Visiting Ireland – Some Great Historic Cities & Villages

castleIreland offers a range of landscapes and activities to tourists, and those who visit the country can choose an itinerary that really reflects their personal taste.

From hiking along The Dingle Way and boating on the River Shannon, to admiring the hustle and bustle of Dublin…there are so many choices.

However, many people visit Ireland to experience a taste of their own cultural heritage. They seek out experiences that bring the past to life, and often they do this in Ireland’s most historic cities & villages.

If you’re interested in heritage and history, planning a trip to Ireland that is centered around its historic towns can be very gratifying. Here’s a look at some of the best places to drink in the past while in the Emerald Isle:

Waterford City –

a wall

Situated in southeast Ireland, this historic, walled city was built during the times of the Vikings.

Waterford City offers a little taste of Medieval design and architecture, while also providing tourists with fun, modern activities, such as exciting shopping, dining and nightlife.

Waterford City is the oldest city in Ireland, and it is located in Waterford County. The city is home to the highly regarded Waterford Crystal Company, well known for their exquisite craftsmanship and quality.

For a glimpse into Ireland’s rich history, consider wandering through Waterford City and its exploring its many charms.

Kilkenny –

kilkenny Another Irish city with Medieval charm, Kilkenny is best known for its beautiful Kilkenny Castle (at left), which draws many tourists each year.

This city offers a lot to visitors, since its smaller size makes it easy to traverse on foot. Fun boutiques, arts and crafts, and, of course, the castle itself, make Kilkenny unforgettable.

As well as the city and its signature castle, be sure to take in the wonders of St. Canice Cathedral. Many buildings in Kilkenny have endured since the 7th century, so be sure to bring a camcorder or digital camera while you explore.

Cobh –

cobhThis village offers a little change of pace from the castles and walled cities described above. Cobh is an historic village that derives much of its colorful history from its port and its proximity to sea.

Located in County Cork, this small village should be pronounced, “cove”. Cobh’s port has been the departure point for millions of Irish people, as they prepared for a new life in North America, during the Great Famine and for decades afterwards.

Cobh offers a wealth of pubs and restaurants, as well as a fascinating look at the marine history of Ireland. There are lots of festivals each year, that celebrate the arts, as well as the legacy of this small, but important, historic village.

There are many ways to enjoy the spirit of Irish culture, long after you trip has ended. Consider choosing an exquisite piece of handcrafted Irish jewelry, engraved with the symbols of this unique land.

a touch of the Emerald Isle you can enjoy every day...
a touch of the Emerald Isle you can enjoy every day…

Classic Celtic knot work, or interlace, has endured for thousands of years, as a symbol of eternity and life-force.