Irish tourist attractions are expensive for tourists

Published on : Wednesday, January 2, 2019

If you have travelled abroad this summer, you may have handed over some of your hard-earned cash at one of the world’s leading tourist attractions. You may also have visited few cultural and historical delights, either as part of a “staycation” or additional holiday. But where did you spend a lot? There are many expensive destinations for tourists. Let’s find them out.

For tourists, Ireland is undoubtedly an expensive place. Last year, Ireland slipped down to the 23rd rank in the World Economic Forum’s global tourism “competitiveness” rankings, far below Spain and the UK. Many of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions can also put a severe dent in your wallet. There are some Irish attractions that might raise an eyebrow compared to the cost of attractions elsewhere in the world.

Many Irish state-owned attractions are free for all the family. The National Gallery can be considered for example. Tickets for special exhibitions at the National Gallery can appear steep, but the gallery has a wealth of art, including its famed Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, which can be admired any day of the week for free.

This was the most visited free tourist attraction in Ireland last year, with more than one million visitors. The National Museum, which has four sites across the country, including the National History Museum on Merrion Square, also offers free entry for the entire family, along with a number of talks and tours. In Cork, the Crawford Art Gallery offers free public tours every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

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