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    Nation’s Top Visitor Attractions Revealed

    Nation’s Top Visitor Attractions Revealed

    Guinness Storehouse top fee-paying choice while National Gallery of Ireland most popular free attraction


    Fáilte Ireland have published their annual list of Ireland’s top visitor attractions with the Guinness Storehouse once again a top choice for visitors coming to Ireland on holiday.

    Last year, the Guinness Storehouse welcomed over 1.2 million visitors - an increase of over 100,000 over the previous year’s performance. Amongst the nation’s fee-paying attractions, the Storehouse was followed closely by the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and Dublin Zoo which both registered just over a million paying visitors in 2014.

    Amongst Irelands ‘free to enter’ attractions, the National Gallery of Ireland continued to lead the way but there was also a significant new entry to the top ten free attractions last year with Doneraile Wildlife Park entering the listing at number three thanks to the interest of 460,000 visitors during 2014. Also recording significant growth in numbers, the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (up by almost 10%) and the Science Gallery at Trinity College (growth of 5%) performed strongly as well.

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

    “Tourism is on track to enjoy what could be a record year in terms of activity and visitors in 2015. With that in mind, we would expect the attendance numbers for most attractions to rise even further. We, in Fáilte Ireland, have invested quite heavily in our tourism infrastructure in recent years to ensure that Ireland remained an appealing destination despite the downturn. Now that tourism is on the rise again, Ireland and its strong collection of attractions are perfectly poised to welcome and cater for ever greater numbers.”

    Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2014
     
     
    Name of Attraction County 2014
    Guinness Storehouse Dublin 1,269,371
    Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience Clare 1,080,501
    Dublin Zoo Dublin 1,076,876
    National Aquatic Centre Dublin 931,074
    Book of Kells Dublin 650,476
    St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin 457,277
    Tayto Park Meath 450,000
    Fota Wildlife Park Cork 438,000
    Blarney Castle Cork 390,000
    Rock of Cashel Tipperary 372,503

     
    Top 10 Free Attractions 2014

    Name of Attraction County 2014
    The National Gallery of Ireland Dublin 593,183
    National Botanic Gardens Dublin 541,946
    Doneraile Wildlife Park Cork 460,000
    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St Dublin 447,137
    Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin Dublin 406,982
    Farmleigh Dublin 402,773
    Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons Kildare 350,000
    Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin 306,662
    Chester Beatty Library Dublin 304,000
    National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion St Dublin 300,272
     
    To view the full table of top fee-charging attractions click here and for free attractions click here. To compare with the previous year you can view the table of top fee-charging attractions in 2013 and free attractions 2013.


     

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