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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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
Limerick is often referred to as the Treaty City and across the bridge from the castle is the famous Treaty Stone upon which folklore says the 1691 Treaty was signed.
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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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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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Adventure, Heritage & Hospitality
Ballyhoura Country Ballyhoura Failte, Main Street, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Ballyhoura Country lies within the borders of counties Cork, Limerick and Tipperary in The Wild Atlantic Region.
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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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Almost 1000 of History
Christ Church Cathedral Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral is almost one thousand years old, and the spiritual heart of the city. Step inside and enjoy the cathedral’s magnificent interior and treasures.
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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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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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Birthplace of Brian Boru
Killaloe Birthplace of Brian Boru Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland
Killaloe connects Clare and Tipperary with a 13 arch bridge to the village of Ballina.
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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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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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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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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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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 Heritage 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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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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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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