What's New for 2020
The Guinness Storehouse has officially opened the highly anticipated new Gravity Bar – presenting newly extended panoramic views over Dublin.
Developed over three years, with over 175,000 man-hours and almost €20 million investment, Gravity Bar has now more than doubled in size, offering visitors extended panoramic views which now include historic Phoenix Park and new vistas over Dublin Mountains. The footprint of Gravity Bar is now constructed as a figure of eight, designed to give visitors maximum views across Dublin’s city skyline. The new bar is 721 square metres and will be able to host up to 500 people at a time.
Since its opening in 2000, Gravity Bar, which stands at 46 metres high, has become one of the world’s most iconic viewing decks, hosting high profile guests from across the globe, with everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise and Kylie Minogue visiting, and more recently The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Fifty panes of glass were used to create the panoramic view over the Dublin cityscape that has become the jewel in the crown of the Home of Guinness.
2020 is the year to visit Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre. Drawing on the history of the remarkable Parsons family who has lived at Birr Castle since 1620, this special 400th Anniversary programme includes a fascinating mix of events running throughout the year.
These range from special castle tours, to family quests and challenges, educational programmes including science and nature detective camps, to walking tours, astronomy events, Easter hunts, art exhibitions, garden parties and the world champion ballooning competition.
Also included, 360 days a year, is Ireland’s Ireland largest treehouse and adventure playground, the Giant telescope, the world-renown 120 acres of parklands and gardens at Birr Castle with over 4000 plant species, the newly refurbished science centre, which includes the oldest darkroom in the world and the delightful Courtyard Café.
A perfect day trip from Dublin, Cork, Limerick or Galway and a chance to create some magical memories click here for more info.
Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2020
We are delighted to announce that three of our Premier attractions have been won awards at the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2020, held at Dublin's Mansion House on January 17th, 2020.
Ireland's Top Visitor Attractions
Ireland's Favourite Local Attraction
For more information on all of the shortlistees please click here.
New €200,000 Virtual Reality Experience launched in June at Wicklow Goal, this spectacular new Virtual Reality Experience is themed - ‘The Gates of Hell’.
The fully immersive experience will transport visitors back in time to Wicklow Gaol in the 1700’s – a grim 3-dimensional world of corruption, rebellion & dark dungeons.
Some of the Gaol’s most notorious prisoners will feature & there is even a guest appearance from one of the Haunted Gaol’s famous ghosts!
The hugely anticipated new experience has been made possible following the awarding of a €200,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.
Officially opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross. The new addition to the visitors centre was made possible with a €1.7m grant from Fáilte Ireland, under its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016-2020 initiative.
From Generation to Generation… The Story of Kylemore Abbey is a new multimedia presentation-taking visitors on a journey through history, connecting tales of romance, innovation, politics, tragedy, and spirituality. This presentation includes historical footage, archive photographs and artefacts, and speaking portraits. As part of the investment, the Abbey’s interior was redeveloped with a large new wing of four authentically refurbished rooms for visitors to discover.