Top 10 Heritage Treasures of Ireland's Ancient East

Top 10 Heritage Treasures of Ireland's Ancient East

Ireland, County of Kildare, County of Kilkenny, County of Cork, County of Meath, County Offaly, County of Tipperary, County of Wicklow, County of Waterford, County of Wexford, County of Westmeath
Here are the top attractions you should visit.

Ireland's Ancient East is dotted with centuries-old monuments that tell dramatic, romantic and heartbreaking stories dating back over 5,000 years. Here are the top attractions you should visit.

1. Brú na Bóinne, County Meath

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids, echoes the other world. The centerpiece of the Neolithic is Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old tomb through which the rising sun shines through at the winter solstice.

2. Usnech Hill, County Westmeath

Ireland's sacred hill has been at the center of the island's history for thousands of years. Here, every year, a large fire was lit to celebrate the coming of summer, and this event is celebrated today as part of the annual Beltene Fire Festival.

3. Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

Clonmacnoise was once a major center of monastic education. It boasts impressive high crosses and round towers, cathedral and church ruins, and the largest collection of early Christian tombstones in Western Europe.

4. Castletown House, County Kildare

Ireland's largest and most magnificent Palladian-style house was built by an Irish commoner. Sophisticated and luxurious, 18th-century Castletown tells tales of lords, rebels and rock stars.

5. Wicklow Prison, Wicklow

For 200 years, poor and desperate people, as well as scoundrels and rebels, were kept in this prison. An interactive tour led by costumed actors tells the stories of the prisoners.

6. Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

The famous Rock of Cashel is an impressive medieval walled fortress with a castle, cathedral and round tower. Shrouded in legend, it was an ancient seat of royal and religious power.

7. Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle, a Norman bastion with stately halls, extensive parks and an art gallery, rises above the River Nore and marks the beginning of the famous medieval Kilkenny Mile.

8. Hunger Ship Dunbrody, County Wexford

The Dunbrody Famine is a replica of the "coffin ship" that transported poor emigrants across the Atlantic. Exhibits and costumed performers provide a unique insight into the plight of those fleeing hunger.

9. Viking Triangle, Waterford

The oldest city in Ireland is known for its connections with the Vikings. At its heart is the Viking Triangle, where the Waterford Treasure Museum displays artefacts from over 1,000 years of history.

10. Cobh, County Cork

This charming seaside town was the Titanic's last stop before its maiden voyage. The tragic history of the liner and its enduring connection with the city is told in the book Titanic Experience Cobh.

Source: ireland.com

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