The Pub top Tourist Attraction

12 January 2012
The pub remains the number one attraction for visitors coming to Ireland, according to the latest Lonely Planet guide.

It is still “the best place to discover what makes the country tick” whether it be a “quiet traditional pub with flagstone floors and a peat fire” or a more “modern bar with flashing lights and music”.

The Lonely Planet lists 21 attractions visitors should see when they come to Ireland.

Number two is Dublin, which has all the “baubles of a major international metropolis”, but the real clincher is the people who are “friendlier, more easy-going and welcoming than the burghers of virtually any other European capital”.

The guide is less than complimentary about some of Dublin’s best known attractions. Temple Bar “does have something of a bohemian bent about it – if you ignore the crappy tourist shops and dreadful restaurants serving bland, overpriced food” and at weekends it can get “very sloppy”.

The Guinness Storehouse , is all “really about marketing and manipulation”, viewing the Book of Kells is an “unsatisfactory pleasure” and the Dublin Writers’ Museum is “something of a damp squib”.

The top 10 includes well-known tourism haunts such as Galway city, Connemara, Glendalough, Dingle, the Rock of Cashel and Newgrange. It also includes Irish traditional music – “Western Europe’s most vibrant folk music” – and walking and hiking.

The top 21 includes the Belfast black taxi tour and it recommends that no visit to Northern Ireland icompleted without visiting the republican and loyalist murals of Belfast’s Falls Road and Shankill Road.

Kilkenny is described as an “unmissable stop on journeys to the south and west”.

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