Although many people plan their travels to Ireland through an agency or an Irish Travel Bureau, it is important to get familiar with places before landing on the lush Emerald Island. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out on Ireland’s top cultural treasures, is to pinpoint them on the map, and plan your trip around these top spots.

Dublin’s Must-See Historical Treasures

If you have never been to Dublin, then make sure that you get at least 3-4 days booked for this city alone. From the Guinness Brewery, to the Dublin Castle, and Trinity College, there is tons to see and do in just a few days around town. The famous factory where the great dark beer is made is suitable for people who enjoy a nice pint, while others may enjoy the Dublin Castle that is located off Dame Street.

Currently the old castle is a great governmental complex, however it was the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922 and the building dates back to the 18th century. If that is not enough, than Trinity College is worth a look, since it’s setting is magnificent and the buildings are hundreds of years old. Guides will take you around the campus and tell you stories about every building on the grounds, giving you insiders that are unknown to any travelers that just pass through the town.

Wonders On the Outskirts of Ireland

From Cathedrals to great Castles, Ireland has stories to tell unlike any other place in the world. The Ashford Castle and the Athlone castle are just two of the dozens that are hidden throughout the island and worth a visit during your travels. These places will really sweep you off your feet with their amazing halls and great grounds that are mesmerizing to wonder around. St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as his grave are also must see historical grounds that are worth a look and will let you experience the holy burial ground.

From stained-class-windows to gorgeous carved sculptures there is detail that will make your jaws drop in awe, and let you experience the wealth within the historical holy cathedral that is unlike any other in the country. More often than not, tourists can even purchase souvenirs from the grounds.