Ireland’s Best Literary Attractions

Ireland has produced many iconic writers over time, including James Joyce, C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. It makes sense that the country is filled with some amazing literary attractions that are dedicated to the work and life of Irish writers. If you are looking to follow in the footsteps of some of Ireland’s most famous writers, check out our list of Ireland’s best literary attractions below.

Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum first opened its doors in 1991 to host a collection of work from Irish writers and to encourage interest in Irish literature. Since then, the museum has become particularly famous for exhibiting the work of many internationally renowned writers, including four Nobel Prize winners. Although the museum was opened less than 30 years ago, some of the work found here dates back to 300 years ago. Visitors can view first editions of Dracula by Bram Stoker and Gulliver’s Travels by Dean Jonathan Swift, and even the pens, quills and typewriters of Lady Gregory and Brendan Behan.

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Achill Island

Lying on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, Achill Island has long been an inspiring environment for artists and writers from all over Europe. Nobel Prize winner, Heinrich Boll lived and worked on the island during the 1960s and into the 1970s, staying in a cottage in the village of Dugort. Today, visitors can visit Boell’s cottage and the Deserted Village he wrote about.

James Joyce Centre

Irish writer, James Joyce is considered as one of the most influential and celebrated authors of the 20th century. The James Joyce Centre is, of course, dedicated to the life and works of the writer, offering historical and biographical information through tours, exhibitions and workshops. Every year from June 11th – 16th , a world famous literary festival known as Bloomsday takes place around Dublin and at the James Joyce Centre in honour of James Joyce and his famous novel Ulysses.

C.S. Lewis trail          

Famous for creating the magical world of Narnia, C.S. Lewis is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic writers having been born in Belfast and inspired by the country. The C.S. Lewis Trail in Belfast features seven bronze sculptures from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. It aims to take visitors to places significant to the writer’s life, including sites such as St. Mark’s Church where his grandfather was a rector and No. 47 Dundela Avenue, his birthplace.

Aran Islands

Much like Achill Island, Aran Islands have had a huge influence on world literature and many Irish writers have travelled to the islands and found inspiration for their work. Dublin writer, John Millington Synge spent a lot of time on Inis Maan, where he found inspiration for many of his prose and plays, such as ‘The Aran Islands’ and ‘The Playboy of the Western World’.

Seamus Heaney Homeplace

The Seamus Heaney Homeplace celebrates the life and work of the late Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, who passed away in 2013. Inside features interactive exhibitions, personal stories, photographs and artefacts which allows visitors to understand why Heaney’s poetry ignites so much emotion in readers.

Interested in visiting these historical and cultural attractions? Check out our Literary Tour of Ireland here.

Our Literary Tour of Ireland consists of 8 days exploring some of Ireland’s best literary attractions, including some mentioned above. Travellers will visit homes and museums of famous authors along with settings and landscapes that inspired them.

To find out more information or to book, please contact us here.

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