Cities in Ireland
With its mix of urban cool, lush parkland, sweeping coastline and hip designer boutiques, Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, pulsates with energy while still retaining a warm, laid-back atmosphere.
One of Europe’s most thrilling capitals, it offers all you could want from a city break with history, culture, entertainment, excellent shopping and an endless choice of pubs and restaurants.
Thankfully, seeing all of Dublin’s sights needn’t cost the earth, either, as you can save money at over 30 attractions around the city by purchasing your Dublin Pass before you go.
Its reign as European Capital of Culture 2005 may have come to a close, but Cork is still without a doubt one of the hottest city break destinations in Ireland within the Cork/Kerry region.
Delve into this perfectly sized urban hub, and you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing array of excellent restaurants, chic bars and lively pubs, a strong local flavour and seriously good summertime festivals.
With its compact size, picturesque location between mountain and coast and fascinating history, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is a defiant city that has emerged from decades of strife into a vibrant, buzzing destination.
This beautiful Victorian city has plenty to offer – you can check out where great ships like the Titanic were built, marvel at the architecturally impressive City Hall and Queen’s University, or immerse yourself in Belfast’s sparkling city life with hip boutiques and smart stores.
Cool and comfortable new design hotels mean Belfast is now a stylish and affordable place to stay, while a glut of excellent gastro delights have placed the city firmly on the culinary map of Europe.
Best of all, Belfast’s charming old pubs make an atmospheric spot to wile away an hour, or two.
Galway is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe.
Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 affluent tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Europe and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galway is a never-ending stream of excellent festivals and eating, drinking and entertainment all taking place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city.
Enjoy the atmospheric pubs in this Westof Ireland city, the beautiful location at the edge of Galway Bay, the pretty medieval streets and the lively weekend markets with a city break you’ll never forget.
Limerick is the Republic of Ireland’s third largest city and has a beautiful location on one of Ireland’s most picturesque rivers, the Shannon.
Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.
As well as the internationally renowned Hunt Museum with its exceptional art collection including works from Picasso, da Vinci and Renoir, Limerick also boasts a wonderful medieval precinct with the famous 800-year-old King John’s Castle.
A bustling, vibrant and exciting destination, Limerick is packed with excellent shops, wonderful restaurants and some enjoyably indulgent accommodation and makes a great base for exploring the excellent surrounding sights.
Waterford City boasts a commanding presence next to the meandering River Suir. A hotbed of history and heritage, this strikingly beautiful city was founded by the Vikings in 853AD and experienced a further exciting architectural overhaul during its 18th Century expansion.
Despite it being one of Ireland’s oldest, Waterford City is a fabulous blend of ultra-modern shopping centres, pedestrianised walkways, lively traditional pubs and highly acclaimed gourmet restaurants. And the city promises to delight and impress the senses without relinquishing its unique local spirit.
It’s not without its world-renowned attractions, too. Home to the exquisite Waterford Crystal, not many visitors return home without acquiring some hand-blown glass perfection.
Additionally, Waterford City has a long theatrical and musical tradition. The Waterford Light Opera Festival, Waterford Spraoi Festival and the Hullabaloo International Children’s Festival are sure to put a spring in the step of people of all ages, making this one of the most vibrant cities in the country to sojourn for a few days or more.
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