Top Medieval Attractions That You Should See When In Ireland



Europe is a continent full of history, but if you’re really into the history of Medieval times, then Ireland is your top destination. Ireland is a land of rich beauty and culture and the “Emerald Isle” will amaze you with its immense beauty. It is a land of saints and scholars, and you’re bound to fall in love with its friendly people, fascinating history, and romantic sceneries.

Here, you can find many Nobel prize winners in literature as compared to any other country. This is why we’re going to introduce you to the top medieval attractions that you simply cannot miss out on when you visit Ireland.

History of Ireland

The existence of the first human was observed in Ireland around 33,000 years ago. Findings have been found near 8,000 to 10,500 BC. The beginning of the copper age was around 2500 BC along with the arrival of Beaker Culture. The bronze age began around 2000 BC and came to Ireland with the bronze ornaments, tools, and weapons, and ended with the arrival of the Iron age.

Then the iron age started in 600 BC. In this period, Celtic-speaking people formed small groups in Ireland. This was the start of early Christian Ireland- it was the middle of the century and a history changer for Ireland. The very first English involvement took place in this age.

In the 12th century, the Normans arrived, and Ireland was divided into a hierarchy of petty kingdoms. The Normans took control of the east coast, the first lord of Ireland was King John, and after that, the government of Ireland established the state of Northern Ireland in 1920.

Must-visit Medieval Tourist Attractions in Ireland

We all know that under every stone, castle, and ancient monument there are several interesting stories. This destination is full of history, legends, and myths that are buried in the lush green region of Ireland.

Ireland is home to several medieval castles, graveyards, interesting ruins, and stone formations that are open for explorations. Their history stretches to as far as 5000 years ago. Some of the noticeable historical treasures in Ireland that you can’t miss out on include the following.

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is an ancient place of the 9th century. With its fine symbols and stunning structure, it is known as Ireland’s most significant cultural treasure.

Dublin City

Dublin is the City of Literature. If you are a literature lover then you need to visit this place. It is a blend of old-world grace and modern vibrancy. You can find many Guinness serving bars, ancient churches, and Georgian streets. Without a doubt, it is one of the best places to visit.

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone

It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive castles in the region. It is also renowned for supplying the famed Irish power to those who dare to kiss the Blarney stone. To find out more about the complete history of the Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone, this complete guide can provide you with relevant and sufficient information. The stone is placed at a great height on the tower of Blarney Castle and is often kissed upside down to achieve Irish power.

Rock of Cashel

It is one of the most visited heritage sites of Ireland. This dramatic rock is also included in the best places list of Ireland. The imposing structure with the medieval tones was the seat of old Irish kings for many centuries. It is among the finest antique architecture. Some of its sites like the Romanesque Chapel, round tower, castle, and ancient church will give you great vibes.

Kilkenny Medieval Mile

Named by the gurus of tourism as the“Medieval Mile”, it crosses through the center of Kilkenny’s city. Its history is linked with a 13th-century church, and an 800-year-old  creepy castle alongside other ancient buildings. Roaming through the maze of these cobbled streets will be an amazing experience.

If you are a literature and history lover, then Ireland might be the best place for you to explore. From nature to history, you are guaranteed to be mesmerized by all medieval architecture and history as well. So if you wish to have an engaging and unique traveling experience, a trip to the different cities of Ireland will provide you with just that.

Make sure that you make the most of your trip by visiting all of the places that we’ve mentioned here. Be sure to also look into the history and do your research so that you can really have a fully satisfying experience.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.