Failte Ireland, the Irish tourism authority, is investing its largest budget to date to create new cultural experiences for visitors.
Failte Ireland together with public and private partners are investing €73 million to deliver four large-scale, diverse and engaging projects which, when complete, will bring Ireland’s vibrant culture, heritage and people in exciting new ways.
Ireland’s new attractions are a UNESCO Global Geopark in County Cavan, a high fort on a hilltop in County Donegal, the centre of Dublin and a manor in County Mayo.
The Shannon Pot Discovery Centre in County Cavan explores the waterway’s rich heritage, culture and influence on Irish life. The centre takes visitors to a journey along the Shannon River while Cavan Burren Park is one of the finest prehistoric relict landscapes in Ireland.
Spectacular views will thrill visitors at Fort Dunree and Head in County Donegal. Ireland’s first funicular cable railway will provide 360° views of the Wild Atlantic Way. A glass walkway at the site will jut out over the waters of Lough Swilly.
“This Is Ireland” in Dublin is an “edutainment” attraction featuring a breath-taking and engaging experience of Irish history, to today’s Ireland. The attraction’s highlight is a virtual flight using state-of-the-art flight simulation and audio-visual technology.
Westport House and Gardens Estate in County Mayo will receive the largest investment as it is reinvented as a multi-layered, multi-day experience to explore ancient Irish rituals. In parallel, Westport House and Gardens will be fully restored to their former glory.