Your plans this year may look different than you thought, but that doesn't mean you see the Emerald Isle.

By Andrea Romano
March 17, 2020
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As the coronavirus continues to be a major problem in the U.S. and worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important for communities to maintain social distancing and self-quarantine.

Unfortunately, that also puts a damper on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Tourist destinations and attractions, from museums to national parks, have been doing their part to help entertain and inform the masses during this difficult time. Of course, being isolated from the world can be extra difficult during one of the most social holidays of the year.

But just because you're stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. In fact, you can enjoy some of the best destinations and attractions in Ireland from the comfort of your couch. And a trip to Ireland (even if it’s a virtual one) sounds way better than any parade.

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Several places in Ireland can offer virtual tours for people who want a taste of the Emerald Isle. Here are just a few attractions from Ireland that you can access with just a click.

The Guinness Storehouse

What better way to ring in St. Patrick’s Day than with a virtual tour of the most Irish beer in the world. The famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is a must-see for beer lovers, and now you can visit the brewery on YouTube. You can also enjoy a tour of the Jameson distillery in Midleton.

The Long Room at The Library of Trinity College

Bibliophiles can gaze at the massive collection of books that are housed in the Library of Trinity College in Dublin. This famous library is not only renowned for its impressive collection (over 200,000 works) of some of the world’s oldest books, but also for its gorgeous architecture. Take a look for yourself using the this virtual tour on Youtube.

The Cliffs of Moher

Yes, you can even tour this stunning part of County Clare, Ireland. You can see several different 360 degree views of the sea cliffs, including the Blarney Castle Gardens, O’Brien’s Tower, and the Visitor’s Center. Take in the beautiful vistas on the official Cliffs of Moher website.

Museums

Several of Ireland’s museums, libraries, and theaters can be toured online thanks to Google Arts & Culture. The National Library of Ireland, the Abbey Theater, Trinity College, and the Irish Film Institute are just some of the 14 collections your can virtually tour on Google.

Castles

One of the best things to do in Ireland is to tour its famous castles. Now, you can do it without booking a plane ticket. Tour the Johnstown Castle Gardens, Benburb Castle, Blarney Castle, Kinbane Castle and several more on Virtual Visit Tours.

Historical Sites

Ireland has a long and storied history, so the best way to celebrate Ireland is to visit its many historical sites — even if it’s just online. Other than castles, you can also visit places like Hook Lighthouse, Beaghmore Stone Circles, and even go on a tour of a Titanic museum in Cork. There are many more historical sites to check out on Virtual Visit Tours.

Parks and Nature

Along with the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s picturesque natural features, including parks, gardens, and places to see nature and wildlife. Tour the Irish National Heritage Park, Gobbins Cliff Path, Curracloe Beach & Raven Nature Reserve, Aillwee Cave and many more parks and nature sites on Virtual Visit Tours.

Towns and Villages

Naturally, what makes Ireland unique are its quaint and charming villages and towns. And now you can walk through these little communities from home. See towns and villages like Downpatrick, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, and more on Virtual Visit Tours.