Heritage Towns of Ireland are towns and villages that offer unique character provided by a combination of architectural styles, often spanning many centuries, which gives them a special feeling for the past. What also makes these towns so special is the careful way in which their historical features are presented.
Kilrush, set in an unforgettable seascape featuring the lordly River Shannon.
Killaloe/Ballina - Joined by a majestically-arched bridge. Killaloe, offers network of charming narrow streets, flanked by old shops and houses,climbing up to the 13th century Cathedral. In Cork:
Cobh's landmark Cathedral clings miraculously to the town's steep slopes. Cobh was the departure point for millions of Irish departing for America in the 19th and 20th century.
Kinsale the most cosmopolitan and charming of ports in Ireland, for centuries it was a haven from the sea. It is also Ireland's Gourmet Capital.
Youghal, is one of the best examples of a Norman walled port. An 18th century clock tower, streets where Victorian shop fronts stand next with 13th and 16th century dwellings.
Listowel, a lively market town, dates back to 1303. Listowel Castle and its magnificent market Square are some of its many distinguishing features.
Charming Westport, is an estate town, built during the Georgian period. One of its outstanding features is the elegant tree-lined boulevard, known as The Mall.
Kells, a living town over a thousand years old has its ancient and medieval remains in evidence everywhere: The Book of Kells is the most decorated illuminated manuscript to survive from the early medieval period in Europe. Most scholars agree that it was created by Columban monks in the 560's.
Trim, a prosperous and busy market town is dominated by the greatest treasury of medieval monuments in Ireland. Prime among them is Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman Castle in Ireland, which was used as a location in the film `Braveheart`.