Fall for Ireland's Cities

Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

You want magical city experiences? Ireland has got them. Let our incredible cities sweep you off your feet.

City culture

Dublin

Perhaps the friendliest place in Ireland – even Europe! – Dublin is the ultimate destination if you want to meet new people. The Le Cool Walking Tour will introduce you to the city’s art, fashion and literature, as well as likeminded locals and tourists. If you’re hoping to impress someone special, the palladian Powerscourt House and Gardens, just a short drive from the city in County Wicklow, is one of the most beautiful spots in the country. On a rambling trek through its sweeping grounds, the highest waterfall in Ireland is sure to stop you in your tracks – it’s the perfect place to make a wish...

On a rambling trek through Powerscourt, the highest waterfall in Ireland is sure to stop you in your tracks.

Black Cab Tours, Belfast
Black Cab Tours, Belfast

Belfast

A couple of hours north, Belfast awaits with cultural treats of its own. The Stones and Thrones tour lets you dive right into the scenic splendor of the Seven Kingdoms of Game of Thrones fame, taking in the mind-blowing Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Don't miss the Old Bushmills Distillery on the north Antrim coast, Ireland's oldest working distillery. Then when you're back in the city, head out on a Black Cab Tour, where you'll learn all about Belfast's political history, before ending your day with an unforgettable, immersive experience at the Titanic Belfast.

Galway
Galway

Galway

To the west, perched in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, is Galway. You’ll feel Ireland’s cultural heart beating strongly here in the nation’s diverse and bohemian City of Tribes. Galway perfectly balances the traditional with the new: a skip away from the historic Spanish Arch and Museum, you’ll catch a show at the legendary Druid Theatre – and you might even run into a mind-boggling street performance by Macnas along the way. It’s also the place to be for festivals, with the famous Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival an absolute treat for those seeking a true taste of Ireland.

City food

Dublin

Dublin is known for its culinary prowess and its brunch game is definitely one of its strong points. A relaxing mid-morning meal with a side of yoga at The Fumbally can’t be beaten – unless you tackle the hearty Turkish Eggs Menemen at Brother Hubbard, or splurge on Coco Pops French Toast at San Lorenzo’s, or… the possibilities are endless! Laze into your afternoon at Temple Bar’s jam-packed food market before strolling to Hatch & Sons, where you’ll find smokehouse salmon straight from the Burren.

St George's Market, Belfast
St George's Market, Belfast

Belfast

Up in Belfast, the lively St George’s Market will dazzle the senses. The signature Ulster Fry will set even the hungriest of travelers up for a day’s relentless exploration, while the health-conscious can sample everything on offer by local traders, from gluten-free curries and salads to grass-fed Irish beef. At the elegantly decorated Harlem Café, you’ll have to try the beer-battered Portavogie scampi, or any one of the many beautifully prepared and locally sourced dishes.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's, Galway
Ard Bia at Nimmo's, Galway

Galway

Last but certainly not least for those of you on the foodie crew is Galway. Kick-start your day here with the caffeinated punch of freshly ground coffee and tasty pastry at Goya’s Bakery and Café, before trying one of the four Gourmet Tart Company outlets dotted around the city for lunch. The award-winning sweet and savory tarts of this family-owned business are made with artisanal produce and really are something special. For a quirky evening meal, Ard Bia at Nimmos is a little different; its diverse menu of Irish, Middle Eastern and New Zealand dishes is sure to get your taste-buds tingling.

City pubs and nightlife

Dublin

Dublin comes alive at night and for anyone seeking the true Irish atmosphere, its pubs are the stuff of dreams. Start your evening in high fashion by indulging in a tasting session at the wonderfully quaint Irish Whiskey Museum, before popping down the road and back to the 1920s in Temple Bar’s secretive and stellar Vintage Cocktail Club. Try the delicious Dirty Wizard; you’ll thank us later. Finally, make sure to end at least one night in Whelan’s, Dublin’s legendary original music venue – you never know what famous faces you might meet!

The Limelight, Belfast
The Limelight, Belfast

Belfast

If you’re looking for live music in Belfast, you won’t get much better than Limelight, the premier nightclub for live rock and indie gigs. Ten minutes away, Love&Death Inc. boasts the most refreshing Mai-tai in the city, which you can enjoy during one of the venue’s frequent comedy nights. For an up-market evening, drinks in the luxuriously Art Deco-style Merchant Hotel will help you to see why Belfast’s only 5-star hotel has been voted the best cocktail bar in the world.

Drinks in the luxuriously Art Deco-style Merchant Hotel will help you to see why Belfast’s only 5-star hotel has been voted the best cocktail bar in the world.

Galway
Galway

Galway

Meanwhile, Galway is not to be outdone where music and comedy are concerned. Let the Róisín Dubh prove why it’s one of the most famous and reliable venues in the country, or share in the multi-generational trad sessions that make Tigh Cóilí a favorite amongst locals and blow-ins alike. For a more traditional experience, visit Freeney’s, where you can sample Galway’s best whiskey selection, or sit outside on High Street with a cold pint, watching the world go by.

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