Six Irish attractions have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights of all time, compiled by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet.
The Cliffs of Moher are placed 378 on the list, “where Co Clare plunges off 214m-high cliffs”. The immense sea swell and craggy offshore islands attract big-wave surfers and puffins alike.
“Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction”, the “multimedia extravaganza” at Titanic Belfast, is the only museum on the island of Ireland to make the list, at number 424. With talking holograms, film footage, computer “fly-throughs” and rides depicting the ship’s doomed history, the museum “doesn’t feel macabre, celebrating instead the achievements of shipbuilders”.
The Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary is “one of the Emerald Isle’s most spectacular archaeological sites”, which “bristles with ancient fortifications”. The Rock, which “exudes a glorious, bleak magic”, just about made the list at number 497.
With Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett among its alumni, Trinity College “would be a great place to hang out… if it were possible to acquire intelligence by osmosis”. At number 468 on the list, the university campus is praised for its “gorgeous Georgian buildings and 16 hectares of greens and grounds”, which make it “one of the city’s loveliest areas for strolling”. The Book of Kells, a copy of the Proclamation, and the 600-year-old Brian Boru harp* are added attractions.