Entry Points: Dublin Airport, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire Port, Rosslare Port

Stretching from the east coast to the majestic Shannon River, this region boasts some of the most important historical sites in the world, along with period homes, castles and gardens.

Some things to do and see

  • Newgrange: Neolithic burial chambers and an interpretation of the Boyne Valley area
  • World-famous monastic sites including Glendalough, Clonmacnoise and Monasterboice
  • The Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Gardens, a popular destination and an internationally renowned heritage site
  • Wicklow: the “Garden of Ireland”, famous for its mountain and lake scenery
  • Powerscourt House and Gardens, an architectural wonder
  • Hill of Tara: historical seat of Ireland’s high kings
  • The K Club: the golf venue of the 2006 Ryder Cup
  • Mount Usher Gardens
  • Battle of the Boyne Interpretative Centre: site of one of Ireland’s pivotal battles
  • Relics of St Oliver Plunkett: the head of the famous Irish saint is preserved in Drogheda
  • Birr Castle: historic science centre, once home of the world’s largest telescope
  • Trim Castle: the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland
  • Carlingford: a little gem of a town
  • Millmount Museum: the fascinating history of Drogheda town’s oldest structure
  • National Sealife Centre, Bray: spectacular displays of underwater wildlife
  • Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, Longford: an Iron Age experience