Head for the Heights - at Cliffs, Towers, Battlements and Lighthouses

By Jayne Leonard
30 Mar 2015

Check out some of Ireland's top attractions with stunning panoramic views froBook your Tickets to Ireland's Top Attractions herem on-high. From 360 views of Dublin City from a chic bar, to a bracing view of three counties at once from a cliff edge on the Wild Atlantic Way - tickets to visit each can be instantly bought on this website - and typically valid for up to 365 days!

Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, the Cliffs reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point and stretch for 8km (5 miles). They are spectacular and a Signature Attraction on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.


Built in 1425 by the powerful MacNamara family, Bunratty Castle stands in the midst of a 26 acre folk park featuring a recreation of Irish life in the 19th century. Wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, before heading up to the roof for an aerial view of the folk park and surrounding countryside. 


Guinness Storehouse Dublin Ireland

The experience at one of Ireland’s iconic attractions begins by standing at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass, which rises up through the centre of the seven storey building, to the top floor - GRAVITY® Bar. Here you can sit, relax and enjoy a perfect pint of GUINNESS® while taking in the breath-taking panoramic 360 views of Dublin City and beyond.

Take an all-access tour of this iconic stadium, including dressing rooms, pitch and VIP area, and enjoy panoramic views of Dublin from the top tier of the stand - 30 meters above the famous pitch.

An exciting heritage attraction in what was the heart of medieval Dublin; Dublinia offers three themed exhibitions as well as St Michaels's Tower, where you can see Dublin from a new perspective as you view the medieval city from above. (Note there are 96 steps up the tower and access is weather dependent).

Now a research observatory and centre of science, this castle once sBlackrock Castle Observatory Cork Cityerved as a watchtower, enabling a safe passage for friendly ships and warding off invaders. The Observatory is also home to ‘Cosmos at the Castle’, Cork's fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe which includes an award-winning exhibition highlighting recent discoveries of extreme life forms on Earth and their implications for life in outer space. Visitors can take a behind the scenes tour of the turret, learn about its fascinating history and take in some great views. (Note that tours take place at set times only so make sure to check it out before you visit).

Located on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick City, this 13th century castle has just undergone a multi-million euro redevelopment. Explore the castle and its contents and learn about its turbulent history. The castle’s battlements now provide wonderful panoramic views of the City and the River Shannon, with not an enemy in sight. However, if you were looking at these Shannon views in the 9th century you may have seen fleets of Viking vessels sailing upriver to plunder and terrorise Ireland’s monastic midlands.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Shannon Estuary and Foynes Island from the top of the restored Control Tower while learning the history, folklore and legends of the River ShanHook Lighthouse Wexford Irelandnon and Foynes itself - once the epicentre of commercial aviation.

Take a tour of the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, which culminates with the spectacular view from the balcony - on a clear day you can see for miles, and in stormy weather the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!


Little explores can enjoy Ireland from above too at Ireland’s largest treehouse, standing at 39 feet tall, and the centrepiece of the kids adventure playground set in the stunning Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne. Other fun features include tree decks linked by rope bridges, a giant bouncing pillow, hobbit houses, a sand pit, scramble nets, secret tunnels, climbing rocks, swings, slides and more!


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