• The Island of Ireland

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    All About Ireland

    Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Discover local art, food and music along the west coast; learn about the political history that shaped Northern Ireland; enjoy some time in the capital city of Dublin, a UNESCO city of literature and so much more. From Ireland, it’s easy to extend your travels to the rest of the British Isles, Scotland, England and Wales, by plane or ferry.

    We generally recommend late spring and early fall to travel to Ireland. It’s a bit cooler than the peak summer season, but not as brisk as winter. It’s important to pack accordingly for the weather. Ireland gets a lot of rain, but as locals will remind you, sunshine is always around the corner.

    Capital of Republic of Ireland:

    Dublin

    Capital of Northern Ireland:

    Belfast

    Languages:

    Irish Gaelic and English

    Major Airports:

    Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Belfast

    Time Zone:

    +5 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone​

    Currency in Ireland:

    Euro (€/EUR)​ Currency in Northern Ireland: Pound sterling (£)

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport

    Voltage:

    230-volt (Type F plug, also works with plug C)​

    Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring and early fall.

    Shoppers on Grafton Street. Dublin, Ireland
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    Regions & Areas

    Northern Ireland

    Embrace a giant spirit, discover Belfast, Antrim Causeway Coast, and Derry.

    Wild Atlantic Way

    One of the longest defined coastal routes in the world, showcasing natural wonders and the powerful ocean. Discover the diverse countryside while passing through Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork.

    Ruins of Three Castle Head, County Cork, Ireland
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    Regions & Areas

    Ireland’s Ancient East

    Where vibrant history and modern life combine. Experience the Wicklow Mountains, stunning castles, a vibrant food scene and much more in this charming region.

    Dublin

    Dublin is a vibrant city full of history. It is a designated UNESCO city of literature, with eminent writers such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats hailing from here.

    Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

    Discover this splendid unspoiled region of Ireland, full of rural communities where life moves at its own pace. Explore Longford, East Clare, Cavan, North Tipperary, and more.

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      Accommodations

      B&Bs

      Discover over 850 B&Bs to choose from in our online guide. Enjoy an Irish breakfast in a quaint home.

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      Accommodations

      Hotels

      We’ll suggest preferred partner properties with a wide range of options, from old-style charm, historic, and boutique to modern and luxury.

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      Accommodations

      Manor Homes

      Discover Ireland’s collection of 30 properties for a truly original experience.

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      Accommodations

      Castles

      Choose from authentic and modern castles to enhance your visit to Ireland.

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      Food & Drink

      Soda bread (Brown bread) – This is not just any brown bread. Most families have their own unique way of making this Irish staple. Some use Guinness, some do not. The best way to enjoy it is warm from the oven with a bit of butter spread across the top. It pairs well with every dish you will find along the way.

      Irish Scones – A fresh fruit scone right out of the oven, its aroma filling the air, sliced open to be covered with some cream and jam is a joy at any time of the day. They are relatively easy and quick to make at home once you know how. Coupled with a cup of tea or coffee, a great treat!

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      Food & Drink

      Guinness – No list of Irish drinks could be made without including this. Since the mid 1700s, Guinness has been providing a refreshing, arguably medicinal beverage made simply of roasted barley, hops, yeast and water from the Wicklow mountains. Pouring a proper pint takes time, so don’t rush it – but do enjoy.

      Irish Whiskey – Currently having a major renaissance, Irish whiskey is very much back on the world stage again. Many new distilleries have opened in the past few years such as Teelings, Dublin Liberties Distillery, Pearse Lyons and Roe & Co to name a few.

      Irish Gin – Irish gin is relatively new to the scene when compared to the first two on the list. There are many brands of Irish Gin now which have been very successful abroad including Dingle Gin (winner of the World’s Best Gin 2019), Shortcross Gin, Jawbox Gin and Gunpowder Irish Gin who have also recently opened a visitor centre.

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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      From iconic cliffs that rise 700 feet to a gleaming and angular museum, Ireland has plenty of attractions for every type of traveler.

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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Landscapes & Scenery

      • Cliffs of Moher
      • Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park
      • Aran Islands
      • Giant’s Causeway
      • Dublin’s Coastal Villages
      • Sliabh Leag Cliffs Donegal
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Historical

      • Titanic Belfast
      • Rock of Cashel
      • Newgrange
      • Kilmainham Gaol
      • Glendalough
      • Hill of Tara
      • Dunbrody Famine Ship
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Castles

      • Blarney Castle
      • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
      • Malahide Castle
      • Kilkenny Castle
      • Donegal Castle
      • Dublin Castle
      • Ross Castle
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Food & Drink

      • Guinness Storehouse
      • Jameson Distillery
      • Roe & Co. Distillery
      • Home-hosted cooking class and dinner
      • Irish entertainment and dinner evenings
      • Food walking tours
      • Catch and Cook experiences
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      Belfast

      • A must-see Tour/Attraction for Courtney Mitan is the Titanic Belfast, where you can immerse yourself in the history of the RMS Titanic, from glorious start to tragic finish.
      • For a unique tour of Belfast with traditional musicians, Liz Aungier recommends the Belfast Trad Trail.
      • Liz Aungier thinks the Grand Central is one of the best hotels in the city. Be sure to to grab a pre-dinner cocktail in the Observatory Bar, towering over the city with spectacular views.
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      Galway

      • Fun, a lively place with live entertainment, Liz Pinto would be the first to join you at Gin Lane & Beer Street @ O’Connell’s.
      • A can’t miss for Rachel Dorsey is the Macnas Parade. Traditionally held on the Sunday of the weekend near Halloween, it’s a real spectacle. And it’s free!
      • achel Dorsey loves to head to Busker Browne’s, home of a jazz session every Sunday afternoon where locals sip on pints and dance.
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      Dublin

      • Hungry? Head to the gorgeous Bank on College Green, where Maggie Lunde says you can get great drinks. Make balcony reservation for the best seat!
      • If you have time, Liz Aungier recommends taking the local train, the DART, out of the city to the Howth Peninsula, for a great cliff walk and some local fish and chips.
      • For a great tour of the city with literary enthusiasts who will charm you with readings and poetry recitals, Liz Aungier & Janet Dudley loved the Literary Pub Crawl.
      • A great place with a variety of very Irish traditional food, Janet Dudley says to make your way to Gallagher’s Boxty House.
      • Rachel Dorsey says you should check out the very sweet Avoca Cafe, upstairs from the Avoca shop. Good food, local families gathering for a meal, and wonderful Irish products to shop (the raincoats are the best!)
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      Derry

      • Get a taste of living history at the Museum of Free Derry. Tour one of the best, powerfully minimalist museums Janet Dudley and Liz Aungier have ever seen and meet descendants of some of the people killed on Bloody Sunday.

      Cork

      • Liz Aungier says not to miss the Titanic Experience Cobh. Learn all about the story of Titanic’s last stop before setting off for the USA.
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      Tenon Recommends

      Bunratty

      • According to Janet Dudley, the Medieval Banquet has great food, is funny and lovely, and good for kids, too!

      Ennis

      • Rachel Dorsey would go to the Ennis Trad Fest every year if she could, so maybe you can go on her behalf! Held in early November to coincide with Halloween festivities, it’s a long weekend full of traditional music and a well-organized music trail at local pubs.
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Late spring and early fall.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Ireland gets a lot of rain, but as locals will remind you, sunshine is always around the corner.

    • Language

      Language

      Ireland’s official languages are Irish Gaelic and English

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport is required to travel to Ireland

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    Getting Around

    You'll have a few transportation choices to choose from when traveling around Ireland.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      The most common mode of transportation between major cities is by car. They drive on the left side of the road in Ireland. An international driving permit (IDP) is not required to drive a rental car in Ireland, but you will need to have a valid US driver’s license.

    • Train

      Train

      Traveling around Ireland by train lets you sit back, relax and enjoy the journey, taking in all the scenery en-route.

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Hiring a private driver offers another way of getting around Ireland without the hassle of maneuvering the roads. It also adds an extra element of personal service to your vacation. With Tenon, you can choose to have a private driver for your entire trip or just a portion of it.

  • Ireland

    Special Events

    • Tradfest Temple Bar
    • St Patrick’s Festival
    • Bram Stoker Festival Dublin
    • Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
    • Dublin Writers Week
    • Cork Jazz Festival
    • Galway Oyster Festival
    • Galway Races
    • Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
    • Taste of Dublin
    • Dingle Food Fest
    • Bloomsday Festival
    • Rose of Tralee Festival
    • Derry Halloween Festival
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    • Travel Tips

      Tips for Buying the Best Guide Books for Ireland

    • Travel Tips

      Tips on Travel Etiquette in Ireland

    • Romance

      Top 10 Romantic Places in Ireland to Visit

    • Arts & Pop Culture

      Top 10 Festivals in Ireland

    • Scenic view of Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland

      Ready for More?

      We hope this guide has helped you learn more about Ireland and that you feel ready to plan your trip! If you want to learn more, you can receive a free 30-minute travel consultation about Ireland when you request a quote, or if you’re interested in other locations you can access more guides.

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