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Doneraile and Blarney among most visited

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 4:49pm

Two Cork attractions were among the most visited in the country in 2018, it was revealed this week.

Doneraile House was the seventh most visited in the free to enter list while in tenth place in the fee charging list of attractions was Blarney Castle.

Fáilte Ireland published its annual list to give attractions insight into how they are performing. It complements Fáilte Ireland’s research on ‘What makes a Great Visitor Attraction’, which allows attractions to look to each other’s successes in order to find ways to improve their own visitor experience.

Speaking about the results of the Fáilte Ireland Visitor Attractions Survey, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Product Development Orla Carroll: “While 2018 was a positive year for most of Ireland’s top attractions, there are many challenges ahead for the tourism industry. As the national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the development of a ‘world-class’ tourism sector. Our work with attractions in helping them grow their visitor numbers through training and funding is a significant part of what we do across the country. Over the course of 2018 alone, Fáilte Ireland approved grant funding of more than €31million for 46 projects.”

Top ten fee-charging attractions

Guinness Storehouse - 1,736,156 (visitors)

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience – 1,580,000

Dublin Zoo – 1,230,145

Book of Kells – 1,057,642

Tayto Park – 700,000

St Patrick’s Cathedral – 627,199

Kylemore Abbey & Garden – 561,657

Muckross House – 550,649

Powerscourt House Gardens and Waterfall – 472,523

Blarney Castle & Gardens – 460,000

Top ten free to enter attractions

Kilkenny Castle Parklands2 – 799,032

The National Gallery of Ireland3 – 775,491

Glendalough Site – 732,824

National Botanic Gardens – 655,609

Castletown House Parklands – 642,278

Irish Museum of Modern Art – 505,891

Doneraile Park – 490,000

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, 466,038

Farmleigh House Estate – 389,932

Battle of the Boyne/Oldbridge Est – 355,608

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