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Best places to visit in Ireland

Best places to visit in Ireland

What are Ireland's top destinations and must-see places? Whether you land in Dublin, Galway, Belfast or Kerry  your discoveries, experiences and the landscapes will be totally different.

 

We suggest you look at the connections at your nearest airport with Ireland and book your flights to the destination of your choice. Once there you can rent a car and explore the 4 corners of Ireland very easily. Do you want to think outside the box? Discover a selection of Ireland's best hidden gems, live unforgettable experiences? Discover a selection of the best tours and activities in Ireland.

 

Book your flights and accommodation at the best price and treat yourself to an unforgettable trip to Ireland.

 


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Dublin

Ireland

It is the number 1 destination in Ireland. With its pubs, distilleries, restaurants, legends, castles, Dublin is one of the favourite destinations for travellers looking for a city break combining outings, gastronomy, nature, culture and shopping.

 

During your stay do not miss to visit the mythical district of Temple bar, the Guinness brewery and the Jameson distillery classified among the best things to do in Ireland. Nature lovers will not fail to visit Phoenix Park and discover the sublime deer in the wild.

 

Book your flights at the best price as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Dublin such as your fast-track entrance to the top tourist attraction in Dublin, the Guiness Storehouse.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Dublin.

 

Where to stay: Stay in the heart of Dubin by booking your room at the best price at "The Fleet" in the bustling Temple bar district. 

 


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Dark Hedges

Bregagh Road - Armoy - County Antrim - Northern Ireland

Do you dare to cross this mysterious alley? Originally planted by a wealthy landowner who wanted a demonstrative driveway on the road to his home, it is said that when his youngest daughter died, the trees began to twist just like he was. twisted in pain. Made world famous by the Games of Thrones series, this alley is part of the top travel wishlist for travellers visiting Ireland.

 

For photos, visit the place at dawn, it's calm and the sun makes a shy breakthrough in the trees, cutting the profile of its twisting branches. For the thrills come visit Dark Hedges at dusk or even at night with a flashlight and lantern, if there is a bit of fog it is even better.

 

Book your flights to Belfast (1 hour by car) or Dublin (3 hours) as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities such as a "From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Dark Hedges tour".

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Belfast (1h by car) or Dublin (3h).

 

Where to stay:  Causeway Coast Haven” located near Dark Edges and only 15 km from Giant's Causeway.

 


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Cork

County Cork - Ireland

The capital of County Cork is an increasingly popular destination among travellers looking for off the beaten track destinations.

 

Shopping lovers will take a stroll down St Patrick Street, foodies will take their cars to enjoy a good meal in one of the restaurants in Cobh harbour located 20 minutes away. If you like green spaces, be sure to take a stroll through Fitzgerald's Park. There are many things to do and see in and around Cork.

 

From Cork, you can discover the most beautiful castles in Ireland but also the best hidden gems of Ireland.

 

Book your flights to Cork and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities such as a Jameson Experience Whiskey tour in Cork.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Cork or join Cork via a domestic flight. 

 

Where to stay: The Montenotte Hotel” for its fantastic city views.

 


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Kylemore Abbey

Connemara - County Galway - Ireland

Learn about the strange ties that link this Abbey to Egypt and how an act of love turned into a nightmare for a loving Liverpool couple who fell in love with this place. 

 

If you can't wait, discover the history of this iconic Irish spot in our ranking of the best hidden gems in Ireland. If you want to experience history locally, book your flights to Galway as well as your accommodation near Kylemore Abbey.

Opening hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Galway and drive 1 hour 30 minutes to Pollacappul. The abbey is easy to access since it is located along the N59 road.

 

Where to stay: Stay near Kylemore Abbey, “Sharamore House B&B” is just 10 minutes'drive from Kylemore Abbey.

 

 


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Belfast

Northern Ireland

The capital of Northern Ireland is an ideal destination for a city break or as a starting point for discovering the beauties and riches of Northern Ireland.

 

Discover little-known aspects of the history of the Titanic, built in the Belfast shipyards, by visiting the “Belfast Titanic Experience”. Treat yourself to memories for a lifetime as you walk the Giant's Causeway, rated one of the best things to do in Ireland. Learn about the chaotic and tumultuous history of Northern Ireland by discovering the murals of the façades of Belfast with a guide or simply by listening to U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" or "Zombie" by the band Cranberries, two songs that evoke the North Irish conflict.

 

Are you not passionate about history? Belfast is also a great city for shopping, for outings with friends, to meet people until the end of the night. Do you want to follow in the footsteps of the heroes of your favourite series? Treat yourself to a tour of Northern Ireland's most photographed sites with a Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones location tour from Belfast.

 

Book your flights to Belfast as well as your accommodation and tours and activities at the best price and discover a surprising and endearing city.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Belfast.

 

Where to stay: “The Flint” is close to the Victoria Square Shopping Center and St. George's Market. 

 


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Connemara 

County Galway - Ireland

Discover the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. Connemara National Park is truly one of the best places to visit in Ireland. It's a place to put at the top of your travel wish list if you love nature and  great outdoors.

 

This place that has inspired many directors sometimes seems unreal. We sometimes expect to see gazelles and African animals appear around a lake. The national park is crossed by road 344, so there are many places you can stop to take a picture of this magical place. A tip, come in autumn, the colours are of rare beauty.

 

Book your flights to Galway Airport as well as your accommodation and tours and activities in Ireland such as a "From Galway: Castles of Connemara full-day tour".

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Galway (1h by car).

 

Where to stay: "Abbeyglen Castle Hotel" set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Connemara.

 


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Galway

County Galway - Ireland

Galway is a calm and peaceful city, a perfect destination for a holiday with friends, a stay which combines pub-trips, nature walks, some good restaurants and breathtaking landscapes. You will enjoy the best restaurants and pubs in the Latin Quarter and Quay Street and you will live unforgettable experiences by booking your tours to discover the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, or even Connemara County and the romantic Kylemore Abbey.

 

Book your flights to Galway or any other Irish airport and reach this beautiful destination by car. You are free to go where you want, you are on holiday.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Galway.

 

Where to stay: We offer hundreds of hotels, B&Bs, apartments or guesthouses in Galway, make your choice according to your budget and your desires. 

 


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Cliffs of Moher

County Clare - Ireland

Travellers to Ireland do so for good reasons. The first of these is to discover nature. This is how Cliffs of Moher is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction with over 1 million visitors! Much more than Temple Bar or the Guiness Brewery brings together. 15 kilometres of walk along its magnificent cliffs await you.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Shannon Airport (1 hour by car) or Galway Airport (1 hour 30 minutes) and drive to Liscannor. You can also book your tours as a "From Dublin: Fully guided day tour to the Cliffs of Moher". 

 

Where to stay: "Bay View House" situated just 5km from Cliffs of Moher.

 


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Limerick

County Limerick - Ireland

Less known than some cities in Ireland, Limerick is however the 3rd largest city in Ireland after Dublin and Cork. Be sure to visit the "Hunt Museum" which is not a hunting museum but an incredible collection of works of art donated to the city by the antique dealer and collector John Hunt. You will discover more than 3000 items, paintings by Picasso, Egyptian statues, objects from all over the world.

 

Do you want to support the local economy? Take a tour of the "Milk Market" a covered market that brings together local farmers and farmers.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Shannon Airport located a 10 minute drive from Limerick city center.

 

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Limerick” set in 20 acres of gardens. 

 


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Bray

County Wicklow - Ireland

Located 1 hour south of Dublin, Bray was previously just a small fishing town. It has become one of the largest cities in Ireland and one of the most important seaside resorts in Ireland.

 

Very fashionable in the 1950s, popular with English travellers, its tourist appeal has diminished a little over the years. Bray is more than ever a city that deserves to be discovered. During your stay in Bray do not miss to visit Great Sugar Loaf and Bray Head, two natural sites of rare beauty.

 

We also advise you to stroll in the city, to share good times with the inhabitants in the pubs of Bray and enjoy the cultural places because there is always something happening in this city of Ireland. It is also a perfect destination for water sports, shopping or thalassotherapy enthusiasts.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Dublin and drive to Bray (1 hour by car, 50 minutes by public transport).

 

Where to stay: The Martello Hotel” located on the magnificent seafront with sublime views of the Irish sea.

 


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Ennis

County Clare - Ireland

Capital of County Clare, Ennis is located a few kilometres from Limerick and 40 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis is a perfect destination for history buffs who should visit the 'Clare Museum' to learn about the history of County Clare.

 

Ennis is also a must-see destination for lovers of spectacular scenery, nature and travellers for whom sustainable tourism makes sense. During your stay, be sure to visit The Burren, a destination awarded the EDEN label for its tourist offer that respects the environment and local populations. The Burren, a UNESCO Global Geopark is a unique and alluring landscape with outstanding geological heritage, rich fertile valleys, vibrant villages and thriving communities that offer some truly inspiring food,

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Shannon Airport (40 minutes by car) or Galway (1h30).

 

Where to stay: Old Ground Hotel” located in the centre of the beautiful medieval town of Ennis. 

 


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Cobh

County Cork - Ireland

Travellers often confuse Cork and Cobh, the two towns are located in County Cork, one is its capital, the other a small port town known for its colourful houses. This succession of pretty colourful Cobh houses may make you think of the “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco.

 

As is often the case, these coloured houses are fishermen's houses. To be visible at sea and distinguish their boats, fishermen used very showy and very resistant paints. With the excess paint they also painted their little houses. Be sure to visit Cobh Harbour and book a table at one of the harbour restaurants.

 

Book your flights to Cork, your accommodation and drive 30 minutes to Cobh.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Cork (direct flights or via a domestic flight Dublin - Cork).

 

Where to stay: Commodore Hotel”. We love the decor of its rooms and the views of Cobh harbour

 


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Kilkenny

County Kilkenny - Ireland

Kilkenny, does this simple name make your mouth water? Maybe it's because you know Kilkenny red beer, but do you know the town with the same name? Kilkenny is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Ireland. Do not miss to visit its black abbey, its park, Kilkenny castle and of course the Smithwick's brewery where the famous Kilkenny beer is brewed.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Dublin (1h30 by car).

 

Where to stay: City Center Hostel” situated 1km from Kilkenny Castle.

 


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The Giant's Causeway

Bushmills - County Antrim - Northern Ireland

Have you seen it in movies, on TV, on calendars, but never  on your own? Giant's Causeway is at the top of your travel wish list in Ireland. This unique rock formation in the world is made up of nearly 40,000 basalt columns of different heights. Visit Giant's Causeway equivalent to 1 hour of steps lessons in a fitness club. That being said, the place is not very accessible for people who have walking difficulties, think about it before booking your tour online from the major cities of Ireland or travelling there on your own.

 

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the UK, Giant's Causeway is run by the National Trust and admission is completely free. If you look at the Giant's Causeway from above, from the top of the hill, you will see that it looks like dried mud that has cracked. This is what happened when the lava cooled and contracted horizontally on contact with the water, forming its funny stairs that have fascinated for centuries.

 

The pagan Irish people believed in tiny gods like fairies and gigantic heroes (which would explain the name of this site).

 

Book your tours online as "Giant's Causeway & more: luxury coach tour from Belfast", these all-inclusive tours cost less than a full tank.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Belfast (1h by car) or Dublin (3h by car).

 

Where to stay: "Black rock house" boasting sea views it is located around 500 m from Giant Causeway ".

 


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Kinsale

County Cork - Ireland

Located 12 miles from Cork, Kinsale is one of Ireland's prettiest, colourful towns with Cobh just a few miles away. Wondering if Kinsale is the right destination for you? The answer is yes. There is so much to do in Kinsale. On land or on the water you will live unforgettable experiences.

 

Kinsale is perfect for lovers of shopping, jazz, those who want to rest on the beach, go kayaking or scuba diving.

 

Book your flights to Cork as well as your accommodation in Kinsale and your tours and activities such as a full-day tour to discover the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Cork and reach Kinsale by car (20 min). 

 

Where to stay: Actons Hotel Kinsale” for its beautiful gardens, tastefully decorated rooms and views over Kinsale harbour. 

 


 

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