Over 100 of Ireland's most iconic tourist spots to have free entry for one day only
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Over 100 of Ireland's most iconic tourist spots to have free entry for one day only

IS THIS the best idea ever?

Some of Ireland's best tourist hotspots are set to be completely free of charge for one day only in celebration of Ireland's first ever Tourism Day.

On April 17, over one hundred of the Emerald Isle's most recognisable, exciting and historic sites will open their doors to the public, encouraging locals to explore the incredible facilities right on their doorstep, enticing those from overseas to see what Ireland has to offer, and to generate pride in the country's unique culture.

Tourism Day, created by the Irish Tourism Inudstry Confederation and supported by Fáilte Ireland, will become an annual event, but as this is the first year it's set to be very special.

Sites from every county in Ireland are getting involved, and from the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland's Ancient East, there's something for everyone on offer.

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The Cliffs of Moher is one of the mosts popular tourist sites in the country (Getty)

Cork's Spike Island, the Dublin Castle, the Céide Fields, EPIC Emigration Museum, the Guinness Storehouse, the GPO, the Cliffs of Moher and Trinity College are just a tiny fraction of what's in store.

And if you're in Dublin and worrying about how you're going to see everything available, worry not-- the Do Dublin hop-on hop-off bus tour is also completely free for the day, so you can make the most of the capital's tourist sites.

The Guinness Storehouse will open its doors for free on the day

There is one downside-- this year's inaugural Tourist Day is on a Friday, so if you work the 9-5 slog you may have to book the day off.

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But we reckon it's worth it.

To find out more and see the full list of participating spots, you can visit the Tourism Day website here.