Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed a survey showing that Dublin West is home to some of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions.
“Dublin Zoo, the National Aquatic Centre and Farmleigh are some of Ireland’s most visited tourism attractions. A Failte Ireland survey has revealed that Dublin Zoo is the second most visited fee-charging attraction, and the NAC is fourth, while Farmleigh features in the top 10 list of free attractions,” Minister Varadkar said.
“I think there is a lot of potential to build on these attractions and develop tourism within the area. And we are only a few miles from other top popular visitor attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Tayto Park, and Kilmainham Gaol.
“Tourism brings tremendous economic benefits, including jobs and cash flow, but we don’t often realise the potential that exists in the west of Dublin. I think there is significant potential to build on this at local level, certainly in terms of hotels and local enterprise.”
The Guinness Storehouse topped the list of Ireland’s top visitor attractions for 2012 for the second year running, followed closely by Dublin Zoo. The National Gallery of Ireland continued its dominance of the free attractions listing.
Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2012
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
National Aquatic Centre
Book of Kells
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Fota Wildlife Park
Blarney Castle Cork
Top 10 Free Attractions 2012
The National Gallery of Ireland
National Botanic Gardens
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St
Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks
Chester Beatty Library
Holy Cross Abbey
The National Library of Ireland