Three Irish destinations make it on to "Things to Do Before You Die" list

Condé Nast says travelers must visit Dublin and Belfast

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The Trinity College Dublin Long Room, where the Book of Kells is housed | Image:

Several Irish destinations have made it on to a list of places to visit in Europe before you die.

Travel publisher Condé Nast has compiled the list of "50 Things to Do in Europe Before You Die."

Among those on the list include a canal tour in Amsterdam, skinny dipping in Sweden, sail around the island of Capri, visit the Louvre in Paris and have afternoon tea at Claridge's in London.

Ireland features prominently on the ranking, with three places here making the final cut.

Number three says people should "geek out" at Trinity College.

Writer Caitlin Morton says: "Aside from having an incredibly beautiful campus, Dublin's Trinity College also houses the famous Book of Kells, a 9th-century manuscript penned by monks in amazingly intricate fonts and illustrations."

The famous Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin's Long Room | Image:

"When you're done perusing, a visit to the library's Long Room is an absolute must - you'll feel like you stepped directly into a Disney movie."

Number 29 on the list tells people to hop the stones of Giant's Causeway in County Antrim.

Lilit Marcus writes: "The rocky northern Irish coast is beautiful, but the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim is like nothing you've seen before.

"The shoreline here is covered in hexagonal-shaped gray stones formed from basalt. It's not unusual to see kids and adults alike skipping from stone to stone or climbing the hill-like formations.

"These simple stones will remind you of how breathtaking nature can truly be—and, if that's not enough for you, the Bushmills Distillery is not too far away."

The Giant's Causeway in north Antrim | Image: Martin Keene / PA Archive/Press Association Images

And rouding out Ireland's contribution, number 31 advises people to take a black taxi tour of the Troubles in Belfast.

"It wasn't that long ago that Belfast was better known for daily bombings, not Game of Thrones tours," Laura Dannen Redman says.

"Thankfully, peace arrived in Northern Ireland in 1998, formerly ending 'The Troubles,' but a 3-mile-long, 18-foot-high 'peace wall' remains that serves as a daily reminder of the bloody battle between British loyalists on Shankill Road and the Irish nationalists on Falls Road.

"Northern Ireland has regular talks about bringing the wall down; until then, black taxi tours of the neighborhoods take you along the dividing line, past homes painted vibrantly with murals and propaganda, and deep into the history of the city."

And she notes: "You tour guides typically still identify as Protestant or Catholic, so the story you hear may vary slightly - though they may not tell you their religion until the end, if at all."