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Top 20 Festivals In Ireland That You Should Go

Ireland is not only popular for its stout and whiskey but also for its festivals all year round. I mean, what else is a perfect pair to these top Irish drinks but Irish festivals and music, right? Whether you choose to go for local country celebrations or huge celebrations all throughout the country, you have a lot of choices for festivals in Ireland. With that, we recommend these top 20 Irish festivals that travelers should attend in Ireland.

Top 20 Festivals in Ireland

1.St. Patrick’s Festival

St. Patrick's Day Ireland

The biggest and grandest festival in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Festival is one hell of a celebration that you should not miss if you’re planning to travel to Ireland. This festival which was started by the Irish government in November 1995 eventually turned into a multi-day celebration which takes place somewhere around March 17 every year. The highlight of the festival is the St. Patrick’s Day where there’s a grand parade, lots of drinking, and locals and tourists party in the streets all over Ireland. It is a nationwide celebration where people usually dress up as Leprechauns. Spread throughout the St. Patrick’s Festival Week are various activities and events like traditional performances, food fairs, and a celebration of Irish culture.

When:

March 14-18

Where:

Dublin but the entire country is also celebrating

2. Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

This one is quite difficult to pronounce but in simpler words, this is also called as “Fleadh” (pronounced as “flaa”). Fleadh is an Irish national music festival where the highlight of the event is the Irish traditional music competition. The reputation of this festival has been high that more participants wanted to compete each year.

Aside from this competition, there are also concerts and parades. Every year, locals and Irish culture enthusiasts come over to participate in this music festival which is held late in August. The venue of the festival varies every year so be sure to check which town is hosting Fleadh this year.

When:

August 11-18 or sometime late August

Where:

Venu varies every year

3. National Heritage Week

Another celebration in Ireland that is celebrated all over the country is the National Heritage Week. Spearheaded by the Heritage Council of Ireland, a handful of events are in store during this week where the primary goal is to celebrate Ireland’s culture, history, garden, and architecture. The best part of this week is that everyone can access several landmarks that are usually paid or private for free. There are also tours, events and other activities that help promote Ireland’s culture and heritage. Heritage Week is usually held on the last week of August.

When:

August 17-25 or last week of August

Where:

Various locations and most likely in heritage sites

4. Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna

Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival

This spa town in County Clare has an old traditional festival which leads all road to Lisdoonvarna every September. Also hailed as Europe’s biggest matchmaking festival, this will surely catch your interest if you’re looking for an Irish mate.

This event welcomes festival-goers of all ages specifically around 18 to 80 years old. There’s dancing, singing, and various activities all day long. If you’re not getting any luck during the festival, don’t worry there are matchmakers who can pair you up with someone and just see what happens from there.

When:

August 30 – September 29

Where:

Lisdoonvarna

5. Dingle Regatta in Dingle

Dingle Regatta or boat races is also one of the top festivals that you should not miss in Ireland. If you happen to be in Dingle sometime around the third week of August and you share the love for boating, be sure to check out Dingle Regatta. This festival is all about crews of four racing a traditional Irish canoe (naomhog) around the harbor.

When:

August 17-18

Where:

Dingle

6. Dingle Regatta in Dingle

Dingle Regatta or boat races is also one of the top festivals that you should not miss in Ireland. If you happen to be in Dingle sometime around the third week of August and you share the love for boating, be sure to check out Dingle Regatta. This festival is all about crews of four racing a traditional Irish canoe (naomhog) around the harbor.

When:

August 17-18

Where:

Dingle

7. Killorglin Puck Fair in Killorglin

Puck fair Killorglin

Killorglin surely has a unique coronation day where they crown a wild goat as the “King of their town” for three days. Every August, locals go to the mountain to catch a wild goat and bring it back to town to be crowned as the “King”. On the last day of the festival, the goat is sent back to the mountain. There are lots of activities during this celebration and pubs close an hour later than the usual. Live music, demos, dance sessions, outdoor markets, and fireworks are expected every year during the Puck Fair.

The history of this festival can be traced back to 400 years ago where a wild goat fleed from the hills and warned the entire community from the approaching Cromwellian army. At present, the festival is now held every August 10-12.

When:

August 10-12

Where:

Killorglin

8. Rose of Tralee in Tralee

Every 23rd until 27th of August, Tralee hosts pageantry where young Irish women compete for the title as the Rose of Tralee. This celebration is open to the international audience too since it is a global celebration of Irish culture. Aside from the crowning of the yearly Rose, there are also street entertainment, live concerts, street markets, parades, and fireworks all throughout the festival.

When:

August 23-27

Where:

Tralee

9. Galway Oyster Festival in Galway

Ireland has some of the finest seafood in the world. In fact, one of Galway’s unique features is the Galway Native Oyster which they take pride of– all thanks to the Atlantic shoreline. So if you want to feast on some delicious oysters while you’re in Ireland, be sure not to miss the Galway Oyster Festival. There are two Oyster Opening Championship as the main highlight of this festival: the Irish Oyster Opening Championship and the World Oyster Opening Championship. This oyster-loaded celebration is held every September on the west coast of Ireland.

When:

September 27-29 or last week of September

Where:

Galway

10. Galway Arts Festival in Galway

Galway Arts Festival

The Galway Arts Festival paved way for Galway to be recognized as a cultural center for the arts and a cultural tourism destination. This festival has become internationally known as you can already see Irish artworks sitting side by side with artworks by international artists from various fields like theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, and comedy. Thousands of attendees come over to Galway to participate and take part in this event which is held for two weeks in late July every year.

When:

July 15-28

Where:

Galway

11. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Dublin

Another irresistible festival for the seafood lovers out there, Ireland surely wins the heart of many tourists for this incredibly sumptuous food festival. If you can’t say no to these juicy prawns, head over to Dublin for the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. This festival occurs every March near the harbor where you can enjoy bite-sized prawns and a creamy stout to wash the prawns down. There are also cooking demos, music, and more foods during the festival.

When:

March 16-18

Where:

Dublin

12. Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival in County Wexford

The Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy will surely unite all foodies and music lovers out there. If you’re planning to visit Ireland in the first week of August, be sure not to miss this top Irish festival. Over 80 of the best local and artisan vendors are expected to participate in this big event down in County Wexford.

There is also an interesting lineup of international rock and roll artists to give the festival-goers a series of free outdoor gigs. This simply means that the Rockin’ Food Festival is not just all about food but rock and roll music as well.

Lastly, if you’re planning to bring the entire family with you, the Rockin’ Food Festival is also the perfect venue for your kids to participate as there are various activities specifically prepared for the youngsters.

When:

On the first week of August (August 2-5)

Where:

Enniscorthy, County Wexford

13. Dublin Horse Show in Dublin

Dublin Horse Show

The Dublin Horse Show every August is a celebration of Ireland’s inclination towards horses. This festival showcases the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. Being one of Ireland’s biggest events, thousands of people including visitors from abroad come to Dublin to witness this show. Tickets for the show are sold in the official website of the event. There’s the single admission ticket, season admission ticket, daily seated stand ticket, and stand seat only ticket. Check out their website for more information on these different types of ticket.

When:

sometime in August

Where:

Dublin

14. Dingle Food Festival in Dingle

The fishing town of Dingle hosts the annual Dingle Food Festival on the first weekend of October. If you’re looking for the best weekend in Ireland, this festival is the one you’re looking for. Thousands of locals and tourists purposely head over to Dingle for this festival because of “The Taste Trail” where you get to visit over 70 food venues around the town and taste the best foods and drinks in their menu. There are also cooking demonstrations, market stalls, workshops, children’s events, street entertainment, whiskey tasting, wine tasting, and so much more activities to expect.

When:

October 4-6 or first weekend of October

Where:

Dingle

15. Dingle Races in Dingle

The Dingle Racing Festival happens every August and it is one of the biggest Horse and Pony races in Ireland. There are twenty races spread over the weekend making this event as the highlight of the Dingle’s calendar. Expect to see over 160 horses all across Ireland competing for the EUR 6,000 prize.

There are also booths and stalls to entertain some of the audience– the kids to be specific. Examples of these are the bouncing castle, a fortune-teller booth, and various market fairs that sell souvenirs.

When:

Every August but most likely on August 9-11

Where:

Ballintaggart racecourse in Dingle

16. Bloomsday in Dublin

To commemorate and celebrate the life of the Irish writer, James Joyce, Bloomsday is held in Dublin every June 16. This is the day his novel, Ulysses, took place in 1904. This day is expected to have readings and dramatizations of Ulysses- perfect for every Ulysses fan but other exciting activities like pub crawling is also in the tradition. There are also many free activities that you can expect in Bloomsday including theatrical performances, musical events, and tours.

When:

June 16

Where:

Dublin

17. All-Ireland Finals in Dublin

All Ireland Hurling
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Every September means a very busy time at the Croke Park where thousands of Gaelic sports supporters come to see the All-Ireland Finals for hurling and football. If you happen to be a fan of the sport, be sure to check out this big event if you’re in Ireland. You’ll most likely be able to get along very well with other enthusiastic fans too which will make the experience more memorable.

When:

sometime in September

Where:

Dublin, specifically in Croke Park

18. Temple Bar Trad in Dublin

temple bar tradfest

Late winter in Dublin is never boring because this would mean non-stop traditional Irish music and unlimited drinking sessions in Temple Bar TradFest. Today, this festival is already considered as the largest festival of traditional music in Ireland long after it started as a small niche music festival in 2006. The recognition received from this festival has pushed it to expand its goal which now includes promotion of the next generation of Irish musicians.

TradFest also offers a memorable experience for festival-goers with its live music concert held in some of Dublin’s popular historical sites. Aside from that, you can also expect to party all night long for free. Exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, and film-screenings are also in the line up of activities. This festival starts around January 21 and ends on January 27. If you are interested to join this music festival head over to Dublin on these dates.

When:

January 21- January 27

Where:

Dublin

19. Listowel Writer’s Week in County Kerry

Listowel Writer’s Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival held from May 29 to June 2. It is considered to be one of the most friendly and sociable events on the Irish calendar and because of this a lot of participants attend this very popular festival every year.

This festival is perfect for writers and aspiring writers who want to expand their network and, of course, learn through the series of writing workshops. Irish and international writers get invited to the festival to share their expertise in poetry, theatre, fiction, screen, writing scripts for radio, children’s literature, song-writing, and even comic writing.

Art exhibits, literary and historical tours, singing, dancing, and seminars are also expected to fill up the program during these days. There are also writing competitions for adults and young writers. There’s definitely so much to expect in this festival.

When:

May 29 – June 2

Where:

Listowel, County Kerry

20. Fleadh Nua in Ennis

Ireland surely loves to promote their culture to the world. This is the reason why a lot of traditional music and dance festivals are sprouting like mushrooms all year round. One of these is the Fleadh Nua which takes place every May in Ennis, County Clare.

This 9-day event should also make it to your list of Irish festivals because there are lots of fun activities to expect morning until night. There are music concerts, dance workshops, various street entertainments, lunchtime concerts, and evening sessions. There are also Irish Dance Competitions and CD Launches to add more variety to the program.

When:

May 19-27

Where:

Ennis


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10 Free Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

There are several free things to do in Dublin despite its reputation as being an expensive city. Known for its rich heritage, pubs and friendly locals, Dublin is also a good base to travel around Ireland.

From its rich heritage to lively nightlife, it is one city that should be on your itinerary when traveling Europe. So we’ve put together the best and fun free things to do in Dublin to include on your Dublin itinerary.


10 Best Free Things To Do In Dublin

1. Take advantage of the free bikes in Dublin

Dublin is a walkable city but if walking is not your thing while sightseeing, taking advantage of the free bike is a good alternative. Dublinbikes allows you to use the bike for free for the first 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you have to pay around €50 cents per 30 minutes. You can also get a 3-day ticket at 5 euros to save money.

2. Take a picture with the wild deer in Phoenix Park

 

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Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, located north of River Liffey. The park has large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues which makes it appealing for the wild fallow deer. These deer made the park their home since the 17th century. To plan your visit, check the park’s operating hours here.

Opening Times

24 hours

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 820 5800

3. Trace your Celtic heritage in the National Library

Want to do something different in Dublin for free? Why not check if you have a Celtic heritage in National Library. Whether it’s for fun or curiosity, this service offered by National Library can help you trace your Irish roots.  No need to book an appointment. Just make sure to check their operating hours here.

Opening Times

Monday- Wednesday : 9:30 am-5pm

Thursday-Friday: 9:30 am-4:45 pm

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin

Email:[email protected]

Phone: +353 1 6030 256

4. Join a music session in Cobblestone

 

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Music is a big part of Irish tradition and one of the things that Ireland is known for. Want proof? There are tons of Irish musicians and bands famous around the world. I personally grew up listening to Irish music in my sleepy small town in the Philippines. So if you want to explore this part of Irish culture, head to Cobblestone to listen to traditional Irish music with talented locals. To check the upcoming events, check out their website here.

Opening Times

Monday- Thursday: 4:30pm-11:30 pm

Friday: 4:30-12:30 am

Saturday: 1:30pm-12:30 am

Sunday: 1:30 pm- 11:00pm

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address:  77 King St North Smithfield, Dublin

Email: info[at]cobblestonepub.ie

Phone:+353 1 872 1799

5. Explore the Glasnevin Cemetery

 

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Glasnevin Cemetery is a large cemetery in Dublin, Ireland.  It holds the graves and memorials of several notable figures in Ireland and was opened to the public for the first time on 1832. The cemetery is also considered as one of the top attractions in Dublin due to its rich history.

Opening Times

Monday- Friday : 10am-5:pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6.00

Child: €4.00

Contact Information

Address: Finglas Road Glasnevin, Dublin, D11 PA00, Ireland

Phone:  + 353 01 882 6500

Email: [email protected]

  6. Escape the city at National Botanic Garden

Adjacent to the Glasnevin Cemetery is a world-class botanic garden. The National Botanic Garden is home to several plant species and it is considered as the center of horticultural research and training in Dublin. The National Herbarium is part of the National Botanic Garden and it houses over 20,000 samples of plant products, including fruits, seeds, wood, fibers, plant extracts, and artifacts.

Opening Times

Winter:

Monday -Friday: 9:00 am -4.30pm

Saturday-  Sunday  & Public Holidays: 10:00 am-4.30pm

Summer:

Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm

Saturday- Sunday  & Public Holiday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sat, Sun s

Tours:

Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm

Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Ireland

Phone: + 353 1 804 0300

Email: [email protected]

7. Visit Trinity College

 

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We have almost all experienced times in our lives where we needed a way to spend our time without spending our money! If you are familiar with this struggle and happen to be near Dublin, Ireland, then fear not! The internationally recognize Science Gallery offers precisely that. These free exhibitions offer a variety of events including music performances, film screenings, workshops and more. Also, the themes of the exhibitions change three times per year. This makes for fresh new material on a regular basis.

The only thing they ask is to warn them ahead of time if you are bringing a large group. If you do happen to stumble across a bit of extra cash, Trinity College also offers a few other low-cost options including guided tours, a zoological museum, and the Book of Kells exhibition. And if your budget allows for trinkets and/or food, you will be delighted to find a gift shop and a variety of places to eat.

8. Learn history from the Kilmainham jail

 

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Kilmainham jail is one of the best locations to go and visit in Dublin because it is the place in Ireland to understand some of the recent histories about how Ireland finally gained independence from the British.

Entrance to the superb museum and the old courthouse is free of charge and a one hour guided trip around the actual prison itself is not that expensive, but extremely good value as you will come away with much to think about.

The museum describes the years before and after the 1916 Easter uprising, and when you do the tour of the prison itself, you see the places where the signatories to the proclamation of independence were kept before they were cold-bloodedly executed by the British the same year. This event changed the future of Ireland by the influence of national opinion and makes this place a must-see for lovers of history and visitors to Dublin.

Opening Times

October – March 9:30 – 17:30 (last admission at 16:15)

April & May 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 16:45)

June, July & August 9:00 – 19:00 (last admission at 17:45)

September 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 16:45)

Admission Fee

N/ A

Contact Information

Address: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Phone: : +353 1 4535984

Email: [email protected]

9. Check out the Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History in Dublin is free to enter and is home to over 20,000 preserved species. The real charm of the museum is that it has barely changed since it was founded in the 1800s. All of the species are displayed in beautiful Victorian cabinets and the layout is compact.

Visiting this Dublin museum feels like stepping back in time, with the taxidermy and displays showing their vintage nature. The first floor of the museum, called the Irish floor, is dedicated to species were or can be found on the island of Ireland. You can learn about various insects, mammals and marine life that call Ireland home. The crowning jewel is the massive skeletons of the 10,000-year-old Irish Elk that guard the entry.

The top floors show a diverse range of animals and insects from around the world. This quirky stop is a great way to learn about Irish history and is the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.

10. Relax in St. Stephen’s Green

 

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If you want to connect with nature without leaving the city, head to St. Stephen’s Green, a well-manicured urban park. Though the land was once the setting of public executions, the green now offers a tranquil respite from the bustle of the city and adds a welcome change of pace to any Dublin itinerary. Take a stroll along the paved walking paths and admire the Victorian landscape (and work off some of that pub food at the same time!).

When you’re worn out, take a seat on one of the benches and simply enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, do some people watching, and relieve your aching feet. For families—particularly those with energetic children—a trip to the playground is a must.

And if you visit in the summer, you may be lucky enough to catch an outdoor concert. But don’t worry if you’re traveling in the off-season. The park is impressive year-round. Keep in mind that St. Stephen’s Green is only open during daylight hours, so plan your visit accordingly.

Opening Times

Monday- Saturday- 07:30 am

Sunday  and Holidays- 09.30 am

Closing Times: According to daylight hours

Gardens open Christmas Day 10.00-13.00

Average Length of Visit: 1 – 2 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 475 7816

Email: [email protected]


Affordable Accommodations in Dublin

Abbey Court Hostel is a hostel located at the center of Dublin. It is known for its quirky interior design and social vibe. The hostel offers an eat-all-you-can breakfast, comfortable bed, entertainment and game room, music room, lounge, and free walking tour. For rates and reviews of Abbey Court Hostel, click here.

The Leeson Lodge is another alternative for cheap accommodation in Dublin if a hostel is not your thing. The lodge is located near the Dublin canal, St Stephen‘s Green (a public park) and pubs. They offer a single room for a reasonable rate. For rates and reviews of the Leeson Lodge, click here

Check this accommodations guide in Dublin for more affordable hotels.



20 Things To Do In Galway City, Ireland

Galway City and nothing else comes in mind if we speak about Ireland’s top destination for arts, music, and urban culture. This city on the west coast of Ireland never fails to exceed expectations- from its medieval walls down to the breathtaking view of the River Corrib. So whether you’re coming over for a quick visit or longer, there’s just so much to enjoy in this harbor city. With that, here are 20 things to do in Galway City that you should not miss.

20 Things To Do In Galway City, Ireland

1. Meet some marine friends at the Galway Atlantaquaria

The National Aquarium of Ireland is not just Ireland’s largest aquarium but also a home to over 150 marine and freshwater species- including Valentine, the only White Skate being publicly displayed in the world. Other highlights in this aquarium are seahorses, sharks, friendly rays, and a skeleton of an enormous fin whale.

If you prefer, there are also audio presentations to guide you on the tour. The Lighthouse Gift Shop also has a variety of souvenir items to take home and if you want to take a break after touring the entire aquarium, you can enjoy a good meal at the Royal Villa Restaurant.

Opening Time

Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Open Saturday, Sunday 10am –  6pm
Last admission 45 mins before closing time every day.

Admission Fee

Adult: €13.00
Child: €8.50
Senior: €9.50
Student: €10.00
Children ages 2 and under are free.

Family tickets:
2 Adults and 1 Child: € 31.00
2 Adults and 2 Children:  € 35.00
1 Adult and 2 Children: €24.00
Each Additional child: €4.50

Contact Information

Address: Galway Atlantaquaria, Toft Park, Promenade Salthill, Galway City, H91T2FD

Email:[email protected]

Phone number: +353 91 585 100

2. Learn about Galway’s past in the Galway City Museum

galway city museum

One of the most popular attractions in Ireland, the Galway City Museum is perfect for solo, couple, or group travelers who want to comb a piece of extensive information about Galway’s past.

The museum hosts exhibit featuring the Great War and the interesting marine life along Galway’s coastline. You can also find a big collection of artifacts and souvenirs from The World War I and the Civil/Independence War, Medieval and pre-Medieval era in Galway, and all the way back to its prehistoric times.

Opening Time

Tuesday to Saturday -10am-5pm

Easter to end of September

12pm-5pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Spanish Parade, Galway H91 CX5P

Email:[email protected]

Phone:+353-091-532460

3. Enjoy a walk at Kirwan’s Lane

Named after one of the leading fourteen tribes in Galway, Kirwan’s Lane should make it to your list of things to do in Galway City. This lane is one of the finest medieval lanes in Galway and contains what remains of the 16th and 17th-century architecture of the city. Truly a great spot to revisit Galway’s rich history. Enjoy a walk here with many bohemian-style cafes, restaurants, craft shops, and bars in the sidewalk.

4. Catch sunsets at Salthill

Salthill_Galway

Located at the edge of the city, Salthill is the best place to chase the sun go down over Galway Bay. Leisureland Galway is also in the neighborhood if you want to treat your entire family for some water adventure. The facility has a Treasure Cove with a pirate ship, water cannons, and a bubbly pool. You can also find a lot of restaurants and hotels in Salthill if you want to spend a night or two here.

5. Join the Galway city Riverwalk

Starting from the Spanish Arch, the Galway city Riverwalk is a guided tour of Galway City’s river. The tour runs all year round but sometimes it also depends on the availability of the guides. If you have an hour and a half to spare for a stroll along the river, this walking tour should be added to your list of things to do in Galway City.

6. Take a relaxing afternoon in Circle of Life Commemorative Garden

Located in Salthill area, the Circle of Life Commemorative Garden offers a relaxing atmosphere to tourists who want to take a break from Galway City’s overwhelming charm. The garden also lets you reflect on the different stages of life as inscribed on each these 2-meter standing stones– definitely an interesting soul-searching place in Galway.

Opening Time

24 Hours  -8:00 am- 6 pm (preferred time)

Admission Fee

Free

Contact information

Address: Quincentennial Park  Salthill Promenade, Galway City, Ireland

Phone number : +353 87 742 9080

Email: N/A

7. Visit the Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral

The Galway Cathedral in Gaol Road plays an important part in the history of Galway City. Each stone of this stone cathedral was donated by the locals. Its Renaissance style was also heartfully handcrafted by the best Irish artists during that era. Aside from that, the Galway Cathedral is also the last stone cathedral built in Western Europe.

Opening Time

Monday to Friday- 8:30 pm-6 pm

Admission Fee

There is no admission charge, but asking a donation of €2 from all visitors.

Contact Information

Address: Galway Cathedral, Galway H91 A780, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)91 56357

8. Discover Galway City’s Medieval house

Although the Lynch’s Castle is often off the spotlight, it still deserves a spot in your itinerary in Galway City. This medieval castle embellished with gargoyle statues and ornamental moldings used to be the home of one of Galway’s prominent families. Presently, it houses the AIB bank. You can also learn more about the architecture and history of the castle if you visit during the opening hours of the bank.

9. Have a sumptuous meal at Quay Street Kitchen

The Quay Street Kitchen is one of the best places to enjoy a good meal in Galway City. Their menu is not favorable to vegetarians though but the dishes are definitely worth a try. There’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying good food and watching the vibrant city from the inside.

Opening Time

Daily  from 12 pm -10 pm

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address: Unit B, The Halls, Quay St, Galway, Ireland

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 91 865 680

10. Kickstart your riverwalk at the Spanish Arch

spanish arch galway

It wouldn’t be hard to miss this attraction if you’re taking the Galway riverwalk since it is just located where the Galway river meets the sea. This historical gem used to be the soldiers’ home during medieval times.

11. Meet locals at Eyre Square

Eyre Square remains to be the heart of Galway city. Popular among locals and tourists, Eye Square offers a playground for children and seasonal markets for adults. You can also find a number of ornate fixtures in the park such as the Browne family mansion doorway and the Quincentennial fountain. The largest shopping mall in Galway City can also be found in Eyre Square.

12. Visit the old fishing village

Also known as “The Shore”, The Claddagh used to be an ancient fishing village in the western part of Galway City. Today, the original village has been demolished and was replaced by council houses, a church, a school, and a community center. However, the new face of the village did not erase its rich history and the legend of the Claddagh ring still remains alive today.

13. Watch salmons spawn at the Salmon Weir Bridge

Salmon Weir Bridge Galway

If you happen to be in Galway City during the summer season, one of the most interesting things to add in your itinerary is a visit to the Salmon Weir Bridge. Tourists and locals gather on this bridge to watch salmons spawn in the Corrib river. Aside from this, you can also enjoy the sight of the Cathedral from the bridge.

14. Grab a drink on the Shop Street

After a satisfying course in the Quay Street Kitchen, why not grab a drink at Shop Street? The vivid and lively atmosphere of this place will entertain you and will make you grab for a few more Irish drinks. You can try the different shops as you walk down the street or just window-shop if you prefer. There are also a lot of street performances so don’t miss it by walking too fast. It pays to just blend in and enjoy a slow walk with a drink in your hand.

15. Be entertained with Galway City’s street performers

 

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As mentioned earlier, Shop Street has a lot of street performers or buskers and it’s just one of the many streets in Galway City with street performers entertaining locals and tourists. If you spot a busker on the street, feel free to stay a bit longer and enjoy good music. The buskers in this city are one of the most creative and artistic folks.

16. Try the pizza and beer in Monroe’s Tavern

A slice of a gigantic pizza paired with a cold beer is perfect when accompanied with good live music. If you’re craving for such experience while in Galway city, you might want to visit Monroe’s Tavern. Whether you come on a mid-week or end of the week, Monroe’s has live music waiting for you.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday 10 am till late

Sunday – 12 pm-11:30 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: 14 Dominick Street Upper, Galway

Email: email [email protected]

Phone: +353 91 583 397

17. Spill some tea in the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is one of the best spots in Galway city to enjoy a cup of tea. If you’re looking for a way to quiet place to relax and enjoy a few chit-chats with your friends, the Secret Garden is a not-so-secretive place to add in your itinerary.

Opening Time

Opening Time

Monday -11 am-8pm

Tuesday to Saturday  11 am-11pm

Sunday –1pm- 9pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: 4 William St West, Galway, Ireland

Email: N/A

Phone:+353 85 758 3927

 

18. Enjoy the luxurious McCambridge’s

 

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This household name in Galway offers luxurious treats for tourists who want to splurge every penny they have in the city. Their range of food choices like their variety of cheese will not disappoint. Plus, the cafe on the second floor is also a lovely highlight on your visit.

Opening Time

Food Hall Hours

Monday  to Thurs 8am-7pm

Fri-Sat 8 am – 8 pm

Sunday :10:30am – 6:00pm

Restaurant Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Breakfast 8:30 am- 11:30 am

All day menu from 12 noon, last orders 5 pm

Friday – Sat 8:30 am – 7 pm

Breakfast 8:30 am- 11:30 am,

All day menu from 12 noon, last orders at 7 pm

Sunday Brunch 10 am to 4 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: 38-39 Shop Street, Galway City Ireland

Email:  N/A

Phone: +353(0)91 562259

19. Try the pint in Neachtains Bar

Definitely, one of the best Guinness in Galway city, a visit to the Neachtains Bar makes it worthwhile. This cozy little spot is everyone’s favorite during the winter season where each corner will surely have a fireplace to warm everyone up. If you’re in the city during these freezing times, you might want a pint and a cozy evening in Neachtains Bar.

20. Check out the pint in Murphy’s Bar too

A trip to anywhere in Ireland will not be complete if you haven’t tried every single pint in the country. To add in your list, the pint in Murphy’s Bar is also worth a try. Check out their delicious food items too! You can never go wrong in this old man’s bar in the heart of the city.

Opening Time

Monday- to Thursday- 10:30am-11:30 pm

Friday to Saturday – 10:30 am-12:30 am

Sunday – 12:30- 11pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Murphy’s Bar, 9 High Street, Galway

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 91 564 589

If these are not enough, there are several day trips from Galway City that you can do as well. And for the best accommodations in Galway, click here.


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15 Things To Do In Cork City, Ireland

There are several things to do in Cork City. Cork surely has a long history behind it. Being one of Europe’s oldest city, Cork has gone through several developments which made it a hub for tourists nowadays. Cork close enough to other major cities in Ireland that a day trip can be done if you don’t have enough time. It is about 3 hours from Dublin, 2 hours from Limerick and Galway and 2.5 hours from Shannon.

If you’re eyeing to tick off Ireland’s second largest city in your list, here are the best things to do and see in Cork City.

15 Things To Do In Cork Ireland

1. Fancy the 16th-century art in the Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery Cork City

The Crawford Art Gallery holds an array of art pieces from the 16th century until the present. It features paintings, sculptures, and prints on all three floors of the building. While there are permanent exhibits, the gallery also has open doors for special exhibits which are only available for a certain season. It also offers presentations and hands-on experiences.

Opening Times

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm

Late opening Thursdays until 8.00pm

For an updated schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland T12 TNE6 

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 (0)21 480 5042

2. Take a stroll along MacCurtain Street

The vibrant and busy MacCurtain Street will need no explanation why tourists add this to their list of things to do in Cork City. This street has a lot to offer whether you’re just up to grab a pint or craving for a slice of pizza, MacCurtain Street has everything you need. You can find Japanese, Turkish, and Indian restaurant to feed your nightly cravings. After a sumptuous meal, head over to Everyman Theater for an entertaining play or to the Mother Jones’ flea market for some awesome finds.

3. Revisit the city’s history in Cork Public Museum

Cork public museum

This Georgian House in one of the most popular parks in Cork City hosts a variety of artifacts which could help you take a tour back to the city’s past. The Cork Public Museum exhibits items from the Bronze Era, War of Independence, etc. You can also find examples of Cork silver and needlepoint lace in this museum.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm

Saturday – 11 am to 4 pm

Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address:  Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353 21 427 0679

4. Check out fresh produce at the English Market

The English Market is one of Europe’s popular indoor food markets where you can find fresh produce from farms across Ireland.  You can find various traders in the market from small stalls to large businesses selling all sorts of food items like meat and fish, herbs and spices, sauces and oils, fruits and vegetables, chocolates and cakes, and cheeses and pasta. Souvenir items like t-shirts are also sold here. You can also find family secret recipes shared by some traders in the market. So if you fancy working in the kitchen and preparing one of a kind meals, a visit to the English Market pays a lot.

5. Make Irish butter in Cork Butter Museum

Cork Butter Museum

If you’ve had enough getting to know Cork City’s rich history, why don’t you visit what used to be the largest butter market in the world? Cork Butter Museum is the home of gold and creamy Irish butter. In this museum, you can learn a few techniques on how to make butter traditionally and peek through its collection of butter wrappers. If you want a small, inexpensive, yet fun thing to do in Cork, this Butter Museum is worth a shot.

Opening Times

Mar to Oct: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Group tours & off-season visits by prior arrangement. For more information, click here.

Admission Fee

Full €4.00, Seniors/Students €3.00, Children €1.50

Family group, under 12’s no charge.

Contact Information

Address:  The Butter Museum, O’Connell Square, Shandon CorkT23 H004

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 353 (0) 21 4300 600

6. Take a trip to the Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol

Of course, Cork City also has unusual tourist attractions which turned out to be one of the best experiences in the city. The Cork City Gaol used to be the city’s home for lawless citizens until it was closed in 1923. From 1824 until 1923, this prison witnessed a lot of history which is now the main highlight of the guided tours in Cork City Gaol. It also has a picnic area for families who want to stay after the tour, a souvenir shop for those who want to take home badass pieces of the prison’s history, and a cafe for those who want to take a break.

Opening Times

Apr-Sept 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Oct-Mar 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Fee

Adults: €10.00

Student: €8.50

OAP: €8.50

Child: €6.00

Family ticket: (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Contact Information

Address: Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City, Ireland.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 021-4305022

For more information, click here.

7. Listen to nonstop traditional music in Sin E

One of Cork City’s heritage pubs, Sin E welcomes guests with classic and traditional Irish music. Get an authentic Irish vibe if you spend a night here. Guests usually enjoy listening to nonstop Irish music with a glass of drink but if you prefer to munch on something while here, you can also bring a few munchies with you. Hot foods are not allowed though. Sin E is one of the top spots where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so it would be a great thing to tick off from your list if you happen to be here during this huge Irish celebration.

Opening  Times

Monday to Saturday -6:30-12 am

Sunday  – 5:30 pm- 11:30 pm

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: 8 Coburg Street, Cork cork city, Ireland

Email :

N/A

Phone :  +353 21 450 2266

8. Be mesmerized by St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a neo-Gothic cathedral built for the devotees of the city’s patron saint. This cathedral is surely difficult to miss most especially when you’re walking along Dean Street at night. The three spires of the cathedral and its architectural style give the city’s skyline a mystical touch. The interior of the cathedral is also as breathtaking as the exterior so whether you’re in Cork City as a pilgrim or as a tourist, the Cathedral should make it to your list of things to do in Cork City.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday -9:30 am-5:30 pm

Sunday -1pm-2:30 pm

 Sunday- April to October – 4pm – 5pm

Admission Fee

Adult – €6.00

Seniors & Students with I.D. – €5.00

Children under 16 – Free

Contact Information

Address:   Cathedral Office Library,  House Dean Street, Cork ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone : +353-21- 4963387

9. Meet the Four-Faced Liar of the Shandon Bells

Cork City’s beloved landmark, the Shandon Bells is your gateway to the most breathtaking view of the city. Once on top of the 132 steps, tourists can also ring the bells where the largest of which weighs 1.5 tons. Another interesting fact about this landmark is that the four clocks on each face of the tower never display the same time thus being named “The Four-Faced Liar”.

Opening Times

March to April & October

Monday- Saturday- 10 am- 4pm

Sunday -11:30 am – 4pm ( last entry  -3:40 pm)

June to September

Monday – Saturday – 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday – 11:30am -4:30 pm (last entry 4:10 pm)

November to February

Monday  to Saturday – 11 am- 3 pm

Sunday 11:30 pm- 3pm ( last entry 2:40 pm)

For more details of your visit, click here.

Admission Fee

Adults:      €5.00

Seniors:     €4.00 (over 65 years of age)

Students:   €4.00 (anyone holding a valid student card and over 16 yrs)

Children:     €2.50 ( five to fifteen years of age, under fives, go up for free)

Family:         €12.00 (based on two adults and up to four children under 16 yrs)

Contact Information

Address: Shandon Bells  Church St. Shandon, Cork City

Email: [email protected]   

Phone : +353- 021-4505906    

10. Spend an afternoon at Fitzgerald Park

Fitzgerald Park Cork

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and head over to Fitzgerald Park. This park will introduce you to the glassy waters of River Lee, historic sculptures like the bust of Michael Collins, a hero of the Irish War of Independence, and a rose garden perfect for picnics. Cork City’s one and only pedestrianized bridge are also in the park popularly known as the Shakey Bridge.

Opening  Times

November  to  February- 8.30am – 5 pm

October & March- 8.30 am- 6pm

April & September – 8.30 am – 8pm

May & August: 8.30 am – 9 pm

June & July: 8.30 am- 10pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

Phone : +353 21 492 4333

Email:

N/A

11. Experience an Irish nightlife at Hi-B Bar

If you’re in the city to experience the nightlife, Hi-B Bar is the top spot for you. Add this to your list of things to do in Cork City and you will surely have the best night in Cork. Mobile phones are not allowed inside too which makes it the best place to socialize without any distractions. Truly one of Cork’s hidden gems, HI-B bar has a list of extensive beers you can try.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday -3 pm – 11 pm

Friday to Saturday  – 2 pm – 12: 30 am

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: 108 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, T12 E6CX, Ireland

Phone : +353 21 427 2758

Email

N/A

12. Look over the city from Elizabeth Fort

elizabeth fort cork

If you want to take more breathtaking views of the city, head over to Elizabeth Fort. This 17th century star-shaped fort was originally a built to defend the city during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was also once turned into a women’s prison during the War of Independence. Its redevelopment turned it into a tourist attraction where tourists can now take a good look of the city.

Opening Time

October to April  – Tuesday –Saturday 10 am-11pm

Sunday 12 pm- 5pm

May to September – Monday  – Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

Sunday -12pm- 5pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, Cork City

Phone:+353- 021- 4975947

Email: [email protected]

13. Develop an eye for contemporary arts in Triskel Arts Center

The Triskel Art Center also has an interesting history that you might want to know. This cultural hub in the heart of Cork City offers a lot of things like the Triskel Christchurch which is now acting as the main auditorium after it has been refurbished from an old Georgian Church. It usually hosts Classical and Jazz concerts, art exhibits, movies, and other cultural events. This arts center also has a contemporary art room known as the Triskel Gallery Space. The Makeup Bar and a Script Cafe Bar also shares the space.

Opening  Time

Monday – Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

Sunday – 1pm -8pm

Open until 9 pm for all evening events

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: Triskel Arts Centre Tobin St., Cork City

Phone: 021- 427 2022

Email: [email protected]

14. Feel the soul of Cork in St. Patrick’s Street

st patrick's street cork

Another attraction you might want to check is Cork City’s main shopping hub. Also located in the heart of the city, this one is not hard to miss. When the weather is good, you will usually find locals gathering and chit-chatting over great food. This is where you can also find a lot of places to stay in Cork.

15. Call it a wrap at The Roundy Bar

To wrap up your day, enjoy a relaxing evening with live music and comedy at The Roundy Bar. Whether you’re someone who has an eye for independent records or someone who just want to end the day with a good laugh, this bar can easily be located in the heart of Cork City. Upstairs, it has Plugd Records, an independent record shop for those who love music. Roundy Bar can also host parties for up to 80 people.

Opening Time

Monday- Thursday -9am -11:30 pm

Friday –Saturday-  9 am- 12:30 am

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: 1 Castle St, Centre, Cork, T12 RX09, Ireland

Phone: +353 21 241 7888

Email: [email protected]


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30 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland 

Dublin surely has a lot to offer to tourists coming in and out of this marvelous city in Ireland. It has everything in store for travelers of all kinds- solo, group, young or old. If you’re looking for a perfect way to spend your time in Dublin, this article is the perfect list that you need. Here are top things to do in Dublin.

30 Things To Do In Dublin Ireland

1. Take a glimpse of the past in Trinity College

trinity college dublin

If you enjoy walking down the memory lane, give it a shot at Trinity College where you can find a collection of Ireland’s treasured past in its Long Room Library. This 200-foot-long room holds 200,000 books as old as you can possibly imagine. The most popular treasure in this library is the Book of Kells which has a great role in the Irish identity. Trinity College is also one of the best free things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

Opening Time

May to September

Monday to Saturday

08:30 am– 5:00pm

Sunday -09:30–5 pm

October to April

Monday to Saturday

09:30 am-5: pm

Sunday: 12 pm–4:30 pm

Admission Fee

Adult – €11–14

Family- €28

Concession -€12

Group- €11

Contact Information

Address: College Green Dublin 2, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone:+353 1 896 2320

2.Shake hands with the St. Michan’s Mummies

If you’re brave enough to spice up your Dublin tour, why don’t you try shaking hands with an 800-year-old mummy? Kept in a vault underneath St. Michan church, dozens of coffins are left as is for the public eye to see. As time pass by, these coffins slowly disintegrate revealing a mummy inside. Well, not every coffin contains a preserved mummy though and nobody, not even the church, can tell which coffin has mummies in them.

Opening Times

March to October

Monday to Saturday

10 am to 4:45 pm

November to March

Monday to Saturday

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Admission Fee

€6

Contact Information

Address: Church Street, Dublin City

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: +353(0)18724154

3. Enjoy a private dinner at the Pig’s Ear

Treat yourself in this three-story Georgian Townhouse while you’re in Dublin. Its creative menu will surely leave you wanting to explore more of this city and the Irish cuisine.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday

Lunch- 12 pm- 2:45pm

Dinner- 5:30pm-10pm

Closed Sundays and bank holidays

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: 4 Nassau St, Dublin 2, Ireland

Phone: 01 670 3865

Email: [email protected]

4. Revisit an old prison cell in Kilmainham

Kilmainham Gaol museum

So you think that visiting a mummy is not creepy enough? Then go ahead and add the Kilmainham Gaol in your things to do in Dublin. The Kilmainham Gaol used to be a place for executions and public hanging. Martyrs and Irish leaders were also imprisoned within the walls of this infamous prison which makes it a perfect exhibit on the history of Irish Nationalism. It is also one of the best museums in Dublin. 

Opening Times

For updated opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Online prices – Adult €8, Senior €6, Child/Student €4 and Family €20. Walk-up prices* – Adult €9, Senior €7, Child/Student €5 and Family €23

Contact Information

Address: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland. D08 RK28

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 4535984

5.Satisfy your appetite

After going through some of those unusual things to do in Dublin, why not satisfy your appetite? Dublin has various food and drink tours you can sign up like the Delicious Dublin Tours, Dublin Wine Trails, and Fabulous Food Trails. Vegans can also join tours like the Vegan Dublin Food Tours By Vegan in Ireland.

6. Be amused bigtime at the Little Museum of Dublin

After a sumptuous food-trip around Dublin, you’ll surely have sufficient energy to visit the Little Museum of Dublin, right? Brace yourself since you will definitely need this energy to explore all 5,000 artifacts that the museum is keeping on its three floors. Aside from these artifacts, the museum also holds history classes for kids.

Opening Times

Opening Hours: daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Tickets cost €8 for kids, while families (2 adults and up to 3 children) pay just €20.

Contact Information

Address: 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 6611000

7. Experience Dublin through the DART

DART Dublin

This 54-kilometer commute ride will take you to the best sights and experiences in Dublin– from the highs and lows to every twists and turn of the city. Hop on and off these 31 stops and save yourself from those expensive sightseeing tours. Don’t worry if you get hungry, you’ll surely find something at the Platform Pizza Bar, one of the best stops of this ride.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30 am -6 pm

Admission Fee

For updated fares to/from Dublin, click here. 

Contact Information

Address: Iarnród Éireann HQ, Connolly Station, Amien Street, Dublin 1, D01 V6V6

Phone:  (01) 8366 222

Email: N/A

8. Watch over South Dublin from the mountains

If you want to breathe some fresh air, you should not forget the Dublin mountains in your list of things to do in Dublin. Its accessibility from the city is one of the reasons why locals and tourists prefer to spend their morning or afternoon overlooking South Dublin.

9. Read the Ulysses in Sweny’s Pharmacy

Whether you’re looking for your own “sweet lemony wax” or you simply want to read a passage from Ulysses, Sweny’s Pharmacy is the perfect place for you. This pharmacy-turned-bookshop host special events too. And if you’re a huge fan of the Ulysses, you can even celebrate Bloomsday among others here.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open late on Thursdays for readings.

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address:  1 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  083-457-9688 / 087-228-1570

10. Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery

A visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery will surely not disappoint if you want to learn more facts circulating Dublin. Feel free to walk around this cemetery, chit chat with their experienced set of tour guides, touch the coffin of Daniel O’Connell, and dig deep into Dublin’s history.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 10: am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6.00, Child: €4.00

Contact Information

Address: Glasnevin Cemetery Finglas Road Glasnevin Dublin 11

Email: [email protected]

Phone: + 353 01 882 6550

11. Learn from the Leprechauns

The National Leprechaun Museum, contrary to other museums, is specifically for those who are interested to know more about Irish folklore, mythology, and legends. Of course, you can also catch a glimpse of these Lucky Charm mascots and their pot of gold. One of the highlights in this museum is where guests can walk into a room of oversized furniture and optical illusions.

Opening Time

Monday to Sunday – 10 am-6:30 pm

Friday- Saturday night time ( for 18+ only)

Admission Fee

7 years and up

45 mins, €10-16

18+ only

60~ mins, €18

Contact Information

Address: Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01 8733899

12. Discover Dublin’s lost medieval wall

Remains of Dublin’s protection against invaders is what the Saint Audoen’s Gate represents nowadays after parts of the wall crumbled and broke down to pieces. If you happen to be touring around the historic part of Dublin, exit through St. Audoen’s Gate and walk along the medieval pathway to reach the existing portion of the lost city wall.

13. Unleash your inner bookworm in Marsh’s Library

Marsh's Library

Marsh’s Library is one of the oldest public libraries in Dublin that you definitely should not miss in your itinerary. It holds 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts where many of these are donated by an Archbishop of Dublin, Narcissus Marsh. This library, like some other attractions in Dublin, has also witnessed much of the city’s history.

Opening Times

Daily except Tuesday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Adult €3 | Student/Senior €2 | Child (U-16) free

Contact Information

Address: St Patrick’s Close, Dublin, Ireland

Email: [email protected] 

Phone:  +353 1 4543511

14. Take a walk in the Murdering Lane and Cutthroat Lane

Revisit Dublin’s darker days with these two streets. Although these streets have been renamed in the present time already, Murdering Lane and Cutthroat Lane were believed to be named after the murderous deeds that made these streets busy a couple of centuries ago.

15. Pay tribute to the Irish martyrs at the Proclamation Sculpture

This permanent outdoor sculpture located across the infamous Kilmainham Gaol honors Ireland’s leaders of the Easter Rising. Engraved in these abstract and faceless sculptures are their execution orders and bullet holes where they were hit by the firing squad.

16. Experience life during the Vikings era at Dublinia

Dublinia

Dublinia has various interactive activities for guests who want to learn the history of Dublin from the Viking age until the horrific Black Plague. The museum has four permanent exhibits that you can enjoy. Guests are also invited to try the clothing of each era and watch the development of Dublin through the years from a bird’s eye view.

Opening Time

Monday to Sunday

March to September

10 am to 6.30pm (Last entry 5.30pm)

October to February

10 am to 5.30pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Recommended length of visit is 90 minutes.

Dublinia closes on the 24th/25th and 26th of December only

Admission Fee

Adult: €10.00

Student/Senior: €9.00

Child: €6.50

Family: €26.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Contact Information

Address: St Michaels Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 6794611

Email: [email protected]

17. Go pub crawling

You can never go wrong choosing Dublin whenever you want to experience a pub crawl. If the rumors are true, Dublin has almost a thousand pubs just within this lively city alone! Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start your ultimate pub crawl experience; pubs are almost everywhere to sell you a pint or two. Also, don’t forget to make new friends!

18. Take a long walk at the Great South Wall

The Great South Wall is perfect for those who want a fresh air but doesn’t want to stay too far from the city center. This 4km walk only takes 30-40 minutes and ends at the lighthouse in the middle of Dublin Bay. The view at the end of the walkway is breathtaking so don’t miss a photo or two.

19. Check out the Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is one of the oldest castles and best castles in Ireland which dates back as far as 1175. This is also one of the few castles in Dublin County and it’s located in the remaining parklands of Malahide Demesne Regional Park.

The Malahide Castle was home to Talbot Family for almost 800 years and survived many wars and also the deaths of its previous owners inside the palace. For 11 years, the castle was given by Oliver Cromwell to Miles Corbet after the English Parliament conquered Ireland. He hanged himself following the death of Cromwell.

The Talbot family took the castle back but it was followed the death of 14 members where they didn’t make it back after the Battle of Boyne near Drogheda. Now, this Irish castle is owned by the State as the last member of the Talbot family sold it.

Opening Hours

9.30am- 5.30pm Monday-Sunday

Admission Fee

Adults €12

Student / OAP €8

Child (under 12) €6

Family €26

Contact Information

Location: Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 1 816 9538

20. Get stunned by the Celtic mural in the Oratory of the Sacred Heart

A small red structure somewhere in the outskirts of Dublin should not be missed in your itinerary too. Inside, you will find its interior covered with beautiful Celtic Revival art and stained glass windows which illuminate the artwork. This mindblowing masterpiece has earned recognition and awards in the field of architecture.

Opening Hours

Open to the public for a very limited period of time each year, for updated opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Library road Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 205 4700

Email: [email protected]

21. Chill at the park with Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde statue dublin park

To commemorate one of Ireland’s greatest sons, a sculpture of Oscar Wilde rests in the northwest corner of Merrion Square Park where tourists can take a photo or simply reminisce Wilde’s contribution to literature.

Opening Time

Monday- Sunday -24 hours

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Phone: 01-6612369

Email: [email protected]

22. Chat by the Joker’s Chair

If you’re still in Merrion Square, why not drop by the Joker’s Chair and celebrate Dermot Morgan’s contribution to the Irish entertainment industry? This comedy actor is one of the celebrated ones because of his comedy acts brave enough to criticize the Irish royal court.

23. Watch Irish sports in Croke Park

History also happens in the Croke Park and pretty sure all sports enthusiasts can attest to that. This large stadium in Dublin is not just any stadium but it is Ireland’s sporting cathedral. Regardless of which month you visit, you can always choose between watching a summer game or taking the stadium tour.

Opening Time

Monday, Thursday to Saturday- 9:30 am- 5 pm

Sunday- 10:30 am-5pm

Admission Fee

For updated fees and online booking, click here. 

Contact Information

Address: Hogan Stand Jones Road Dublin 3

Phone: +353 (0)1 8192300

Email: [email protected]

24. Enjoy a sunny afternoon at Stephen’s Green

Stephen's Green

Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre park ornamented with colorful flower beds, rows of trees, rockeries, and shrubberies. The park also features a waterfall and a lake on top of its Victorian layout. For children, a playground is also accessible and safe to use during operating hours.

Opening Time

Monday to Saturday

Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – dusk.

Sunday and bank holidays: 9.30am – dusk.

Approximate times of dusk are 4.30-6pm (Jan-Feb), 6.30-8.30pm (Mar-Apr), 9 pm (May-July), 7-8.30pm (Aug-Sep), 4-6.30pm (Oct-Dec). Please contact us for exact closing hours on any given day.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Phone: +353 1 475 7816

Email:  [email protected]

25. Bring your family to Airfield

Take a break from the pubs and museums. The Airfield Estate is Dublin’s only working farm which accepts tourists all year long. The estate has various attractions you and the entire family can enjoy such as the Heritage Experience, the Ornamental Garden, Woodland Walks, and Naturescape.

Opening Time

Monday- Sunday

9:30 am- 5pm

Admission Fee

Adult-€12

Senior/ Student – €8

Children -€5

Under 3’s – Free

1 adult + 1 child €16

Contact Information

Address: Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dublin 14, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 969 6666

Email: [email protected]

26. Visit the National Museum

National Museum Dublin

Another interesting thing to do in Dublin is a visit to the National Museum of Ireland. This museum specifically features Irish artifacts showing Celtic and Medieval art, prehistoric gold, and a lot more. To make it more interesting, the museum also has another exhibit which features bog bodies back from the Iron Age. Be sure to check out the Kingship and sacrifice exhibit.

Opening Times

Open daily except Monday from 10 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353(0)16777444

27. Party rock at the Temple Bar

Fancy a piece of live music after exploring all of Dublin? How about craving for some food and refreshment before starting your day? Temple Bar is the right spot for these. Located at the heart of Dublin, you can always find a safe haven in Temple Bar may it be to start or to end your day.

Opening Time

Monday-Wednesday 10:30 pm- 1:30 am

Thursday- Saturday-10pm-2:30 am

Sunday- 11:30 pm- 1am

Admission Fee

N/A

Contact Information

Address: 47/48 Temple Bar Dublin D02 N725 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 672 5286

Email: N/A

28. Find the perfect pint at Guinness

Guinness Storehouse Dublin

If you have an eye for the perfect pint, the Guinness Storehouse is an experience of a lifetime. This seven-story building stands proudly as the home of the most famous beer in the whole world. Today, tourists can now learn its history and enjoy the best Irish cuisine. Every floor holds exciting surprises for everyone.

Guinness Storehouse is also the most visited attraction in Ireland.

Opening time

Monday to Friday- 9:30 -7 pm

Late Opening during July and August

9am- 8pm

Admission Fee

Adult – € 18.50

Student (18+) – € 18.50

Senior Citizen (65+) – € 18.50

Child 13-17 ( under 13 are Free) — € 16.00

Contact Information

Address: St James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 408 4800                            

Email: [email protected]

29. Order cocktails at the Vintage Cocktail Club

Itching for some late-night party? The Vintage Cocktail Club has an exclusive cocktail and dining experience you can add in your itinerary. The chic and vintage ambiance of the place complements its award-winning cocktail menus.

Opening Time

Drinks

Monday to Sunday

5pm – 7.30pm

7.45pm – 10.15pm

10.30pm – 01 am

Dining

Monday – Thursday & Sunday

5 PM – 11 PM

Friday & Saturday

5 PM – 11 PM

Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

12:30pm – 4pm

Admission Fee

For more information about fees and online booking, click here.

Contact Information

Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Phone: (01) 675 3547

Email: [email protected]

30. Take a photo with the Spire of Dublin

Who would dare miss a photo opportunity with the Spire of Dublin? This beacon in the night sky of Dublin stands 120 meters high in the middle of O’Connell Street and is such a sight to see– day or night. Don’t worry it’s not hard to miss even from afar.

Also, check out this post on where to stay in Dublin! 


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10 Things To Do In Lahinch

There are lots of things to do in Lahinch. Lahinch is a small town in the County of Clare, a popular surfing spot for locals. Aside from the beach, there are also interesting activities in Lahinch that visitors can enjoy.

So here are the top things to do in Lahinch, and why it’s worth visiting this small town.

Things To Do In Lahinch Ireland

1. Lahinch Beach

Lahinch beach

Lahinch Beach is a sandy, crescent-shaped Blue Flag beach in County Clare. It is located in Liscannor Bay and faces the Atlantic Ocean which gives the beach its famous swells.

The beach is a popular surfing, kite surfing and kayaking spot in the country. It is also near Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, making it an ideal side trip for those visiting these famous Irish attractions. It is also one of the most convenient day trips from Galway.

Contact Information

Address: Lahinch Beach, Lahinch, Clare, Republic of Ireland

Email: [email protected]

2.Kenny’s Lahinch Art Gallery

Kenny’s Lahinch Art Gallery is an art gallery in Lahinch that provides an outlet for local artists. It is owned by Carmel Kenny who has been the patron of arts for North Clare. The gallery held exhibitions all throughout the year.

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: open on request

Wednesday: open on request

Thursday: 12 A.M – 5.00 P.M

Friday : 12 A.M – 5 P.M

Saturday : 11 A.M – 5 P.M

Sunday : 12 P.M. – 5. P.M

Contact Information

Address:  Main Street, Lahinch, Clare, Republic of Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  +353 (0)65 708 1400

3. Walk along the promenade

A promenade is a good place to just walk around. There are some interesting shops in the area and Lahinch beach can also be seen from the Promenade.

4. Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre

One of the most popular family seaside resorts in Ireland, Lahinch Seaward and Leisure Centre boasts one of the largest indoor aquariums in Ireland. Aside from the aquarium, the leisure center also has a 25-meter pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, and a kiddies pool.

Whether you are a swimmer, a fitness fanatic, or simply looking for a place to relax and unwind, Lahinch Seaward and Leisure Centre has it all.

Opening Times

Winter –  September to the end of June

Monday to Thursday 7 am to 9.30pm

Friday 7 am to 6.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Summer – July to the start of September

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday 7.00am am to 9.30pm (pool & gym)

Friday     7.00am-6.00pm(pool & Gym)

Saturday and Sunday  10 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

For a complete list of fees, click here.

Contact Information

Address: Promenade, Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 65 708 1900

5. Take a surfing lesson

Lahinch is one of the most popular surfing spots in the country so there are several surfing schools along the promenade. If you want to learn surfing, Lahinch is the best place to do it.

Things To Do Near Lahinch

6.Hag’s Head

hag's head

Hag’s Head is the most southerly point of Cliffs of Moher. The edge of the cliffs forms an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman’s head looking out to the sea.

According to legend, an old hag, Mal of Malbay, fell in love with the Irish mythology hero, Cu Chulainn. She chased the Cu Chulainn one day but lost her footing while crossing the sea stacks and fell off the cliff.

7.Moher Hill Farm

Moher Hill Farm is an open farm and leisure park located on the Western seaboard of Cliffs of Moher. It is located in the nearby Liscannor and it’s only less than 15 minutes from Doolin.

Aside from the animals, they also have several outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family. They have mini-golf, nature walking trail, picnic and play areas. If you are traveling with family, this is one of the best things to do in Doolin with kids.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Admission Fee

€8 Adult

€8 Child

€6 Child under 3 years

€6 Senior Citizens

Children under 18 months go free

Contact Information

Address: Moher Hill Open Farm, Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor, Co.Clare.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0657081071

8.The Burren

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras. During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

9.Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher tour and tips

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland.  It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, Cliffs of Moher boasts one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

To learn more about Cliffs of Moher, click here.

10.The Rock Shop

The Rock Shop in Liscannor is one of the most unique gift shops in Ireland. This gift shop offers a fascinating display of fossils, gemstones and collectible rocks for collectors. They also have beautiful crystals in their natural forms and extensive collections of perfume, pottery, and textiles.

Opening Times

The gift shop is open daily from 10am-5.00pm

Contact Information

Address:   Derreen, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: +353 65 708 1930

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