Once again this year, the Cliffs of Moher remains Ireland’s most popular natural visitor attraction and is second only to Dublin city’s Guinness Storehouse for the number of visitors.
In its annual list of the most visited attractions in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland shows that almost all our key attractions enjoyed another bumper year for visitors in 2017.
Topping the list of the country’s best natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience welcomed an additional 7% of visitors bringing the total to 1,527,000 for the year.
The National Gallery of Ireland is the best ‘free to enter’ attraction, surpassing the 1m visitor mark for the first time with an impressive 41% growth.
Guinness Storehouse, with 1,711,281 visitors through its doors, has shown an increase of 64,000 on the previous year. Dublin-based attractions make up 4 of the top 5 fee-paying centres with the Zoo, National Aquatic Centre and the Book of Kells in Trinity College all coming after the Cliffs of Moher in terms of popularity.
Welcoming another record year for visitors, Orla Carroll of Fáilte Ireland explained that the agency “invests in new and compelling attractions throughout the country because we know that they bring visitors from around the world to our shores.”
Ms Carroll added, “Over the course of 2017 alone, Fáilte Ireland provided capital funding of over €22m for a variety of tourism projects, helping to drive growth in every part of Ireland for the coming years.
“With the continued investment like this, and through our work with partners across the country, we look forward to ongoing growth for tourism and to seeing new sites feature on the top attractions list.”