Fáilte Ireland has published its annual list of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions in 2017. The list looks at both fee charging and free attractions. Topping the list fee-charging attractions was the Guinness Storehouse, while the National Gallery of Ireland topped the free-to-enter list.
Commenting on the list, and in particular, the Guinness Storehouse’s topping of it, Patricia Callan, Director of ABFI and member of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) said: “Tourism is worth over €6.5 billion to the Irish market and is key to the continued growth and development of our economy. In times of uncertainty, particularly when faced with challenges such as Brexit, it is important that we continue to be attractive to tourists and distinguish ourselves with authentic Irish attractions.
“The Government and our industry must continue to work together to encourage and grow the sector. We must continue to improve our product, innovate and remain competitive by investing in and supporting industries that are the biggest draws for tourists. The Government has a clear role to play in boosting our tourism competitiveness by ensuring policies—particularly taxation policy in the area of excise—are supporting the drinks industry.”
The top 5 fee-charging attractions during 2017 were:
1. Guinness Storehouse
2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
3. Dublin Zoo
4. National Aquatic Centre
5. Book of Kells
The top 5 free-to-enter attractions for 2017 were:
1. The National Gallery of Ireland
2. Castletown House Parklands
3. Glendalough Site
4. National Botanic Gardens
5. DLR LexIcon (Dun Laoighaire Rathdown)