Few European capitals enjoy direct access by ferry, so cruising into Dublin past the Poolbeg lighthouse is an experience not to be missed! As you wait for your pint of Guinness to ‘settle’ (a precise, 2 minutes) you’ll find a destination with an incredible amount to offer. Exciting nightlife, award winning attractions, Michelin starred restaurants, great shopping, varied outdoor activities and a unique countryside that has inspired some of the world’s greatest poets, artists and writers with its endless rolling hills and stunning scenery. Ireland has some truly unmissable attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, which had over 1.2 million visitors last year, followed by the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in Co Clare and Dublin Zoo. The National Gallery of Ireland was the most visited free to enter attraction last year with the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and Doneraile Wildlife Park, Cork, taking the second and third places respectively. Slightly further afield, the Wild Atlantic Way is a staggeringly beautiful car touring route that takes you along the untamed west coast of Ireland on an adventure you’ll never want to end. Take your car on the ferry and beyond the city you have the whole of Ireland to explore. Galway, in the west, is a good base as you explore the spectacular Atlantic coast, or head south to the historic city of Cork to enjoy the cultural delights on offer. Ireland’s coastline is not only breathtaking, it is also earning quite a reputation for surfing, from Donegal in the north all the way south to Kerry, so make sure you pack your board!
Whether you choose a touring holiday, a shopping break in a lively city or a family fortnight on a beautiful beach, Ireland is an easy and friendly holiday destination that’s right on your doorstep.