What to see and do
Discover a plethora of activities and attractions peppered along the East Coast of Ireland
A passage through time
The East Coast is the cultural hub of Ireland – a place where ancient history fuses with the modern arts. For sightseers, this region is deeply compelling and offers up an endless stream of high-grade attractions that shouldn’t be missed. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange in the Boyne Valley is a Stone Age Passage Tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids dating back to 3200BC. The passage tomb can be visited by guided tour through the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, and the nearby battlefield at the Boyne, just outside the town of Drogheda in Louth, is the site of a pivotal battle in Irish history dating back to 1690.
Castles and christianity
For a taste of Ireland’s Norman history, make sure to visit one of the East Coast’s imposing castles, which have withstood turbulent history and the occasional battle over the centuries. Cahir and Kilkenny Castles are particular must-visits for their well-preserved interiors and dark beauty; while the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is one of Ireland’s most important historic sites and was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster. It is also reputed to be the site of the King of Munster’s conversion by St Patrick in the fifth century. The restored Cistercian monastery of Holy Cross Abbey is also a must-visit with its beautiful location on Tipperary’s River Suir.
Make sure to leave some time for a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful valley of Glendalough in County Wicklow, where the sixth century hermit St Kevin spent his days in quiet contemplation. The valley of two lakes resounds with a haunting beauty and is a popular walking destination for both visitors and locals. The East Coast is blessed with a wide variety of stunning visitor centers, including the fascinating exhibitions at the Kilkenny Design Centre, the twinkling glass works at Waterford Crystal and the Irish National Stud, the birthplace of racing champions.