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Best Places to Visit

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has become known for its vibrant nightlife and endless entertainment. There's no shortage of pubs and bars to enjoy, along with plenty of shopping. Dublin also has an amazing amount of history for visitors to experience, such as Trinity College and the Old Library. Dublin has plenty of shops, from little independent stores to large shopping malls, and many restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. Visitors can expect to pay steeper prices for drinks, food, hotels and general tourist attractions in this highly popular area.

Cork is the second largest city in the state, yet the centre of this popular tourist spot is entirely walkable. Found on the banks of the River Lee, the city was discovered around 600 AD and there are festivals held here throughout the year. Galleries, heritage buildings and pubs also offer alternative entertainment. The city also enjoys its traditional Irish music, and many pubs and inns will feature live bands and fiddlers in the evenings – perfect for a pleasant night of entertainment on holidays to Ireland.

For some real history, tourists should head to Waterford, Ireland's oldest city. There are many festivals held here, including traditional Irish food festivals, but the main draw is the city"s famed material: crystal. Tours of the crystal factory here are a highlight.

Galway is another lively spot. Found on the west coast, it's often used as a base for heading to the Aran Islands, but the town itself has plenty to offer. The atmosphere of this college town is often remarked upon, and with no end of old fashioned Irish pubs offering local ales, it's not all that surprising.

The Aran Islands are three limestone outcrops just off the west coast. These islands offer real Irish charm, as the Gaelic language is primarily spoken here. The main island of Inishmór boasts Dún Aonghasa, an ancient stone fort. Perched on a rocky cliff, it offers great views of the islands.

For those seeking a picture-postcard setting, the Dingle Peninsula is a fantastic place to visit. The landscape here is stunning, and even a quick drive around offers some spectacular sights: sandy beaches and long stretches of clear blue sea abounding. The scenic village of Dingle can also be found here, where tourists can rent a cottage and get back to nature.

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Need to know

Language

Although Irish Gaelic is the official first language of Ireland, all citizens speak English and only a small percent consider Gaelic their first language. Some road signs in rural areas are in Irish Gaelic and English. There are some Irish language channels on television and radio, but these are the only places where Irish Gaelic will likely be encountered by tourists.

Currency

The official currency is the euro, which is made up of 100 cents. ATMs are widely available, both in the cities and small towns. All accept foreign cards and it's also possible to get cash back at many supermarkets. Credit cards are accepted across the country, in shops, restaurants and hotels. Along the border with Northern Ireland, British pounds may be accepted, although it is recommended to exchange your cash into euros before entering Ireland. Elsewhere in the country, only euro are accepted.

Visas

Ireland is a member of the EU, however, it isn't a member of the Schengen Agreement. This means EU citizens do not require a visa, but need a valid passport or ID card in order to enter.

Climate

Ireland's climate is similar to that of the UK. Influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean, its temperatures aren’t as extreme as other countries at the same latitude, but is known to be unpredictable. Strong winds are shielded from the inland in some parts of Ireland by hilly and mountainous areas on the coast.

The summer, May to August, sees temperatures of around 15ºC and daylight can stretch to almost 18 hours in July and August. In the winter, October to January, the average temperature is around 5ºC. Wet weather is common in Ireland, with more rain tending to fall in the west as opposed to the east. It also tends to be slightly warmer in the south all year round, with the north seeing the coldest temperatures during the winter months. This is something to bear in mind before booking package holidays to Ireland.

Main Airports

There are four main international airports in Ireland. Dublin Airport is by far the biggest, but there is also Shannon Airport in County Clare, Cork Airport in the west and Knock Airport in County Mayo. All charter flights serve the UK along with the US, the Middle East and continental Europe. There are daily flights from all airports to a number of UK cities, including London. A number of regional airports operate UK services, too.

Flight Options

A range of large carriers and budget airlines all fly from London airports to Dublin and Shannon, with the former also receiving flights from London-Luton and London-City. These airlines also offer flights from many other cities in the UK, such as Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The average flight time from London to Dublin is 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Travel Advice

Because flights from London to Dublin and Shannon are popular, there's a lot of competition and flight prices tend to be cheap. During the summer, it can get more expensive to fly, but year round there are great deals to be found. Flying to local airports is often more expensive than flying to the big international ones. Budget airlines tend to feature the cheapest fares, but it's also worth checking other airlines for deals.

Other Transport Options

Companies such as Ulsterbus and Bus Éireann offer cross-border bus services from Northern Ireland into Ireland, and it's also possible to cross the border by car. There are numerous ferry services from the UK.

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Feiten

  1. Sommige van de meest gelauwerde schrijvers in de Europese literatuurgeschiedenis komen uit Ierland: Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift en James Joyce, om er maar een paar te noemen.
  2. Ierland is duidelijk een creatief (en populair) eiland, dat ook zeven keer het Eurovisie Songfestival heeft gewonnen, voor het laatst in 1996.
  3. Het nationale symbool van Ierland is de 'shamrock', een inheemse klaversoort met drie blaadjes. Kennelijk werd dit symbool tot nationaal embleem verklaard vanwege een plaatselijke legende die verhaalt hoe St. Patrick een shamrock gebruikte om voor zijn toehoorders de Drie-eenheid van Vader, Zoon en Heilige geest te illustreren.

Feiten

  1. Sommige van de meest gelauwerde schrijvers in de Europese literatuurgeschiedenis komen uit Ierland: Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift en James Joyce, om er maar een paar te noemen.
  2. Ierland is duidelijk een creatief (en populair) eiland, dat ook zeven keer het Eurovisie Songfestival heeft gewonnen, voor het laatst in 1996.
  3. Het nationale symbool van Ierland is de 'shamrock', een inheemse klaversoort met drie blaadjes. Kennelijk werd dit symbool tot nationaal embleem verklaard vanwege een plaatselijke legende die verhaalt hoe St. Patrick een shamrock gebruikte om voor zijn toehoorders de Drie-eenheid van Vader, Zoon en Heilige geest te illustreren.

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