Welcome to the home of Joyce, Yeats and Wilde; of Heaney, Shaw and Beckett. Literature is in so many ways the fulcrum about which Irish cultural life turns. As such, a visit to Ireland which does not reference the nation's great writers would perhaps be a missed opportunity.
Use this page to find the attractions and destinations which continue to safeguard Ireland's rightful place on the literary world stage.
One of the planet's most cherished manuscripts, the Book of Kells dates back over 800 years. It is preserved in Trinity College, Dublin.
W.B Yeats is synonymous with County Sligo, so it is surprising to know that he never actually lived there. His love of the county came from long summer holidays spent near Rosses Point, away from the hustle and bustle of London, visiting his grandfather. The Yates Memorial Building is the centre of all things Yeats in Sligo, everything from Summer schools to an archive of his working which includes over 3,000 titles.
A tour of Belfast focusing on the sights and place that inspired the young author C..S Lewis. His most memorable work, The Chronicles of Narnia, features heavily. There is also a chance to see his birth-home and St. Mark's Church, where his grandfather was rector.
A massive hill overlooking the city of Belfast. It is the location where Jonathan Swift found inspiration for his most famous work, Gulliver's Travels. Easy to see once you reach the summit, stand as a giant looking down at the miniature city below.