Best Time to Travel:
While winter will be a cheaper time to travel to Ireland, be prepared for rain and wind. Summer is perfect for those who want to get the most out of their day, as the sun rises early and sets very late. But there will be crowds at all the popular sites.
Fall and spring are ideal, since the weather will be pleasant, the accommodations cheaper than summer, and the crowds have yet to flock.
Ireland is full of fun, and interesting things to see and do, both in the country and the city.
Dublin is the cultural hub of Ireland, with museums, shops, and restaurants. Check out Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with it’s tall towers, and beautiful sanctuary. A benefactor of the cathedral, Sir Benjamin Guinness (Yes, they are related) sits outside. The family has taken care it for many generations, funding reconstruction, as well as giving the church a new set of bells in 1901. The Guinness Storehouse is right nearby, as well as St. James’s Gate Brewery. Go on a tour of the brewery and get a tasting of some Irish favorites! Dublin is also home to James Joyce. Grab your copy of Dubliners and visit some of Joyce’s favorite spots. Want to know more about your favorite Irish authors? We can arrange a literary tour for you!
Cork is also a neat spot to visit. It’s ancient, founded in the 6th century, and full of historic sites. St. Finbarre’s Cathedral looks like something that is stuck in time. Not only is the outside stunning, the inside is equally as lovely. Jameson Irish Whiskey is also distilled near Cork. A tour is a must, even if just to see the giant copper pot that sits outside the distillery. Right outside of Cork is Blarney Castle. The castle is on beautiful gardens and is totally picture worthy on its own. Why not go and kiss the Blarney Stone while you’re there?
Of course, the Cliffs of Moher are a must see. This natural site is breathtaking and will make you want to see more of the natural side of Ireland. Antrim is gorgeous, so is Galway. Anyplace that you go to in Ireland will be postcard worthy!
Go trekking around Ireland. There are so many beautiful, natural sites around this island, you’ll want to go camping for at least a weekend.
Since you’re so close to the continent, why not jet off to Paris for the weekend? Or London? It’s relatively cheap and easy to get to both places, so why not go?