:

Instead of Guinness Storehouse visit Smithwick's in Kilkenny

Instead of Jameson Distillery Bow Street visit Jameson Distillery Midleton, Cork

Instead of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Wexford

Alternates to other popular Ireland destinations:

Instead of the Ring of Kerry visit the Beara Peninsula in Cork

Instead of Blarney Castle & Gardens visit Birr Castle & Gardens in Offaly

Instead of the Cliffs of Moher visit Achill Island in County Mayo

Instead of Galway city visit Westport in County Mayo

Instead of the Rock of Cashel visit the Rock of Dunamase in County Laois

Instead of Killarney National Park visit Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal

Instead of Newgrange visit Loughcrew, also in County Meath

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(15:21) Build an Itinerary to include Ireland's most popular tourist attractions and lesser known sites

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If you are in County Cork visit Bantry and the Sheep's Head Peninsula.

If you are exploring the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland extend your route to include Donegal.

If you are crossing Ireland from Dublin to Galway take a couple days to explore County Offaly.

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