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Ireland holidays guide

There are a number of ways to enjoy Ireland holidays. From fun-filled city breaks to walking trips in the glorious countryside, you’re sure to find something that appeals.

City break Ireland holidays

Ireland holidays can provide many different things but one of the most popular destinations is the city of Dublin.

Dublin may be popular with tourists seeking a wild night out but there is plenty to do to fill up the days, providing you haven’t overdone it on the Guinness! With two cathedrals, numerous museums and galleries, more green spaces per square kilometre than any other European capital and the impressive Dublin Castle, this is a city with plenty to offer.

Dublin may be the biggest city in Ireland, but there are other fascinating places where you can enjoy a city break. Kilkenny is just an hour-and-a-half drive from Dublin. This cultural hub boasts sights such as the Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral, while the Watergate Theatre, public gardens and various museums are all worth checking out when you choose to holiday in Ireland.

The cities of Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway are also popular with visitors and offer a number of attractions, places of interest and various restaurants, pubs and bars.

Explore the countryside on your Ireland holiday

Holidays in Ireland provide a great opportunity to explore some of the greenest countryside and most impressive landscapes Europe has to offer.

On the east coast you will find the Cooley Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty near to the equally beguiling Mountains of Mourne. If you’re looking for holidays in Ireland with fantastic scenery, you may wish to visit the Cooley Peninsula. There is a massive range of terrain in this region, from sandy beaches to heather-covered hills, which makes for great walking country. The towns of Omeath, Carlingford and Greenore can be found here and all have their own unique attractions for visitors to discover.

On the west coast, visitors can explore the countryside in some of Europe’s, if not the worlds, most impressive surroundings. If you happen to arrive on a clear day, the views of the rolling hills and sea are simply breath-taking but even if there are low-lying clouds or a touch of mist, the views are truly enchanting and some feel this even adds to the spectacle.

Things to do in Ireland

Ireland holidays give visitors the chance to take part in a number of activities and enjoy various sporting events throughout the year.

Horse racing is extremely popular in Ireland and there are famous racetracks across the country. The city of Galway hosts an annual racing festival which is a huge draw for tourists and locals alike, whilst the city also holds an arts festival that is worth checking out. There are many events held throughout the year in Ireland and whether you’re in Dublin or Cork, Kilkenny or Donegal, you will find a number of festivals and attractions to enjoy.