Here are a selection of wonderful Heritage Towns and Special Places to visit.
Ireland's Pleasure Lake
Discover Lough Derg Counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway, Ireland
Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage.
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Precision craftsmanship
Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre Athgarvan Rd, Newbridge, Co.Kildare, Ireland
Take the Newbridge Silverware factory tour, talk to the craftsmen and marvel at the unique skills used to craft their famous tableware and jewellery.
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The picturesque town of Kenmare
Kenmare The Square, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The picturesque town of Kenmare is the perfect location from which to discover the South West of Ireland, linking the internationally famous Ring of Kerry with the rugged Ring of Beara.
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Experience Medieval Limerick
King’s Island King’s Island Medieval Quarter, Limerick City, Ireland
The King’s Island Medieval Quarter of Limerick City contains a wealth of built heritage.
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Discover all Limerick has to offer!
Limerick.ie Limerick, Ireland
From city breaks to country escapes and historic sights to culinary delights - Limerick has so much to offer!
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One of the highest cliffs in Europe
Slieve League Cliffs Teelin, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Slieve League Cliffs, situated on the south west coast of Donegal, are one of the highest and finest sea cliffs in Europe.
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A world of maritime history
The Great Light & Titanic Walkway Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
The 500m Titanic Walkway is located on Victoria Wharf and looks upon the the Great Light, one of the largest and breath-taking optics ever built!
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Visit Clare, County of Culture
Visit Clare Co. Clare, Ireland
Clare combines the stunning natural beauty of its long, meandering coastline with unique windswept landscapes and choice dollops of Irish culture.
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Discover layers of Dublin history
14 Henrietta Street Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls.
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A Step Back In Time
17th Century Walls Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The walls were built in 1613-1618 as a defence for the early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.
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Something for all the family
Achill Island Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Achill is the place for painting and photography and offers visitors spectacular views, natural landscapes and several Blue Flag beaches.
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Heritage and culture
An Creagan An Creagán, Creggan, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 9AF, Northern Ireland  
Visit the interpretative exhibition at An Creagán which shows prehistoric monuments, the natural environment, heritage and the culture of the region.
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Ancient Special City
Armagh Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street, Armagh, Northern Ireland
The attractive little cathedral city of Armagh (Ard Macha) has been an important religious centre since the 5th century, and remains the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
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Birthplace of Brian Boru
Ballina Killaloe Birthplace of Brian Boru Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland
Killaloe connects Clare and Tipperary with a 13 arch bridge to the village of Ballina.
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Located in the heart of Belfast
Belfast City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
The Visitor Exhibition offers a journey from the city’s past to present, over 16 separate rooms, all presented within the original architecture of City Hall.
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Step back in time
Bishops’ Palace Bishops Palace, Church Street, King’s Island, Limerick City, Ireland
From housing Bishops between the years 1661 and 1784 to condemned tenement status by the 1960’s.
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Explore Clifden and Connemara
Clifden Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline. Regarded as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is the ideal base for touring the region or engaging in an outdoor holiday.
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In Cork Harbour
Cobh Heritage Town Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Cobh dominates Cork Harbour and has experienced invasion, emigration, transportation and a wealth of maritime adventure. It was the last port of call for the ill-fated S.S. Titanic.
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Woodlands, parkland and lakes
Coillte Forest Park Curragh Chase Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Curragh Chase offers a number of looped way-marked trails in the park to suit all visitors.
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Memorial Church
Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church O’Connell Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The church bears the name of Daniel O’Connell, “The Liberator”, who was born in Cahersiveen and who worked in his political career in the 19th century to bring about Catholic Emancipation.
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a historical irish landscape
Discover Boyne Valley Drogheda Tourist Information Point, The Tholsel, West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Boyne Valley is Ireland’s ancient capital and its most sacred and mythical landscape.
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Living on the edge
Doagh Famine Village Doagh Island, Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co.Donegal, Ireland
A combination of informative story telling and life size exhibits provide an informative, thought-provoking and at times humorous look at Irish life.
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ancient city of down
Downpatrick Heritage Town Visitor Information, 53a Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Downpatrick Heritage Town has been an important site since ancient times and its cathedral is said to be the burial place of Saint Patrick.
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On the scenic N69 driving route.
Foynes Heritage Town Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Foynes is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and is part of the N69 Coastal Driving route (Limerick to Kerry).
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A grand and impressive Necropolis.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Guided Tours Finglas Road, Dublin 11, Ireland
Ireland’s largest cemetery where, since 1832, over 1.5 million people have been interred. Knowledgeable & witty guides bring history to life!
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Conservation area
Gracehill Village Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Gracehill was designated a Conservation Area in 1975 and has won many awards including the Europa Nostra Award.
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Crossing over the River Liffey
Ha’Penny Bridge Bachelors Walk, Dublin City, Ireland
Originally named the Wellington Bridge after the Duke of Wellington, but now known officially as the Liffey Bridge but affectionately as the Ha’Penny Bridge.
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An island garden of rare beauty
Ilnacullen Garnish Island Glengarriff, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
The effects of the gulf stream and the protection provided by the surrounding woodlands results in a unique micro climate.
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An extraordinary space
Irish Museum of Modern Art Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
IMMA is home to the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, now numbering over 3,000 artworks and is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
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Ireland's Oldest Shop®
Jeremiah Higgins Jeremiah Higgins, Main Street, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
The shop stands as it was in the past and sells an eclectic mix of Irish goods, quirky gifts and unusual items.
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Medieval town steeped in history
Kilmallock Heritage Town Ballyhoura Failte, Main Street, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Known as the crossroads of Munster, Kilmallock has a colourful history dating back to its origins in the 12th century.
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Explore West Clare
Kilrush Heritage Town Kilrush Town Council, Town Hall, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland
Kilrush is located near the stunning seascape of the River Shannon, the islands of Hogg and Scattery and the picturesque village of Cappa.
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So much to see and do!
Lismore Heritage Centre Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Visit Lismore Heritage Centre to discover the secrets of the town's formidable past–a haven for travellers since the early 600’s.
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Georgian Garden Square
Mountjoy Square Mounty Square, Dublin 1, Ireland
Georgian Garden Square which has been the location of many historic meetings as well as the setting for films such as the award-winning film 'Once'.
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State-of-the-art experience
Nano Nagle Place Douglas Street, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland
Come and visit Nano Nagle Place, get involved and become part of the story.
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Contemporary craft & design
National Design and Craft Gallery Castle Yard, Kilkenny City, Ireland
Profiling the work of Irish designer-makers both in Ireland and abroad. Browse in the on-site shops where you can watch work being made.
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Historic Market Town
Nenagh Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
View or visit Nenagh's Franciscan Friary ruins, old Jailhouse block and gateway, restored Courthouse, Nenagh Castle, and the Nenagh Heritage Centre in the old Governor’s House.
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Nature at its best
Ness Country Park 50 Oughtagh Road Killaloo, Co. Londonderry, BT47 3TR, Northern Ireland
Be captivated by the stunning waterfall, observe the wildlife in their natural habitat or simply take time out to enjoy the views.
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Ancient portal tomb.
Poulnabrone Dolmen Carron, Co. Clare, Ireland
This ancient portal tomb dates back to the Neolithic period, 3200BC. It comprises of a tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, and bordered by a nearby cairn.
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18th century castle
Roscrea Heritage Town Castle Street, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
The stone castle consists of a gate tower, curtain walls and two corner towers dating from the 1280s.
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Armagh’s Anglican Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh Cathedral Close, Armagh, BT61 7EE, Northern Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral stands on the hill from which the City of Armagh derives its name—Ard Macha; the hill of Macha.
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Hope in the City
St. Anne’s Cathedral Donegall Street, Belfast BT12 2HB, Northern Ireland
There are beautiful works of art to be seen in St. Anne's Cathedral: mosaics, textiles, carvings and many historical artefacts.
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Historic and spectacular Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim Farnham Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland
With its 68m spire and flanking domes, this is one of the most impressive and eye-catching buildings in Cavan town.
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Georgian Splendour
The Georgian House & Garden 2 Pery Square, Limerick City, Ireland
The running of this magnificent Georgian House has been appointed to the Limerick Civic Trust.
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On the ancient lands of Ferncullen
The Powerscourt Distillery Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
With six tasting rooms, a gift shop, café/bar, and on-site maturation warehouse–Powerscourt Distillery offers extraordinary Irish Whiskey.
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Extraordinary island
Valentia Island Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The idyllic setting for sailing, fishing, kayaking, diving, coasteering, cycling, walking, rock climbing and lots more.
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A trail of discovery
Waterford’s Blue Plaques Waterford Tourist Office, 120 Parade Quay, The Quay, Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Civic Trust has installed over 40 Blue Plaques throughout the city to commemorate links between a particular location, a famous person or event.
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Seaside resort town
Youghal Youghal Tourist Office, Market Square, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland
Youghal has many historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls. It is one of the few towns in Ireland where the medieval town walls still survive.
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The elegance of the Georgian era.
Birr Heritage Town Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Birr has stayed true to its 18th and 19th Century character, with tree-lined malls and avenues and wonderful Georgian Architecture.
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Imagine, engage, inspire
Carlow College St Patrick’s College Street, Carlow, Ireland
Carlow College, St Patrick's is one of Ireland’s finest public buildings located in magnificent grounds.
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Important historic town
Cashel Heritage Town Cashel Heritage Centre, Town Hall, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Cashel was once the home of the High Kings of Munster who resided at The Rock of Cashel, the stunning landmark attraction at the edge of the town.
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All aboard the train!
Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway The Railway Station, Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland  
Ireland’s only mainline heritage railway covering approximately 2 miles of a restored section of the former Belfast & Co. Down Railway
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Steeped in history
Fenagh Visitor Centre Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Opened as Fenagh Visitor Centre in 2005 the centre houses a heritage centre, a soft play area and the Dolmen café.
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Medieval Town
Fethard Medieval Town Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Filled with historic sites, ancient ruins and picturesque riverside walkways, you’ll wonder why you haven’t visited Fethard before!
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Situated in Glencar Valley
Glencar Waterfall Glencar, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Glencar Waterfall is situated in the Glencar Valley. The 50ft Waterfall served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and he mentioned it in his famous poem “The Stolen Child”.
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Founded in the 12th century
Holy Cross Abbey Holycross Village, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
A relic of the True Cross has drawn pilgrims from far and wide since the Abbey's foundation in the 12th century.
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Self guided tour
Kilkenny Famine Experience MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is home to the Kilkenny Famine Experience self-guided tour.
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Shannon Region Special Discoveries
Kinnitty Pyramid Kinnitty Pyramid, Ballyshane Road, Lismoney, County Offaly, Ireland
Visit an exact replica of the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, built in 1834 and located at the rear of the Church of Ireland in Kinnitty, Co. Offaly.
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Shaped by Sea & Stone
Mid & East Antrim The Gobbins – Information Centre, 68 Middle Rd., Islandmagee, Co. Antrim BT40 3SL
Discover a region that has been Shaped by Sea & Stone and home to The Gobbins Cliff Path and many Game of Thrones filming locations.
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Heritage and history
Richmond Barracks Patriots Path, Off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Ireland
This interactive, multimedia attraction traces the story from military barracks to housing estate and from school, to exhibition centre.
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850 Years of History
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Bridge Street, Limerick City, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Saint Mary’s Cathedral was founded in 1168 AD and stands majestically over the City of Limerick. It is open daily and is still used today for its original purpose, as a place of worship.
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Designed by James Gandon
The Custom House Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland
A neoclassical 18th century building which today houses Irish Government departments.
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Live the history, feel the story
Titanic Experience Cobh 20 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
You will experience life aboard Titanic and learn a little about the conditions on board for third and first class passengers.
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A place of remembrance and beauty
War Memorial Gardens Islandbridge, Dublin 8, Ireland
Beautiful gardens of great architectural interest dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers who died in the 1914-1918 war.
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Explore 1940's West Cork
West Cork Model Railway Village Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving the towns.
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