List of top tourists visiting Ireland revealed

List of top tourists visiting Ireland revealed

It's no secret that everyone has a love for the fields of Ireland...

Ireland is a country known for attracting tourists en masse, with landmarks such as Dublin's Temple Bar, Clare's Cliffs of Moher and Antrim's The Giant's Causeway renowned for the amount of visitors they attract each year.

While Americans are known for their love of Irish culture, a new study has shown that British people are actually the biggest visitors to the Emerald Isle.

Research carried out by Europcar showed that most (27%) foreign tourists who visited Ireland last year came from the UK followed by Americans who made up 13% of tourists and Italians were next at 12%.

The research also showed that the majority (59%) of tourists from abroad had visited Ireland previously, but over two-fifths (41%) were making their very first trip to the country.

Regarding events during a tourist's stay, Ireland’s acclaimed pub scene didn’t fail to impress tourists in 2017, with nearly all (93%) visiting a pub during their stay.

For almost four-fifths of people (79%), visiting an Irish pub was an important part of their experience of Irish culture during their holiday, and almost half (43%) rated the warm welcome and atmosphere of Irish pubs as the best part of the pub scene.

Almost a third (28%) of tourists appreciated listening to traditional music in Irish pubs and 18% considered the taste of real Irish Guinness to be the highlight of the pub experience in Ireland.