Your Ireland vacation
Ireland is always in Season. There’s no time like the present to enjoy the best of Ireland for less than you imagined! Ireland features an array of fun festivals as well as heritage, including castles, traditional music, pubs and restaurants. Explore the literary traditions, stroll museums, or experience enriching theatre, art galleries and cookery schools. Enjoy day trips from the major cities to surrounding areas to take in heritage sites, scenery and more. Whether in a rural or urban setting, your enjoyment will be cemented with a warm Irish welcome from the locals.
Best time to take a vacation to Ireland
Some holidays that occur in Ireland include St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and May Day on May 1. If you want to avoid crowds, you'll want to visit in the spring and fall. Summer is often crowded with tourists, and the winter is rainy and windy, with many rural sites being closed. Ireland can be chilly any time of the year, so make sure you pack layers of clothing for your trip. Book online at Orbitz.com, and save on your trip to Ireland, no matter when you visit.
Insider tips for Ireland travel
Follow the intrigue of Western Ireland as Richard Bangs explores the "Episodes of the Moment" in Connacht - once the edge of the known world, now an enticing glimpse of Celtic legend., From Guinness stout to the extinct brown bear, castles and pirate queens, the hoodwinked falconer to the hard-headed hag of Moher, this is Western Ireland.
Over 10-days in Western Ireland join Richard as he shares the local talents and stories. Learn how to pour the perfect pint at the Quay's in Galway. Discover how Irish bogs are considered the rainforests of Europe. Meet Limerick, a peregrine falcon, who at 240 miles an hour, demonstrates why she's the fastest living thing in the world. Climb a mountain or two as you walk in St. Patrick's footsteps. Make the perfect Irish coffee at the place where it was invented. Is it possibly the best wedding gift ever; a castle on a lake? Discover the love story of Kylemore Abbey. Travel off the coast to the Aran Islands and attempt to unravel the yet unsolved mystery of Dun Aonghasa, an archaic, cliff bound, fortress overlooking the Atlantic. In Westport, step back in time with Ireland's Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley. Pothole your way through underground caverns and waterfalls in Aillwee cave. Off the Cliffs of Moher try and locate the sea hag resting on an cliff face 600 feet above the ocean. Meet Dan O'Hara's descendent as he shares a taste of Irish moonshine and tells Dan's everyman story; who in 1840 was forced to emigrate to the US after he was evicted from his home for having windows that were too big.
It begins, as do all good Irish stories, in a pub. Sitting, Guinness in grip, with old friend Karen Coleman, a radio and television host in Dublin, she effluxes: "You've got to go to the west of Ireland. It's good craic." Read more Huffington Post Article
St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
This beautiful, urban park is the park in "Ulysses," by James Joyce, and it is a lovely place to relax.
The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, Dublin
This pub is owned and managed by musicians, so you'll be able to hear traditional music from locals.
The Irish Dance Party, Dublin
This local 2-hour event teaches the crowd three dances, and before and between dances, the hosts perform for the guests.
St. Michan's Church, Dublin
This local point of interest is a religious site and architectural landmark.
The Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin
You can't miss out on this brewery when you're in Ireland; you'll have a taste of local brews and favorite drinks.
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Superb location overlooking Cork city. Unique in so many ways; extensive free customer parking, minutes walk to the city centre, bright elevated position set in the quiet residential area of ... 'Montenotte'. The hotel includes Bar, Beauty Salon/Hairdresser, Conference... More
The George Boutique hotel has something new for all discerning visitors to savour. With Limerick on the door step explore the variety of the historic treaty city, offering a cultural, dinning and shopping experience which is truly unique. Newly opened in November 2006... More
Considered a historic townhouse hotel -The Arbutus is best described as a Country House Manor in the towncentre of Killarney . Whilst small ( 25 rooms), it has the luxurious accommodation and service expected from a larger hotel, with the advantage of all the personal... More
The Western Hotel holds one of the most enviable locations out of all three star hotels in the West of Ireland, right in the heart of the vibrant Galway City Centre. Behind the Westerns Georgian facade the hotel hosts charming en-suite bedrooms, a relaxing and intimate... More
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Rest in comfort a stone's throw from Dublin's highlightsBest Western Premier Academy Plaza Hotel sits just off O'Connell Street, at the very heart of Dublin. The hotel is within walking distance of Trinity College, the city's cultural quarter, Temple Bar, the Guinness... More
Experience The By Now Famous Gourmet Breakfast & A Welcoming Afternoon Tea On Arrival in one of CORK CITY premier GUESTHOUSE Accommodation, a RAC & AA 4 Star Luxury Guest House with 24 hour reception, complimentary wifi & ample free parking, offering luxury... More
Stay at this historic Georgian Limerick hotel located in the heart of Limerick city centre. The Best Western Pery's Hotel is conveniently located near the Shannon Airport and all area attractions in and around Limerick. Hotel guests are within walking distance to historic... More
Choose the modern Holiday Inn Killarney hotel for a peaceful, National Park location on the scenic Ring of Kerry route. The tranquil Holiday Inn Killarney hotel is on the edge of the quintessentially Irish town of Killarney, next to mountainous Killarney National Park .... More
Situated near the heart of Galway City, this award-winning 4-star hotel is near the main shopping and entertainment areas. The city centre is within walking distance. All of the attractive bedrooms at Menlo Park Hotel are beautifully appointed, with rich colour schemes... More
Recently furbished deluxe city centre hotelNorth of the River Liffey stands the beautiful Georgian building housing the North Star Hotel with a particularly cool pedigree. Ireland's literary master, James Joyce, mentioned this landmark in his novel Ulysses. The hotel has... More
Dating back from Viking times, Dublin has inspired artists, writers, poets, actors, musicians and great talkers through centuries. Currently a literary hotspot, it has been named a UNESCO City of Literature and the theater and performing arts scene is electric. Don’t miss out on Trinity College and beautifully illustrated Book of Kells, the Guinness Storehouse to learn how to pour the perfect pint or a whiskey tasting at the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery.
Take a step back in time at Newgrange, a prehistoric tomb and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a Stroll in Wicklow, known as the garden of Ireland. Visit the medieval city of Kilkenny and visit the impressive Castle and follow a craft trail or two.
Steeped in history with beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, Belfast is a buzzing right now. Uncover the culinary explosion and tune into the happening music scene. Don’t miss Belfast City Hall, which sits majestically at the heart of the city, the Grand Opera House, the Titanic Quarter, the Crown Bar which dates from 1885 and a black taxi tour which brings you to points of interest throughout the city.
Walk the walled city of Derry, the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe.
Walk in the footsteps of Giants at the Giant’s Causeway, a World UNESCO Heritage Site and drive the Causeway Coastal route, declared by Lonely Planet one of the top 10 driving routes in the world!
With breathtaking landscapes, a truly authentic cultural heritage and local people you'll adore, Ireland's West Coast is yours to discover. Travel to remote islands, discover ancient castles & heritage sites, get involved in some traditional Irish music sessions or savor the rich tapestry of food and drink. You’ll experience authentically Irish culture and traditions, from the vibrant Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region and its lively céilis (Irish dancing) to the multitude of festivals that celebrate the history and heritage of this region.
Feast your eyes on the landscapes of the West - Fly into Shannon, rent a car and don’t forget your camera
Visit the medieval city of Galway
Leave your heart in the Burren
See you soon at the Ring of Kerry
This is one of the oldest zoos in the world, and it is the ideal place to visit for families with children.
A beautiful tourist attraction, this historical library has beautiful, unspoiled architecture.
The Irish House Party, Dublin
Combine singing, dancing, and dining with this group. You can learn about Irish culture, food, and more at this venue.
This is the number one attraction in Dublin, and it is located in the heart of James's Gate Brewery.
The Sporting Emporium Casino, Dublin
Gamble your way to an exciting night at this casino.
This location is the southernmost point of Ireland, located in Cork. The peak is 700 feet above the ocean, making for a beautiful view.
Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
See animals of all shapes and sizes at this wildlife park in Cork. It is a fun stop for families and those who love animals.
Opera House at Emmet Place, Cork
This opera house offers world-class performances and concerts by performers from around the world.
Blarney Castle & Gardens, Cork
This historic site has a beautiful castle and extensive gardens. It is perfect for a day trip.
St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
This 19th-century cathedral is ideal for those interested in architecture, history, or religion.