Explore Dublin and travel to the south coast of Ireland
1. DUBLIN (CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO BOOK DIRECTLY FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE AT THE LOWEST PRICE!)
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.
SLEEP @ DUBLIN ONE
Designed for creative minds and social spirits, DUBLIN ONE offers unique, stimulating stays for guests who are hungry for more. Cosy rooms, great coffee, and a courtyard to soak up some culture in the heart of one of Dublin’s most creative neighbourhoods. They are city stays, with a blooming soul.
EAT @ BEANHIVE
Come in and experience the Beanhive Buzz! Supreme speciality coffee, tasty treats, luscious lunches and service with a smile. And don’t miss out on their famous coffee art! Come and enjoy their Irish breakfast, sandwiches, wraps & coffee. Located right off St Stephen’s Green Park and Grafton Street, Beanhive is the perfect spot to take a break from your shopping spree or grab a bite for a picnic in the park.
EAT @ BLEEKER STREET CAFE BAR
Bleecker Street is a New York styled café bar nestled right in the heart of Dublin 1. They offer Irish and European cuisine. Tasty beef stew, chicken fajitas and salmon will impress you at the first bite.
EAT @ IL VICOLETTO
Since the late 90's, IL Vicoletto has been bringing the finest Italian cuisine to the irish capital of Dublin. Their goal since opening their doors has been simple, and that's using the finest ingredients from Ireland and Italy to constantly push the limits to provide exceptional Central-Northern Italian cuisine.
PLAY @ BONNER TRAVEL
Experience the magic of Ireland. Ireland, the land of epic scenery, charming towns, friendly people and mouthwatering produce. Allow Bonner Travel to create your most memorable vacation ever.
PLAY @ EXPERIENCE IRISH WHISKEY
Welcome to Experience Irish Whiskey, Ireland's premium whiskey experience. Where they've got it all, immersive whiskey tastings, fully guided distillery tours, whiskey walks, masterclasses and bespoke whiskey experiences tailored to you.
PLAY @ FIN MCCOOLS TOURS
Finn McCools Tours are the premier bus tour company operating out of Belfast, Dublin and Galway doing day tours, private bus hire and bespoke tours. Their bus tours of Ireland are legendary!
PLAY @ HIDDEN HOWTH EXPERIENCES
Hidden Howth Experiences creates unique, imaginative and once in a lifetime experiences for guests from all over the world.
PLAY @ LIBERTY IRISH TOURS
A love for the diverse beauty of Ireland, its wonderous ancient sites, majestic rivers and coastlines, wildlife, its vibrant and engaging history, food, folklore, music and of course the famous Irish craic is at the heart of Liberty Irish Tours is about.
PLAY @ MY BIKE OR HIKE
Welcome to My Bike or Hike, where you can book your authentic tour with a real local guide. Ben is a local tour guide who will tour you by bike, or a hike, as you like! He gives day tours that are off the beaten path but never too hard to get to.
PLAY @ PADDYWAGON TOURS
Like all the best journeys in life, Paddywagon Tours started in 1998 with the simple thought, “it’s time for something different”. At that time the choice for sightseeing & touring European countries was car rental or long, expensive and formulaic group tours.
PLAY @ WALKING FOOD TOURS
Join Walking Food Tours on a Food on Foot or Drinks on Foot walking tour in one of the worlds friendliest and tastiest cities, Dublin. You’ll join a local, authentic experience. The walking food tours take place in the Liberties, the heart and soul of Dublin city centre.
2. WICKLOW (52 KM/50 MIN FROM DUBLIN)
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow. Wicklow Mountains National Park stretches across almost 23,000 hectares south of Dublin. The largest of Ireland’s National Parks and the only one in the east, Wicklow features wide-open vistas, winding mountain roads and fast-flowing streams that descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys, including St Kevin’s monastic settlement at Glendalough.
3. KILKENNY (147 KM/1 HR 35 MIN FROM WICKLOW)
The city of Kilkenny is located in the South-East Region and in the province of Leinster. It is built on both banks of the River Nore. Kilkenny is famous for its medieval building and castle. The town has been referred to as the "Marble City" for centuries. Kilkenny was given the status of a city by Royal Charter in 1609 by King James I of England.
SLEEP @ NEWPARK HOTEL
Resting on the edge of medieval Kilkenny City, a cultural gem of festivals and historical sites, the Newpark Hotel offers award-winning service to visitors of all ages. On over 25 acres of parkland, offering luxurious accommodation in Kilkenny, a Health Club & Spa and fun-filled kids’ activities, this family-friendly hotel is the ideal base for exploring Kilkenny and a great place to stay in Kilkenny.
PLAY @ ORMONDE LANGUAGE TOURS
English, French and German walking tours of Kilkenny. John Britton, the founder of Ormonde Language Tours is from Kilkenny city and lives here. He created Ormonde Language Tours to combine his passions for history and languages. John, looks forward to welcoming you to the marble city.
PLAY @ SHENANIGANS
A modern twist on traditional tours, Shenanigans Walks local, expert guides will lead you on an entertaining, fun and informative adventure along Ireland’s Medieval Mile. The real magic of Shenanigans is an engaging and refreshing blend of history, compelling stories, interesting fun facts, with a clever sprinkle of magic effects which brings it all to life and all topped off with plenty of Shenanigans.
4. WATERFORD (53 KM/41 MIN FROM KILKENNY)
Waterford, a seaport in southeast Ireland, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Within Reginald’s Tower, a circa-1003 fortification, the Waterford Museum of Treasures displays local archaeological finds. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began here in 1783. Today the company’s facility near the historic district offers factory tours.
SLEEP @ THE PARK HOTEL, DUNGARVAN
Overlooking the Colligan River, The Park Hotel is situated in the harbour town of Dungarvan with famous Waterford Greenway just around the corner. This charming town is located at the heart of County Waterford. It is an ideal base for any tourist wishing to tour or holiday in Ireland's 'Sunny South East'.
5. CORK (122 KM/1HR 37 MIN FROM WATERFORD)
Cork (from corcach, meaning 'marsh') is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, third largest on the island of Ireland, and largest in the province of Munster. The city centre is an island between two channels of the River Lee which meet downstream at its eastern end, where the quays and docks along the river lead outwards towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The English Market sells locally produced foods, including fresh fish, meats, fruit and vegetables, eggs and artisan cheeses and breads. Cobh is a town on an island in Cork city’s harbour. It’s known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time to visit Ireland is during the shoulder season (May, September and October). During these months, you'll find less crowds along with cheaper flight and accommodation prices. These months experience mild temperatures, plenty of dry spells and there's a packed festival calendar.
HOW TO GET THERE: If you want to get to your final destination in Ireland as quickly as possible then flying is the way to go. The Republic of Ireland has four major international airports; Dublin Airport (DUB), Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN), and Ireland West Airport (NOC). Catching the ferry from England to Ireland is one of the easiest ways to travel to the Emerald Isle and is cheaper than flying. There's only one ferry route that'll take you from Liverpool to Dublin which runs 17 trips daily and is operated by P & O Irish Sea.
GETTING AROUND: Getting around Ireland is relatively easy, with multiple options available to get you on your way. There’s an extensive bus and rail network. If you don’t have your own vehicle, there’s car hire options in every major town and city.