11 Epic Places In Ireland Even The Irish May Not Know

Inishtooskert Sunset | © Perry Marshall/Flickr
Inishtooskert Sunset | © Perry Marshall/Flickr
Photo of Kate Phelan
15 March 2018

Ireland has plenty of world-famous tourist sites, but there are also a plethora of hidden gems scattered through its lush green countryside. If you’re looking for cool Irish places to see that everyone and their grandmother doesn’t already know about, look no further.

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin City

Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens public park is tucked away behind the buildings of the surrounding streets, meaning that although it’s located only a short walk from the significantly better-known St. Stephen’s Green, it’s usually much quieter and more peaceful. There are lots of noteworthy things to see here too – Ireland’s only purpose-built archery field, the burial site of an elephant who died at the Dublin Zoo in 1922, and a waterfall that cascades over rocks from each of the country’s 32 counties.

Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland

Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

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The area around Glenveagh Castle is Ireland’s second largest National Park – after the Wicklow Mountains – and includes most of the Derryveagh Mountains, the ice-carved hollow known as the Poisoned Glen – a mistranslation of its Irish name, the Heavenly Glen – and part of Mount Errigal, Donegal’s tallest peak. It’s also home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.


Farmleigh Estate, County Dublin

Formerly a home belonging to the Guinness family, Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park is now the official Irish State guest house, having welcomed visitors like the King of Malaysia and Queen Elizabeth II of England. Today, the estate and gardens are largely open to the public, hosting seasonal events such as craft and food markets, as well as the annual Africa Day celebrations in Dublin.

Farmleigh Estate, Farmleigh, Ireland, White’s Rd, Dublin 15, Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

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Looking like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean,the vertigo-inducing rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede near the Giant’s Causeway was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. It connects the island of Carrickarede to the mainland.