Ireland Regions - Leinster
Leinster Province on the east coast of Ireland is home to the world famous Irish capital Dublin, but there is more to see and do than you can imagine around the stunning and historic eastern corner of Ireland.

Leinster offers a plethora of ancient monuments, attractions and lovely scenery which is not to be missed and make it a perfect destination for a first time visit to Ireland. Whether you want to enjoy the historic and cultural city of Dublin or find a place to get away from the crowds travelling into the Wicklow Mountains, pausing to admire the lovely Powerscourt Gardens or wandering amongst the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough. It would be easy to spend a full holiday in Leinster alone with activities including as contrasting elements as scuba diving, high-brow cultural pursuits, mountaineering, rock concerts and enjoying haute cuisine.

City life

Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland is the number one destination not to be missed whether it is to spend a day or a full week! Dublin has kept its authenticity and uniqueness and is also a very young city as it boasts three of Ireland's largest universities in town. The capital has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained, from the famous Guinness Storehouse to St Patrick's Cathedral and the world famous Temple Bar where you’ll meet street artists and enjoy international cuisine and bustling pubs.

Situated on the west hand side of Leinster, Kilkenny was once the capital of Ireland. It is today a thriving, modern capital that protected its precious heritage while evolving as one of the most vibrant and enjoyable cities. Its narrow slipways, side streets and preserved buildings are matched by its reputation for fine dining, great shopping and entertainment.

Ancient sites

Ireland is well-known for its numerous ancient sites and the province of Leinster is a brilliant example of how fascinating Irish history is. If you’re based near Dublin, there are plenty of sites that you can reach within less than an hour such as Brú na Boinne in Boyne Valley, not just a single site but a historic landscape on the banks of the Boyne, Kells, the small town between Navan and Cavan Mostly known for the "Book of Kells" (actually kept in Trinity College for centuries) which is well worth a visit, the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the town of Trim and its castle which was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Down South you’ll find the looming Wicklow Mountains and plenty of other stunning sites.

Monastic Sites

The province of Leinster is enriched with wonderful and timeless Monastic Sites. You’ll have the opportunity to see Glendalough, the perfect place for a great day out on a stunning site in a wooded valley between two lakes. Make sure you visit the impressive site of Monasterboice: it includes a round tower, two churches from the 13th century and a medieval sundial. Hidden in a peaceful remote valley, Mellifont Abbey is a total contrast to Glendalough and Monasterboice - mainly because this was the first monastery run by non-native monks. If you go near the small town of Oldcastle a string of hills dividing the Meath plain from the Cavan drumlins and lakes, you’ll be able to find on top of these hills Ireland's second largest megalithic cemetery: Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery.
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