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    Guinness Storehouse retains top spot in 2012 visitor charts

    Guinness Storehouse retains top spot in 2012 visitor charts

    Our listing of Ireland’s top visitor attractions was published this week with Guinness Storehouse topping the bill and retaining the top spot for a second year running.  The iconic Dublin attraction grew its visitor numbers by almost 6% to 1,087,209 to hold on to top spot for the fee-charging attractions followed closely by Dublin Zoo (1,029,417).  The National Gallery of Ireland continued its dominance of the free attractions listing – recording over 660,000 visitors last year. 

    The listing of top fee-charging attractions together with top free attractions can viewed here.

    Speaking today Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said –

    “This list always makes fascinating reading, but it’s also a good reminder of the huge range of visitor attractions that we have in Ireland. People visit this country for many reasons, but they always expect a high standard of things to see and do.

    “As our tourism strategies become ever more focused on different types of visitor, this list is a useful guide of where they are going during their visit. And if you already live in Ireland, the good summer we are all enjoying is a great excuse to get out and see these attractions for yourself.”

    Commenting on the figures, Shaun Quinn CEO Fáilte Ireland said -

    “Our visitor attractions are a big part of the tourism offering and with the increase in visitor numbers to Ireland, it is no surprise that our top attractions have also enjoyed a busy year.  I have no doubt that the recent good weather will have encouraged many Irish people to get out and about and discover what is on their doorstep - next year we may be quoting even bigger numbers.

    “Tourism is in a good place compared to five years ago but we can’t become complacent. In order to draw more visitors to our shores we need to ensure we are providing the right type of holiday experiences – particularly for our overseas markets. In that respect, research like this is a valuable help to all of us in the sector as we continue to develop and improve Ireland’s tourism offering.”

    The opportunity to experience Ireland’s culture and history is a major appeal for our overseas holidaymakers, about nine in ten (91%) say that it is an important factor in their decision to come to Ireland on holiday.  Furthermore, a similar proportion (94%) say that they are satisfied with their experience of Ireland’s history and culture. 

    For many such holidaymakers, their primary point of access to Ireland’s heritage is through their visits to our tourist attractions - according to Fáilte Ireland’s Survey of Overseas Travellers, around two million overseas holidaymakers go to sites of historical or cultural interest every year.  

    Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2012

     

    Name of Attraction

    County

                        2012

    Guinness Storehouse

    Dublin

    1,087,209

    Dublin Zoo

    Dublin

    1,029,417

    Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience

    Clare

    873,988

    National Aquatic Centre

    Dublin

    813,406

    Book of Kells

    Dublin

    561,259

    Tayto Park

    Meath

    391,000

    St Patrick’s Cathedral

    Dublin

    385,000

    Fota Wildlife Park

    Cork

    377,500

    Blarney Castle

    Cork

    329,000

    Kilmainham Gaol

    Dublin

    310,910

     

     Top 10 Free Attractions 2012

     

    Name of Attraction

    County

    2012

    The National Gallery of Ireland

    Dublin

    660,486

    National Botanic Gardens

    Dublin

    544,685

    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St

    Dublin

    409,275

    Farmleigh

    Dublin

    375,064

    Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

    Dublin

    302,171

    National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion St

    Dublin

    290,927

    National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

    Dublin

    271,309

    Chester Beatty Library

    Dublin

    255,704

    Holy Cross Abbey

    Tipperary

    240,000

    The National Library of Ireland

    Dublin

    180,320

     

     

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