Visitors to Ireland will be thrilled with four new best-in-class experiences planned for counties Cavan, Donegal, Dublin and Mayo. Located in the country’s Hidden Heartlands, the Shannon Pot Discovery Centre will showcase the waterway’s rich heritage, culture and influence on Irish life from the earliest settlers to the modern day and allow visitors to begin a journey of the mighty Shannon at its source. Cavan Burren Park, located under the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain, is widely recognized as one of the finest prehistoric relict landscapes in Ireland. Among the enhancement plans is the installation of an elevated forest viewing walkway.
Fort Dunree and Head in County Donegal will feature Ireland’s first funicular cable railway. The one-of-a-kind attraction will offer travelers a thrilling ascent to the high fort amid incredible 360-degree vistas of the Wild Atlantic Way. A dramatic glass walkway at the site will jut over the waters of Lough Swilly, providing spectacular views of the natural environment.
‘This Is Ireland’ in Dublin will be an immersive experience consisting of multiple shows, with its principal feature being a simulated flight experience based on similar attractions in Amsterdam and Vancouver. The ‘edutainment’ attraction will feature a breathtaking and engaging experience of Irish history, the Ireland of today, and the ultimate finale – a flight using state-of-the-art flight simulation and audio-visual technology.
The new attraction at the 300-acre Westport House and Gardens Estate in County Mayo, will allow visitors to explore ancient Irish rituals and Ireland’s connections to the land as told through a series of accessible wild and natural spaces.
The Westport House and Gardens will also be restored. Visitors will be able to enjoy the enhanced experience of the grand house with its formal gardens while learning about the trail-blazing pirate queen and chieftain Grace O’Malley and the Browne family who have lived there for centuries.
These experiences are the most significant investment in tourist attractions ever undertaken by the Irish government and cost more than $86 million (€ 73 million).
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