Planning a 'Staycation' this Summer? Fáilte Ireland has just revealed the top free and fee-charging tourist attractions that the country has to offer.

While there are no huge surprises on this year's list, it is a nice reminder of just how much Ireland has on offer.

The National Gallery of Ireland surpassed the one million visitor mark for the first time, experiencing an impressive 41% growth. Of course, the reopening of its permanent collection halfway through the year, as well as hosting two major exhibitions of Caravaggio and Vermeer gave them an added boost.

The most popular fee-charging attraction remains the Guinness Storehouse, with a total of 1,711,281 visitors through its doors, up 64,000 on the previous year.

Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse

Overall, the top five fee-charging attractions during 2017 were:

  1. Guinness Storehouse - 1,711,281 (+4%)
  2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience – 1,527,000 (+7%)
  3. Dublin Zoo – 1,264,300 (+10%)
  4. National Aquatic Centre – 1,099,756 (+6%)
  5. Book of Kells - 983,410 (+10%)

Amongst Ireland’s ‘free to enter’ attractions, the National Gallery of Ireland had a total of 1,065,929 visitors through its doors, followed by the Castletown House Parklands, Celbridge, Co Kildare in second place and Glendalough Site, Wicklow, in third.

Ireland’s top ‘free to enter’ attractions for 2017 were:

  1. The National Gallery of Ireland – 1,065,929 (+41%)
  2. Castletown House Parklands – 666,541 
  3. Glendalough Site – 639,826 
  4. National Botanic Gardens – 569,652 (-2%)
  5. DLR LexIcon (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown) – 525,708 (+12%)
Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo

Full list of top 20 fee-charging attractions during 2017:

  1. Guinness Storehouse  1,711,281
  2. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience 1,527,000
  3. Dublin Zoo 1,264,300
  4. National Aquatic Centre  1,099,756
  5. Book of Kells 983,410
  6. Tayto Park 735,000
  7. St Patrick’s Cathedral 603,000
  8. Kylemore Abbey & Gardens 558,000
  9. Muckross House Gardens and Traditional Farm  552,923
  10. Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall 501,601
  11. Fota Wildlife Park 455,559
  12. Blarney Castle & Gardens 450,000
  13. Kilmainham Gaol 425,000
  14. Kilkenny Castle 418,685
  15. Rock of Cashel 376,488
  16. Dublin Castle 371,000
  17. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park 369,275
  18. Brú na Boinne Newgrange 281,103
  19. Christ Church Cathedral 238,285
  20. Glenveagh Castle and Grounds  211,000
National Museum of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland

Full list of top 20 ‘free to enter’ attractions during 2017:

  1. National Gallery of Ireland 1,065,929
  2. Castletown House Parklands  666,541
  3. Glendalough Site  639,826
  4. National Botanic Gardens  569,652
  5. DLR Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 525,708
  6. Irish Museum of Modern Art 489,295
  7. Doneraile Wildlife Park 480,000
  8. National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St  474,564
  9. Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin  407,529
  10. Farmleigh 359,432
  11. Kilkenny Castle Parklands  336,315
  12. Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons 350,000
  13. National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion St 336,412
  14. Chester Beatty Library 335,875
  15. National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks  234,336
  16. Connemara National Park 221,713
  17. The National Library of Ireland  197,245
  18. Crawford Art  Gallery  188,814
  19. Malin Head Viewing Point 172,329
  20. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane  167,410
  21. Sliabh Liag Cliffs 164,546