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12 Fun Things To Do In Bray, Ireland

Located just 20 kilometers from Ireland’s capital and easily accessible via a short train ride, Bray is a favorite quick getaway for Dubliners. It has pretty much everything for all sorts of travelers. Scenic places for hiking and trekking, picturesque castles and gardens, even unique museums and galleries for those who love history and art. Getting to Bray may be easy, but figuring out what to do or where to go to make the most of your trip might overwhelm you so here’s a list of fun things to do in Bray, Ireland.

12 Fun Things To Do In Bray, Ireland

1.Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow_Mountains_National Park Glenealo River

Located in the Western part of Bray, the Wicklow Mountains National Park is Ireland’s largest national park. A granite range with smooth, rolling peaks rising to a maximum 925 meters, Wicklow is mostly covered with heath, blanket bog, and grassland. When you hike up the Wicklow Mountains, you’ll go through its sheltered valleys with its mossy hardwood forest where you’ll most likely encounter a wild deer while merlins and peregrine falcons are commonly spotted overhead.

The Wicklow also has these interesting prehistoric glaciations that carved out amphitheater-like cirques. You can visit two wonderful examples of these in nearby Lough Bray, both containing lakes.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday during office hours. The Duty Ranger is available Monday to Sunday during office hours.

Contact Information

Address: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilafin, Laragh, via Bray, Co. Wicklow A98 K286

Phone:+353 761 002667

Email:wmnp@ahg.gov.ie

2.Great Sugar Loaf

Great Sugar Loaf

A separate and geologically distinct hill that sticks out in the landscape for miles, the Great Sugar Loaf is one of the best places to see in Bray. Its conical shape makes it look like a volcano, but the Great Sugar Loaf is actually made up of Cambrian quartzite and is an ancient sedimentary deposit on the seabed that has resisted erosion.

For centuries this 500-meter hill was a Wayfinder for pilgrims and scholars traveling to and from the Glendalough monastery high in the adjacent Wicklow mountains. A relatively easy hike despite its daunting slopes, the summit of the Great Sugar Loaf offers a stunning view of the sea, the Wicklow Mountains and Dublin’s sprawl.

3.Dalkey Castle

Dalkey Castle

Located close to Bray and along the way to Dublin is the Dalkey Castle. This Norman castle was built in 1390. It has been restored several times over the last 600 years and at present is one of the quirkier places to visit in Bray.

An interesting feature of the Dalkey Castle is the team of actors in costume you’ll meet inside, like a barber/surgeon who’ll tell you what sort of grisly operations he performs, a cook baking “hedgehog pie” and an archer with a longbow you can try.

The site also houses a museum that chronicles the history of Dalkey and a writer’s gallery that pays tribute to the likes of James Joyce, Maeve Binchy, and Samuel Beckett. A good way to make the most of your visit is by going up to the battlements for a picturesque view of the town, the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains.

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10.00 – 17.30
Sat-Sun: 11.00 -17.30

Contact Information

Address: Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Phone: +353 1 2858366

Email:info@dalkeycastle.com

4.Bray Head

BrayHead

Bray Head is a 241-meter hill that looms over the south side of the town. This is one of the most scenic sights and definitely one of the best things to do in Bray on weekends especially if you’re the active, outdoorsy type. This grade “moderate” walk though is more suited for relatively fit adults or families with older children. It is best to start the hike up the hill Bray’s Victorian promenade,  to the summit where you get a panoramic view of Bray, the Dublin Bay, and inland mountains.

5.Bray Promenade

Bray Promenade

A trip to Bray wouldn’t be complete without a walk along Bray Promenade. A stroll along the Victorian promenade with the beach just close by is one of the things to do in Bray especially after a long day of exploring its many other attractions. The scenic walk starts near the Martello Tower, known as the childhood home of the famous Irish writer, James Joyce, and finishes at the foot of Bray Head.

It’s a perfect place to relax whether you’re traveling alone or with family and friends, as the.promenade is lined with restaurants, pubs and ice cream shops. The band of grass known as Seafront Park is made for family picnics, and you can also marvel at the row of painted Victorian houses behind the foreshore. The Promenade is close to the Sea Life Aquarium, making it a perfect place for an afternoon get together or date.

6.Festina Lente Gardens

Located in Old Connaught Avenue,  this unique Bray attraction is the largest working Victorian walled garden in Ireland — the

Festina Lente Gardens. Thus 2 picturesque paradise has three areas: a working kitchen 3ee with vegetables and herbs, a pool garden, which has its own terrapin sanctuary, and an ornamental formal garden where there’s a meticulously tended rose terrace, statues, a stunning central fountain, and geometric flowerbeds.

Also in the ornamental garden is a sensory trail, designed and planted by award-winning garden designer Oliver Shurmann from Mount Venus Nursery and Festina Lente Horticulturists.

Opening Hours

Monday -Saturday- 9 am-5pm
Saturday-9:30 am -6pm
Sunday-11 am-6pm

Admission Fee

 €3 per person

Contact Information

Address: Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 F702

Phone: 01 2720704  

Email: gardens@festinalente.ie

7.Powerscourt Gardens & House

Powerscourt House Gardens Wicklow

Powerscourt was built during the 1730s, ordered by Richard Wingfield, with the German Richard Kassels as the architect. The house was destroyed by fire in 1974 and was abandoned for two decades until its renovations in the mid-90s. Meanwhile, the gardens were planted in the 19th century after Mervyn Wingfield completed a tour of Europe’s great palaces, like Versailles and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

The Powerscourt Gardens & House has so much to offer, and during a stroll around, you will see the Italian gardens dotted with statues, the Tower Valley with a Medieval folly, Japanese gardens, walled gardens, Triton Lake and the Wingfield and Slazenger families’ pets cemetery.

Opening Hours

Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th

Admission Fee

Adult: €10.50
Student: €8.50
Senior: €8.50
Child (U13) €5.00
Child (U5) Free
Family Ticket €25.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Contact Information

Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Phone:+ 353 (0) 1 204 6000

Email: info@powerscourt.net

8.Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall Wicklow

The Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Ireland, at 121-metres high, ranking at 687 in the world. One of the most picturesque attractions in Bray, it is nestled in the Powerscourt Estate and sits on the eastern slopes of the Wicklow Mountains, five kilometers west of Powerscourt House. During the 19th century, the grounds on the way to the falls were planted with sequoias, beeches, oaks, and pines, which later matured into giants.

The parkland is also home to a herd of sika deer that was introduced in 1858. Near the base of the waterfalls, there’s a children’s playground and picnic area for those who want to relax and enjoy a scenic view of this natural wonder.

Opening Hours

 Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec 10.30am – 4.00pm (last admission – 3.30pm)
Mar/Apr/Sept/Oct 10.30am – 5.30pm (last admission – 5pm)
May/Jun/July/Aug 9.30am – 7.00pm (last admission – 6pm)
Closed two weeks before Christmas

Admission Fee

Adults €6, Student/OAP €5.50
Child (U12) €3.50, Children (U2) Free
Family Ticket €16.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Contact Information

Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Phone: + 353 (0) 1 204 6000

Email: info@powerscourt.net

9.Killiney Hill

Killiney Hill Obelisk

Killiney Hill is a 153-meter granite hill located in South of Dalkey is, right on the coast and descending sharply to the sea.

Its slopes covered in thick pine and oak woodland and the summit nearly bare save for a bed of heather. The obelisk up in Killiney was built in 1742 as a famine relief project following a crop failure during a cold spell towards the end of the Little Ice Age. From up the hill, you can see some of Bray’s attractions, like the unmistakable profile of the Great Sugar Loaf, and the sandy White Rock Beach.

Opening Hours

24 Hours

Contact Information

Address:  Claremont Grove, Scalpwilliam, Killiney, Co. Dublin, A96 R6A2, Ireland

10.SEA LIFE Bray

Sealife, Bray, Ireland

A visit to SEA LIFE is one of the best activities to do in Bray, especially for families. It may not be the biggest aquarium you’ve ever seen or heard of, but it has a variety of exhibits featuring numerous species to impress all ages. There are also talks, presentations and all sorts of exciting events, facilitated by the knowledgeable staff renowned for their excellent customer service.

Opening Hours

Winter opening times (26th November 2018 to 15th March 2019)
Monday to Friday  11:00 to 17:00  (last admissions 16:00)
Saturday/Sunday  10:00 to 18:00 (last admissions 17:00)

Summer opening times (starting 16th March 2019)
Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 (last admissions 17:00)

Admission Fee

General Admission -€11.25

Contact Information

Address: The National SEA LIFE Centre, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone:01 2866939

Email: slcbray@merlinentertainments.biz

11.Killruddery Country House and Gardens

Killruddery Country House and Gardens

Killruddery Country House and Gardens is the perfect place to escape for a great day out. It is located in the southern part of the town, surrounded by the Bray Head and Sugarloaf mountains. Its owners since 1534 are the Brabazons (Earls and Countesses of Meath), and some parts of the gardens have been untouched since the 17th century.

The main house though was remodeled in an Elizabethan Revival style in the 1820s. A must see at Killruddery is the orangery, dating to 1852 and with a design borrowed from the Crystal Palace in London. While in the estate, stroll through the picturesque gardens, which was the location for film productions such as The Tudors, Becoming Jane and Camelot.

Opening Hours

April – Weekends only, 9.30am – 6 pm
May to September – Daily 9.30am – 6 pm
October – Weekends only, 9.30am – 6 pm
Farm Market, every Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm

Contact Information

Address: Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone:353 (0)1 2863405

Email:info@killruddery.com

12.Mermaid Arts Centre

The Mermaid Arts Centre opened in 2002 and combines a 250-seat auditorium with art studios, a gallery, and a cafe. A cultural hub for Bray and County Wicklow, its vision is to form a direct connection between performers and guests, encouraging personal development, creativity and inspiration. With its main hall where live music, theatre performances, comedy shows, dance and movie screenings are held, a visit here is one of the best things to do in Bray at night.

Mermaid Arts Centre’s gallery on the second floor is open to visitors for free and it hosts exhibitions that are updated every few weeks, so there’s always something different going on It is also home to the tasty Betelnut Café which has a lovely outdoor terrace.

Opening Hours

Box Office and Gallery
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and until 7.30pm on performance nights

Betelnut Cafe
Open 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday
Closed Sundays except for performances.

Admission Fee

Gallery- admission is free

Contact Information

Address: Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow

Phone:01 2724030

Email:info@mermaidartscentre.ie

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12 Best Things To Do In Clonmel, Ireland

Situated in the Suir River Valley, Clonmel is County Tipperary’s largest town. It is an ideal starting point for visiting a wide range of attractions. The town is nestled in the Comeragh Mountains to the South and legendary Slievenamon to the East, both a must visit for those who want to burn calories while hiking and enjoying a magnificent view of Clonmel and nearby towns. It is also crammed with centuries old castles and ruins, historical monuments resting on a huge rock, pretty gardens, and even a miraculous spring. Discover this town by following this recommended list of things to do in Clonmel.

12 Best Things To Do In Clonmel, Ireland

1.Fethard

Town Wall Fethard Co Tippery

Fethard has been a walled town since the 13th century and within its very intact walls are many Churches, towers and Sheela-na-Gig carvings. One of the quirkiest things to see in Clonmel, it only takes a little more than 10 minutes north of town to reach Fethard.

Walk around Ireland’s most complete medieval town, with more than 90% of the wall (1100 meters) still intact. Explore the labyrinth of streets inside the fortifications made up of 15th-century townhouses, friaries and a 13th-century church.

The wall stands at about 7.6 meters and the last surviving town gate is the North Gate, which still has traces of wickerwork dating back to its construction.

2.Marlfield Lake

Marlfield Lake Clonmel

A picturesque six-hectare lake on the western edge of Clonmel, most are surprised whenever they learn that Marlfield Lake is totally man-made.

Set on former marshland, Marlfield Lake was created by the landowner Stephen Moore at the end of the 18th century. The water on this lake comes from the spring at St Patrick’s well and its flumes once powered local mills. Now a wildfowl conservancy, Marlfield Lake is a major habitat for coots, herons, mallards, and swans.

Opening Hours

24 Hours

Contact Information

Address: Inishlounaght, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

3.Rock of Cashel

rock of cashel

The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale. Easily reached and within minutes from Clonmel, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of the Kings of Munster for centuries before the 13th-century Norman Invasion. The Rock is one of the best places to see in Clonmel, with all the different historical monuments you can see in one place. Among those you can find at The Rock is the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral,  a 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.

Opening Hours

Open all Year:

Mid-September – Mid October
Daily  09.00 – 17.30
Last admission at 16.45

Mid October – Mid March
Daily  09.00 – 16.30
Last admission at 15.45

Mid-March – Early June
Daily  09.00 – 17.30
Last admission at 16.45

Early June – Mid September
Daily  09.00 – 19.00
Last admission at 18.15.

Closed 24th to 26th December inclusive.

Please note that all groups must be pre-booked.
Average Length of Visit: 1 – 1.5 hours.

Admission Fee

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

Contact Information

Address: St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel Cashel Co. Tipperary E25 KX44

Phone: +353 62 61437

Email:  rockofcashel@opw.ie 

4.Ormond Castle

Ormonde Castle Carrick

A stunning example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland, Ormond Castle was built by Thomas Butler, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. It is reached via a brief road trip down the Suir, and one of the best attractions in Clonmel. The castle used to be a Medieval fortress before it was turned into a grand manor house.

Much of the castle’s original architecture remains, such as the two 15th century towers. The staterooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including portraits. Going into the back of the Ormond Castle, you can still find traces of the 14th-century castle that came before.

Opening Hours

9th March – 26th October
10:00 – 18:00
Last Admission – 17:15

27th – 02nd  November
09:30 – 17:00
Last Admission – 16:15

03rd November
09:30 – 15:00
Last Admission – 14:15

Site closes for 2019 season on the 3rd of November.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address: Castle Park, off Castle Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, E32 CX59

Phone: +353 51 640 787  

Email: ormondcastle@opw.ie

5.Comeragh Mountains

Comeragh Mountains_Waterford

A glaciated mountain range in the southeast of Ireland in County Waterford, the Comeragh Mountains are situated between the towns of Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel on the County Tipperary border and the villages of Kilrossanty and Kilmacthomas in County Waterford. The glaciations in Comeragh create spectacular coums (or cirques), amphitheater-like depressions ringed by cliffs and with loughs (lakes) at the base.

It is a stunning paradise for hikers and trekkers, and a day or two at the Comeragh is one of the best things to do in Clonmel on weekends. Walk around the trailhead past the first two ranges for a magnificent view of Clomml and nearby towns, see the Mahon Falls, and walk across moorland littered with grazing sheep and goats to Coum Tay, skirted by epic rocky bluffs.

6.Carey’s Castle

Nestled within a forest of oak, beech, ash, and spruce, Carey’s Castle won’t appeal at first especially after reaching it through a trail beside the mossy Glenary River. However, the place still has a fascinating yet poignant history and a visit is still worthwhile.

Built by the affluent school-owning Carey family at the turn of the 19th century, the castle was abandoned just five decades later. A first impression when you see the castle is that it is much older, with its Norman great hall, Celtic round tower and Gothic arches. But it makes for an interesting place to visit, with most parts of it still intact despite being abandoned.

7.Slievenamon

Slievenamon Clonmel

When in Clonmel, you can’t miss this 721-meter hill that looms over the northeast part of the town. Slievenamon means “Mountain of the Women” in Gaelic, and in the mythology, refers to a race run by women to win the hand of the eligible warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill. A hike up the hill might feel like a race, but it is one of the best activities to do in Clonmel if you enjoy communing with nature while enjoying a bit of history.

There is a trail to the summit from Kilcash, and the rounded hillsides make for an easier walk to the top. At the peak, you will find two prehistoric markers and stunning views of Southeast Ireland down to the Comeragh range.

8.Killurney Garden

Killurney is a charming 1-hectare country garden located at the foot of Slievenamon near Clonmel, County Tipperary. In the garden are rare trees and shrubs as well as extensive herbaceous borders, a scree bed, heather bed, rolling lawns and the ruins of a 16th-century church. A haven for those who want to relax after exploring Clommel, there’s also a mountain stream that fills a large pond and flows away between banks where water-plants and a collection of exotic ferns thrive.

Opening Hours

May-Sept. by appointment.

Contact Information

Address: Ballypatrick, Clonmel, E91 T680, Co. Tipperary

Phone:+353 52 6133155

Email: rowswork2@gmail.com

9.Tipperary County Museum

One of the places to include in your Clommel itinerary,  Tipperary County Museum has two galleries, one showcases the history and heritage of the County from prehistoric to modern times, while the other hosts a variety of exhibitions that are still of cultural and historical significance. Boasting a massive collection of artifacts on exhibit,  the museum also has pieces on loan from the National Museum of Ireland.

Some of the interesting items on exhibit are the jersey worn by the Gaelic footballer Mick Hogan when he was killed at Bloody Sunday in 1920 and Ireland’s first Olympic medal won at St Louis in 1904 by T. F. Kiely.

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri -9.30 – 4.30

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Mick Delahunty Square, Burgagery-Lands East, Clonmel, Co

Phone: +353(0)761 065000

Email: customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie

10.Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Situated on a rocky island on the River Suir, the Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. A few hours inside Cahir Castle is definitely one of the best things to do in Clonmel especially among history or architecture buffs.

Once inside, you’ll get to watch a fascinating audiovisual presentation depicting the sieges and battles fought for this stronghold. You’ll also learn about the many movies and TV shows that have been shot at Cahir Castle, like The Tudors and Excalibur. There’s an exhibition about the siege of 1599, and a 30-minute tour to see the things like a working portcullis, original machicolations, dungeons, and secret passages.

Opening Hours

March-Mid June
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid-June – August
Daily 09.00 – 18.30

September – Mid October
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid October – February
Daily 09.30 – 16.30

Average Length of Visit: 1 – 1.5 hours
Closed 24th – 31st December Inclusive.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address: Castle Street Cahir Co. Tipperary E21 P652

Phone:+353 (52) 744 1011 

Email:cahircastle@opw.ie

11.The Main Guard

The Main Guard Clonmel

You get a  fascinating glimpse into Clonmel’s history by visiting the Main Guard, a courthouse from the end of the 17th century, built by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde. It used to be the courthouse for the Palatinate or administrative area of County Tipperary. The Palatinate jurisdiction was eventually abolished, and in the 1800s, the ground floor with its prominent open arches was converted into shops, a basement was excavated and additional floors were added.

It was restored during the early 2000s to its original design, and the open arcade of sandstone columns is once again a feature of the streetscape.

Opening Hours

28th March – 25th September.

Daily 09.00 – 17.00 – Closed Mondays

Last admission 16.15

Restricted hours during a closed season

Average Length of Visit: 40 mins

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address:  Sarsfield St, Oldbridge, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone:+353 62 61437

Email: mail: mainguard@opw.ie

12.St. Patrick’s Well

St Patrick's Well Marlfield

One of the more interesting places to visit in Clonmel is the St. Patrick’s well, located in the outskirts of town, in a peaceful clearing at the base of a limestone cliff. It is one of Ireland’s largest holy wells, and among the earliest Christian sanctuaries, a  holy and tranquil site that has been a place of pilgrimage since pre-Christian times.

St. Patrick’s Well is now part of the present day parish of St. Mary’s of the assumption, Irishtown. During a leisurely stroll around the site, you will see a rough, undecorated Celtic cross believed to be from the 5th century, as well as the remains of a 15th century Cistercian church. There are also strange drip stones with hollowed out channels through which the spring waters flow into the stream. This is of medieval origin and the only other example is found in St. Brigid’s Well in Kildare.

Opening Hours

24 Hours

Contact Information

Address: Gortmore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

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Irish Gifts For Her (15 Best Gifts For Women Who Love Ireland)

Voted as being one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Ireland offers a lot of interesting and useful gifts for women that will remind you of your stay in the scenic country. These Irish gifts for her are available online, readily available as gifts for female family members, friends, neighbors, for yourself, or for special women who yearn the special beauty of Ireland.

So here’s the list of fun and interesting Irish gifts for her or any women in your life who love Ireland.

Irish Gifts For Her (15 Best Gifts For Women Who Love Ireland)

irish gifts for her

1.Ceramic Mug with Irish Blessing


The polished ceramic mug is designed with lucky four-leaf clovers, a popular symbol of good luck and fortune in Ireland. It contains a heartwarming traditional Irish blessing that will make you smile as you sip your morning, afternoon, or evening tea. A great gift for anyone’s grandmother, aunt, or anybody who would like to read a short blessing to start off their day. To check the latest price, click here.

2.Abbey Gift Irish Mug and Coaster Set

A beautiful and practical gift for any Irish culture lover. The mug is layered with a dark forest green matte exterior that makes it perfectly safe as a container for microwaved food. It can be also safely loaded in a dishwasher.

It includes a coaster, which can be also used as a lid. A nice gift for both women and men who like to keep their workplace clean and free of clutter. To check the latest price, click here. 

3. St. Patrick’s Day Tee Shamrock Shirt

Wear your love for Ireland proudly with a unisex Irish shamrock cuff-sleeved shirt. Made from 100% cotton, the fabric gives you a light and warm feeling. Its softness will never disappoint. Perfect to wear on St. Patrick’s Day or any Irish festivals, or even any day for that matter.

The unisex sizing of the shirt makes it a loose fit, to accommodate all body types. Look fresh and lucky every day with this cool shamrock shirt. To check the latest price, click here. 

4.Clover Charm Penny Keychain

Attach your good wishes to someone with this perfect charm—a penny, a symbol of luck in the US, with a silver clover to bring the beholder good luck. It comes in a package with a card noted: “What a lucky year!”.

The stainless metal ring will hold your container and your charm nicely. Perfect for an Irish-lovers couple’s keychain, or a 16th-year gift for a special someone. To check the latest price, click here.

5. Drunker Half St. Patrick’s Day Beer Glasses

Reminding you of the golden ales and rich brews of Ireland is a fun gift for any Irish brew lover—a set of two of the finest Drunker Half Beer Glasses. It can be used for any occasion, but most notably during St. Patrick’s Day.

Crafted using high-quality glassware, it is heavy duty, with the letterings printed in organic ink. You’ll surely smile at first sight as you think of your ‘Drunken Half’, whoever he or she might be. Rest assured that the glass will not only enliven any celebration but also be as durable as your love for Ireland. To check the latest price, click here. 

6.Irish Knit Beanie Hat

Warming-up for the cold season has never been as stylish as wearing the perfect winter-wear beanie—and this soft Irish knit beanie is one of them. The one-sized, hand-knit head warmer can be used anywhere.

The Olann Green color reminds one of Ireland, but there are other colors and styles to choose from. It is thick and will give you the warm comfort you need during the coldest days you will encounter. To check the latest price, click here

7.Kate Kearney Irish Dark Chocolate

The smooth and creamy Irish-native dark chocolate is a great gift for Irish chocolate lovers. Having the health benefits of rich dark chocolate, plus the creaminess of good Irish dairy makes it a splendid gift.

The chocolate was named after a beautiful Irish lady who helped travelers who passed by her cottage at Killarney, Co. Kerry. To check the latest price, click here.

8.Kate Kearney Irish Assorted Sweets

If you aren’t much of a fan of chocolate but still crave for delectable Irish sweets, then you should try Kate Kearney Irish Assorted Sweets. Surprise yourself with an assortment of individually-wrapped sweets. They range from caramel, chocolate, tangy fruit flavored jellies, and chewy fudges and toffees. A thoughtful Irish gift for anyone, especially for kids. To check the latest price, click here.

9.Kate Kearney Irish Whiskey Fudge Bag

If you want your fudge flavored with a tinge of whiskey – minus the alcohol, then try Kate Kearney Irish Whiskey Fudge Bag. The individually-wrapped candies inside the bag won’t last long in the family table.

Its high-quality creaminess makes it melt in your mouth. Delectably soft, good consistency, with a hint of whiskey once it has melted. It is perfectly safe for kids and a yummy Irish confectionary for everyone! To check the latest price, click here.

10.Women’s St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Tank Top

Continue wearing your pride for Ireland as you exercise or take a morning stroll with a shamrock tank top.

Lightweight, extremely soft, and durable—its high-quality fabric will ensure your skin stays smooth as you perform any strenuous physical activity while feeling lucky. To check the latest rate, click here.

11.Patrick Francis Navy & Green Shamrock Sprig Silk Scarf

The great silk scarf is woven with fine Celtic cashmere wool that measures 12” wide by 52” long—which can be used in varied ways: as a shawl, a small blanket, or an elegant outdoor scarf. Perfect for an Irish-themed party or get-together.

It features a soft navy background with branches of shamrock springs. Crafted from 100% silk, it is lightweight and can be worn in any formal or casual occasion. To check the latest price, click here.

12.Irish Wit, Wisdom and Humor: The Complete Collection of Irish Jokes, One-Liners & Witty Sayings

If you wish to impress your friends with wisdom from Irish sayings or make them laugh with your Irish jests, then The Complete Collection of Irish Jokes, One-Liners & Witty Sayings is a book especially for you.

Witty observations, fun one-liners, and humorous quotations are compiled for you to share with anyone.

It features famous Irish icons such as Oscar Wilde, Bono, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis, Sinead O’Connor, and many more. To check the latest price, click here.

13.Godinger Dublin Covered Butter Dish

A butter dish crafted from brilliant 24 percent lead crystal, this lidded crystal container adds wonderfully as a fine-dining accessory. Used mostly for special events, the crystal lid features classic Irish design, brilliantly wedged, with diamond cuts as finishing.

For best care, the butter dish must be washed by hand. To check the latest rate, click here.

14.Ireland Celtic Coin Copper Earrings

These earrings are ideal gifts for women who would like to wear a coppery relic resembling Ireland. The earring is shaped liked pinging coin from Ireland, and the copper-colored bird featured on the earring was adapted from the bird found in the Book of Kells. Which is a symbolic bird resembling resurrection and immortality.

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12 Best Things To Do In Carlow, Ireland

Located in Leinster, Carlow is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. A  vibrant town with a rich rural history and surrounded by picturesque countryside it may seem difficult to pick places to see or things to do in Carlow. Here’s a list to help you figure out your Carlow itinerary: places and activities that are a mix of culture, history, fun and much-needed relaxation.

Best Things To Do In Carlow, Ireland

1.Carlow Castle

Carlow castle

Carlow Castle is a must for history buffs, with all the strange events that it went through since it was built. One of the best attractions in Carlow is located near the River Barrow and was constructed somewhere between 1207 and 1213. Built using limestone, Carlow Castle had multiple owners over the centuries, until it was blown up accidentally in 1814 by a doctor who wanted to turn it into an asylum.

At present, only the west wall and two towers of this Medieval fortress remain, but those are enough to give you an idea of the size of Carlow Castle before its accidental destruction. It is owned by the Office of Public Works and you can visit the ruins at any time. There were no attempts to restore or renovate it but it’s still suite magnificent despite its condition.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Contact Information

Address:  Graigue, Carlow, Ireland

Phone:  + 353 (0) 59 9130411

Email: info@carlowtourism.com

2.Huntington Castle

Huntington_Castle

Formerly a stronghold, Huntington Castle was originally constructed in 1625 by Sir Laurence Esmonde and boasts of some impressive features, such as the Georgian terraces and castellated Victorian extensions. Inside the castle grounds, visitors can marvel at the lime tree avenue, parterre, the Yew Walk and the estate’s fish ponds which pretty much as they were back in the 17th century. Inside the castle itself, you can view the kitchens, drawing room, a temple of Isis in the old dungeons, and out to the sacred well of St Brigid. Also within the grounds are the oldest hydroelectric turbines, providing the castle with its own power supply since 1888. Huntington Castle is one of the best castles to visit in Ireland.

Opening Hours

Summer Season opening times:

 Saturday & Sunday 11-5pm

Tours at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

From 1st May

Tearooms and Gardens

11-5pm

Tours at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Contact Information

Address: Clonegal County Carlow Ireland

Phone:+353 539377160    

Email: info@huntingtoncastle.com

3.Carlow Cathedral

Carlow Cathedral Interior

With its prominent Neo-Gothic spire and lantern, the Cathedral is easily one of this towns landmarks and one of the places to see in Carlow. With the church’s tallest part at 46 meters, this was designed by the Gothic Revival trailblazer Thomas Cobden and was inspired by the Belfry of Bruges in Belgium.

The cathedral’s stunning blue-grey facade and spire are made from stone that was sourced from a quarry on the Carlow-Tullow Road. Its great framed roof is made of oak supplied by the owner of the nearby Oak Park estate.

The cathedral is dedicated to former Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr. James Doyle, who passed away in 1834. His memorial statue was carved in Rome in 1839.

Opening Hours

Sunday Masses:

Sat. Vigil:- 6.15pm (’As Gaeilge’ 1st & 2nd Sat. Oct. to May)

Sunday:- 8.30am 11.00am 12.30pm & 7.00pm

Weekday Masses:

Monday to Friday:- 7:30am & 10.00am

Saturday:- 10.00am – Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Holy Hour: Every Friday – 7:00 pm

Contact Information

Address: College St, Graigue, Carlow, Ireland

Phone: 059 91 64087

Email: info@carlowcathedral.ie

4.Duckett’s Grove

Duckett's Grove, Co Carlow

Covering 8,000 hectares, the estate was built during the first decades of the 19th century.  John Davidson Duckett ordered a Gothic Revival castellated house, and for more than three centuries the Duckett family literally lorded it over the Carlow countryside to the east of the town. The last male Duckett passed away in 1908, and the house was later destroyed by fire in 1933. The walls are practically intact, however, and still decorated with castellations, window traceries, turrets, and bartizans.

Inside the castle, there are tea rooms on the courtyard, a restored walled garden that has flowering shrubs such as roses and exotic peonies, all trimmed with boxwood hedges. An ornamental species of banana continues to thrive in the gardens, because of its warm climate.

Opening Hours

Gardens and ruined mansion daily, daylight.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens & Pleasure Grounds Near Carlow Town.

Phone: + 353 (0) 59 9130411

Email: info@carlowcarlowtourism.com

5.County Carlow Military Museum

BrownBessMusket County Carlow Military Museum

Located inside Old Church on the Athy Road, County Carlow Military Museum is dedicated solely to the military history of County Carlow. Considered one of the best things to see in Carlow, this museum is privately run, and most of the items on exhibit were donated by locals, such as vintage uniforms, weapons from the Irish Army, the Carlow Militia, the Irish War of Independence, World War 1 and many others.

Also among the displays are tableaus with reproductions of a Medieval battle and a trench from the First World War. From the memorabilia, you can also find out about Irish involvement in UN peacekeeping missions to Somalia, Lebanon, and Congo.

One of the museum’s most exciting artifact is a Brown Bess musket from the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Contact Information

Address: Old Church, Athy Rd, Strawhall, Carlow, Ireland

Phone: +353 87 690 4242

6.Oak Park Forest Park

Located 3 kilometers north of Carlow Town, Oak Park Forest is a peaceful forest park with a mix of beech, silver fir, oak, pine and sycamore trees thriving in its 120 acres of forestry.

The forest park has color-coded trails of varying lengths. It is also an ideal location for a family day out with a playground, picnic tables, public toilets and exercise machines available in the park premises.

Opening Hours

Year round daily, daylight hours.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Oak Park,  Carlow

Phone:+ 353 (0) 59 9130411

Email: info@carlowtourism.com

7.The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

A haven for chocolate lovers and one of the best attractions in Carlow, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a modern chocolate and ice cream factory located in a village called Rath, in Carlow. The place offers tours where you can try award-winning handmade chocolates, hot chocolate, and ice cream. A real paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth, the chocolate garden also has daily chocolate mold lessons, where you can craft your own choco creation and enjoy delicious ice cream while you wait for your mold to set.

Admission Fee

Group Rate: Workshop (>15) €11.50 (normally €13.50) – 1 hr 40 mins duration

Group Rate: Mould-Making & Ice Cream €10 – c.30 mins duration

Group Rate: Tea/Coffee & Biscuits €3; Tea/Coffee & Scones €4.00

Contact Information

Address: Rath East, Tullow, Co. Carlow, R93 PY82, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)59 648 1999

Email:info@chocolategarden.ie

8.Rancho Reilly

The ultimate location for family fun, Rancho Reilly which is located in the Carlow countryside has everything kids could possibly want.  The place is a children’s activity center in four acres of farmland, that has a pet farm, with ponies, miniature goats, rabbits, cows, reindeer, pot-bellied pigs and a variety of birds.

Children will be able to handle many of these animals and take part in all sorts of other fun. Rancho Reilly also has crazy golf, sunken trampolines, and picnic tables, an indoor area contains a soft area for children aged 3-11 and a comfortable coffee shop, with a burning stove so the adults can relax.

Opening Hours

Open Saturday & Sunday(April -Sept)

11.00am – 6.00pm

(plus school & bank holidays)

Admission Fee

€3.50 per Adult

€7.50 Per child over 1 year

Wheelchair Accessible.

Contact Information

Address: Springhill Rd, Carlow

Phone:087-7701181

Email:info@ranchoreilly.com

9.Borris House

Known as a unique venue for weddings, balls, concerts and cultural ceremonies, Borris House is one of the best places to visit in Carlow. The ancestral home of the MacMorrough Kavanaghs, High Kings of Leinster, this Tudor Gothic Mansion was modeled after an 18th-century house and a former 15th-century castle, making it a landmark of Irish architectural history. It is located in the most spectacular scenery Ireland has to offer, with the backdrop of the river Barrow which flows beside the beautiful woodland and gardens of Borris House.

Opening Hours

May-September

Tours are scheduled for 1 pm and 2 pm

Admission Fee

€10.00  per person

An entry fee of just €5.00 permits access to the granary to see the looped film of the history of Borris House, the lace garden and wider grounds.

Contact Information

Address: Borris, Carlow, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)599 771 884

Email: events@borrishouseweddings.com

10.Walsh Whiskey Distillery

A visit to an Irish town isn’t complete without stepping inside a whiskey distillery, and a trip to the Walsh Distillery definitely should be on your list of things to do in Carlow. Situated in the 18th-century Royal Oak estate, the Walsh Whiskey Distillery invites visitors for tours to show how premium, hand-crafted Irish whiskey is made. It is one of the largest working distilleries in Ireland, and visitors to Walsh Whiskey Distillery can see first-hand how all three types of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain – are crafted.

Writers’ Tears and the Irishman are both distilled here and both have garnered awards. All of the ingredients for Walsh’s whiskey are local, as barley is in plentiful supply in Carlow, while Royal Oak sits above a 200-million-liter aquifer, making it a perfect place to create exceptional quality whiskeys.

Contact Information

Address:  Royal Oak, Clorusk Lower, Carlow, Ireland

Phone:+353 59 9133232

Email: info@walshwhiskey.com

11.Delta Sensory Gardens

Delta is a perfect space for anyone wanting peace and tranquility. Consisting of 2.5 acres of land, these scenic gardens are decorated by the country’s top designers. Located in Carlow’s northern outskirts,  the Delta gardens is totally out of the ordinary. For one, its top attraction is the kugel fountain, with a one-ton ball of solid marble floating in the water.

In one part there are 16 interconnected areas, beautifully manicured lawns with whimsical sculptures, waterfalls, ponds, pergolas, and fountains. Regular visitors to Delta find it a joy to see the gardens change with the season, from tulips and daffodils in spring to the russet tones of the beech hedges in autumn.

The Delta Sensory Gardens also has a place selling plants and garden decorations, a cafe and hosts events throughout the year.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5.30pm

Weekends and Public Holidays: 11 am – 5.30pm

Admission Fee

Adult €5

Student €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 13 years Free (when accompanied by an adult)*

Group Rate On Application – full tour included

Yearly membership Single €20, Couple €35

Contact Information

Address: Strawhall Estate, Carlow, Co. Carlow, Ireland, R93 Y959 

Phone: +353(0)59 9143527 

12.Brownshill Dolmen

Brownshill Dolmen Carlow

A major point of interest in Carlow is the Brownshill Dolmen, a megalithic portal tomb with the large granite capstone that weighs around 103 tonnes. An amazing piece of prehistoric engineering, the Brownshill Dolmen is an Irish National Monument. is about 6,000 years old, and was in use for around 2,500 years.

The dolmen also retains a certain mystique because it has never been officially excavated. It is one of the largest Dolmens in Europe making it a truly important historic site and definitely worth a visit.

Opening Hours

24 Hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Hackettstown, Hackettstown Rd, Carlow, Ireland

Email: info@carlowtourism.com

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13 Best Things To Do In Lisburn, Ireland

Just a few miles southwest of Belfast, Lisburn is the birthplace of the Irish linen industry. It is nestled in the green fertile valley just beside the river Lagan, with a walkable and car-free center. Lisburn visitors will enjoy a stroll in its huge nature parks, marvel at quirky attractions and discover more of its history through a visit to museums and castles. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Lisburn, all guaranteed to make your stay worthwhile.

Best Things To Do In Lisburn, Ireland

1.Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle Lisbon

One of the most interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle was built during the 1770s in Hillsborough Village. Often listed as one of the best places to see in Lisburn, it is the official residence of the Royal Family whenever they’re visiting Northern Ireland.

The castle is situated within 96 acres of beautiful grounds that include ornamental gardens, woodlands, and waterways. As one of the Historic Royal Palaces, the property is open to tours for a look inside a working royal palace. In the main entrance, check out the statue of Ossian – a mythical warrior poet, then the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial Ground, and the Ice House. Inside you’ll get to see the Drawing Room, regal Throne Room, the splendid State Rooms, and the Downshire Gallery which has portraits of the many people who have been in the palace, from heads of state to castle staff.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 09:30 – 18:00

Last admission: 17:00

Admission Fee

Adult (18+ years old): £11.40

Child (5-15 years old): £5.70

Contact Information

Address: The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, UK

Phone: 028 9268 1300

Email:hillsboroughgroups@hrp.org.uk

2.Castle Gardens

Castle Gardens Lisburn

Built in the 1620s and formerly the site of Lisburn Castle, the 19th-century gardens and 17th-century terraces have recently been restored. During the renovations, a flight of sandstone terraces from the 1600s was revealed and have been restored to include a pretty double staircase with a balustrade and a grand gateway from 1677. The same renovation also revealed a 17th-century gazebo (summer house) and terrace walls. Also within the park are memorials for the First and Second World Wars in the upper part, along with a tribute fountain to Lisburn’s turn-of-the-century benefactor Sir Richard Wallace.

Opening Hours

1st April to 30th September – 8am-8pm

1st October to 31st March – 8am-5pm

Closed: Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Contact Information

Address: Lisburn BT27 4XE, UK

Phone:  028 9266 3377

Email: castlegardenslisburn.com

3.Lisburn Square

Lisburn Square

Only a few steps from the Linen Centre and right next to Lisburn’s bus station, Lisburn Square is a Georgian-style square around a glass pavilion. It is actually an outdoor shopping center and shopping here is one of the best things to do in Lisburn. Most of the shops are local,  from salons to interior designers. The best time to visit though is during the month of May, when they have a weekend market and you can buy cheese, pastries, freshly cooked food and more from other countries such as  France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Morocco.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:30 am- 6 pm

Contact Information

Address: Lisburn Square, Lisburn BT28 1TS

Phone: 028 92 641384

4.Christ Church Cathedral

hrist Church Cathedral Lisburn

Christ Church Cathedral is the picturesque main church of Ireland’s Connor Diocese. It was rebuilt at the start of the 18th century after its original building burnt down. The church’s design is rather understated and simple, but charming nonetheless. Inside, one noticeable feature is the pair of wooden galleries running up the length of the nave rather than sitting at the back, and outside is the octagonal spire, which was added to the tower in 1804.

Contact Information

Address: 24A Castle Street Lisburn BT27 4XD

Phone: 028 9260 2400

Email: enquiries@lisburncathedral.org

5.Colin Glen Forest Park

Situated in a wooded valley embedded in the Belfast Hills, Colin Glen Forest Park is found at the boundary between Belfast and Lisburn.  A day in this park is one of the best things to do in Lisburn on weekends, especially for those who wish to enjoy time with family and friends. Colin Glen Forest Park has a variety of activities for all ages like the SKYTrek, kayaking, and  ‘zorbing’, where you run over the park river while inside a huge rubber ball and bouncing off your friends in a crazy game of zorb-based football.

Opening Hours

9 am -6pm

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address: 163 Stewartstown Road, Dunmurry Belfast, BT17 0HW

phone: 028 9061 4115

Email: reception@colinglen.org

6.Giant’s Ring

Nestled inside the Lagan Valley Regional Park is one of the few prehistoric sites in the area. It is the Giant’s Ring, a henge monument at Ballynahatty dating back almost 5,000 years, older than Egypt’s pyramids. Formerly used for horse racing during the 1700s because of it being an almost perfect circle, it is hands down a must visit and one of the best attractions in Lisburn.

The Giant’s Ring is in a circular enclosure 180 meters in diameter. hemmed by a circular earthwork bank that’s 3.5 meters in height. There are five gaps in this bank, and three are believed to be original, and close to the center of the ring is an isolated megalithic passage tomb.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Contact Information

Address: Belfast BT8 8LE, UK

Phone: +44 28 9082 3207

7.Lagan Valley Regional Park

Lagan Valley Regional Park is a magnificent mix of countryside, urban parks, heritage sites, nature reserves, and riverside trails. Consisting of 1,830-hectares, this also takes in 11 miles of the Lagan River between Stranmills, part of Belfast and the Union Locks in Lisburn. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the countryside, enjoy sports such as cycling, running and canoeing, or to engage in more leisurely activities such as bird watching and walking. The park also has the Ballyskeagh High Bridge, which constructed from local sandstone around 1760  with its tall, narrow arches; and the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, where you can see one of the original barges that navigated the Lagan canal.

Opening Hours

Monday -Friday- 10 am-4pm

Saturday -Sunday- 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Contact Information

Address:  3 Lock Keepers Ln, Belfast BT8 7XT, UK

Phone: 028 9049 1922

Email: admin@laganvalley.co.uk

8.Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

rish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum Lisburn

Located in Lisburn’s oldest building which was a 17th century Market House, this award-winning museum showcases the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Lisburn. Linen has always been regarded as a high-status cloth and was used by the ancient Egyptians. Proof of it is a piece from the tomb of Tutankhamun, from 1500BC, that is on display in the museum. A visit to the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, watching daily demonstrations of hand spinning and loom-weaving is one of the best activities to do in Lisburn.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday, 9.30  am-5 pm throughout the year.

Contact Information

Address: Market SquareLisburn BT28 1AG County Antrim Northern Ireland

Phone: +44 28 9266 3377

Email:  ilcsales@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

9.Belshaw’s Quarry Sculpture Park

A unique attraction in Lisburn is Belshaw’s Quarry Sculpture Park, located in the countryside to the northwest. The place used to be a source of limestone until it closed down in 1950

On the quarry floor, you will find some interesting species that have flourished such as orchids, wild strawberries and a colony of common blue butterflies. Recently a sculpture park was set up at the quarry, with pieces that represent its unique geology.

Contact Information

Address: Bensons Rd, Lisburn BT28 3UU, UK

Phone:  +44 28 3885 3950

10Hilden Brewery Tour

Hidden Brewery Lisburn

Aside from whiskey,  beer is a drink that’s long been part of the Irish culture. Visiting Hilden Brewery, the oldest family-run independent brewery in Ireland, is definitely one of the things to do in Lisburn whether you’re a fan of beer or not.

Based at the Georgian Hilden House, this brewery was built in  1824.  During a visit, you get to to the brewery, learn more about this ancient craft from Master Brewer, and sample some of their award-winning beers.

Opening Hours

( The Tap Room)

Lunch

Tuesday to Saturday

12pm – 2.30pm

Sunday 12pm – 3.00pm

Dinner

Tuesday to Saturday

5.30pm to 9 pm

Contact Information

Address: Hilden Housen Grand Street Hilden Lisburn BT27 4TY

Phone: +44 2892660800

Email:info@hildenbrewery.co.uk

11.Balmoral Show

A great way to sample rural life in Northern Ireland is through the Balmoral Show. It is a mix of a  trade fair and American-style state fair, held during the month of May. The show has been based at Balmoral Park and held yearly for the past decade or so.

During the event, there are hundreds of stalls of agricultural products, machinery and arts, and crafts, all accompanied by fairground rides, stunt horse riders and a food pavilion with nearly a hundred companies represented. One of the highlights of the Balmoral show though are the livestock competitions for cattle, horses, goats, and pigs.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9.30am – 6 pm

Thursday 9.30am – 8 pm

Friday 9.30am – 7 pm

Saturday 9.30am – 6 pm

Admission Fee

Pre-show Prices

Adult (Over 18)      £17

Seniors (Over 65)   £12.50

Youth (12-18 years)  £10

Children 5-11 years   £2

Children under 5 years  FREE

Contact Information

Address: Eikon Exhibition Centre Balmoral Park Halftown Road Lisburn BT27 5RD

Phone: +44 (0)28 9066 5225

Email:info@ruas.org.uk

12.Wallace Park

Wallace Park Lisburn

Wallace Park is located in the heart of Lisburn and spans 25 acres of mature parkland,  spacious lawns, and mature trees. Originally known as the Peoples Park, it was renamed after its former landowner and Lisburn benefactor, Sir Richard Wallace’s death in 1890. One of the prettiest places to visit in Lisburn, the park design hasn’t changed much since it was Wallace’s private gardens and has kept its Victorian English country style. The park has a great number of century-old trees that serves as home to all sorts of birdlife, and two species of bat: Leisler’s bats and common pipistrelles, which you may spot around twilight.

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours

Contact Information

Address: Lisburn BT27 4AN, UK

Phone:+44 28 9250 9250

13. Ulster Aviation Society

Located in Halftown Road, at the western edge of Lisburn, is the Ulster Aviation Society. If you’re interested in aircraft and a bit of military history, or simply want to see something different while in Lisburn, the Ulster Aviation Society offers a unique array of 30+ historic aircraft and exhibits celebrating Northern Ireland’s aviation heritage. You can also see a commercial, Cold War and World War 2 aircraft, all housed in a historic hangar.

The Ulster Aviation Society is made up of a small army of enthusiasts and has been rebuilding and preserving historic planes and helicopters since 1968. As you make your way around the collection you’ll even see some impressive restoration work in progress.

Admission Fee

Donations

Evening visits may be subject to a donation Lighting surcharge of £25.
Donation rates are scaled according to Group size:
Up to 10 people £40
11~20 people £60
21~30 people £80
31~40 people £100
41~50 people £120
50+ people negotiable, by prior written agreement only.

Contact Information

Address: Gate 3 – Maze Long Kesh, 94-b Halftown Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, UKBT27 5RF

Email: hello@ulsteraviationsociety.org

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Shannon Airport Transfer Options To Major Cities In Ireland

Shannon Airport is the third busiest airport in Ireland after Dublin Airport and Cork Airport. In 2017, it served over 1.7 million passengers alone.

During the 1930s, the trans-Atlantic travel was mainly dominated by flying boats that were located in the terminal in Foyne. But because of the growing demand, by 1936, the government started building a runway and an airport in Rineanna in the Shannon area.

The airport serves mainly the areas of Galway, Limerick, Ennis and the southwest region of Ireland. If you happen to be arriving in Shannon Airport and would like to go straight to neighboring major cities in Ireland, then this guide is for you.

Airlines that serve Shannon Airport

Currently, below are the major airlines that serve Shannon:

Air Lingus

General: +353 (0)61 715400
Reservations: 0818 365000
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61 715325 – 0800hrs to 1500hrs daily
Website: www.aerlingus.com

Air Canada

General: 1-800-709900
Lost Baggage: Information
Website: www.aircanada.com

American Airlines
Reservations:1890 925 065
Lost Baggage:+353 (0)61712474
Website: www.americanairlines.ie

Delta
General: +353 (0)61 471200
Reservations: 0818 904 872
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61 712474
Website: www.delta.com

Lufthansa
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61 471851
Website: www.lufthansa.com

Norwegian Airline
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61 471851
Website: www.norwegian.com/ie

Ryan Air
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61 471851
Website: www.ryanair.com

United Airlines
Reservations: 1890 925252
Lost Baggage: +353 (0)61712474
Website: www.united.com

And for available transport between Shannon Airport and major cities and towns in Ireland, see below:

Shannon Airport Bus Transfer Options To Major Towns and Cities

Shannon Airport To Limerick

limerick city

Shannon Airport from Limerick is only 35 km. To get to Limerick, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There are 3 Bus Eireann buses that go to Limerick: bus #51, #343 and #X51.

If you are in a hurry, bus #X51 is the fastest at 25 minutes. It goes straight to Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station with no stop. Bus #51 takes about 30 minutes to get to Limerick. It has one stop that’s why it’s longer by 5 minutes. Bus #343 will take you longer as it has over 20 stops before getting to Limerick. This bus takes about 50 minutes.

The bus fare is between €5-7 for a one-way trip and there are buses that leave every hour.

Shannon Airport To Galway

day trips from galway city

Shannon Airport from Galway is only 94 km. To get to Galway, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There are 2 Bus Eireann buses that go to Galway: bus #51and #X51.

If you are in a hurry, bus #X51 is faster at 1 hour and 10 minutes. It goes to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station with just one stop. Bus #51 takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes to get to Galway. It has 10 stops that’s why it’s longer by 40 minutes.

The bus fare is between €11-16 for a one-way trip and there are buses that leave every hour.

Shannon Airport To Dublin

things to do in dublin ireland

Take a Bus Eireann (#51, #343) to Old Creamery Pub from the main terminal in Shannon Airport. This only takes 25 minutes for €2-4 (one-way) and there are buses that leave hourly.

From Old Creamery Pub, walk a bit towards the Bunratty bus stop then take a bus (Dublin Coach #300 or Euro Bus #300) that goes to Dublin from there. The trip takes a little more than 3 hours and there are buses every hour as well. For bus fare, it is €10-15 (one-way) for Dublin Coach and €18-22 (one-way) for Euro Bus. Both bus operators will drop you at the Arlington Hotel in Dublin.

Shannon Airport To Cork

Cork City Ireland

Shannon Airport from Cork is about 127 km. To get to Cork, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There’s only 1 Bus Eireann bus that goes to Galway: bus #51 and the trip frequency is only every 2 hours so plan accordingly.

Bus #51 takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes to get to Cork. It stops to other 8 bus stations. The bus fare is between €14-20 for a one-way trip.

Shannon Airport To Bunratty

Bunratty Castle in Ireland

Take a Bus Eireann bus (#51, #343) to Old Creamery Pub in Bunratty from the main terminal in Shannon Airport. This only takes 25 minutes for €2-4 (one-way) and there are buses that leave hourly.

How to buy bus tickets in Shannon Airport

You can either buy at the self-service kiosk in the arrival hall or you can just pay on the bus as well. Just make sure you have exact change just in case the driver doesn’t have any.

Shannon Airport Taxi Service

There are several taxi service at Shannon Airport. Below are estimates of the taxi fare going to major towns and cities in Ireland. Please note that this is an estimate only so it is used for guidance purposes only. Always negotiate first with the driver before getting in on the taxi.

Destination   Price

Bunratty – €28
Limerick City- €40-55
Adare- €75
Ennis-€40/50
Galway City -€130
Cork City-€190
Killarney-€190

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Dublin Tours: The 10 Most Unusual Tours In The City

Dublin is one of the most fun cities in the world. Known for its pubs, world famous drinks and friendliest people in the world, the city has a lively vibe that can’t be beaten. Aside from the energy-pulsing vibe, there are so many things to do in Dublin. But if you are looking for something different, there are several unusual Dublin tours that you can check out in the city.

These tours are not your usual sightseeing tours in Dublin. So if you are looking for some of the weirdest, wackiest, most interesting and spookiest Dublin tours, this list is for you.

Dublin Ghost Tours

Dublin Tours Ghostbus

Ghost tours are becoming quite popular in Dublin. It is also said that the first ghost tour bus in the world was first established in Dublin.

The Dublin ghost tours are normally done during the evening with activities involving visiting graveyards, haunted buildings, and churches and with the storytelling of the popular folklore, urban myths and even some historical events in Ireland.

Here are some of the popular ghost tours in Dublin that you can choose from:

Dublin Ghostbus Tour

This Ghostbus tour takes you to a spooky trip in a 2-hour unique bus experience involving felons, fiends, phantoms and other Dublin darkest tales. You will also learn about Bram Stoker who was the author of the famous novel Dracula. They also recreate the strange activities of Dr. Clossey of the College of Physicians, who on his time robbed graves to indulge his experiments. It was also reported that two of his medical students disappeared during his time.

Cost: €28

To book this tour, click here.

Dublin Haunted History Walking Tour

This walking tour involves visiting some of the popular landmarks in Dublin but with a twist of the stories of ghost and ghouls – who are known to rob graves and feed on dead bodies.

You will also learn about interesting stories through insider’s knowledge from the Paranormal Study and Investigation in Ireland.

Cost: €19

To book this tour, click here.

Gravedigger tour

This horror and comedy show lasts for 2 hours in a spooky designed bus. This bus tour will take you to the darkest and most gruesome tales of Dublin and the famous Gravedigger’s Pub where you can get the best pint of Guinness afterward.

Cost: €25

To book this tour, click here.

Dublin Cemetery Tour

Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery is a popular cemetery and outdoor museum in Dublin. It is known as the final resting place of popular figures in Ireland.

This cemetery tour will take you back to the history of Ireland through the people buried in the cemetery. Learn the stories of Eamon De Valera, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Countess Marckievicz and Brendan Behan (just to name a few) through this guided tour.

Cost: €13.50

To book this tour, click here.

 

Gangs of Dublin Walking Tour

Dublin has a tumultuous past involving gangs and organized crimes for the past 300 years. As the city of Dublin progressed, the crime rate also increased.

With Gangs of Dublin walking tour, you will learn about the various gangs in the city and the long history of crimes in Dublin. From the protestant weavers of Northern side of Dublin – Liberty Boys and the Catholic Butchers of Southern Dublin – Ormonde Boys, to more upper-class criminals of Hellfire Club in the 1750s. The tour is one of the most unusual yet interesting tours in Dublin.

Cost: €15

To book this tour, click here.

Irish Emigration Tour

The Irish diaspora is one of the largest in the world with over 70 million people across the world claimed to have descended from Irish ancestors. This is more than 10 times than the current population of Ireland at just almost 5 million.

The Irish emigration was caused by a couple of factors. Which included a political connection with Britain that helped disperse the Irish army and auxiliary staff to countries colonized by the UK. The religious factors were in Irish monks and Celtic church pioneered the mass emigration to Britain and other parts of Europe and the Great Famine which resulted to millions of Irish leaving the country to escape poverty and hunger.

If you want to learn more about this interesting history of Irish diaspora and emigration, this Dublin tour is a must.

This Irish emigration tour in EPIC Museum, one of the best museums in Dublin, will help you explore the 1500-year history of Ireland.

Cost: €15

To book, click here.

This VIP ticket to the historic Jeanie Johnston ship will give you an interesting view of the Irish emigration and experience what the life was like aboard this 19th-century tall ship.

Cost: €10.50

To book this Dublin tour, click here.

The Bingo Bus Tour

This Bingo Bus Tour is not your ordinary bingo game tour. The tour is conducted in a bus with a comedian as a bingo caller. As you wait for the elusive winning numbers, the bingo caller will entertain you with stories and have fun with the participants. This is a good alternative for the usual night out if you are looking for something fun and different with friends or strangers.

Cost: €25

To book this tour, click here

Dublin Prison Tour

Kilmainham Gaol museum

Kilmainham Gaol is a county jail in Dublin known for its long and dark history. The leaders of rebellions from 1798 to 1923 were detained here and sometimes executed. Many political figures and members of Irish Republican movement were also jailed here during the Anglo-Irish War.

This county jail of Dublin also held ordinary prisoners. Convicts from all over Ireland were also detained here for long periods of time before they were transported to Australia.

This jail tour is one of the most interesting tours in Dublin as you will be guided to the political history that shaped Ireland today.

Cost: €13.50

To book this tour, click here

Whiskey Blending Tour

Ireland is known for its world-class drinks and no visit in the country is complete without trying the Irish local drinks. This Whiskey Blending Tour will treat participants for a night of enjoyment.

It starts at the Irish Whiskey Museum where participants can learn about the history of whiskey and see the massive collections of Whiskey that dates back to the 1800s.

Aside from that, visitors can also make their own whiskey and take them home for souvenirs. The tour will end with whiskey tasting where visitors will be given 4 styles of Irish whiskey to try and enjoy.

Cost: €30

To book this tour, click here

Singing Dublin Walking Tour

Ireland is known for producing the world’s best singers and bands. So it is no surprise that you can find good singers in the country everywhere.

This Singing Dublin Walking tour is proof that Irish people know how to sing and entertain. If you want to try something really different in Dublin, this singing tour is a must. You can do it with your friends and family and you can learn the history of Dublin at the same time while enjoying the performance of your tour guides.

Cost: €250 for a group of up to 10 people

To book this tour, click here

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10 Best Things To Do In Ennis, Clare

Ennis is the county town of County Clare. It means “island” in Irish. The Irish name is short for Inis Cluana Rámhfhada or  “island of the long rowing meadow”.  It is the largest town in Clare and it’s central location makes it easy to get anywhere. In fact, if you are going to Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, Limerick, Cork or Galway through public transport, you are more likely to pass through in Ennis.

So if you are in town and you don’t know what to do yet, here’s our list of best things to do in Ennis.

10 Things To Do In Ennis, Clare

1.Clare Museum

Clare Museum Ennis

As the county museum, Clare Museum showcases the history of Clare over a period of 6,000 years. They use authentic artifacts, colorful text panels and audio-visual presentations as an educational resource.

The exhibition showcases different themes which include faith, earth, power, water, and energy. The themes included objects from archaeological sites, religious sites, social and agricultural history. The museum has several loaned artifacts from the National Museum of Ireland, which is one of the best museums in Dublin and the entire country.

Opening Times

June – September
Monday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:30

October – May
Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:30

Closed for lunch daily between 13:00 and 14:00

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Clare Museum, Arthur’s Row Ennis Co. Clare V95 EC92

Email:  +353 65 682 3382

Phone:  claremuseum@clarecoco 

2.Cois na hAbhna

Cois na hAbhna is a concert and events venue located in Ennis in County Clare. It is the regional base of Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Éireann, the primary Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of the performance arts, Irish culture and the language of Ireland. The venue is a popular setting for a wide range of acts including Irish Traditional music sessions, dances, drama performances, and concerts.

Contact Information

Address:  Galway Road, Dulick, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +353 65 6824276

Email:eolas@coisnahabhna.ie

3.Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle in Ireland

Although Bunratty Castle is not part of Ennis, it is close enough that it can also be done in a 2-to-3-hour tour from Ennis. The castle is only 20 minutes away from the town center.

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

Daily 9 am- 5 pm

Contact Information

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

Phone: +353 (0) 61 711222

Email: reservations@shannonheritage.com

4.Ennis Trad Festival

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

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

5.Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary was a Franciscan friary built in the middle of the 13th century by the  O’Brien dynasty. During the suppression of monasteries all throughout Ireland, the friary continued to function. The friary was handed over to the church in the 17th century and was used as a place of worship until the 19th century.

The friary fell into ruin in the 19th century just after the new church was built in the area. Today, the friary’s ruin is one of the National Monuments of Ireland and it’s open to the public for a visit.

Opening Hours

3rd April – 30th September

Daily 10.00 – 18.00

1st October – 1st November

Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student : €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address:  Abbey Street, Ennis, Clare Republic of Ireland

Email:  ennisfriary@opw.ie

Phone: +353 (65) 682 9100

6.The Burren

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles and it’s only 20 minutes away from Ennis that it can be done on a quick trip.

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

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

7.Ennis Farmers Market

Ennis Farmers Market

If you want to try local produce food, then you should head out to Ennis Farmers Market. The market is only once a week but it showcases all the local delicacies and produces.

You can find cheese, handmade soaps, local honey, biscuits and pastries, fresh flowers, organic vegetable and fruits and a wide selection of herbs and spices.

Opening Times

Every Friday from 8 am to 2 pm only

Contact Information

Address: Roslevan Shopping Centre, Tulla Road

Email:  ennisfarmersmarket@gmail.com

8.Ennis Bookshop

Ennis Bookshop

Looking for a relaxing thing to do in Ennis? Then head out to Ennis Bookshop and check out their wide selections of books for all ages.

The bookstore is the first independent bookstore in Ennis and was established by  Mary and the late Michael Evans in 1970. It is a family-run business and it has become one of the institutions in Ennis not only providing books but also toys, cards and exciting Irish gifts for both men and women.

Contact Information

Address: 13 Abbey St, Lifford, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:  books@ennisbookshop.ie

Phone: 353 65 682900

9.Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle County Clare

Dromoland Castle is a luxurious hotel castle in County Clare located 8 miles away from both Shannon and Ennis. 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 

10.Presidential Car

Irish Presidential Car Ennis

One of the unusual attractions in Ennis is the Presidential Car. It is the restored 1947 Dodge by Eamon de Valera – a former President in Ireland. The Dodge transported two Presidents of the Republic of Ireland and after it was restored, it has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Ennis. The car is currently on display in a room adjacent to the Manse Garden and the public library.

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Dunluce Castle Tour (Tips and Guide For First-Time Visitors)

If you are looking Dunluce Castle tour tips and guide, this article covers everything you need to know about this famous Irish castle.

Dunluce Castle Tour (Tips and Guide For First-Time Visitors)

Dunluce Castle is now a ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of rocks on the coast of County Antrim.  Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle in Dunluce. From then on, this Irish castle witnessed a long and tumultuous history between Scotland, Ireland, and the UK.

Dunluce castle is also said to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel, the fictional castle in Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It is also the film location of Game of Thrones for the Seat of House Greyjoy of the great castle of Pyke.

Things to do near Dunluce Castle

If you are looking to visit Dunluce Castle along with other attractions, this list of things to do near Dunluce Castle.

Giants Causeway

Giant’s Causeway Belfast

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national nature reserve. It is located in Northern Ireland and it is about 10 minutes away from Dunluce Castle.

Admission Fee

The access to the Giant’s Causeway is free however the visitor center charges £12.50 per adult and £31.00 for a family of 4.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a popular rope bridge in Ballintoy and it connects the mainland to the island of Carrickarede. The bridge was mainly used by fishermen who frequent the area for salmon but as salmon slowly declines in the area. As a result, the bridge is now mainly used for tourism.

The location of the bridge overlooks one of the best coastal views in Northern Ireland. Currently, visitors can access the bridge for a fee and it’s only 20 minutes away from Dunluce Castle.

Dark Hedges

dark hedges northern ireland

The mysterious and creepy effect of the Beech trees lined up along Bregagh Road makes the Dark Hedges the most photographed location in Northern Ireland. It’s only 22 minutes away from Dunluce Castle as well.

Admission Fee

Adult – £5.50, Child (age 4 – 16) – £3.50

Senior citizen £3.50

Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) – £3.50

Child under 4 – Free

Family (up to 5 members, including up to 3 adults) – £15.00

Group rate(10 plus, must be pre-booked) – £4 per person

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Belfast

Take a Translink UK bus (#218) from Belfast Bridge Street to Coleraine. The trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and it costs between €12-18 for one-way trip or €24-36 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every 2 hours. From Coleraine, take a  Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle. The trip takes about 25 minutes for €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare and buses leave every 2 hours. Then walk about 400 meters or 4 minutes to get to Dunluce Castle. In total, you might have to spend between €32-48 on transport alone.

Or you can also take this Dunluce day tour from Belfast for just €35 per person. It also includes a trip to Game of Thrones filming locations, Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. To book it, click here.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Dublin

Take a train (#5) from Connolly station in Dublin to Belfast Lanyon Place. The trip takes about 2 hours for €15-21 for one-way trip or €30-42 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Belfast, change train to Coleraine. The trip takes about an hour and a half. The train leaves every hour and it costs between €10-14 for one-way trip or €20-28 for a round trip train fare.

From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €58-82 on transport alone.

Or you can also take this Dunluce day tour from Dublin for just €52 per person. It also includes a trip to Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. To book it, click here.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Londonderry/ Derry

Take a bus (#234) from Derry Londonderry Foyle to Coleraine. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes for €8-12 for one-way trip or €16-24 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €24-36 on transport alone.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Donegal

From Donegal Abbey Hotel, take a bus (#64, #480) to Foyle Street Bus Station in Derry. The trip is only 1.5 hours but the trip frequency is only every 4 hours. It costs €14-17 per trip or €28-34 for a round-trip fare.

Then take a bus (#234) from Derry Londonderry Foyle to Coleraine. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes for €8-12 for one-way trip or €16-24 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €24-36 on transport alone.

Dunluce Castle Tours

Opening Hours

Daily: 10 am – 4 pm (last entry strictly at 3:30 pm)

Contact Information

Location: 87 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8UY

Email: scmenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk

Phone: (028) 2073 1938


 

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The Most Beautiful Towns In Cork To Visit

County Cork is the largest county in Ireland measuring at 7,457 km². Its location in the South West of the country blessed Cork with one of the most diverse landscapes in Ireland.

The county is also known for its colorful villages that promise a relaxing holiday, wild landscapes and interesting history that dubbed Cork as a rebel county.

So if you want to learn more and visit Cork – here are the most beautiful towns in Cork that you should include in your Ireland itinerary.

The Most Beautiful Towns In Cork To Visit

Kinsale, Cork

kinsale ireland

Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland. Kinsale has a beautiful set of long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. It is also a leading Irish tourist attraction and the southerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

Some of the popular attractions include Charles Fort, James Fort, the colorful town center, Old Head and the amazing seafood restaurants in town.

If you want to check other things to do in Kinsale, check these things to do in Kinsale article.

Cobh, Cork

cobh ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel. And it’s known as the last stop of Titanic before the famous ship headed out to New York in 1912. One hundred thirty passengers in Cobh boarded the ill-fated ship and Cobh relieves the event through Experience Titanic.

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. Check this list of top things to do in Cobh for more interesting stuff.

Cork City

Cork City Ireland

Cork city surely has a long history behind it. Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, Cork has gone through several developments which made it one of the top cities to visit in Ireland. Cork is close enough to other major cities in Ireland which makes it a good base when traveling the country. Attractions include the best museums in the country, world-class parks, historical buildings, and bustling city center.

Blarney, Cork

blarney castle

Blarney is a beautiful small town located 8-km north west of Cork which is a good side trip from the city and 260-km southwest of Dublin. Due to its historic past, Blarney is a popular Irish tourist destination and probably most known for Blarney castle and stone.

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. It is one of the most visited castles in Ireland due to Blarney stone that can be found in the castle.

In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world climb the stairs to kiss the famous Blarney stone. There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Macroom, Cork

Macroom County Cork

Macroom is a historical market town in County Cork. It is also popular for its nature with Farran Forest Park and Gearagh topping the best things to do in this town.

And if that’s not enough, it is also known for the world’s largest model battle scene of the Battle at Waterloo. Which comprises of over 15,000 hand cast and hand painted figures and the largest range of Lord Of The Rings miniatures in the only Toy Soldier Factory in Europe.

Youghal, Cork

St Mary’s Collegiate Church

Youghal is a pretty seaside resort in Cork. A former military and economic importance, Youghal has been a popular tourist destination in Ireland since the mid-19th century. Its historic center has earned Youghal the reputation of one of the hidden gems of Ancient East in Ireland. It is also close to the nice beaches in Ireland and the historical buildings and monuments in the town center made it one of the important Irish Heritage Ports by the Tourism Board of Ireland.  This is just a few among the several things to do in Youghal. So if you want to visit the top destinations in Cork, this town is a must.

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