Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

POWERSCOUR­T House, Gardens and Wa­ter­fall and Glendaloug­h have made lists of the top 10 most pop­u­lar vis­i­tor at­trac­tions in Ire­land for 2018.

Fáilte Ire­land pub­lished its an­nual sur­vey last week, with Powerscour­t num­ber nine on the list of fee-pay­ing at­trac­tions, and Glendaloug­h third on the list of free sites.

472,523 vis­i­tors went to Powerscour­t, and 732,824 to Glendaloug­h.

Once again the Guin­ness Store­house tops the fee-pay­ing list with over 1.7 mil­lion vis­i­tors last year. The Cliffs of Mo­her closely fol­lows in sec­ond place with 1.5 mil­lion, and Dublin Zoo holds the 3rd spot with over 1.2mil­lion vis­i­tors in the same cat­e­gory.

The sur­vey also col­lates vis­i­tor num­bers on free-to-en­ter at­trac­tions with a new en­try to the list, Kilkenny Cas­tle Park­lands1 claim­ing top place with the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land closely fol­low­ing.

Oth­ers on the fee-pay­ing list in­cluded the Book of Kells, Tayto Park, St Patrick’s Cathe­dral and Kyle­more Abbey.

The top-10 free to en­ter at­trac­tions in­cludes the Na­tional Botanic Gardens, Castle­town House, and Don­eraile Park.

Fáilte Ire­land pub­lishes an an­nual list of top vis­i­tor at­trac­tions1 to give at­trac­tions insight into how they are per­form­ing. It complement­s Fáilte Ire­land’s re­search on ‘What makes a Great Vis­i­tor At­trac­tion’, which al­lows at­trac­tions to look to each other’s suc­cesses in or­der to find ways to im­prove their own vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘While 2018 was a pos­i­tive year for most of Ire­land’s top at­trac­tions, there are many chal­lenges ahead for the tourism in­dus­try,’ said Fáilte Ire­land’s di­rec­tor of prod­uct devel­op­ment Orla Carroll. ‘As the Na­tional Tourism Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, Fáilte Ire­land’s role is to sup­port the devel­op­ment of a world-class tourism sec­tor. Our work with at­trac­tions in help­ing them grow their vis­i­tor num­bers through train­ing and fund­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant part of what we do across the coun­try. Over the course of 2018 alone, Fáilte Ire­land ap­proved grant fund­ing of more than €31mil­lion for 46 projects.’

Glendaloug­h: third most vis­ited among free sites.

Powerscour­t: ninth most vis­ited fee-pay­ing tourist at­trac­tions.

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