Ireland Holidays 2014

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Idyllic Ireland

The wondrous and varied country of Ireland is a top tourist attraction of Europe, and with so much to offer it’s not difficult to see why.

Ireland holidays are full of adventure, excitement and seemingly endless rich culture. With so much to bestow, your adventure here can truly be crafted to suit your specific desires. Ancient forts and cliff walks in Cork are ideal for families, while romance is nurtured in castles and cottages in the Dublin countryside.

Immerse yourself in the country’s artistic culture on holidays to Ireland and cherish the medieval architecture. Explore the luxurious lakes on a canoe ride or hop on a surf board to sail the salty seas. If you prefer something more stable, engross yourself in the verdant landscape on horseback.

Historical Pride with a Modern Spirit

In such a vibrant country, the accommodation options are vast. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil space overlooking Galway harbour, or an elegant Georgian build in the heart of Dublin, our choice of vast hotels and recommended accommodation is sure to please. The former, is occupied by pleasant parks and majestic monuments such as Cooper’s Hill Livery the Galway Cathedral, an ideal location for those curious about Ireland’s affluent history.

Dublin is one of the most popular locations on holidays in Ireland and therefore features an abundance of hotels. Its popularity is understandable due to locations such as Temple Bar. The cobbled streets host culture and high jinks in equal measure, with spots such as the Irish Film Institute and the Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery propping up the cultural end of the bargain, while venues such as Alchemy and Club M will have you propping up the bar.

Vibrant Ways to Spend Your Days

This versatile country allows you to modify your perfect getaway, that’s the beauty of Ireland holidays. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the two mountain ranges in County Waterford on a family hike. Mount Congreve House features a spectacular botanical garden strewn with captivating views and a quaint café. Mahon Falls boasts a similarly invigorating landscape equipped with craggy coves and wonderful walkways.

A walk through Cork will elucidate a similar scenic aesthetic. The clandestine Ballycotton Cliff Walk presents some of the most spectacular views in the county. Scenic picnic routes and mountainous landscapes make for an unforgettable experience, whether you’re hyperactively hiking with the children, or strolling at a snail’s pace on a romantic endeavour.

If a quiet and sober evening isn’t part of your paradise during your holidays to Ireland, Galway will cater for your needs with many quintessentially Irish pubs and bars, including Roisin Dubh, which welcomes local bands playing traditional music. Grab a Guinness at Garavans Bar, or absorb the colourful atmosphere in O’Connors Pub.

Dublin nightlife adds variety to the evening’s entertainment, including the comedy show Laughter Lines Dublin and theatre performances such as The Irish House Party. The latter combines traditional singing and dancing with a theatre performance and dinner to produce a unique night’s entertainment. Alternatively, head to the South City Centre for the Irish Dance Party during holidays in Ireland and partake in some Riverdance to a soundtrack of live Irish music. Bear in mind, you might want to enjoy your evening meal after taking part in the demanding traditional dance!

Our top hotels in Ireland

Mespil Hotel

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Camden Court Hotel

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Gresham Hotel

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The North Star Hotel

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Dublin City, Dublin

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 3 nts, from Glasgow Intl more info >

Flight + Hotel from £122.00 pp

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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

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Dublin City, Dublin

Based on 2 sharing, Room Only, 3 nts, from London Stansted more info >

Flight + Hotel from £131.00 pp

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Fleet Street Hotel

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Dublin City, Dublin

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 3 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £166.50 pp

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Hotel Mont Clare

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Dublin City, Dublin

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 3 nts, from London Stansted more info >

Flight + Hotel from £175.50 pp

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Camden Court Hotel

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Dublin City, Dublin

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 3 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £188.00 pp

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Top Cities

Dublin is Ireland's exciting capital, a vibrant city filled with arts and culture. Galway is a beautiful city in western Ireland that is steeped in history. Cork is Ireland's second city situated on the River Lee in the beautiful Cork Harbour. Sligo is a city in the north west of Ireland, among beautiful rolling hills and coastline.

Activities

Walking tours are a fantastic way to explore and discover an Irish city, there a plenty of guided tours that can show tourists the key sights of cities as well as some of the secret spots. There are a number of beautiful botanical gardens scattered all over the country in the major cities; they are a calm haven away from the bustle and excitement of the city. Pub tours are a fun way to take in some of the city's sights, visit some local pubs and sample the local beers and hospitality.

Attractions

The Guinness Storehouse, aka the Guinness Brewery, is one of Dublin's top attractions, tours of the brewery run regularly as well as tasting sessions of Ireland's favourite tipple. Dublin Zoo is another of the city's top tourist attractions home to a number of endangered animals. Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is a huge collection of Stone Age tombs found in County Sligo.

Nightlife

There are plenty of clubs in Irish cities playing everything from techno to disco into the morning. There are plenty of bars in Ireland’s cities whether you want to sip cocktails or enjoy cheap drinks deals. A trip to Ireland is incomplete without a visit to a local pub to sample a pint of Guinness. Traditional Irish music can be found all over the country and is an absolute must.