Saturday, November 18, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Travel Guide to Ireland – A Visitors Guide to Ireland

Planning to travel to Ireland? You'll be in good company. Over 7 million overseas visitors come to the Emerald Isle every year. It's rich history spans from the prehistoric through invasions by the Vikings and the Normans to centuries of English control to modern independence. The rolling green of the Irish countryside is legendary and its great music and literature traditions live on. Known as a land of saints and warriors, poets and rebels, Ireland is a destination that enchants visitors with its 5th century monasteries to rugged seashores to Dublin's Temple Bar entertainment district. Throw in a few pints, and your Irish holiday is complete.

Ireland
Capital
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic sites include 13th century Dublin Castle and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.
4.6 Million People
Ireland, sharing an island in the North Atlantic with Northern Ireland (part of the UK), Ireland was Christianized in the 5th century. Today's Irish boast a mix of Gaelic and Viking lineage.
Main Airport
Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport, is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is operated by DAA. The airport is located 5.4 nmi north of Dublin in Collinstown, Fingal.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~6°C (43°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~16°C (61°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~13°C (55°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~5°C (41°F)
    November - March
Currency
Euro
10 Fun Facts
  • • President Obama claims Irish heritage.
  • • The Titanic was built in Belfast Ireland.
  • • The term ‘boycott’ originated in Ireland.
  • • A pint of Guinness contains only 198 calories.
  • • "Sean's Bar" Ireland's oldest pub opened in 900AD.
  • • In the Irish language, there is no word for ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • • About half of the population of Australia can claim Irish ancestry.
  • • St. Patrick has also been designated as the patron saint of… Nigeria!
  • • Ireland is the only country in the world where the windmills turn in a clockwise direction.
  • • Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument as its national symbol.
Basic Phrases
Gaelic
  • Please
    Le do thail
  • Thank You
    Go raibh maith agat
  • English
    Béarla

  • Hello
    Dia dhuit
  • Goodbye
    Slán
Food and Drinks
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Colcannon
  • Fish & Chips
  • Tayto Crisps
  • Irish Coffee
  • Guinness
  • Donor Kebab
What to Tip
  • 10%
    Waitstaff
  • None
    Bartenders
  • None
    Taxi Drivers
  • 1€ - 2€
    Porters per bag
  • 10%
    Tour Guides

Ireland, sharing an island in the North Atlantic with Northern Ireland (part of the UK), Ireland was Christianized in the 5th century. Today's Irish boast a mix of Gaelic and Viking lineage. The population of Ireland is approximately 4.6 million people. Ireland's currency is the Euro.

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic sites include 13th century Dublin Castle and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.

The main airport serving Ireland is Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport, is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is operated by DAA. The airport is located 5.4 nmi north of Dublin in Collinstown, Fingal.

Ireland experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~6°C (43°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~16°C (61°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~13°C (55°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~5°C (41°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Ireland.

  • Powerscourt Estate – World famous gardens, Ireland’s highest waterfall, 2 championship golf courses and more
  • Trinity College – Ireland’s oldest university and home to the Book of Kells
  • The Aran Islands – Rugged limestone islands off the westernmost coast of Ireland, where all the locals still speak Gaelic
  • Ring of Kerry – Scenic drive through seaside villages and verdant landscapes
  • Giants Causeway – Amazing natural basalt columns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dingle – Charming coastal town with loads of friendly pubs
  • Grafton St. – World famous shopping in Dublin city centre

Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about Ireland.

  • President Obama claims Irish heritage.
  • The Titanic was built in Belfast Ireland.
  • The term ‘boycott’ originated in Ireland.
  • A pint of Guinness contains only 198 calories.
  • "Sean's Bar" Ireland's oldest pub opened in 900AD.
  • In the Irish language, there is no word for ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • About half of the population of Australia can claim Irish ancestry.
  • St. Patrick has also been designated as the patron saint of… Nigeria!
  • Ireland is the only country in the world where the windmills turn in a clockwise direction.
  • Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument as its national symbol.

Don't leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Irish travel apps you'll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

  • Leap Card – Pay discount fares on public transportation
  • Dublin Bus – Real time bus schedules and planner
  • Luas – Dublin’s light rail tram system
  • Irish Rail – Bus and rail service
  • Daft.ie – Holiday rental homes and houses for sale

For a real Ireland experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some are traditional Irish dishes while others have been "borrowed" from immigrants and neighbors.

  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Colcannon
  • Fish & Chips
  • Tayto Crisps
  • Irish Coffee
  • Guinness
  • Donor Kebab

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite Irish activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be considered a rude guest. Here’s what to tip in Ireland.

  • Waitstaff – 10%
  • Bartenders – None
  • Taxi Drivers – None
  • Porters per bag – 1€ - 2€
  • Tour Guides – 10%

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Ireland has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Drury Court Hotel – Based in the heart of Dublin City Centre, Drury Court Hotel is the ideal location for both business and leisure visits to the capital
  • Clontarf Castle – Providing an exceptional service in luxury surroundings, Clontarf Castle Hotel is one of Ireland's leading Castle Hotels.
  • Davenport Hotel – A boutique establishment offered by O'Callaghan Hotels Group, Davenport brings a unique blend of old meets new.
  • Stephen’s Green Hotel – Overlooking nine acres of St. Stephen’s Green Park, The Stephen’s Green Hotel is part of the noted O’Callaghan Hotels Group.
  • Trinity Lodge Hotel – Located in the heart of Dublin, near Trinity College, Trinity Lodge brings a charming fusion of Georgian elegance and contemporary style.
  • Wynn’s Hotel – A prestigious Dublin destination since 1845, Wynn’s is located in the very heart of Dublin - a paradise for shoppers and tourists alike.

From historical sites to lively pubs to the verdant countryside that gives the Emerald Isle its name, visitors to Ireland will find that the the country more than lives up to its reputation. This Ireland travel guide will give you a start on planning your dream Irish holiday.


4 Comments

  1. Monica
    September 5, 2017 - 2:05 am

    Paying a visit to the Ireland would be a pretty cool thing to do! I hate traveling during autumn, and it sounds god to hear that one can go to Ireland anytime during the four seasons. But I’d like to have a grasp of what their foods look like before I finalize my decision.

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  2. Hailey
    September 5, 2017 - 6:20 pm

    With over 7 million visitors trooping to the Ireland yearly, one can’t argue that it one iconic place to visit. I’d like to know from those who’ve visited the Ireland, if there’s much difference between the casual and luxury accommodation.

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  3. Isabella James
    September 6, 2017 - 2:27 pm

    Dublin! Dublin!! Dublin!!! That’s the next destination on my ‘to-visit’ list and the journey is a few weeks away. Thanks for this post, it’s really helpful.

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  4. Caitlin
    September 6, 2017 - 3:59 pm

    First of all, I have to admit that I am biased. My father’s family came from Ireland and I’ve always wanted to visit . This has done nothing but encourage the idea. I’d absolutely love to visit a pub opened in 900 AD! It’s very useful to include information about tipping because it varies incredibly from place to place as to what is an appropriate amount. I had no idea that President Obama also claimed Irish heritage, as well! I can’t wait to get ready for a trip back to my family’s homeland to…

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