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Ireland travel guide

Shamrocks and Guinness, fantasy film sets, and locals with livers ten times the strength of any other nationality. That's just the Irish stereotype. Look further into this land of mythical legends and you'll find fresh, green rolling countryside, dramatic medieval castle landscapes, a vibrant music and arts culture, and a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

Ireland fast facts

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Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EUR
Symbol: €

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Languages Spoken

The official language is Irish Gaelic and spoken in most areas as the first language. English is the other official language spoken.

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Time Zones

Greenwich Mean Time
UTC+00:00

Top places to visit in Ireland

From the vibrant home of lively bars and Guinness (Dublin) to the iconic city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the traditional stone-clad streets of Galway with its live music and traditional Irish pubs, to the medieval town of Kilkenny - Ireland is filled with quirky and interesting cities and towns. The winding streets and rolling hills make it the perfect road trip destination!
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Ireland day trips

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Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Whiskey Trail

Ireland and whiskey go together like mac and cheese - so an 8-hour tour, tasting liquid gold, hopping around traditional Irish pubs and the famous Tullamore & Kilbeggan Distilleries, is one of the best ways to spend your day. Don't worry, they'll have you back to Dublin for 6pm (so you don't have to make your way after copious drams of whiskey)!
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A walking tour of Dublin with Oddball Tours of Ireland

For those looking for an alternative and humorous take on Dublin, on this fixed route walking tour of Dublin's south city center you'll be taken off the beaten track, concentrating on the unusual, bizarre and downright odd sights and attractions hidden in plain sight and normally overlooked.
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Game of Thrones filming locations tour from Dublin

Die-hard GOT fans, hold on to your whiskey glasses, because this fully-narrated 13-hour tour of visits more than 20 filming locations you'll have seen on your screens: including Winterfell and Riverrun. 

Transport for Ireland: the easiest ways of getting around

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Hit the winding open roads of Ireland in a campervan

The green rolling countryside and dramatic coastline of Ireland makes for the perfect road trip destination. Take control of your trip and decide where you go, when you go and for how long you go. Make the most of it!

 

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Eurail Republic of Ireland pass

Take the hard work out of traveling Ireland and just hop on a train instead! Watch the scenic countryside go by as you sit back and relax (and be smug that you don't have to drive anywhere). Choose from 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days travel within a 1 month period. 

 

Our favorite hotels in Ireland

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Generator Dublin

Located in the hip Smithfield neighborhood, across from the Jameson Distillery & a short walk from Temple Bar. The hostel’s open social spaces and café and bar give the place an unruffled industrial feel.
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Flint Hotel

In Belfast city center, only a 2-minute walk from the Grand Opera House & various other attractions, lies this affordable 3.5 star hotel - for those who want a little more than a dorm-share. It's a great base to start your Irish adventure!
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Dublin International Hostel

Located super close to Croke Park, this hostel comes complete with a restaurant, and right in the middle of the city center: so you know you'll be close to all the action. With a 24-hour reception and airport drop-off service, it's ideal for travelers!

When is the best time to visit Ireland?

You can visit Ireland at any time of year, but if you want to avoid the cold winter months, that might be better - so you can fully appreciate the countryside walks and coastline. Peak tourist season, unsurprisingly, is July and August, so try to go either side of those months. June or September would be the best months - however, if you want to check out the art scene, October hosts a lot of art festivals across Ireland.