Before visiting Ireland, you may want to consider what type of vacation experience you prefer. Are you the type that wants to walk through local streets, surround yourself with the energy of the city, enjoying the food and drink, experiencing the people and the culture first hand? Or are you the laid-back type that would rather go sightseeing or on a guided tour of a beautiful foreign landscape? Whichever your predilection, There are a number of places in Ireland that will fit the bill.

If you are seeking a slightly more invigorating experience, look no further than the two; yes, TWO, capitals in Ireland. Dublin, the capital of The Republic of Ireland, is home to over 1 million people and rests on the east coast at the edge of the Irish Sea. It hosts a plethora of wonderful restaurants and pubs, and along with its boutiques, art galleries, and urban parks, you will surely be able to keep yourself busy if you visit this legendary city. The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, boasts an unrivalled night life. If you fancy yourself a drinker, you may want to indulge yourself among the historically renowned populous of Ireland, the bars, pubs, and nightclubs of Belfast are the place to start. However, be careful not to drink yourself under the table!

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If you are more interested in the historical culture, Ireland has to offer, there are other smaller cities that may interest you more. In the south eastern region of the country known as the “People’s Republic of Cork” lies the city of Waterford. This heritage city was crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2005, and has a more medieval feel to it. It is likely to be a bit quieter than the capital cities, however it still does not fail to impress. Every year, they host major events such as the International Festival of Light Opera, and on occasion, the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival comes to the area.

While staying in Northern Ireland outside of the capital Belfast, you may want to visit a place called Londonderry. The only completely walled city in the United Kingdom, Londonderry has some lovely scenic attractions such as the award-winning Tower Museum or the River Foyle.

If you are looking to escape the city scene, there are a few places that are well worth bringing your camera to. If you are staying near Dublin, you may want to head west a bit until you reach the peaceful Hill of Tara. This is one of many beautiful natural landscapes that are scattered throughout the Emerald Isle. If you make it all the way to the west coast of Ireland near Clare County, you should check out the 700ft drop that is the Cliffs of Moher. Though a tour of these famous cliffs is a bit on the pricy side, it would be well worth it to take in the breath-taking view. Combined with a tour of the nearby Burren, this area would provide for an absolutely wonderful day of sightseeing.

There are so many things to do in Ireland. Be sure to consider all of the types of attractions Ireland has to offer before planning your trip!