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Top 20 Festivals In Ireland That You Should Go

Ireland is not only popular for its stout and whiskey but also for its festivals all year round. I mean, what else is a perfect pair to these top Irish drinks but Irish festivals and music, right?

Whether you choose to go for local country celebrations or huge celebrations all throughout the country, you have a lot of choices for festivals in Ireland. With that, we recommend these top 20 Irish festivals that travelers should attend in Ireland.

Top 20 Festivals in Ireland

1.St. Patrick’s Festival

St. Patrick's Day Ireland

The biggest and grandest festival in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Festival is one hell of a celebration that you should not miss if you’re planning to travel to Ireland.

This festival which was started by the Irish government in November 1995 eventually turned into a multi-day celebration which takes place somewhere around March 17 every year. The highlight of the festival is the St. Patrick’s Day where there’s a grand parade, lots of drinking, and locals and tourists party in the streets all over Ireland.

It is a nationwide celebration where people usually dress up as Leprechauns. Spread throughout the St. Patrick’s Festival Week are various activities and events like traditional performances, food fairs, and a celebration of Irish culture.

When:

March 14-18

Where:

Dublin but the entire country is also celebrating

2. Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

This one is quite difficult to pronounce but in simpler words, this is also called as “Fleadh” (pronounced as “flaa”). Fleadh is an Irish national music festival where the highlight of the event is the Irish traditional music competition. The reputation of this festival has been high that more participants wanted to compete each year.

Aside from this competition, there are also concerts and parades. Every year, locals and Irish culture enthusiasts come over to participate in this music festival which is held late in August. The venue of the festival varies every year so be sure to check which town is hosting Fleadh this year.

When:

August 11-18 or sometime late August

Where:

Venu varies every year

3. National Heritage Week

Another celebration in Ireland that is celebrated all over the country is the National Heritage Week. Spearheaded by the Heritage Council of Ireland, a handful of events are in store during this week where the primary goal is to celebrate Ireland’s culture, history, garden, and architecture.

The best part of this week is that everyone can access several landmarks that are usually paid or private for free. There are also tours, events and other activities that help promote Ireland’s culture and heritage. Heritage Week is usually held in the last week of August.

When:

August 17-25 or last week of August

Where:

Various locations and most likely in heritage sites

4. Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna

Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival

This spa town in County Clare has an old traditional festival which leads all road to Lisdoonvarna every September. Also hailed as Europe’s biggest matchmaking festival, this will surely catch your interest if you’re looking for an Irish mate.

This event welcomes festival-goers of all ages specifically around 18 to 80 years old. There’s dancing, singing, and various activities all day long.

If you’re not getting any luck during the festival, don’t worry there are matchmakers who can pair you up with someone and just see what happens from there.

When:

August 30 – September 29

Where:

Lisdoonvarna

5. Dingle Regatta in Dingle

Dingle Regatta or boat races is also one of the top festivals that you should not miss in Ireland. If you happen to be in Dingle sometime around the third week of August and you share the love for boating, be sure to check out Dingle Regatta. This festival is all about crews of four racing a traditional Irish canoe (naomhog) around the harbor.

When:

August 17-18

Where:

Dingle

6. Dingle Regatta in Dingle

Dingle Regatta or boat races is also one of the top festivals that you should not miss in Ireland. If you happen to be in Dingle sometime around the third week of August and you share the love for boating, be sure to check out Dingle Regatta.

This festival is all about crews of four racing a traditional Irish canoe (naomhog) around the harbor.

When:

August 17-18

Where:

Dingle

7. Killorglin Puck Fair in Killorglin

Puck fair Killorglin

Killorglin surely has a unique coronation day where they crown a wild goat as the “King of their town” for three days. Every August, locals go to the mountain to catch a wild goat and bring it back to town to be crowned as the “King”.

On the last day of the festival, the goat is sent back to the mountain. There are lots of activities during this celebration and pubs close an hour later than the usual. Live music, demos, dance sessions, outdoor markets, and fireworks are expected every year during the Puck Fair.

The history of this festival can be traced back to 400 years ago where a wild goat fleed from the hills and warned the entire community from the approaching Cromwellian army. At present, the festival is now held every August 10-12.

When:

August 10-12

Where:

Killorglin

8. Rose of Tralee in Tralee

Every 23rd until 27th of August, Tralee hosts pageantry where young Irish women compete for the title as the Rose of Tralee. This celebration is open to the international audience too since it is a global celebration of Irish culture.

Aside from the crowning of the yearly Rose, there are also street entertainment, live concerts, street markets, parades, and fireworks all throughout the festival.

When:

August 23-27

Where:

Tralee

9. Galway Oyster Festival in Galway

Ireland has some of the finest seafood in the world. In fact, one of Galway’s unique features is the Galway Native Oyster which they take pride of– all thanks to the Atlantic shoreline.

So if you want to feast on some delicious oysters while you’re in Ireland, be sure not to miss the Galway Oyster Festival. There are two Oyster Opening Championship as the main highlight of this festival: the Irish Oyster Opening Championship and the World Oyster Opening Championship.

This oyster-loaded celebration is held every September on the west coast of Ireland.

When:

September 27-29 or last week of September

Where:

Galway

10. Galway Arts Festival in Galway

Galway Arts Festival

The Galway Arts Festival paved way for Galway to be recognized as a cultural center for the arts and a cultural tourism destination.

This festival has become internationally known as you can already see Irish artworks sitting side by side with artworks by international artists from various fields like theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, and comedy.

Thousands of attendees come over to Galway to participate and take part in this event which is held for two weeks in late July every year.

When:

July 15-28

Where:

Galway

11. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Dublin

Another irresistible festival for the seafood lovers out there, Ireland surely wins the heart of many tourists for this incredibly sumptuous food festival. If you can’t say no to these juicy prawns, head over to Dublin for the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival.

This festival occurs every March near the harbor where you can enjoy bite-sized prawns and a creamy stout to wash the prawns down. There are also cooking demos, music, and more foods during the festival.

When:

March 16-18

Where:

Dublin

12. Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival in County Wexford

The Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy will surely unite all foodies and music lovers out there. If you’re planning to visit Ireland in the first week of August, be sure not to miss this top Irish festival.

Over 80 of the best local and artisan vendors are expected to participate in this big event down in County Wexford.

There is also an interesting lineup of international rock and roll artists to give the festival-goers a series of free outdoor gigs. This simply means that the Rockin’ Food Festival is not just all about food but rock and roll music as well.

Lastly, if you’re planning to bring the entire family with you, the Rockin’ Food Festival is also the perfect venue for your kids to participate as there are various activities specifically prepared for the youngsters.

When:

On the first week of August (August 2-5)

Where:

Enniscorthy, County Wexford

13. Dublin Horse Show in Dublin

Dublin Horse Show

The Dublin Horse Show every August is a celebration of Ireland’s inclination towards horses. This festival showcases the best show horses to the best international showjumpers. Being one of Ireland’s biggest events, thousands of people including visitors from abroad come to Dublin to witness this show.

Tickets for the show are sold in the official website of the event. There’s the single admission ticket, season admission ticket, daily seated stand ticket, and stand seat only ticket. Check out their website for more information on these different types of ticket.

When:

sometime in August

Where:

Dublin

14. Dingle Food Festival in Dingle

The fishing town of Dingle hosts the annual Dingle Food Festival on the first weekend of October. If you’re looking for the best weekend in Ireland, this festival is the one you’re looking for.

Thousands of locals and tourists purposely head over to Dingle for this festival because of “The Taste Trail” where you get to visit over 70 food venues around the town and taste the best foods and drinks in their menu.

There are also cooking demonstrations, market stalls, workshops, children’s events, street entertainment, whiskey tasting, wine tasting, and so much more activities to expect.

When:

October 4-6 or first weekend of October

Where:

Dingle

15. Dingle Races in Dingle

The Dingle Racing Festival happens every August and it is one of the biggest Horse and Pony races in Ireland.

There are twenty races spread over the weekend making this event as the highlight of the Dingle’s calendar. Expect to see over 160 horses all across Ireland competing for the EUR 6,000 prize.

There are also booths and stalls to entertain some of the audience- the kids to be specific. Examples of these are the bouncing castle, a fortune-teller booth, and various market fairs that sell souvenirs.

When:

Every August but most likely on August 9-11

Where:

Ballintaggart racecourse in Dingle

16. Bloomsday in Dublin

To commemorate and celebrate the life of the Irish writer, James Joyce, Bloomsday is held in Dublin every June 16. This is the day his novel, Ulysses, took place in 1904.

This day is expected to have readings and dramatizations of Ulysses- perfect for every Ulysses fan but other exciting activities like pub crawling is also in the tradition.

There are also many free activities that you can expect in Bloomsday including theatrical performances, musical events, and tours.

When:

June 16

Where:

Dublin

17. All-Ireland Finals in Dublin

All Ireland Hurling
By Florian Christoph from Dublin, Ireland – Hurling action, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia

Every September means a very busy time at the Croke Park where thousands of Gaelic sports supporters come to see the All-Ireland Finals for hurling and football. If you happen to be a fan of the sport, be sure to check out this big event if you’re in Ireland.

You’ll most likely be able to get along very well with other enthusiastic fans too which will make the experience more memorable.

When:

sometime in September

Where:

Dublin, specifically in Croke Park

18. Temple Bar Trad in Dublin

temple bar tradfest

Late winter in Dublin is never boring because this would mean non-stop traditional Irish music and unlimited drinking sessions in Temple Bar TradFest.

Today, this festival is already considered as the largest festival of traditional music in Ireland long after it started as a small niche music festival in 2006.

The recognition received from this festival has pushed it to expand its goal which now includes the promotion of the next generation of Irish musicians.

TradFest also offers a memorable experience for festival-goers with its live music concert held in some of Dublin’s popular historical sites.

Aside from that, you can also expect to party all night long for free. Exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, and film-screenings are also in the line up of activities. This festival starts around January 21 and ends on January 27.

If you are interested to join this music festival head over to Dublin on these dates.

When:

January 21- January 27

Where:

Dublin

19. Listowel Writer’s Week in County Kerry

Listowel Writer’s Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival held from May 29 to June 2 in Kerry. It is considered to be one of the most friendly and sociable events on the Irish calendar and because of this a lot of participants attend this very popular festival every year.

This festival is perfect for writers and aspiring writers who want to expand their network and, of course, learn through the series of writing workshops.

Irish and international writers get invited to the festival to share their expertise in poetry, theatre, fiction, screen, writing scripts for radio, children’s literature, song-writing, and even comic writing.

Art exhibits, literary and historical tours, singing, dancing, and seminars are also expected to fill up the program during these days. There are also writing competitions for adults and young writers. There’s definitely so much to expect at this festival.

When:

May 29 – June 2

Where:

Listowel, County Kerry

20. Fleadh Nua in Ennis

Ireland surely loves to promote its culture to the world. This is the reason why a lot of traditional music and dance festivals are sprouting like mushrooms all year round. One of these is the Fleadh Nua which takes place every May in Ennis, County Clare.

This 9-day event should also make it to your list of Irish festivals because there are lots of fun activities to expect morning until night. There are music concerts, dance workshops, various street entertainments, lunchtime concerts, and evening sessions.

There are also Irish Dance Competitions and CD Launches to add more variety to the program.

When:

May 19-27

Where:

Ennis


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10 Free Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

There are several free things to do in Dublin despite its reputation as being an expensive city. Known for its rich heritage, pubs and friendly locals, Dublin is also a good base to travel around Ireland.

From its rich heritage to lively nightlife, it is one city that should be on your itinerary when traveling Europe. So we’ve put together the best and fun free things to do in Dublin to include on your Dublin itinerary.


10 Best Free Things To Do In Dublin

1. Take advantage of the free bikes in Dublin

Dublin is a walkable city but if walking is not your thing while sightseeing, taking advantage of the free bike is a good alternative. Dublinbikes allows you to use the bike for free for the first 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you have to pay around €50 cents per 30 minutes. You can also get a 3-day ticket at 5 euros to save money.

2. Take a picture with the wild deer in Phoenix Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, located north of River Liffey. The park has large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues which makes it appealing for the wild fallow deer. These deer made the park their home since the 17th century. To plan your visit, check the park’s operating hours here.

Opening Times

24 hours

Contact Information

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

Email: phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

Phone: +353 1 820 5800

3. Trace your Celtic heritage in the National Library

Want to do something different in Dublin for free? Why not check if you have a Celtic heritage in National Library. Whether it’s for fun or curiosity, this service offered by the National Library can help you trace your Irish roots. 

No need to book an appointment. Just make sure to check their operating hours here.

Opening Times

Monday- Wednesday: 9:30 am-5 pm

Thursday-Friday: 9:30 am-4:45 pm

Contact Information

Address: 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin

Email:genealogy@nli.ie

Phone: +353 1 6030 256

4. Join a music session in Cobblestone

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Music is a big part of Irish tradition and one of the things that Ireland is known for. Want proof? There are tons of Irish musicians and bands famous around the world. I personally grew up listening to Irish music in my sleepy small town in the Philippines.

So if you want to explore this part of Irish culture, head to Cobblestone to listen to traditional Irish music with talented locals. To check the upcoming events, check out their website here.

Opening Times

Monday- Thursday: 4:30pm-11:30 pm

Friday: 4:30-12:30 am

Saturday: 1:30pm-12:30 am

Sunday: 1:30 pm- 11:00pm

Contact Information

Address:  77 King St North Smithfield, Dublin

Email: info[at]cobblestonepub.ie

Phone:+353 1 872 1799

5. Explore the Glasnevin Cemetery

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Glasnevin Cemetery is a large cemetery in Dublin, Ireland.  It holds the graves and memorials of several notable figures in Ireland and was opened to the public for the first time in 1832. The cemetery is also considered as one of the top attractions in Dublin due to its rich history.

Opening Times

Monday- Friday : 10am-5:pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €6.00

Child: €4.00

Contact Information

Address: Finglas Road Glasnevin, Dublin, D11 PA00, Ireland

Phone:  + 353 01 882 6500

Email: info@glasnevintrust.ie

  6. Escape the city at National Botanic Garden

Adjacent to the Glasnevin Cemetery is a world-class botanic garden. The National Botanic Garden is home to several plant species and it is considered as the center of horticultural research and training in Dublin.

The National Herbarium is part of the National Botanic Garden and it houses over 20,000 samples of plant products, including fruits, seeds, wood, fibers, plant extracts, and artifacts.

Opening Times

Winter:

Monday -Friday: 9:00 am -4.30pm

Saturday-  Sunday  & Public Holidays: 10:00 am-4.30pm

Summer:

Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm

Saturday- Sunday  & Public Holiday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sat, Sun s

Tours:

Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm

Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm

Contact Information

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Ireland

Phone: + 353 1 804 0300

Email: botanicgardens@opw.ie

7. Visit Trinity College

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We have almost all experienced times in our lives where we needed a way to spend our time without spending our money! If you are familiar with this struggle and happen to be near Dublin, Ireland, then fear not! The internationally recognize Science Gallery offers precisely that.

These free exhibitions offer a variety of events including music performances, film screenings, workshops and more. Also, the themes of the exhibitions change three times per year. This makes for fresh new material on a regular basis.

The only thing they ask is to warn them ahead of time if you are bringing a large group. If you do happen to stumble across a bit of extra cash, Trinity College also offers a few other low-cost options including guided tours, a zoological museum, and the Book of Kells exhibition.

And if your budget allows for trinkets for both women and men and/or food, you will be delighted to find a gift shop and a variety of places to eat.

8. Learn history from the Kilmainham jail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kilmainham jail is one of the best locations to go and visit in Dublin because it is the place in Ireland to understand some of the recent histories about how Ireland finally gained independence from the British.

Entrance to the superb museum and the old courthouse is free of charge and a one hour guided trip around the actual prison itself is not that expensive, but extremely good value as you will come away with much to think about.

The museum describes the years before and after the 1916 Easter uprising, and when you do the tour of the prison itself, you see the places where the signatories to the proclamation of independence were kept before they were cold-bloodedly executed by the British the same year.

This event changed the future of Ireland by the influence of national opinion and makes this place a must-see for lovers of history and visitors to Dublin.

Opening Times

October – March 9:30 – 17:30 (last admission at 16:15)

April & May 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 16:45)

June, July & August 9:00 – 19:00 (last admission at 17:45)

September 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 16:45)

Contact Information

Address: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Phone: : +353 1 4535984

Email: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

9. Check out the Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History in Dublin is free to enter and is home to over 20,000 preserved species.

The real charm of the museum is that it has barely changed since it was founded in the 1800s. All of the species are displayed in beautiful Victorian cabinets and the layout is compact.

Visiting this Dublin museum feels like stepping back in time, with the taxidermy and displays showing their vintage nature. The first floor of the museum, called the Irish floor, is dedicated to species that were or can be found on the island of Ireland.

You can learn about various insects, mammals and marine life that call Ireland home. The crowning jewel is the massive skeletons of the 10,000-year-old Irish Elk that guard the entry.

The top floors show a diverse range of animals and insects from around the world. This quirky stop is a great way to learn about Irish history and is the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.

10. Relax in St. Stephen’s Green

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to connect with nature without leaving the city, head to St. Stephen’s Green, a well-manicured urban park. Though the land was once the setting of public executions, the green now offers a tranquil respite from the bustle of the city and adds a welcome change of pace to any Dublin itinerary. Take a stroll along the paved walking paths and admire the Victorian landscape (and work off some of that pub food at the same time!).

When you’re worn out, take a seat on one of the benches and simply enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, do some people watching, and relieve your aching feet. For families—particularly those with energetic children—a trip to the playground is a must.

And if you visit in the summer, you may be lucky enough to catch an outdoor concert. But don’t worry if you’re traveling in the off-season. The park is impressive year-round. Keep in mind that St. Stephen’s Green is only open during daylight hours, so plan your visit accordingly.

Opening Times

Monday- Saturday- 07:30 am

Sunday  and Holidays- 09.30 am

Closing Times: According to daylight hours

Gardens open Christmas Day 10.00-13.00

Average Length of Visit: 1 – 2 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Ireland

Phone: +353 1 475 7816

Email: info@heritageireland.ie


Affordable Accommodations in Dublin

Abbey Court Hostel is a hostel located at the center of Dublin. It is known for its quirky interior design and social vibe. The hostel offers an eat-all-you-can breakfast, comfortable bed, entertainment and game room, music room, lounge, and free walking tour. For rates and reviews of Abbey Court Hostel, click here.

The Leeson Lodge is another alternative for cheap accommodation in Dublin if a hostel is not your thing. The lodge is located near the Dublin canal, St Stephen‘s Green (a public park) and pubs. They offer a single room for a reasonable rate. For rates and reviews of the Leeson Lodge, click here

Check this accommodations guide in Dublin for more affordable hotels.

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7 Best Hotels In Athenry, Ireland

Known as one of the surviving medieval walled towns in Ireland, Athenry invites not just a passing day trip but encourages travelers to savor more of it as well. It is a town full of rich local heritage and the ideal base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and West of Ireland.

Whether you’ll be in Athenry for a day or a week, here’s a list of the best hotels in Athenry to suit any traveler’s budget and preference.

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Budget Accommodations in Athenry

Doonard Manor

Located in Craughwell, Doonard Manor is one of the more affordable accommodations in Athenry and the rest of Galway county. This bed and breakfast is an ideal base for touring the West of Ireland, starting with attractions in historic Athenry and its medieval castle. The area where Doon Nard is situated is also popular for golf, fishing, horse riding, cycling and walking.

Why it’s good?

Doonard Manor offers accommodations that cater to budget travelers. The rooms in Doonard are bright, spacious and comes with a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. A sumptuous breakfast selection is provided in the morning. Guests also enjoy free WiFi throughout the property, as well as free private parking on site.

Rates

Rates are at $57 to $94

Average Review Rating

9.4 Superb

Location: Doonard, Craughwell, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 91 846 710

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

McDonagh’s Guest House

McDonagh’s Guest House is located in Ballygurraun South, easily reached from the town center, and one of the more affordable accommodations in Athenry. This old-fashioned bed and breakfast also offer guests a shared lounge, free parking and access to the nearby golf and country club.

Why it is good?

Stepping inside the McDonagh’s Guest House in Athenry, guests already feel at home because of the simple, cozy furnishings and the friendly host. Each room at the guesthouse is warm and spacious, has a comfortable bed and a well-appointed en suite bathroom. The accommodation also includes free wireless internet, central heating, and multi-channel television. A hearty breakfast is provided in the morning. Guests at the McDonaugh’s love the homey atmosphere, and its accessibility to the airport, the Inis Meain, and other points of interest.

Rates

Rooms start at $85

Average Review Rating

7.0 Good

Location:  Ballygurraun South, Raheen, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone +353 87 988 6597

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Mid-range Hotels in Athenry

Athenry Village Apartments

Located in North Gate Street and within a short walking distance to the castle, Athenry Village Apartments offers one of the best accommodations in Athenry. The place is a favorite among families and those traveling in groups, particularly those looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

Why it is good

The balcony in Athenry Village Apartments is a favorite among guests, as it offers a view of the nearby castle, Heritage Centre and a centuries-old church. Modern and equipped with amenities like a well-stocked kitchen, the place offers both comfort and convenience for a price that’s suited for budget travelers. Athenry Village Apartments is centrally located but still quiet, and guests can enjoy a relaxing stay in their spacious, cozy rooms.

Rates

Rooms start at $92

Average Review Rating

9.4 Superb

Location: Druid View, 1 North Gate Street, Greenacre, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone : +353 86 046 4256

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Caheroyn House

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in Caheroyn, Atherny and just a short walk from the center, Caheroyn House is a gorgeous traditional farmhouse turned hotel that offers guests a familiar old-world vibe with modern amenities and great Irish food. It is regarded as one of the best places to stay in Athenry and has won awards for its service. Recently refurbished to reflect its history and importance, Caheroyn House is situated in the fields of Athenry on 70 acres of organic farmlands and woodlands. This offers visitors an opportunity to relax in an idyllic countryside setting.

Why it’s good

Stepping inside Caheroyn House is like walking into a nineteenth-century home full of art, historical items, and other curiosities. The rooms are huge with beautiful decor and a really comfortable bed. The food they serve is fresh, hearty and delicious. Caheroyn House despite being located near the center, is in a secluded area, making it perfect for rest and relaxation.

Rates:

Rooms are at $117 to $130 per night

Average Review

9.4 Superb

Location: Caheroyan Dr, Caherroyn, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone:  +353 91 844 858

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

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Lodge @ The Old Barracks

Situated in Cross Street, the recently renovated Lodge @ The Old Barracks is one of the most recommended accommodations in Athenry. The Lodge is located right in the heart of town, and guests are less than 5 minutes from Athenry Castle and Athenry Heritage Centre, as well as local shops and restaurants that abound the streets of this most historically significant Heritage Town. More than just a place to stay when in Athenry, Lodge @ The Old Barracks also hosts various outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and horse riding.

Why it’s good?

Not one room in The Lodge looks alike, but all are bright, airy, clean and comfortable. Apart from the usual fixtures, guests enjoy the quality linen, locally inspired furnishings, and wooden floors throughout. Each room has private bathrooms, tea/coffee services, blackout drapes/curtains, and housekeeping is provided daily. Breakfast is served in the award-winning Old Barracks Restaurant on site. The Lodge is one of the hotels in Athenry that has a terrace where guests can take in the views of the historic town and make use of amenities such as the complimentary wireless Internet access.

Rates:

Rooms are at $116 to $140 per night

Average Review Rating:

9.6 Exceptional

Location: Cross St,  Gorteenacra, Athenry, Co. Galway, H65 4170,

Phone:  +353 91 877 406 / 091 877406

Email: Info@oldbarracks.ie

Opening hours

Mon to Thurs -8.30am – 6.00pm

Fri & Sat 8.30am – 9.00pm

Sun & Bank Hols -10:00am to 6pm

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

The Garden Gates

Situated in Rinnaseet Islandeady, the rustic Garden Gates is one of the highest rated accommodations in Castlebar. This charming house is tucked in a Victorian garden, where guests can relax and enjoy the view of the countryside and nearby lake. Guests at the Garden Gates are provided not just with cozy accommodations, but also recommendations on how to better enjoy their stay at Castlebar.

Why it’s good?

Guestrooms at the Garden gates are elegant and cozy, with simple decor and comfortable beds. Each room has an en suite bathroom and furnished with smart wooden floors, a TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. For breakfast, homemade bread and jams are served, along with delicious pancakes, cold meats, and fresh fruits. Full meal options are also featured on the menu. Freshly ground coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available. The Garden Gates is one of the accommodations in Castlebar that is close to attractions like the Croagh Patrick and the Kylemore Abbey on the banks of Pollacappul Lough.

Rates

Rooms are at $105 to $120

Average Review Rating

9.6 Exceptional

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Hotels in Athenry

Raheen Woods Hotel

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Raheen Woods Hotel is located in Prospect, Athenry and is within walking distance to the town center. It is accessible to most major points of interest and attractions like the Athenry Castle. Raheen Woods Hotel is popular for its family-friendly facilities and good food.

Why it’s good?

Raheen Woods Hotel has amenities that provide a ‘home away from home’ feel, with its spacious, clean and comfy rooms. Guests have access to the pool and other leisure facilities like the KardioKids which is a hit among families with small children.

The hotel also serves good food that’s listed as among the reasons guests keep coming back.

Rates:

Rooms are at $138 to $264 per night

Average Review Rating:

8.9 Excellent

Location: Raheen, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 91 875 888

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

 

10 Things To Do In Lahinch

There are lots of things to do in Lahinch. Lahinch is a small town in the County of Clare, a popular surfing spot for locals. Aside from the beach, there are also interesting activities in Lahinch that visitors can enjoy.

So here are the top things to do in Lahinch, and why it’s worth visiting this small town.

Things To Do In Lahinch Ireland

1. Lahinch Beach

Lahinch beach

Lahinch Beach is a sandy, crescent-shaped Blue Flag beach in County Clare. It is located in Liscannor Bay and faces the Atlantic Ocean which gives the beach its famous swells.

The beach is a popular surfing, kite surfing and kayaking spot in the country. It is also near Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, making it an ideal side trip for those visiting these famous Irish attractions.

It is also one of the most convenient day trips from Galway.

Contact Information

Address: Lahinch Beach, Lahinch, Clare, Republic of Ireland

Email: secretar@clarecoco.ie

2.Kenny’s Lahinch Art Gallery

Kenny’s Lahinch Art Gallery is an art gallery in Lahinch that provides an outlet for local artists. It is owned by Carmel Kenny who has been the patron of arts for North Clare.

The gallery held exhibitions all throughout the year.

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: open on request

Wednesday: open on request

Thursday: 12 A.M – 5.00 P.M

Friday : 12 A.M – 5 P.M

Saturday : 11 A.M – 5 P.M

Sunday : 12 P.M. – 5. P.M

Contact Information

Address:  Main Street, Lahinch, Clare, Republic of Ireland

Email: info@lahinchartgallery.com

Phone:  +353 (0)65 708 1400

3. Walk along the promenade

A promenade is a good place to just walk around. There are some interesting shops in the area and Lahinch beach can also be seen from the Promenade.

4. Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre

One of the most popular family seaside resorts in Ireland, Lahinch Seaward and Leisure Centre boasts one of the largest indoor aquariums in Ireland.

Aside from the aquarium, the leisure center also has a 25-meter pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, and a kiddies pool.

Whether you are a swimmer, a fitness fanatic, or simply looking for a place to relax and unwind, Lahinch Seaward and Leisure Centre has it all.

Opening Times

Winter –  September to the end of June

Monday to Thursday 7 am to 9.30pm

Friday 7 am to 6.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Summer – July to the start of September

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday 7.00am am to 9.30pm (pool & gym)

Friday     7.00am-6.00pm(pool & Gym)

Saturday and Sunday  10 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

For a complete list of fees, click here.

Contact Information

Address: Promenade, Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:  tarao.seaworld@gmail.com

Phone: +353 65 708 1900

5. Take a surfing lesson

Lahinch is one of the most popular surfing spots in the country so there are several surfing schools along the promenade. If you want to learn surfing, Lahinch is the best place to do it.

Things To Do Near Lahinch

6.Hag’s Head

hag's head

Hag’s Head is the most southerly point of Cliffs of Moher. The edge of the cliffs forms an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman’s head looking out to the sea.

According to legend, an old hag, Mal of Malbay, fell in love with the Irish mythology hero, Cu Chulainn. She chased the Cu Chulainn one day but lost her footing while crossing the sea stacks and fell off the cliff.

7.Moher Hill Farm

Moher Hill Farm is an open farm and leisure park located on the Western seaboard of Cliffs of Moher. It is located in the nearby Liscannor and it’s only less than 15 minutes from Doolin.

Aside from the animals, they also have several outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family. They have mini-golf, nature walking trail, picnic and play areas.

If you are traveling with family, this is one of the best things to do in Doolin with kids.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Admission Fee

€8 Adult

€8 Child

€6 Child under 3 years

€6 Senior Citizens

Children under 18 months go free

Contact Information

Address: Moher Hill Open Farm, Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor, Co.Clare.

Email: moherfarm@eircom.net

Phone: 0657081071

8.The Burren

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras.

During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

9.Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher tour and tips

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland.  It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, Cliffs of Moher boasts one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

To learn more about Cliffs of Moher, click here.

10.The Rock Shop

The Rock Shop in Liscannor is one of the most unique gift shops in Ireland. This gift shop offers a fascinating display of fossils, gemstones and collectible rocks for collectors. They also have beautiful crystals in their natural forms and extensive collections of perfume, pottery, and textiles.

You can also check this list of Irish gifts for her and Irish gifts for him for ideas on what to bring back home.

Opening Times

The gift shop is open daily from 10am-5.00pm

Contact Information

Address:   Derreen, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Email:  info@therockshop.ie

Phone: +353 65 708 1930

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