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10 Best Day Trips From Killarney, Ireland (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Killarney is a lakeshore town in the County of Kerry about 4 hours away by bus from Dublin. It is a popular tourist destination in Ireland as it is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry. Famous for its national park, beautiful lakes, imposing castles, wildlife, and gorgeous landscapes, this town is named as one of the top 10 global tourist destinations in the world. It is also a good base while in Ireland and if you find yourself running out of things to do in this town, there are several day trips from Killarney that you can do as well.

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10 Best Day Trips From Killarney, Ireland

1. Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher

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. It is about 187 km away from Killarney and can be reached in 3-4 hours depending on the type of transport you’ll be using.

Admission Fee

The admission prices include the visitor center and to walk along the pathways and platforms, vehicle parking, leaflets, and maps.

Adults €6
Students €4
Senior Citizens €4
Children under 16
Free Group rates available on request

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Killarney

Take a Dublin Coach bus (#300) from East Avenue Road in Killarney to Limerick Arthur’s in Limerick. The trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and it costs between €6-12 for a one-way trip or €12-24 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every hour. From Limerick, take a Dublin Coach bus (#300)  to Friars Walk, Dunnes. The trip takes about 45 minutes for €3-6 per trip or €6-12 for a round-trip fare and there are buses that leave every hour as well.

Then from Friars Walk, walk towards Ennis Bus Station and take the bus that goes directly to Moher visitor center. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip or €18-22 for a round-trip bus fare. Buses only leave 5 times a day so plan accordingly. In total, you might have to spend between €36-58 on transport alone.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 14 hours for the day tour including the journey to Cliffs of Moher from Killarney.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are already closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2. Dingle

Dingle Kerry, Ireland

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula, about 4 hours away from Dublin. It is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. Dingle is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches so it’s one of the best places to do a road trip in Ireland.

How to get to Dingle from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#40, #271, #284) from Killarney Bus Station to Tralee Bus Station. The trip takes 40 minutes and it costs between €7-10 for one-way trip or €14-20 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every hour. From Tralee, take a  Bus Eireann bus (#275) to Dingle. The trip takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes for €6-8 per trip or €12-16 for a round-trip fare and there are buses that leave every hour as well. Buses only leave 5 times a day so plan accordingly. In total, you might have to spend between €26-36 on transport alone.

Or you can also take this Dingle day tour from Killarney for €30 which includes a trip to Dingle’s best tourist attractions. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 10 hours for the day tour including the journey to Dingle from Killarney. Please that you will have to allocate time in moving between points of interest in Dingle.

3. Macroom day tour

Macroom County Cork

Macroom is a market town in County Cork. It has a long history of famines, wars and forced emigration. The town itself is an interesting place with the castle dominating the town center and Iron age monuments such as dolmens, stone circles, and other old burial monuments.

How to get to Macroom from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#40, #257) from Killarney Bus Station to Macroom Mills. The trip takes 45 minutes and it costs between €9-12 for one-way trip or €18-24 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every 2 hours. You can also take a taxi for €55-70 for a one-way trip.

Recommended hours for the day trip from Killarney

Allow at least 6 hours for the day tour including the journey to Macroom from Killarney.

4. Innisfallen Island

Innisfallen is an island in Lough Leane, the largest among the three lakes in Killarney Ireland. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the 6th to 7th century found in the Killarney National Park.

There are several boats from Ross Castle that goes to the island. The boat leaves at 9:30 am and the last trip is 5:30 pm. The boat ride only takes about 10 minutes. Or you can either hire a rowboat or a kayak if you want to go to the island on your own.

Admission Fee

Admission to the island is free but the boat ride can cause you about €10.

How to get to Innisfallen Island from Killarney

From the town center of Killarney, take a taxi to Ross Castle. The taxi fare is between €8-10 per trip (about 3-5 minutes ride) and from Ross Castle, you can take a boat that goes to Innisfallen. The boat ride is only 10 minutes. The open boat fare costs €10 and it runs from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

However, if it’s a slow season, the boat normally waits for just about half an hour. This is just enough to see the main points of interest on the island. But if you want to stay longer to enjoy the scenery, it might become a problem. If it’s a busy season where boats come and go on the islands, you can take any boat with space for your return to the mainland with no issues.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 2 hours for the day trip including the journey to Innisfallen from Killarney.

5. Cork

Cork City Ireland

Being one of Europe’s oldest cities and the second largest city in Ireland, Cork is a city that you shouldn’t miss. Cork is known for its history, arts and amazing food scene. It also earned a monicker as “rebel city” due to its stand against the Vikings invasion.

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, 2.5 hours from Shannon and about 1.5 hours away from Killarney.

How to get to Cork from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#40) from Killarney Bus Station to CUH (Bishopstown Rd). Change bus (#208) to go to Sheares Street (Mercy Hospital). The trip takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and it costs between €15-18 for a one-way trip or €30-36 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every 2 hours so plan accordingly.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 10 hours for the day tour including the journey to Cork from Killarney.

6.Kenmare

KENMARE IRELAND

Kenmare is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Ireland. It is part of the popular tourist trail Ring of Kerry. The word Kenmare is an anglicized form of Ceann Mara which means the “head of the sea”. This is because the town is located at the head of Kenmare Bay where the Roughty River flows into the bay in between Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.

This panoramic location of Kenmare is what attracts the tourists into it. Kenmare is also more quiet and tranquil than its neighbors – Killarney and Dingle. Although beautiful on their own way, if peace is what you prefer, this town tops our Ring of Kerry destinations.

How to get to Kenmare from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#270) from Killarney Bus Station to Kenmare. The trip takes 45 minutes and it costs between €9-11 for one-way trip or €18-22 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave 3 times a day so plan your time accordingly. You can also take a taxi for €40-55 for a one-way trip.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 6 hours for the day tour including the journey to Kenmare from Killarney.

7.Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Aran Islands are a group of three rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna. The islands are considered the soul of Gaelic culture and it’s considered one of the top island destinations by National Geographic.

How to get to Aran Islands from Killarney

Take a Dublin Coach bus (#300) from East Avenue Road in Killarney to Limerick Arthur’s in Limerick. The trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and it costs between €6-12 for a one-way trip or €12-24 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every hour. From Limerick, take a Bus Eireann (#301, #323)  to Hyde Road. The trip takes about 3 minutes for €3-5 per trip or €6-10 for a round-trip fare and there are buses that leave every half hour.

And then transfer from Glentworth, Limerick to take the Bus Eireann bus (#51, #X51) to Eyre Square, Galway.  It is another 2 hours and 20 minutes bus ride and it costs between €19-23 per trip or €38-46 for a round-trip fare. Then from  Eyre Square, take a  Bus Eireann bus (#424) to Rossaveal. The trip takes €5-6 or €10-12 for a round trip. From Rossaveal, then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 18 hours for the day tour including the journey to  Aran Islands from Killarney.

8.Connemara

Connemara Ireland

Connemara is a region in Ireland located in the northwest corner of County Galway and is an area of desolate beauty, incredible scenery, and some of the most interesting attractions in Ireland.

Connemara is also the cultural hub and known as one of the centers of traditional Irish traditions and culture. People also say that when you visit Connemara you “experience the real beauty of Ireland”.

9. Killorglin

Puck fair Killorglin

Killorglin is a small fishing town in Kerry – a part of the famed Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Aside from salmons and trouts, Killorglin is also famous for the oldest, longest and most unusual festival in Ireland – the Puck Fair. Puck Fair is an Irish annual festival held every August where locals go to the mountains to catch a wild goat and bring it back to the town to be crowned as the “King”.

Aside from these, Killorglin also offers colorful homes, historical churches and amazing lakes and nature to enjoy.

How to get to Killorglin from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#279A) from Killarney Bus Station to Killorglin. The trip takes 30 minutes and it costs between €6-8 for one-way trip or €12-16 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave 5 times a day. You can also take a taxi for €29-35 for a one-way trip.

Or you can also take this Killorglin day trip from Killarney for €30 which also includes Sneem, Dingle Bay, and Killarney National Park. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day tour from Killarney

Allow at least 8 hours for the day tour including the journey to Killorglin from Killarney.

10. Tralee

Tralee Town Park County Kerry

Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry. It is also a popular stop in Dingle Peninsula along with Dingle. Famous for historical buildings, museums, and amazing parks, this town is a short day trip from Killarney.

How to get to Tralee from Killarney

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#40) from Killarney Bus Station to Tralee. The trip takes 40 minutes and it costs between €7-10 for one-way trip or €14-20 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every hour. You can also take a taxi for €40-55 for a one-way trip.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allow at least 8 hours for the day tour including the journey to Tralee from Killarney.

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Aran Islands Tour – Tips and Guide For First-Time Travelers

Aran Islands are a group of three rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna. The islands are considered the soul of Gaelic culture and it’s considered one of the top island destinations by National Geographic.

If you are looking for Aran Islands tips, this article covers everything that you need to know about the Aran Islands tour.

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

What does Inishmore mean?

Inishmore or Inis Mór means big island. It is because Inis Mór is the largest island among Aran Islands at 31 km2 in size.

What does Inishmaan mean?

Inishmaan or Inis Meáin means the middle island. It is the second largest island among Aran Islands with an area covering 9 km2.

What does Inisheer mean?

Inisheer or Inis Oírr means “the east island”. The island is the most eastern and smallest island of the three Aran islands.

Things To Do On Aran Islands

1.Dun Aonghasa

Dún Aonghasa Aran Island

Dún Aonghasa or Dun Aengus is a pre-historic fort in Inishmore. It is located at the edge of a 100-meter cliff and it’s an important archeological site.

Located in a 14-acre site, Dún Aonghasa features three terraced walls and a series of four concentric walls. The ancient fort is famous to archaeologists and historians. It is unknown when Dún Aonghasa was built but based on the records from the excavations done on the site, the fort was built as far as 1100 BC.

2.The Wormhole

 

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The Wormhole is a natural rectangular shaped pool located at the bottom of a limestone cliff. It can be found at the south of Dun Aonghasa and can be only be accessed by foot. This tourist destination in Inishmore is popular due to the amazing effect that sea waves do in the natural pool. The waves crashing in fills up the pool and then it starts to drain if it’s low tide and the process repeats again. The Wormhole is also a popular cliff diving destinations.

3. O’Brien’s Castle

O'Briens Castle Inisheer

Located at Inisheer, the smallest island in Aran is once an imposing castle of O’Brien’s. The castle used to be a tower house and a stronghold for the O’Brien’s clan. Surrounding the castle ruin is low stone walls. Although there’s not much left on the castle, the ruins offer one of the best panoramic views in the Aran islands.

4. Seal Colony

One of the most popular attractions in Inishmore is the seal colony. The seals in the island made the shores of this Aran island their home for years. If you are looking for things to do in Aran islands for kids, this is the best activity that you can do on the island.

The seal colony is just around 10 minutes away from Kilmurvey beach.

5. Dun Eoghanachta

Dun Eoghanachta is an ancient fort in the town of Eoghanacht and is named after the Eoghanacht tribe of Munster. It is unknown when the fort was built but according to some evidence, it might have been built during Iron Age.

The fort features a circular fort with remains of clochan or beehive huts that were common during the ancient south-western Irish seaboard.

6. Kilronan village

Kilronan village is the main village on the island of Inis Mor. It is a charming fishing village that is also the center of commercial establishments on the island. Aside from colorful homes, you can also check out world-class seafood restaurants and traditional bars in the area.

Most of the ferry companies dock to Kilronan village so you won’t miss it.

7. The Cliffs of Aran

inishmore aran islands tour

The 8-kilometer stretch of Cliffs of Aran is one of the most spectacular sights in the western side of Inishmore. The dramatic landscape is also blessed with a view of the Cliffs of Moher. If you want to escape the crowd of Cliffs of Moher, the Cliffs of Aran is a good alternative.

Dun Aonghasa, the Wormhole, and some ancient forts can be found in this area.

8. Kilmurvey Beach

 

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One of the best beaches in Ireland, Kilmurvey Beach is a Blue Flag Status beach situated in a cove in Inishmore. This beautiful white sand beach is located between Kilronan and Dun Aengus. It’s also one of the most popular attractions in the Aran Islands, especially during summer.

9. Teampall Chiaráin

Teampall Chiaráin Inishmore Island

Teampall Chiaráin is a monastery ruin located in the island of Inishmore and was founded by St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise during the 12th century. There are several crosses dotted around the area and an ancient graveyard nearby. The place is popular for traditional locals who believe that putting a scarf or handkerchief in the hole on the east side of the old church can bring luck and fertility.

10. Inishmore Blowholes

Because of the dramatic sea cliffs in Inishmore, the waves crashing at the bottom of these cliffs cause to blow water like rockets to the air – creating a spectacular view and experience for the visitors.

These are the famous Inishmore Blowholes and it’s one of the fun things to do on the Aran Islands.

How to get to Aran Islands

How to get to Aran Islands from Galway

Take a bus (#524) from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square to Rossaveal Port. The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take a bus to Doolin and take a ferry from there. Although the ferry in Doolin is just season compare to Rossaveal where they have ferries all throughout the year. To get to Doolin, take a bus (#350) from Galway Bus Station to Doolin. The bus ride takes about 2 hours and it costs €15-18 one way or €30-36 for a round-trip fare. From Doolin port, take a ferry to any of the islands. Return ferry fare is €30-40. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Aran Islands is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that includes Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher. It’s € 50 per person. To book, click here.

How to get to Aran Islands from Cork

Take a Citilink bus (#251, #251-X) from St. Patricks Quay in Cork City to Galway Coach Station. The journey is almost 3 hours and it costs between €12-20 one way or €24-40 for a round-trip fare and bus leaves every 4 hours. Then walk to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station to take Bus Eireann bus (#424) to Rossaveal.  The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25.

How to get to Aran Islands from Limerick

Take a Citilink bus (#251) from Henry St in Limerick City to Galway Coach Station. The journey is almost 3 hours and it costs between €8-15 one way or €16-30 for a round-trip fare and bus leaves 5 times a day so plan accordingly. Then walk to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station to take Bus Eireann bus (#424) to Rossaveal.  The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25.

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How to get to Aran Islands from Dublin

Take a Citilink bus (#761, #763, #660) from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay in Dublin to Galway Coach Station. The journey is almost 2.5 hours and it costs between €12-21 one way or €24-42 for a round-trip fare and bus leaves every hour. Then walk to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station to take Bus Eireann bus (#424) to Rossaveal.  The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25.

How to get to Aran Islands from Doolin

From Doolin port, take a ferry to any of the islands. Return ferry fare is €30-40. Please note that the ferry leaving from Doolin is just seasonal so always double check before booking any trip.

Aran Islands Tours

Aran Islands Tour from Galway

This Aran Islands tour from Galway includes a round-trip ferry trip to Aran Islands and an entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher and Atlantic Edge. The tour includes a dramatic cruise below the cliffs as well and for €60, it is a steal. To book, click here.

This Aran Islands tour day from Galway includes a round-trip ferry trip to Inis Oirr and a dramatic cruise below the cliffs for just €50. To book, click here.

Aran Islands Tours from Doolin

This Aran Islands day tour from Doolin includes a round-trip ferry trip to Inis Oírr. The tour includes a dramatic cruise below the cliffs as well and for €20, it is a steal. To book, click here.

This Aran Islands day tour from Doolin includes a round-trip ferry trip to Inis Meáin Island. It also includes a Cliffs of Moher cruise for €35. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip to Aran Islands

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy one of the islands.

Tips for visiting Aran Islands

1. Aran Islands are known for its wild landscapes so if you take the bike tour, make sure to be extra careful as some trails can be really rough.

2. The blowholes are fun to look at but exercise extreme caution. The water occasionally hit people and it can cause an accident like falling off the rocks.

3. The cliffs don’t have a barrier so avoid walking on the edge of the cliffs and exercise extreme caution when walking towards the edge.

4. The weather can play a big part in enjoying the Aran Islands. Make sure to check the schedule of the ferry first before booking any trip to the island. And always layer up as it can very windy on the islands. Here are our packing list tips for all seasons to guide you on what to wear in Ireland.

5. Some of the attractions can be really remote and isolated and although Ireland is safe generally, accidents do happen. Make sure to always have a fully charged phone with you just in case of emergency.

6. As mentioned, some areas are really remote and if you decide to explore the Aran islands on your own, make sure to pack water, sunblock, and snacks just in case you get lost or lost track of time.

 


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15 Things To Do in Shannon, Ireland

Located in Western Ireland, Shannon is a small town located near the Shannon Estuary. It is also a good entry and exit point to Ireland because of Shannon Airport, the third busiest airport in Ireland after Dublin Airport and Cork Airport. A lot of travelers in Ireland tend to overlook Shannon in favor of other major cities in Ireland such as Galway, Limerick, Dublin, and Cork. But there are several things to do in Shannon more than people think.  It is also a good base for several popular things to do in Ireland.

Shannon Estuary

Things To Do In Shannon Ireland

  1. Bunratty Castle and Folk-Park

Bunratty Castle Shannon

This large 15-century medieval castle in County Clare is one of the most popular sites to see if you’re landing in Shannon. It located close to the Shannon town and the airport. The Irish name “Bunratty”, when translated to English, means “river basin in River Ratty”. This is because the River Ratty flows alongside the castle and goes to the Shannon Estuary. Bunratty Castle is also one of the must-see castles in Ireland.

The castle was built in 1425 and was restored in 1954 to bring back its medieval charm. Hand in hand with the castle is the Bunratty Folk Park where you’ll get an authentic experience of the home and environment in Ireland during the time of this castle. The park is 26-acres big and is the home of over 30 buildings which replicates a “living village” setup. A walk to the park will give you a glance on the actual farmhouses, village shops, and streets back then.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun- 9am- 5pm

Please note the last admission to Bunratty Castle is 4pm.

Contact Information

Address: Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +00353 (0) 61-711222

Email:reservations@shannonheritage.com

  1. Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher

The Cliffs of Moher can be reached from Shannon Airport in more or less 50 minutes by road. If you’re not familiar of this, it is a sea cliff which runs 14 kilometers along the edge of the Burren region in County Clare. Other parts of Ireland are visible from the top of the cliff like the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. There are two paths to explore the cliff, the official one follows a safe trail while the “unofficial” path is a seaside path which runs closer to the edge of the cliff.

If you’re coming over, be sure to give at least 2 hours to enjoy the place. Most tourists spend a half day in the Cliffs of Moher though. Staying overnight in Shannon is also advisable if you want to spend a few days to visit this popular tourist attraction.

Contact Information

Address: Liscannor Co. Clare V95 KN9T

Phone:+353 65 708 6141 

Email: info@cliffsofmoher.ie

  1. Inisheer

Inisheer Aran Island

One of the popular day trip packages you can find in Shannon are trips to Inisheer. From Doolin Pier, you can cruise to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands. It is the smallest and the most eastern of the three Aran Islands located in Galway Bay. Most of the tourists come during the day and leaves before five in the afternoon.

The ambiance of the island is a typical fishing village where you will be greeted with a white sand beach and clear turquoise water upon arrival. There is also a castle at the top of the hill which overlooks the entire fishing village. Traditional Irish music and foods can also be enjoyed from this island.

  1. Atlantic Air Adventures

This interactive aviation museum is one of Shannon’s best experiences and it is located just 5 kilometers from the airport. This museum does not only host fun exhibits about aviation but it is also a great learning hub for both adults and children. Atlantic Air Adventures offers flight simulator experiences and family aviation discovery tours. Birthday parties and corporate events are also occasionally held here.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat – 10 am- 5pm

Contact Information

Address: Shannon Rd, Smithstown, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone:+353 61 363 687

Email:info@atlanticairadventures.com

  1. Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre

If you enjoy discovering little souvenirs, a trip to Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre is a relief. Located in the heart of Shannon, visitors would enjoy strolling along so many interesting and independently owned arts and craft shops here. It is a one-stop shop for jewelers, farmers, photographers, and other hobbyists.

Contact Information

Address: shannon Clare, Clare, Ireland

Phone:+353 61 365 990

  1. Sean Lemass Public Library

Sean Lemass Public library is a must visit when you’re in Shannon. This public library is open all week except Sundays and visitors usually spend an hour here. The library holds a collection of adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s books. In fact, it has over 23100 adult books and 11700 children books. CDs and DVDs are also available for borrowing. If you’re looking for a place to kill some time while in Shannon, the Sean Lemass Public Library is worth a visit.

Opening Hours

Monday- 10 am- 1pm- 2pm-5:30 pm

Tuesday, Friday- 10 am-8pm

Wednesday- Thursday- 10 am-5:30 pm

Saturday – 10 am-2pm

Sunday – closed

Contact Information

Address: Shannon Town Centre, Tullyvarraga, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:mailbox@clarelibrary.ie

Phone: +353 61 364 266

  1. Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre

Perfect for indoor activities in Shannon, this swimming and leisure center offers fantastic activities for families and friends. It has a wall climbing facility with 11 Belay points, each with 2 different routes for the beginners and pros. The center also has a 25-m swimming pool for those who fancy a dip. Children also can enjoy the baby pool here. The center also has a gym facility with state of the art cardio and resistance suit for those who want to stay fit in their trip. Having a rough day? You can also relax in the Sauna and Steam Room. Shannon Swimming and Leisure Center is not only perfect for indoor activities but it also has space for some outdoor fun like tennis and skateboarding.

Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs- 6 am -10 pm

Fri- 6 am-9 pm

Sat-Sun-8 am -6 pm

Contact Information

Address: Tullyglass, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: (061) 361 841

Email: info@shannonleisurecentre.ie

  1. Shannon Golf Club

 

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Shannon Golf Club was opened in 1966 and now belongs to the Top 100 golf clubs in Ireland. It has 6763 yards dedicated to host a number of Irish and European amateur competitions in the recent years. The golf course runs behind Shannon Airport so planes frequently fly above the golf course.  Shannon Golf Club has a clubhouse which houses the lockers and dressing rooms for male and female golfers, a restaurant that can hold 150 guests, and a board room. Golf lessons, practice range, and golf shops are also offered here.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun- 9 am-11pm

Contact Information

Address: Shannon Airport, Shannon, Co. Clare

Phone: +353.61.471849

Email:info@shannongolfclub.ie

  1. Shannon Knights Bars

Looking for a place to chill all night long? Shannon Knights Bar is a popular entertainment complex in Shannon since it was established in 1972. Also locally known as “The Knights”, this pub has been through many renovations which made it into what it is today. If you want to enjoy a traditional bar added with a modern touch, a quick bite and a few drinks at the Terrace Bar is a good choice. There are also live bands playing every now and then. Guests also visit to watch major sports events here. If you want more contemporary vibes, the Rineanna Bar is the best spot. On the other hand, Evolution Nightclub has the best lighting and sound facilities to party in Shannon. International and local DJs come here to play their famous tracks. If you fancy a good meal, the Zest Bistro is just within the complex. They offer fresh dishes made with fresh local ingredients.

Opening Hours

Mon-Thu- 9am-11:30 pm

Fri- Sat -9 am-1am

Sun- 10 am- 11:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: 29 Shannon Town Centre, Tullyvarraga, Shannon, Co. Clare, 

Phone:+353 61 361 045

Email: zest@shannonknights.ie

  1. Skycourt Shannon Town

Whether you’re up for some shopping spree or just want to stroll along with various shops, Skycourt Shannon Town has everything you’re looking for– from grocery items to souvenirs. There are also different specialty restaurants that offer sumptuous meals. The store is open all days of the week from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Opening Hours

Mon- Thurs, Sat-9am- 6pm

Fri-9am-9pm

Sun- 12pm -6pm

Contact Information

Address: Tullyvarraga, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 361 590

  1. Craggaunowen

 

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Located 10 km east of Quin, Craggaunowen holds memorabilia of the early Bronze Age. It has villages and other items from this age to help guests explore the life of the Bronze Age settlers. Aside from villages, the Craggaunowen Castle is also in the site. This 16th-century Medieval castle, operated by the Shannon Heritage, is also a sight to see if you’re in town. You can also find the Crannog, an artificial island where Celts used to build their homes and keep their animals. The Brendan Boat, Hunt Connection, Ring Fort, and The Souterrain are also some of the highlights in Craggaunowen.

Contact Information

Address: Craggaunowen, Kilmurry, Co. Clare, V95 AD7E, Ireland

Phone:+ 353 61 711 222

Email:reservations@shannonheritage.com

  1. Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle County Clare

Dromoland Castle is a luxurious castle in County Clare located 8 miles away from Shannon Airport. This castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century with its lavish decors, magnificent scenery, and a very homey atmosphere. Guests can also explore the golf course, the spa, and the long walks in the garden. At the end of the day, fine dining awaits the guests for a hearty meal.

Contact Information

Address: Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, V95 ATD3, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 368144 

Email:sales@dromoland.ie 

  1. Castlefergus Equestrian

Just a few minutes away from the Dromoland Castle, Castlefergus Equestrian is a professional and friendly equestrian center perfect for riders of all levels. Enjoy getting matched with the perfect horse and ride them across this 100-acre land. A countryside trail is also available for those who want to experience horse trekking. This service is excellent for exploring Ireland’s countryside. It is a guided trek where you will hear the history of the farm and learn more about the historical sites near the equestrian center. Different trails vary in length. The river ride, for example, is an hour long where you can enjoy County Clare’s hidden treasures on horseback. The Castlefergus Classic Trail is 1.5 hours long and the most popular trail of all. If you wish to visit Castlefergus Equestrian center, it is advisable to book your visit in advance.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun -8 am-9pm

Contact Information

Address: Castlefergus, Quin, Co. Clare, V95 Y7ND, Ireland

Phone: +353 65 682 5914

Email: administrator@castlefergusequestrian.com

  1. Shannon Estuary

Shannon Estuary

This 97 kilometers estuary is a large estuary where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to many species of animals like dolphins. People also used to live in the middle of the estuary. In fact, we can also see ruins of a monastery, a preserved round tower, and an abandoned settlement. Some of the highlights you can find here are Kilkee Cliffs, Bridges of Ross, Ballybunion, and Loop Head Peninsula.

  1. Shannon Heritage

If you want a convenient way to get around Shannon, you can also book your tours with Shannon Heritage. It is one of the largest tour operators in Shannon which run heritage attractions and evening entertainments.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun – 9am- 5:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 711 222

 Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

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Rock of Cashel Tour – Tips and Guide For First Time Visitors

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel in County Tipperary. It is one of the most spectacular attractions in Ireland. So if you are looking for a complete guide for your Rock of Cashel tour, here are tips and guide for first-time visitors.

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What is Cashel?

Castle means stone fort. It is said that there’s a big stone at the top of the fort that played a significant role for rituals and ceremonies.

When was the Rock of Cashel built?

This iconic landmark was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and was built between the 12th to the 13th century.

Why is the Rock of Cashel famous?

Aside from its beautiful structure and scenic spot, the Rock of Cashel is also known for its important play in history and religion. The Cashel is associated with two famous legendary people in Ireland. It was said that St. Patrick arrived in Cashel and baptized the King Aengus in AD 432.

Rock of Cashel Choir end of st patrick cathedral

The Rock of Cashel also played a significant part on the historical inauguration and ceremonials of the royals before including the inauguration of Brian Boru, the King of Munster at 978. He was the first King of Munster to become the High King of Ireland at 1002 and the only Irish ruler to unite all of Ireland for a significant period.

After the Battle of Clontarf, there weren’t any buildings left in the fort except for the remnants of the residential castle and the fort itself. The reconstruction began at 1100 and added more structures in the area that includes a cathedral, a chapel, a graveyard, and the round tower. The round tower is the tallest building in the fort at 28 meters high and the oldest building that dates back at 1100.

Rock of Cashel

The Cormac’s Chapel, the chapel built for King Cormac Mac Carthaigh begun in 1127 and finished at 1134. Upon the permission of the Vatican to set up four archbishoprics in Ireland, the cathedral was built between 1235 to 1270 and the tower house castle to house the archbishop of Cashel.

From then on, the Rock of Cashel didn’t only become a historically significant but also played an important role in the religion.  Brian Boru’s grandson, Muircheartach Ua Briain, gifted the Rock of Cashel to the church as a way to win the heart of the people as the McCarthys, a political rival, were gaining power and was also interested to the symbolic Cashel.

Loher Cashel

Also with the church’s rising power and influence, the McCarthys won’t be able to possess the Cashel as the public would favor the church.

One of the most significant events in the history of Cashel is the Sack of Cashel that happened in 1647. During the Irish Confederate Wars, Oliver Cromwell commanded Murrough O’Brien and his English Protestant Parliamentarian army to attack the town of Cashel. 

The residents took refuge at the Cathedral in Rock of Cashel but they were followed by the army and killed all of them including the Irish Confederate troops and the Catholic clergy. The massacre resulted in roughly 1000 lost lives. Murrough O’Brien’s troops destroyed several important artifacts and it resulted in the slow decline of the Rock of Cashel.

Church and Tower at Rock of Cashel

How many people visit the Rock of Cashel?

Now, the Rock of Cashel is an important landmark in Ireland and it is also one of the most visited attractions in the country with almost 400,000 annual visitors.

Opening Hours

9 am to 4:30 pm during winter and 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Admission Fee

Adult : €8.00, Group / Senior : €6.00, Child / Student : €4.00, Family : €20.00

Contact Information

Location: Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone: 062 61437

Email: rockofcashel@opw.ie

How to go to Rock of Cashel Tour by public transportation

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Dublin

Rock of Cashel is over 167 kilometers from Dublin. If you don’t have a car, you can take the Bus Eireann (#X8)  from Busaras Bus Station to Main St. This takes about 2 hours for €24-29 a trip or €48-58 for a round trip. The bus leaves every 4 hours. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is one of the best day trips from Dublin. 

Or you can also get this Rock of Cashel tour from Dublin includes a tour to Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle, and the Rock of Cashel for €60.

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Galway

Rock of Cashel is over 160 kilometers from Galway. If you don’t have a car, you can take a train to Limerick Junction for €57-78. This takes almost 3 hours and trains only run twice a day. Then take a taxi from Limerick Junction to the Rock of Cashel. This takes about half an hour for €30-40 a trip or €60-80 for a round trip.

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Cork

Rock of Cashel is over 93 kilometers from Cork. If you don’t have a car, you can take the Bus Eireann (#X8)  from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell to Main St. This takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes for €16-20 a trip or €32-40 for a round trip. The bus leaves every 4 hours. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Rock of Cashel.

Or you can also take this Rock of Cashel tour from Dublin includes a tour to Kilkenny and Rock of Cashel for just €45. It is also one of the best day trips from Cork

How to get to Rock of Cashel tour from Shannon

Rock of Cashel is over 83 kilometers from Shannon City. If you don’t have a car, taking 3 connecting buses from Shannon to Rock of Cashel is the cheapest option for public transport. From Drumgeely Road, you can take a Bus Eireann (#343) to Glentworth. This takes almost 40 minutes for €7-9 one way or €14-18 round trip. 

And then from Glentworth, take a bus (#55) to Tipperary and get off at Abbey St which takes about 35 minutes for €5-7 a trip or €10-14 for a round trip. Then from Abbey St, take another bus (#T41) to Cashel which takes 30 minutes for €4-6 a trip or €8-12 for a round trip.

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Limerick

Rock of Cashel is over 61 kilometers from Limerick. If you don’t have a car, you can take a train to Limerick Junction for €7-11. This takes almost 30 minutes and the train runs hourly. Then take a taxi from Limerick Junction to the Rock of Cashel. This takes about half an hour for €30-40 a trip or €60-80 for a round trip.

Rock of Cashel Tours From Major Cities

There are several tours that go to Rock of Cashel. It just a matter of starting point. Below are some of the best day tours to Rock of Cashel that we recommend if you are staying in Dublin or Cork.

Rock of Cashel Day Tours From Dublin

This Rock of Cashel tour from Dublin includes a tour to Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle, and the Rock of Cashel for €60.

If you want to see more sights from Dublin, this 2-day tour includes a trip to the top tourist spots in Ireland: Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the Burren, Braveheart battlefields, the city of Cork and the Rock of Cashel. And it is only €149.

Rock of Cashel Day Trips From Cork

This Rock of Cashel tour from Dublin includes a tour to Kilkenny and Rock of Cashel for €45.


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35 Fun Things To Do In Belfast City

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and along its size comes with a rich historical and political background. It is also best known for a lot of things like the Titanic and CS Lewis. All these events gave birth to a lot of Belfast tourist attractions that first-time or frequent visitors will surely don’t want to miss. Today, there are a lot of museums and landmarks that you would want to include in your Instagram feed if you’re paying a visit. So if you’re planning to visit Belfast anytime soon, here are 35 fun things to do in Belfast City to check out.

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35 Fun Things To Do In Belfast City

  1. Take a sightseeing bus or walking tour

Sightseeing bus Belfast

For first time visitors, a sightseeing tour is always a good idea to know about the city you’re traveling to. There are different kinds of sightseeing tours in Belfast. The first kind is the walking tour which usually starts at the city center. This kind of tour focuses on a certain topic and the destinations are usually nearby. There is also the sightseeing bus tour which is hosted by bus companies. Advanced booking is usually needed for this. Belfast also has a boat sightseeing tour.

  1. Visit St. Anne’s Cathedral

St. Anne’s Cathedral Belfast

Also known as the Belfast Cathedral, St. Anne’s Cathedral is one of the best known Belfast attractions. This cathedral has a deep history along with its numerous renovations and expansions. In 2007, a steel spire became one of the most interesting additions to this cathedral because it lights beautifully at night. Aside from the steel spire, there are also other interesting elements you can find inside the cathedral-like Good Samaritan Windows and mosaics.

  1. Stroll around St. George’s Market

St Georges Market Belfast

St. George’s Market is one of the oldest Belfast attractions. This weekly market has been implemented since 1604 and until the present day, it still sells various fresh and local produce. Aside from this foodstuff, ornaments, souvenirs, trinkets, and other memorabilia are also sold in this market. Ready-to-eat foods like sandwiches and coffees are also available for visitors who need a quick snack. If you’re craving for some fresh seafood, you can also get some here. A stroll around St. George’s Market is best to cure a boring weekend in Belfast City. Live local artists and bands are also entertaining the shoppers.

  1. Watch a musical in the Grand Opera House

Grand Opera House Belfast

Grand Opera House is the remaining Victorian theater in Northern Ireland in present times. This theater has become one of Belfast popular landmarks and is popular for its beautiful interior. From 2500 seats to 1000 seats, the theater still hosts various performance acts like ballet, theatrical plays, musicals, operas, pantomime, family shows, and educational talks. A self-guided tour is also available for those who want to know the history of the theater.

In 2020, the theater is expected to undergo a large restoration project.

  1. Watch exhibits in North Ireland War Memorial Museum

This small museum holds a large history of North Ireland’s involvement in World War II. Here, you’ll get information regarding the Belfast Blitz, the Ulster Home Guard, the presence of the American forces in the era, and the role of women in the war. Visitors can also listen to recordings done by notable people during the war. Located near St. Anne’s Cathedral, the museum is free admission but donations are highly appreciated since it is only managed by local volunteers.

  1. Shop until you drop in Victoria Square Shopping Center

Victoria Square Shopping Center Belfast

You might also want to add shopping in Victoria Square Shopping Center in your top things to do in Belfast. This 4-story shopping center has a number of shops, spas, salons, and restaurants you can enjoy. You can also get a good panoramic view of the city from the mall’s central glass dome.

  1. Learn the history of Titanic in the Titanic Belfast Museum

Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Belfast Museum is one of the top places to see in Belfast. This huge museum offers self-guided tours for visitors who want to walk through the history of the RMS Titanic. The tour starts with a piece of information on the history of Belfast in the 20th century followed by the shipbuilding industry in Belfast which includes the building of RMS Titanic by a local shipbuilding firm, Harland and Wolff. Series of galleries then shows the launching of the Titanic, its voyage and the great tragedy. Artifacts and replica interiors of the Titanic are also inside the museum. To enhance the experience, there are also interactive activities. The tour ends with photographs and video footages of the sunken Titanic.

  1. Experience the Titanic Walkway

This 500-meter walkway in Victoria Wharf was built to make the popular attractions in the Titanic Quarter accessible to visitors. Along the path, you can easily spot the Belfast Titanic museum, Titanic and Olympic Slipways, Thompson Dock, Mew Light, the HMS Caroline, Titanic Exhibition Center, Titanic Studios, and the Samson and Goliath cranes. The walk starts outside the Belfast Titanic Museum and heads towards the Olympic Slipways. The HMS Caroline is located northeast from this spot.

  1. Check out Belfast’s Evening entertainments

Wondering what to do in Belfast at night? Well, evening entertainment in this city is not to miss. There is always something to do in Belfast at night whether its a play, an art exhibit, a local band, or a stand-up comedy act. Details of these events are usually available in the Visitor Center, the local newspaper, or social media accounts. For concerts, plays, or comedy shows, the Ulster Hall, Waterfront Hall, and Grand Opera House are the best places to check. Local pubs are the best places to check out live bands and local artists in Belfast.

  1. Try Belfast’s local drinks

Gin, whiskey, and beer– these drinks are three of the most popular drinks in Belfast. If you’re interested to try craft beers, Hilden, Sheelin, Farmageddon, Hercules Brewing, and Whitewater are some of the best brewery names to remember. For North Irish gins, Copeland, Jawbox, and Shortcross. Bushmills, one of the best whiskey brands, is also worth a try.

  1. Appreciate Irish food

Sampling Irish local foods will always complete a trip. If it’s your first time to visit Ireland, you should never miss their popular foods like the Ulster fry, Irish stew, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and Sunday roasts. Irish also love their potatoes so you’ll easily find a lot of dishes made with potatoes. If you want to try locally grown produce, markets like St. George’s Market are the best places to find these treats for a low price.

  1. Step into the world of Narnia in CS Lewis Square

Awaken the inner Narnia fan in you by visiting CS Lewis Square in East Belfast— just 20 minutes away from the city center. This tourist destination is dedicated to the popular author of The Chronicles of Narnia. A walk in the square will bring you to this fictional kingdom with the large bronze sculptures of Azlan, The White Witch, The Beaver, and some other characters of this film.

  1. Relax in the Botanic Gardens

Botanic Garden Belfast

Once a private park in 1828, the Botanic Garden is now a public park located in the South of Belfast. If you’re visiting the Queen’s University, you can easily do a side trip here or perhaps take a break from traveling. The two highlights of the garden are the Palm House conservatory and the Tropical Ravine House. The Palm House is a curvilinear Victorian glasshouse filled with a variety of tropical plants. The Tropical Ravine, on the other hand, features a sunken ravine and a number of oldest seed plants, bananas, cinnamon, and orchids. The Botanic Garden is not only perfect for walking and sightseeing but a lot of concerts, plays, and performances are also happening here once in a while.

  1. Visit the Queen’s University

Queen's University, Belfast

The Queen’s University is just a few walks away from the Botanic Garden. This university was established to encourage Catholic and Presbyterian students to get a university education. Aside from this wholesome mission, the university is also visited a lot because of its architecture. Beautiful buildings like the Lanyon building are inside the university’s premises. Coffee shops, independent retail stores, entertainment venues, and the Ulster Museum are also located inside.

  1. Spend an afternoon in Belfast Zoo

Spending an afternoon in Belfast Zoo is one of the things to do in Belfast with kids. This 55 acres of land is home to over 1000 animals from over 100 species. The zoo was opened in 1934 and it has been one of the most income generating tourist attraction in Belfast despite the fact that is is located in the outskirts of Belfast. There are daily zookeeper talks, feeding times, and various activities to do in the Zoo. There’s also a playground for children called “Adventure’s learning center”. The zoo has a cafe for visitors who want to grab hot food while on tour.

  1. Tour around Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill Country Park is popular for its caves, rock formations, ring fort remains, and hiking trails. The Belfast zoo and Belfast Castle are also located within its vicinity. The hiking trails start from easy to strenuous. Depending on what you can do, you can choose from any of these trails which will surely take you to the popular spots in the park like the Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo, Napoleon’s nose, McArt’s fort, Devil’s Punchbowl, Volunteer’s Well stream, and other caves.

  1. Stop by the Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle, Northern Ireland

Built-in Scottish baronial style, the Belfast Castle is perfect for a quick stop before hiking in Cave Hill or visiting the Belfast Zoo. Visitors can only tour a portion of the castle though because most of the space is used for events like weddings and conferences. There are also offices and dining venues here.

The tour shows different exhibits of the history of Belfast Castle. Cafe and restaurant are also available.

Related Read: 15 Must-See Castles in Ireland.

  1. Listen to the story of the Irish in Ulster Folk Museum

 

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The Ulster Folk Museum is located 7 miles east of Belfast specifically in the town of Cultra. From farmhouses, schools, cottages, shops, churches, and mills, this museum has over 20 buildings which resemble a traditional Irish village. Some of these are actual dwellings since the early 1900s while some of these structures are only replicas. Each of these buildings tells the story of the Irish people which makes the place more interesting. Aside from sightseeing, visitors can also do activities like needlework, craft demonstrations, weaving, and open heat cooking.

The museum can be reached by bus for 30 to 40 minutes. An on-site cafe serves drinks and snacks for guests.

  1. Learn the transportation history in the Transport Museum

Sitting adjacent to the Ulster Folk Museum, the Transport Museum is another sight to see in Belfast. The museum is focused on telling the history of transportation in Belfast from the oldest period to the modern era. The museum also contains the largest railway collection in Ireland where you can see a large number of memorabilia like steam locomotives and passenger carriages. Pogo sticks, a DeLorean DMC-12 car, a vertical take-off plane, and the Titanic are also included in the exhibits.

  1. Go hiking in Minnowburn

 

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Looking forward to a relaxing adventure in Belfast? Go hiking in Minnowburn. This meadow and woodland around the Lagan River are perfect for solo, couple, or group travelers. Whether you’re up for a picnic, or a quick hike, Minnowburn has the perfect ambiance as it has several spots for a certain type of activity. If you want to enjoy a picnic overlooking the breathtaking Lagan Valley scenery, Terrace Hill is the best spot. At the top, you can find a garden built by Frederick Russell. For those who are looking for a nice hike, the Giant’s Ring trail is an easy 2.2-mile circular trail

  1. Visit the Museum of Orange Heritage

The exhibits in the museum of Orange Heritage is one of the most interesting things to see in Belfast. Located in the Castlereagh area in Belfast, it holds information about the controversial Protestant fraternal organization known as the Orange Order. This is the perfect place to visit in Ireland if you’re interested to know more about this organization. However, be warned ahead that this museum is going to be a pro-Loyalist bias.

  1. Scribble a message or two in the Peace Wall

What was once protection from the varying religious beliefs in Ireland has now become one of the most interesting spots in the country. This long stretch of peace walls in Belfast was built in 1969 during the constant riots in the city. These walls are later on decorated with political murals where tourists nowadays would find an “Instagram-worthy” spot. You can also write your own messages in these walls or spot the handwriting of the famous icons like Dalai Lama who have signed these Peace Walls.

Most black cab tours include this in their list of activities to do in Belfast.

  1. Take a long walk at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Owned by Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon, this house and park in South Belfast is currently maintained by the Belfast City Council. Although this 128 acres park has a lot of sights to see, the main highlight here is the formal rose garden which usually attracts thousands of tourists yearly. The Japanese garden is also a good spot here along with the walled garden and the woodland.

Every year, the park hosts a week-long event called the Rose Week where there are flower shows, concerts, puppet shows, food stalls, and other exciting activities.

  1. Learn the history of the Republicans in Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum

The Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum is a small museum in West Belfast where you can learn more information about the history of the Republicans in Ireland since the 1960s. This museum can be a good opposition to the Museum of Orange Heritage. The museum exhibits artifacts which support the history of the Republicans most especially during the Troubles. It was named after Eileen Hickey, a woman who was imprisoned in Armagh in the 1970s and the one who collected most of the artifacts in the museum.

The museum is located in Conway Mill Complex, a few blocks away from the Peace Wall.

  1. Face your fear in Crumlin Road Gaol paranormal tour

 

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Taking the Crumlin Road Gaol paranormal tour is one of the best things to do in Belfast at night. The Crumlin Road Gaol is the only surviving Victorian-era prison in Ireland. It came with a long history before it became a tourist attraction in 2012. This prison which was designed to hold 500 prisoners is now hosting scheduled tours for visitors who want to know the history and significance of the place. Guides are also mandatory for these tours as they take you to the major parts of the prison such as a visit to the cell blocks, a walk through the tunnel which connects the prison to the courthouse and the execution chamber. The tour lasts for 70 to 90 minutes which is enough to gather information about the history of the prison, the architecture and stories of some notable prisoners.

If you’re planning to visit the Gaol, be sure to book the tickets in advance as there are days when tickets are easily sold out.

  1. Learn more of the Titanic in Titanic Dock and Pump House

Can’t get enough of Titanic’s historical events? Get to know a bit more of this famous ocean liner in the Titanic Dock and Pump House where it sat in dry dock before going on a voyage in April 1912. Walking through the Titanic Dock will give you a better sense of how massive the Titanic was. You can also find placards which contain information about the Titanic’s construction and fitting out. It also includes the lives of the dock workers and how the pump house works.

If you’re planning to visit, tickets to the Titanic Dock and Pump House are sold at Cafe 1404. Visitors can do a self-guided tour or a guided tour. The dock is located 10 minutes away from the Titanic Museum and a minute away from HMS Caroline.

  1. Spot the Samson and Goliath cranes

Named after the Biblical figures, the Samson and Goliath cranes are dominant features in the Belfast skyline. It is located close to the Titanic Museum even though it doesn’t have any significant contribution to the creation of this famous ship. Visitors can’t get too close to the cranes though since it is still located in an active industrial area but these are easy to spot from afar.

  1. Explore the Waterfront Area

The Waterfront Area is located in River Lagan where you can find sculptures, bridges, the Waterfront Hall, the old Customs House, and the Barge Museum. Apart from these, the Salmon of Knowledge and the Beacon of Hope are also favorite spots here.

The Salmon of Knowledge is a big sculpture of a salmon along the waterfront where River Farset and River Lagan, Belfast’s major rivers, meet. You can also find the Salmon of Knowledge in Irish mythology. On the other hand, the Beacon of Hope is a large stainless steel and bronze sculpture of a lady which can be found sitting within the Thanksgiving Square. The lady holds a ring which is said to symbolize Thanksgiving. The globe at her feet symbolizes peace and harmony.

  1. Book a table in Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Liquor Saloon is Belfast’s most popular pub as it belongs to the world’s list of most beautiful Victorian-era gin palaces. The pub opened in 1826 known as The Railway Tavern but it was renovated and renamed in 1885 into Crown Liquor Saloon. Amidst countless renovations, the pub still retains some of its original decorations and fixtures which includes the mosaic tiles, gas lamp features, stained glass, granite bar top, heated footrests behind bars, snugs, and carved wooden ceilings. Crown Liquor Saloon has been receiving a lot of attention from tourists and popular celebrities.

The bar is the perfect place for dining lunch or dinner. However, if you wish to dine here, you might want to book in advance due to the popularity of the pub.

  1. Snap a pic or two of the Albert Memorial Clock

 

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Stop by the Albert Memorial Clock if you don’t have the stuff to do in Belfast during your free time. This sandstone clock tower was built as a memorial to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, and is located at the Queen’s Square in the heart of Belfast. The Albert Memorial Clock stands as one of the most popular landmarks in Belfast since its completion in 1869. In fact, it is also known as the “leaning tower of Pisa” in Belfast.

  1. Visit Belfast’s largest museum– Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum Belfast

If you have an eye for arts, science, and history, the Ulster Museum is the perfect place for you. It is located near the entrance of the Botanic Garden and contains over a million objects from dinosaur bones to jewels. The museum has permanent exhibits all year long but there are also interesting seasonal exhibits to look forward.

The museum is free admission but donations are highly appreciated.

  1. Watch contemporary exhibits in Metropolitan Arts Center

The Metropolitan Arts Center is hosts three major art galleries in Belfast since 2012. The main theme of these galleries is contemporary art and experimental performances. While there are free exhibits in this art center, there are also paid exhibits that are worth checking on. Aside from these exhibits, there are also workshops and art classes conducted in MAC.

  1. Tour the city with Belfast Black Cab tours

If you’re going to Belfast for the first time, you might want to check the Belfast Black Cab Tours. The history of these black cabs draws us back during the Troubles and it is pretty interesting. The focus of these Black Cab tours are usually on Belfast’s political history but you can also request for general history and culture tours.

  1. Learn about the Belfast government in Belfast city hall

Belfast City Hall

Sitting in Donegall Square, the Belfast City Hall is a great centerpiece in Belfast as well as a functioning government building. Inside the city hall, visitors can walk through an enormous exhibit which tells about Belfast’s history, government, people, famous events, and industries. The city hall also has grand rooms where visitors can visit through the free guided tours. Different statues and building also surround the city hall which is worth checking out. This includes the 11-foot statue of Queen Victoria.  If you’re wondering what to do in Belfast, the Belfast City Hall is worth a trip.

  1. Learn about the history of HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline Belfast

The HMS Caroline served a lot in Belfast’s history. Today, there is a self-guided tour where interested visitors can learn about the construction, history, and the living and working conditions of HMS Caroline through different exhibits. The tour starts in the Dockside Museum.

HMS Caroline can be found in the dock next to the Titanic Pump House. It is also 15 minutes away from the Titanic Belfast museum.

If these are not enough, you can check out these day trips from Belfast.

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Kylemore Abbey Tour (Tips and Guide For First Time Visitors)

Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul in Connemara, Kylemore Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Galway, Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half day to the castle ground. If you are looking for Kylemore Abbey tour tips and guide, this article covers everything that you need to know about Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden.

kylemore abbey castle

The castle has over 70 rooms and it’s located in 15000-acre of lands. The Abbey also features visitor center, gift shops, cafe and tea house, a gothic church and the Victorian-walled garden.

Who built Kylemore Abbey?

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. The abbey was made to an international boarding school from 1923 up to 2010. Also, since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

Can you stay at Kylemore Castle?

No. The Abbey doesn’t have a hotel. However, if you want to stay in castle hotels in Galway, you can check these affordable castle hotels in Ireland to fully experience the castles in Ireland.

Things to do in Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

1. Check out the restored rooms in the castle and learn its history

There are several rooms inside the castle that are accessible to the public which will give you a peak to the lives of the Mitchell family and the succeeding owners of the Abbey.

Some of the rooms are also used as a place to exhibit the artifact collections of the nuns and those who lived in the Abbey.

kylemore abbey castle

2. Visit the Neo-Gothic Church

The Neo-Gothic Church of Kylemore was built after Margaret died. Margaret contracted a dysentery while on holiday in Egypt with her family. After 16 days and at the age of 45, Margaret died and left a grieving husband and 9 children. The church was built in memory of Margaret and a testament of Mitchell’s love for her.

Neo Gothic Church Kylemore

3. Pay respect at the mausoleum

The Mausoleum is the resting place of Mitchell and Margaret Henry. When Margaret died in Egypt in 1874 due to dysentery outbreak, Mitchell made sure to bring her body back to Kylemore castle and built the church and the mausoleum for her. When Mitchell died in 1910 in the United Kingdom, his body was also brought back to the Abbey to finally rest with his beloved wife.

Mausoleum Kylemore Abbey

4. Explore the Victorian Walled Garden

The Victorian walled garden is one of the best features of the Abbey. With 6 acres of space, it consists of a formal flower garden, vegetable garden, herb garden, glass houses, fruit trees, shaded fernery, and the famed head gardener’s house.

The garden is also considered one of the best gardens in Europe and considered one of the most advanced gardens during the Victorian period.

Victorian Walled Garden Kylemore Abbey

5.Witness an amazing performance from global artists

The neo-gothic church in Kylemore castle occasionally holds a number of events all throughout the year which showcases performances from amazing choirs and performers across the world.

Inquire with Kylemore Abbey directly using the contact information below for the schedule of these performances.

Opening Hours of Kylemore Castle

The Visitor Centre

From 9:00 am to 6.00 pm (Garden closes at 5.45 pm)

Shuttle Bus is running

From 9:00 am to 6.00 pm (Last Bus from Garden to VC at 5.50 pm)

The following are the opening hours of the establishments inside the castle ground:

Kylemore Craft & Design Shop

Open seven days a week throughout the year

November to March: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

April to July: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

July & August: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm September to October: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Bank Holidays will operate as normal working hours

Mitchell’s Cafe

Open every seven days a week throughout the year

Garden Tea House

An entrance ticket is required

Open 7 days a week, Easter to November 13th 11.30 am to 4.00 pm

Henry’s Takeaway Coffee Shop

Open everyday in July and August from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Admission Fee

€14 for adult

€10.50 for a student

€10 for senior

€28.00 for a family of 4.

The ticket for Kylemore Abbey includes access to the following:

  • The restored rooms in the Abbey (Ground Floor Only)
  • The Neo-Gothic Church
  • The Mausoleum
  • Woodland and Lakeshore Walks
  • The Victorian Walled Garden (Including shuttle bus to and from the Garden)
  • Entry to performances in the Neo-Gothic Church when scheduled.

How to go to Kylemore Abbey by public transportation

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Dublin

Kylemore Abbey is over 283 kilometers from Dublin. If you don’t have a car, you can take connecting buses from Dublin to Galway and then to Kylemore Abbey. From Temple Bar, Crampton Quay station in Dublin City, you can take a Citylink bus (#716, #763, #660) to Galway Coach Station. This takes about 2.5 hours for €12-21 one way or €24-42 round trip. 

And then from Galway Coach Station, walk to Eyre Square for 2-3 minutes, Galway Bus Station to take a bus that goes to Kylemore Post Office. This takes about 2 hours for €14-17 a trip or €28-34 for a round trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Kylemore Abbey. In total, you’ll spend between €52-76 for the bus fare alone.

Or you can take this full-day guided tour in Cong and Kylemore Abbey from Dublin. It is only €45 and it includes a side trip to Cong in Connemara, a hotel pick up, an air-conditioned coach and a tour guide.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Galway

Kylemore Abbey is over 78 kilometers from Galway. If you don’t have a car, you can take a bus that goes directly to Kylemore Post Office. From Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate station in Galway, you can take a Bus Eireann (#419) to Kylemore Post Office. This takes about 1.5 hours for €13-17 one way or €26-34 round trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Kylemore Abbey.

Or you can take this full-day guided tour in Connemara and Kylemore Abbey from Galway. It is only €30 and it includes a side trip to the villages in Connemara, a hotel pick up, an air-conditioned coach and a tour guide.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Cork

Kylemore Abbey is over 281 kilometers from Cork City. If you don’t have a car, you can take connecting buses from Cork to Galway and then to Kylemore Abbey. From St. Patricks Quay station in Cork, you can take a Citylink bus (#251, #251-X) to Galway Coach Station. This takes almost 3 hours for €12-20 one way or €24-40 round trip.  And then from Galway Coach Station, walk to Eyre Square for 2-3 minutes, Galway Bus Station to take a bus that goes to Kylemore Post Office. This takes about 2 hours for €14-17 a trip or €28-34 for a round trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Kylemore Abbey.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Shannon

Kylemore Abbey is over 169 kilometers from Shannon City. If you don’t have a car, you can take connecting buses from Shannon to Galway and then to Kylemore Abbey. From Shannon Airport bus station, you can take a Bus Eireann (#343, #X51, #419) to Galway Coach Station. This takes almost 4 hours for €11-16 one way or €22-32 round trip.  And then from Galway Coach Station, walk to Eyre Square for 2-3 minutes, Galway Bus Station to take a bus that goes to Kylemore Post Office. This takes about 2 hours for €14-17 a trip or €28-34 for a round trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Kylemore Abbey.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Limerick

Kylemore Abbey is over 97 kilometers from Limerick City. If you don’t have a car, you can take connecting buses from Limerick to Galway and then to Kylemore Abbey. From Henry St station, you can take a Citylink (#251, #419) to Galway Coach Station. This takes almost 1.5 hours for €8-15 one way or €16-30 round trip.  And then from Galway Coach Station, walk to Eyre Square for 2-3 minutes, Galway Bus Station to take a bus that goes to Kylemore Post Office. This takes about 2 hours for €14-17 a trip or €28-34 for the round trip. Then from the bus stop, just walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance of Kylemore Abbey.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: bookings@kylemoreabbey.com / info@kylemoreabbey.com

Phone: +353 95 52001

Tips for visiting Kylemore Abbey

1. Check the weather

Kylemore Abbey is best to enjoy in fine weather.  So if you can, try to visit during summer or early spring season so you can better explore the place by walking around the area.

2. Always layer up

Ireland’s weather is fickle and one moment it is fine but it gets colder without any warning. To make sure you are up to date with your packing list, check our monthly packing list guide.

3. Take a group tour if you can’t drive

Driving in Ireland is recommended but if you can’t rent or drive a car, then it is better to join tours rather than take public transport. Aside from the fact that taking public transport is more expensive, it is also more time-consuming.

4. Take a packed lunch with you

If you are joining tours, we recommend packing your own lunch. Although there are cafes in Kylemore Abbey, it takes time to get food and consume them which eats up time that you can use for exploring the castle grounds. If you packed your own food, then you can eat lunch on the way to Kylemore and then just start exploring when you get there. It saves you time and money as well.

Kylemore Abbey Tour

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There are several tours that go to Kylemore Abbey. It just a matter of starting point. Below are some of the best day tours to Kylemore Abbey that we recommend if you are staying in Dublin or Galway.

Kylemore Abbey Tour from Dublin

This full-day guided tour in Cong and Kylemore Abbey from Dublin is a good alternative for commuting. It is only €45 and it includes a side trip to Cong in Connemara, a hotel pick up, an air-conditioned coach and a tour guide.

Kylemore Abbey Tour from Galway

This full-day guided tour in Connemara and Kylemore Abbey from Galway is cheaper than taking public transport. It is only €30 and it includes a side trip to the villages in Connemara, a hotel pick up, an air-conditioned coach and a tour guide.


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Ireland In June: Weather, Things To See And Travel Tips

Ireland in June is a good idea. With less rain and wind, you will be rewarded with better weather but with less crowd than July or August which are both the summer peak months.

So if you are planning to visit Ireland in June, here’s our travel guide for enjoying Ireland in summer.

Is June a good time to go to Ireland?

June is one of the best months to travel to Ireland. Because it’s the start of the summer season, the weather is better and more attractions are open. June is also considered the driest month in the south of the country. So if you are looking to do more outdoorsy stuff, June is one of the best months to visit Ireland.

What is the weather in Ireland in June?

What is the average temperature in Ireland in June?

The climate of Ireland is influenced mainly by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, Ireland doesn’t experience the same extreme temperatures that other countries have from the same latitudes.

As the summer begins, Ireland in June will have an average of 14°C(56°F) to 17°C (63°F) temperature.

Rain in Ireland in June

The average precipitation in June is 8-21 days with up to 70 mm of rain depending on the city. So make sure to always prepare for rain just in case.

Wind in Ireland in June

The average hourly wind speed in June remains constant all throughout the month with an average of from .02 miles per hour to 11 miles per hour.

Sun in Ireland in June

Days are longer for Ireland in June. Sunrise will start at around 5 AM and set at around 9:30 PM. It gets longer towards the end of the month so that means extra hours for activities and sightseeing.

What should you pack for Ireland in June?

June marks the beginning of the Summer season in Ireland. It is expected to be warmer than the previous months but rain and wind are expected to be around the corner too. Be sure to come prepared by having these items in your packing list.

Leggings – Finally, a month where you can wear a light piece of clothing. If you hate wearing jeans, a pair of leggings is a perfect addition to your list. Also, it won’t take too much space in your bag too! Be sure to consider these stretchy and opaque leggings in your next trip.

Pencil Mini-Skirt – A pencil mini-skirt can be a very versatile piece of clothing and it is perfect for Ireland summer. If a slight chill makes you uncomfortable, you can pair it up with leggings. Otherwise, feel free to flaunt those gorgeous legs. This Bohemian floral skirt is a cute OOTD statement for the ‘gram. If you’re more into a bolder look, check out this zip-up pencil skirt in Amazon.

Knee-length skirt – Here’s another option if you don’t want to wear leggings but also can’t stand the summer chill. A knee-length skirt like this one is a good find. You’ll be chic and fab once you pair it with a cute summer top.

Jeans – If you just want to be plain casual, a pair of jeans is your best friend. Be more trendy with a pair of denim ripped jeans like this one. For men, this pair of distressed jeans is a good find.

Plain shirt – One of the most basic items in your packing list is a plain shirt. The breathable fabric of a shirt makes it great for summer. Also, when it gets chilly, you can always grab a cardigan. This shirt from Amazon has a lot of color variety you can choose.

Cardigan – Long or short, wearing a cardigan in summer makes you look fashionable yet comfortable.

Flats – You can wear cute flats in summer if you don’t want your feet to be too exposed.

What to do in Ireland in June?

Because of better weather and longer days, you will be able to do more stuff when you visit Ireland in June.

1. Be amazed at the Cliffs of Moher

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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, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Students €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 16

Free Group rates available on request

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2. Go back in time with Brú na Bóinne ( Boyne Valley Tombs)

Knowth Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne or Palace of the Boyne is valley tombs located near River Boyne, 8 km west of Drogheda. It contains one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in the world dating back from the Neolithic period. Brú na Bóinne is famous for its Megalithic passage tombs called Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth as passage tombs, however, these tombs are now recognized to be much more than passage tombs.  Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, which is a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

If you are in the area, this is one of the best places to visit in Drogheda, Ireland.

Opening Hours

February – April: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

May: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

June – Mid September: Daily 09.00 – 19.00

Mid – End September: Daily 09.00 – 18.30

October: Daily 09.30 – 17.30

November – January: Daily 09.00 – 17.00

Admission Fee

For the Exhibition and Newgrange and Knowth:

Adult: €13.00
Sen/Group: €10.00
Child/Student: €8.00
Family: €30.00

Contact Information

Location: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath

Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie

Phone: +353 41 9880300

For more information about Brú na Bóinne, click here.

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3. Surf at Lahinch

Lahinch Beach is a sandy, crescent-shaped Blue Flag beach in the town of Lahinch 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: secretar@clarecoco.ie

4. Admire the castle of Kylemore

kylemore abbey castle

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul in Connemara, the Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Galway, Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half day to the castle ground.

Opening Hours

9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.

Admission Fee

€13 for adult, €9 for a student, €10 for senior, and €26.00 for a family of 4.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: bookings@kylemoreabbey.com

5. Visit Galway City

spanish arch galway

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.

6. Take a road trip in Dingle

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula, about 4 hours away from Dublin. It is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. Dingle is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches so it’s one of the best places to do a road trip in Ireland.

7. Explore King John’s Castle and Limerick City

king john's castle limerick

King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick and next to the River Shannon. The castle overlooks the river and the panoramic view of Limerick City.

The stunning new exhibition brings to life over 800 years of King John’s Castle and Limerick City’s dramatic history all through Touch-screen technology which will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. And if you are staying in neighboring cities, it is one of the best day trips that you can do from Dublin, Cork or Galway.

Opening Hours

09.30 am – 5 pm

Admission Fee

€10 for adult, €5 for children and €22 for family (2 adults + 2 children)

Contact Information

Address: Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland

8. Hike at Benbulben

Benbulben

Benbulben is the Table Mountain of Ireland. This large rock formation was formed by moving glaciers during Ice Age.

The mountain is part of Dartry Mountains in an area known as Yeats Country – a name after the famous writer and poet W.B. Yeats. The Benbulben offers the best view of the Sligo town and it’s an easy trail to hike.

It is only 15-20 minutes away from the town center and although a popular attraction in Sligo town, it is not touristy. Along the trail are rolling hills and beautiful landscapes of forest, bogs, and plants.

9. Explore the charming town of Cobh

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Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel. If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.

10. Take a day trip to Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Aran Islands are a group of rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna.

The islands are considered the soul of Gaelic culture and it’s considered one of the top island destinations by National Geographic.

Practical Tips for Ireland in June

1. As it can be windy, make sure to be careful when visiting the cliffs and the islands. The cliffs can be dangerous during the windy season so always walk with caution around the area especially if there’s no barrier on the edge.

2. Although June is the driest month in some areas in Ireland, make sure to prepare for rain as the weather in Ireland can be fickle. Here’s our complete guide for packing list on Ireland for all season to help you plan your next trip to Ireland.

3. Always layer up. It might be warm one moment but it can get really cold especially at night.

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15 Affordable Castle Hotels In Ireland That Won’t Break The Bank

Although there are a lot of accommodations in Ireland that will fit any traveler’s budget, nothing beats the experience of staying in castle hotels in Ireland. The elegant rooms and intricate ornaments matched with great service and activities will surely make every cents count. If you fantasize staying in a fancy castle hotel for a day or two, here are 15 affordable castle hotels in Ireland that you should add to your list.

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Affordable Castle Hotels In Ireland

Cabra Castle Hotel, Cavan

 

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A 4-star castle hotel in Cavan situated in a quiet neighborhood in Kingscourt, Cabra Castle Hotel is a mix and match of royalty and modern luxury. If you don’t want to miss this countryside hotel, be sure to check it out. This is one of the best hotels in Ireland castle.

Why it’s good?

Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. Guests here will experience the great staircase, the long hallways, high ceilings, and the countryside view from the patios and terrace. There’s also a bar and restaurant which serve fresh local foods. Cabra Castle Hotel is also one of the most affordable castles to stay in Ireland.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $162 to $246 per night.

Average review rating

9.1 Awesome

Location

Kingscourt, Kingscourt, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara

 

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Experience luxury in an off the beaten path location with Ballynahinch Castle. This 4-star castle hotel in Connemara will truly give you the royalty experience you ever wanted. This is one of the best hotels in Ireland

Why it’s good?

Guests who love to walk will surely find this the perfect hotel to feed their hungry feet. Ballynahinch Castle is 450 acres of woodland with the 12 Bens mountain range standing tall in the background. Aside from the grand treatment, the castle also hosts activities like game bird hunting, pony riding, and hiking. Guests can also explore the local wildlife through the river and lakeside walks.

Rate per night

Rooms are priced from $241 to $319 per night.

Average review rating

9.4 Awesome

Location

Recess, Connemara. Galway, Ballynahinch, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal

 

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Lough Eske Castle Hotel is a 5-star hotel located at the foot of a mountain in Donegal. If you want to experience nature and live like royalty, this castle hotel is a great choice.

Why it’s good?

Rooms in this castle hotel are equipped with oak furniture and a marble bathroom. Guests can also enjoy a scenic garden view from each room or an afternoon in the luxurious spa. Variety of foods are served in the hotel’s restaurant including fresh seafood from the nearby Killybegs port. Recreational activities such as golfing and fishing are also popular among guests.

Rate per night

Enjoy a Courtyard room or a Garden Suite in this hotel. Rooms are from $213 to $414.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Lough Eske Castle Road, F94 HX59 Donegal, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin

 

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A crossover of an 11th century and 21st-century design, Clontarf Castle Hotel is 10-minutes away from central Dublin. If you want to experience a luxurious accommodation that is close to the heart of in the city, this castle hotel in Dublin is the perfect find.

Why it’s good?

Guests can expect luxurious bedrooms in Clontarf Castle Hotel with high-speed Wifi connection and LCD satellite TVs. The award-winning restaurant, Fahrenheit Grill, serves fine cuisine and of course, their local beef and fish specialty dishes.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $223 per night.

Average review rating

9.1 Awesome

Location

Castle Avenue, Clontarf, D3 Dublin, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford

Waterford Castle Hotel Waterford

One of the best castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle Hotel is situated on a private island in River Suir, Waterford. This 4-star luxury accommodation is highly preferred by couples who want a very private experience and to experience Irish castle hotels.

Why it’s good?

Privacy is one of the good things in this hotel. However, even though the castle is detached from the mainland, access to this private island is still very convenient. The rooms in this hotel also come with elegant designs and stunning view. Lots of activities are also hosted here like golfing, target shooting, and archery. Nature trails and walks are also available.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $255 per night.

Average review rating

9.2 Wonderful

Location

The Island, X91 Y722 Waterford, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee

 

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If authentic ancient experience is what you’re looking for, Ballyseede Castle Hotel has the right services for you. The ambiance of this hotel will take you to the historic era of Tralee.

Why it’s good?

Doric columns and an elegant oak staircase welcome guests in this castle hotel. The hotel also serves its guests with traditional Irish cuisine in the restaurant’s fine dining setup. Lastly, as you call it a day, the elegant rooms in Ballyseede will make your stay an unforgettable one.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $194 per night.

Average review rating

9.3 Wonderful

Location

Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Kinnitty

 

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A Gothic castle dated from 1209, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is located at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want the unique experience that comes with this castle, better check it out before it’s too late.

Why it’s good?

Kinnitty Castle Hotel features classic and unique ornaments. Its bedrooms come with private bathrooms filled with free toiletries a hairdryer, and a bathtub. Complimentary tea and coffee are also available in the public areas of the castle. The hotel’s restaurant, Sli Dala Restaurant, serves dishes with Irish and European influences.

Rate per night

Rooms start at  $110 per night.

Average review rating

8.8 Excellent

Location

Kinnitty Village, Kinnitty, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Ashford Castle, Mayo

Ashford Castle Mayo County Mayo

If you’re looking for country house hospitality with a touch of royalty, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a good place to stay. An authentic Irish experience, this castle hotel in Mayo will not disappoint.

Why it’s good?

Rooms and suites in this hotel are equipped with the latest technology for an advanced comfort— bathrooms have underfloor heating. Wilde’s restaurant is also perfect for guests who share the same passion for food. Here, guests can enjoy a six-course meal prepared from fresh local and seasonal ingredients. The hotel is only a 40-minute drive from Galway and it is considered one of the best places to stay in town too.

Rate per night

You can find deals from $164 t $411 per night in this hotel.

Average review rating

9.1 Superb

Location

Ashford Estate, Cong, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Lough Rynn Castle, Leitrim

Lough Rynn Castle Leitrim

Still retaining the historic ambiance of the place, Lough Rynn Castle in Leitrim has now converted some of its spaces into comfortable and luxurious accommodation. This 4-star hotel is sitting on the shore of Lough Rynn.

Why it’s good?

The castle is combining its ancient design to modern innovation. Rooms still have the original decorations of the castle preserved but with the additional aircon, wifi connection, and another state of the art technology for comfort. Guests can also enjoy a warm meal in the Sandstone Restaurant which serves fine dining cuisines.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $124 per night

Average review rating

9.2. Superb

Location

Mohill, Mohill, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Castle, Cork

 

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The Castle or also known as the Castle Townshend has been home of the Townshend family for 11 generations. Now a safe space to accommodate guests, it is now one of the best value hotels in Castlehaven and one of the cheapest castle hotels in Cork.

Why it’s good?

The Castle is situated in a relaxing neighborhood in Castlehaven and it’s considered one of the best places to stay in Cork. The rooms have a homey feel to it while public areas around the castle still have portraits and remembrance of the royalty that used to live here. Variety of rooms are available here from Super King-sized rooms to double rooms.

Rate per night

You can find rooms from $182 per night.

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional

Location

The Castle, Castletownshend, Co Cork, Castlehaven, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Mount Falcon Estate, Ballina

 

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Sitting on the bank of River Moy, Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina offers large rooms, an award-winning restaurant, and a spa that surely every guest will love to experience.

Why it’s good?

The view in Mount Falcon Estate is to die for. Guests can enjoy a relaxing bath with its marble bathroom or they can utilize the gym, the spa, and the sauna which is overlooking the hotel’s beautiful garden. All sorts of treatment are also available in the spa. There is also a private fishing spot along the river for the hotel guests. To end the day, a wide selection of wines from all over the world can be enjoyed in the hotel’s restaurant and bar.

Rate per night

Rates are from $178 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here

Kilkea Castle, Kildare

 

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This castle hotel is located in one of the best locations in Kilkea. Also one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland, guests will surely feel like royalty once they set foot here.

Why it’s good?

This 12th-century majestic castle is only a 1-hour drive from Dublin. However, the castle also offers airport transfer for its guests. In total, there are 140 bedrooms which can fit any type of budget. It is also best for weddings, family gatherings, and corporate retreats. Golfing, Horseback riding, Archery, and Falconry are just some of the experiences you can try in Kilkea Castle.

Rate per night

Rates are from $168 to $404 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Kilkea Demesne Kilkea Castle, Kilkea, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Markree Castle, Sligo

 

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Perfect for a luxurious weekend break, Markree Castle is highly preferred by couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Located in Sligo, the castle has a rustic feels that you don’t want to miss.

Why it’s good?

The castle has 30 bedrooms and a 3-room bridal apartment. While it is preferred by tourists who want to experience an authentic fairytale vacation, it is also a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies. An on-site chapel and a banquet which fits 170 people are available for rent.

Rate per night

Rates start at $101 to $426

Average review rating

9.5 Exceptional

Location

Markree Home Farm State, Demesne, Collooney, Co. Sligo, F91 AE81 Collooney, Ireland

How to book

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Wilton Castle, Enniscorthy

 

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Wilton Castle in Enniscorthy lies in the banks of Boro River. After its interesting history, this castle hotel has now been restored back to its glorious beauty to accommodate guests.

Why it’s good?

Guests here would enjoy a room with a fully-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served every morning. To explore the place, guests can walk to the fishing spots close to the castle. Other popular attractions are also nearby.

Rate per night

Rate starts at $185 to $449 per night.

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional

Location

Bree, Y21V9P9 Enniscorthy, Ireland

How to book

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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, County Galway

 

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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is your quick escape to nature. Surrounded by greens and hills, this luxury 4-star castle hotel was built for real splendor and comfort since 1832.

Why it’s good?

Aside from the elegant rooms, guests can also avail the castle’s tennis court, spa, and the stunning scenery surrounding it. The Twelve Bens mountain range is visible from the background which makes it one of the best castles in Ireland to stay in.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $286 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Superb

Location

Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.


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Driving In Ireland: Tips and Guide For First Time Visitors

The public transport in Ireland is reliable but driving in Ireland might be more convenient for you if you only have limited time in the country. The country is small and you can easily drive from one destination to the other.

Also, going to more remote villages require a vehicle and if you don’t want to feel restricted on things you want to see, then renting a car in Ireland is better in our opinion.

Do I need to rent a car in Ireland?

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You’ll find contradicting advise whether you need to rent in Ireland or not. If you are only staying in the major cities such as Dublin, Galway, Cork, and Limerick then it’s not necessary to rent a car or drive on your own in Ireland.

And day trips to popular destinations from the major cities are also available.

However, if you want to explore more the rural villages and the countryside – which is the heart and soul of Ireland, we strongly advise you to rent a car and driving on your own. The distances are not that bad and you can easily move from one location to another but it might be more tedious without having your own car.

Aside from having more freedom to travel anywhere you want, renting a car in Ireland is also more cost-effective as public transport can be really expensive.

Is there Uber in Ireland?

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Uber is operating in Ireland but only with limited permission. Passengers can only book taxis and limousines but not with private cars. So if you are thinking of using Uber to travel around Ireland, please note it is also only operating major towns and cities.

What do I need to know about driving in Ireland?

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Age restrictions

You need to be at least 21 years old in order to drive in Ireland. However, they charge more for drivers between 21-24 years old and if you are over 75 years old.

Additional Fee for additional drivers

If you are traveling with someone, you will have to disclose if your company is also driving. Car rental companies ask for an extra fee for additional drivers.

Hidden charges

If you check for car rental rates in Ireland, normally, they don’t include insurance and collision damage waiver insurance (CDW). So if you are shopping for the best rates, make sure that it includes insurance and CDW so you can see the actual price. If you are using credit cards from the US, you may be covered already so check with your bank first before getting any insurance.

There’s also a credit card processing fee of 5 euro and admin fee which is between 30-40 if you use your own credit card insurance.

Holding money/ deposit on your credit card

If you use your own credit card insurance, expect the car rental to hold money from your credit card account. This varies depending on your car rental company but we heard companies place a hold or deposit of $1500-$8000 charges on your credit card. This is to ensure that they get paid for any potential damage or accidents.

What side do you drive in Ireland?

The Ring of Kerry

Irish people drive on the left, unlike in the US and the majority of the world. Which can be confusing for people. So before you decide to drive in Ireland, make sure you can handle driving on the other side of the road. To help you with, we follow this mantra: “Hard left, wide right.” This will help you stay on track and make tight turns on left and wide turns on right.

Also, most car rental companies in Ireland offer manual cars. So to make it easier to transition driving on left, request an automatic car in advance.

Can tourists drive in Ireland?

You can drive in Ireland as a tourist, as long as you are within the age requirements of car rental companies, have a valid license from your home country (only applicable for US, Canadian and European Union citizens), or you have an international driving license if you are not a resident of the US, Canada, UK, and European Union.

If you are a resident of the US, Canada, UK, and European, refer to the following FAQs for the required documents:

Do I need an IDP to drive in Ireland?

If you are a resident of the US, Canada, and the European Union, you just need a valid driving license from your home country. If you live outside of these states, you will need an international driving permit

Do I need a GB sticker in Ireland?

If you are a UK citizen and planning to drive your own car in Ireland, you will need a GB sticker on your car. You don’t need GB sticker if you have the standard Euro plate numbers. Otherwise, you will receive a fine on the spot. You also need to take your UK driving license and motor insurance certificate.

Do I need a DVLA code to hire a car in Ireland?

Yes. When you rent a car in Ireland as a UK citizen, the rental company will check your driving license information through your DVLA or license check code. A license check code let someone else access your driving license information including your history of penalties, endorsements and if you have been banned from driving.

This information might affect your ability to rent and drive a car in Ireland.

Can I drive in Ireland with a Canadian Licence?

Yes.

What documents do I need to hire a car in Ireland?

To rent a car in Ireland, you need to have a valid license from your home country or an international driving license if you are not from the countries allowed to drive with just a valid license. A credit card is also required for insurance and a passport for identification purposes.

How much is car rental in Ireland?

Renting a car in Ireland is quite affordable especially during off-peak season and if you have a good credit card that will cover the insurance.

However, it is hard to come up with an average rental fee as it depends on several factors like season (or demands), type of car, maker, etc. But to give you an idea, there are companies that rent cars for as low as 5 euros to 40 euros a day as a base charge for a 4-seater car.

Although, be aware that these figures are base charge and it doesn’t include tax, processing fees, insurance, and fuel. Some of the rental companies also rent out their cars for almost nothing but they upsell you with other products such as insurance and GPS.

Tips for Car Rental In Ireland

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1. Make sure to inspect the car before accepting it. Take pictures and report any damage before you leave the rental compound. Keep any damage in writing with the rental company and make sure the copies are signed by both parties. You will be held liable for any damage caused by misuse and negligence.

2. Check with your rental company how they handle the tolls. Some bigger highways have booths where you can pay for the toll fee. However, there are roads that just have cameras that take pictures and process a charge to your rental company if you do not pay the toll fee until 8 pm of the following day. You might receive a penalty if you don’t handle the toll fees right away.

3. Renting a manual car is way cheaper than an automatic car so if you want to save money, then a manual car might be a better choice. However, driving with an automatic car on the left side of the road might be easier. This allows you to focus on speed and road position rather than changing gears with a stick. So this is also something to consider if you are not used to driving on left.

4. Book your rental in advance to have time to shop for better rates.

5. Plan your itinerary well. You can also drop the cars in major cities in Ireland so you don’t have to go back from your starting point if you plan on flying out somewhere else. This might be more cost-effective as well rather than driving back all the way to Dublin, for example.

6. Fill the tank before returning the car. Although you can definitely avoid filling up the tank after you use it and just opt to pay for the gas when you return it, car rental companies are known to charge double for filling up the tank for you. So to save money, make sure you fill it up yourself.

 


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Where To Stay In Cork

This university city in Ireland is not only a home for many international students but a lot of interesting attractions can also be found here. For starters, there’s the Cork Opera House, Shandon Bell, and Blarney Castle to give you a good impression of the city. If you want to experience Cork for a few days or so, here’s a list of the best places on where to stay in Cork.

 15 Places On Where To Stay In Cork

Budget Hotels in Cork

Kinlay House Hostel Cork

 

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Cheap dormitory rooms with a bright and lively atmosphere are what makes Kinlay House Hostel. Guests could enjoy a walking distance from the Cork English Market as well as the Cork Opera House.

Why it’s good?

Kinlay House is one of the most flexible accommodations in Cork. It has a variety of rooms to choose from. They have private standard rooms for those who want to enjoy a room for themselves. If you want to stick to your budget, they also have dormitory rooms offered at a cheap price.

Rate per night

A 12-bed standard dorm room costs $18 per night.

Average review rating

7.6 Good

Location

Bob & Joan’s Walk, T23 CK10 Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Sheilas Tourist Hostel

Sheila’s Tourist Hotel is a budget-friendly and tourist-friendly hotel in the heart of Cork. If you want to save from a costly room but still want to get the most of Cork, this hostel is a good choice.

Why it’s good?

Sheila’s Tourist Hostel is close to the city center. It is just a short walk from St. Patrick’s Quay and Cork Opera House. It has group-friendly facilities too and activities for recreation and relaxation like sauna and movies.

Rate per night

Dormitory rooms cost $18 to $22 per night.

Average review rating

7.6 Good

Location

Belgrave Place, Wellington Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Oscar’s Hostel

 

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If you want a good value for your money, Oscar’s Hotel is a perfect choice. Its location and hostel facilities are designed perfectly for their guests who are always “on the go”.

Why it’s good?

Oscar Hostel has secured rooms loaded with a range of facilities. The hostel also has a modern shared kitchen, 2 TV lounges, and 2 common rooms for board games and pool. The hostel’s location is also ideal for tourists who want to explore attractions in the city center.

Rate per night

Bunk bed costs $28 per night.

Average review rating

6.2

Location

111 Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

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Blackmore Court

Strategically located in the heart of Cork, Blackmore Court is also one of your best choices.

Why it’s good?

Blackmore Court is located in a tourist-friendly spot in Cork where the English Market is only a 5-minute walk, River Lee is only a 2-minute walk, and the St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral is only within a 15-minute walk. If you want to explore the neighboring cities from Cork, you can also easily access the main highway from this hotel. Rooms and bathrooms are squeaky clean too!

Rate per night

Rooms start at $47 per night.

Average review rating

7.6 Good

Location

Blackmore Court, Blackmore Lane, Meade Street, Sullivans Quay, Cork, Ireland

How to book

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Ashley Hotel

 

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Ashley Hotel offers security and good value for your money. If you’re looking for cheap but spotless rooms, you don’t want to miss this hotel.

Why it’s good?

Ashley Hotel offers budget rooms without compromising the security of its guests. They have secured on-site parking area and CCTVs all over the vicinity. Guests can also enjoy a cup of beer and stout in the ground-floor bar. If not, you can also walk to the English Market or Cork City Harbor.

Rate per night

Triple rooms are $45 per person.

Average review rating

6.8

Location

Coburg Street, Cork Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Mid-range Hotels in Cork

Hotel Isaacs Cork

Hotel Isaac Cork

First on the list of mid-range hotels in Cork is Hotel Isaacs which is one of the best value accommodations in the city. Check out its affordable spacious rooms.

Why it’s good?

Hotel Isaacs is a boutique hotel that offers mid-range rooms for guests who want to stay close to the city center. The English Market and Shandon Steeple are the closest attractions from the hotel but bus stops leading to other parts of Cork are also nearby. Each room has a full kitchen and a private bathroom.

Rate per night

Rooms are available from $80 per night.

Average review rating

8.8 Excellent

Location

48 Mac Curtain Street, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Travelodge Cork

 

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If you’re looking for a decent and mid-range hotel close to the airport, Travelodge Cork offers awesome services. Be sure to check out their rooms.

Why it’s good?

This mid-range hotel offers an American-style on-site restaurant, Rockin Jes, a 24-hour reception, and free parking for its guests. It also has a departures/arrival screen for Cork Airport which is just 3 miles away from the hotel.

Rate per night

Rooms are usually priced at $64 per night.

Average review rating

7.7 Good

Location

Kinsale Road Roundabout, Airport Road, T12 E2XY Cork, Ireland

How to book

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Killarney Guest House

 

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Killarney Guest House has what it takes if you’re looking for good value accommodation in Cork. Overlooking Fitzgerald Park, this hotel has rooms that you surely don’t want to miss.

Why it’s good?

This guest-house is a family owned property where guests can enjoy a bedroom with a private bathroom. Each room has a TV, hairdryer, and other basic necessities a guest would want to have. A breakfast buffet is also available daily. Killarney Guest House is located 10-minutes away from the city center.

Rate per night
Rate per night starts at $88.
Average review rating

7.4 Good

Location

Western Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

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Stay Cork

Stay Cork is a mid-range condo hotel 15-minute away from the airport. This hotel is one of the best accommodations in Cork.

Why it’s good?

Stay Cork is a condo hotel which offers studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom apartments. Each room comes with a private bathroom and other basic necessities. Around the area, you can find a lot of attractions as well as the buzzing nightlife spots in Cork.

Rate per night
Rate per night starts at $176.
Average review rating

7.9 Good

Location

8 Belgrave Place, Wellington Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Hotels in Cork

Hayfield Manor

Hayfield Manor Cork City

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel with a beauty spa and an elegant restaurant, Hayfield Manor is the perfect accommodation for you. They have a variety of luxurious rooms fit for royalties like their guests.

Why it’s good?

The bedrooms are not only fancy but the toilets as well. The rooms also feature a flat-screen TV and an entertainment system. If you prefer a relaxing afternoon, the hotel also has a pretty garden for afternoon walks and beauty treatments in its spa.

Rate per night

Guests can book a Master Suite for $1,500 and a Manor room for $312 per night.

Average review rating

9.3 Awesome

Location

Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here

The River Lee Hotel

The River Lee Hotel Cork

The River Lee Hotel is perfect for guests who are looking for a luxurious experience in one of the top-rated spots in Cork.

Why it’s good?

This hotel features spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows decorated with fresh light colors and modern fabrics. Guests can also dine in three of the most popular food hubs in Cork— The Grill Room, The River Club Bar, and Terrace.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $170 to $280 per night.

Average review rating

9.2 Awesome

Location

Western Road, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here

Cork International Hotel

 

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Guests who love to stay close to the airport and enjoy the country-side view at the same time will definitely find this hotel heaven-sent.

Why it’s good?

Located directly opposite Cork Airport, Cork International Hotel has 140 luxurious bedrooms and various dining options like The New Yorker Bar & Bistro, The Atlantic & Pacific Restaurants, and a 24-hour room service menu. Meeting rooms and a big ballroom hall is also available here.

Rate per night

Guests can enjoy these luxurious rooms starting at $118 to $157 per night.

Average review rating

9.1 Awesome

Location

Cork Airport, Cork, Ireland

how to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Castlemartyr Resort Hotel

 

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One of the highly-booked luxury hotels in Cork, Castlemartyr Resort Hotel is perfect for vacations, weddings, and even corporate events.

Why it’s good?

220 acres of the stunning ground make up this luxury hotel in Cork. It is every guest’s dream destination for a luxurious trip. Guests here can enjoy the countryside view and the state-of-the-art facilities of the hotel. Dining is also fancy here where guests can dine to their heart’s content in The Bell Tower, one of Cork’s award-winning restaurants.

Rate per night

Rooms are from $170 per night.

Average review rating

9.0 Awesome

Location

Main Street, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Fota Island Hotel and Spa

Want to enjoy luxurious accommodation close to nature? Fota Island Hotel and Spa has the perfect scenic view for its guests.

Why it’s good?

This 5-star hotel features an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and the countryside view from its rooms. Guests also dine in its spacious and stylish restaurant which serves international and traditional Irish cuisines. In the afternoon, Amber lounge and The Spike Bar are available for tea or cocktail. Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland’s largest wildlife park, is also nearby.

Rate per night

Rooms start at $163 to $224 per night.

Average review rating

8.9 Excellent

Location

Fota Island, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

The Metropole Hotel

 

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Looking for a top-rated hotel in Cork? Metropole Hotel has a variety of rooms you can select from budget double rooms to executive double rooms.

Why it’s good?

This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Cork City– close to many excellent shops, galleries, boutiques, and galleries. Guests can select from the 98 beautifully decorated bedrooms. Gym access, an indoor pool, sauna, and a hot tub can also be accessed by the guests. The Riverview Restaurant has doors opened for the Metropole Hotel guests too.

Rate per night

A room in the Metropole Hotel starts at $300 per night.

Average review rating

8.8 Excellent

Location

Mac Curtain St, Cork, Ireland

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Also, check out our best day trips from Cork guide.


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