The most popular tourist destinations in Ireland according to overseas visitors and the Irish themselves

30% rise in bank holiday breaks to Ireland

A recent survey has revealed the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for both overseas visitors and the Irish themselves.

Ireland hosts millions of tourists every year from all over the world, but increasingly people from Ireland are also choosing to travel across the country for a couple of nights rest and relaxation.
30% rise in bank holiday breaks to Ireland
Generally both foreign visitors and Irish tourists head to the same hotspots but there are a few variations.

Travel company AirBnB have revealed that there is set to be a 30% rise in people taking a long weekend break in Ireland this August bank holiday, with a quarter of bookings made by Irish people.

Here are the top 10 destinations booked by families from outside Ireland.

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The top trending 10 destinations for family guest arrivals:

1. Dublin City
2. Galway City
3. Killarney, Co Kerry
4. Cork City
5. Westport, Co Mayo
6. Tralee, Co Kerry
7. Dingle, Co Kerry
8. Clifden, Co Galway
9. Ennis, Co Clare
10. Kenmare, Co Kerry

And here are the top 10 destinations booked by Irish families.

1. Galway City
2. Dublin City
3. Westport, Co Mayo
4. Dingle, Co Kerry
5. Letterkenny, Co Donegal
6. Enniscrone, Co Sligo
7. Dungarvan, Co Waterford
8. Loch Garman, Co Wexford
9. Cork City
10. Bantry, Co Cork

The rising trend in short breaks to Ireland is great news for the tourist industry, with millions being generated for the economy.

Ireland is packed with great attractions whatever it is you are looking for on your trip.

The big cities such as Dublin, Cork and Galway are full of great bars, restaurants and historical sites.

There are also countless picturesque beauty spots in Ireland if a great outdoor adventure is what you are looking for.

If you are thinking of taking a break in Ireland then you might want to take a look at our holidays page which is full of information about some of the most popular destinations.

Written by Andrew Moore