Explore Ireland

We have a number of fun events planned for you in Dublin, but you may find yourself wanting to stay a few extra days to explore some of the other sites and experiences that Ireland has to offer. Below is a selection of our favorite spots from our trip to the Emerald Isle in 2017.

Cliffs of Moher

One of our favorite natural attractions we've ever visited, Moher's 400-foot cliffs could give even Spider-Man vertigo.

Pro Tip: Walking these cliffs is all about comfortable footwear, so leave the heels and flip flips at home.

Distance from Dublin: 165 miles / Approx. drive time: 3 hr

Limerick

King John had it right when he built his pad along the River Shannon.

Pro Tip: Visit 'The Curragower' for some great food and an even better view of King John's Castle.

Distance from Dublin: 127 miles / Approx. drive time: 2-2.5 hr

Jameson Experience

Sip on one of the most famous whiskeys in the world at the Jameson Experience in Midleton.

Pro Tip: Spend the extra Euro on bottling and labeling your very own custom bottle of Jameson (Jameson Black Barrel is dealer's choice).

Distance from Dublin: 153 miles / Approx. drive time: 2 hr 45 min

Kilkenny

One of our favorite towns, Kilkenny features great pubs, restaurants, and the medieval behemoth that is Kilkenny Castle.

Pro Tip: Don't even think about leaving Kilkenny without taking a tour of the Smithwick's Brewery (just make sure you learn how to pronounce it before you go!).

Distance from Dublin: 76 miles / Approx. drive time: 1 hr 20 min

Bunratty Castle

Explore a 15th century authentic Irish Castle, just don't get banished to the dungeon!

Pro Tip: Come for the chamber pots, stay for one of the medieval banquets the castle regularly hosts.

Distance from Dublin: 132 miles / Approx. drive time: 2-2.5 hr

St Stephen's Green

Central Park's got nothing on St. Stephen's Green, Dublin's premiere city centre public park.

Pro Tip: Shock your system by leaving a windowless pub to enjoy all the beauty this park has to offer.

Distance from Dublin: N/A (In Dublin)

The Ring of Beara

Taking the Healy Pass through The Ring of Beara provided some of the best views and beautiful scenery during our time in Ireland.

Pro Tip: Watch out for sheep crossing the road on your drive.

Distance from Dublin: 222 miles / Approx. drive time: 4 hr

Trinity College

The Trinity College Library was so stunning it almost inspired us to take a reading break while on vacation, but thankfully a pub was close by and the urge passed.

Pro Tip: Trinners are winners!

Distance from Dublin: N/A (In Dublin)

Kilmainham Gaol

San Francisco has Alcatraz, Dublin has Kilmainham Gaol (pronounced "jail"). If you step out of line at our reception, this is where you'll end up.

Pro Tip: There's two jails worth visiting in the world, and this is most definitely one of them.

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Walk The River Liffey

Take a walk on the wild side. If no wild side can be found, the River Liffey, which flows through the heart of Dublin, will suffice.

Pro Tip: If you don't stop every hundred yards to hit a pub you're not doing it right.

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Pub Hop

One of those aforementioned pubs off the River Liffy is The Brazen Head, Ireland's oldest pub.

Pro Tip: Bring a dollar bill and a sharpie - you'll know why when you get there.

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Take In A Tune

Catching some authentic Irish chords at your local pub is infinitely better than trying to shout over some Nicki Minaj trash at a bar in the States.

Pro Tip: Don't forget to tip your local musicians, like a pro.

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Road Trip

How many people can say they've driven cross-country... in another country? (It's more impressive if you leave out the fact it's only 3.5 hours from coast to coast).

Pro Tip: Don't worry, the steering wheel is supposed to be on that side of the car.

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Enjoy The View

Life's about the journey, not the destination.

Pro Tip: If you have an Instagram-needy significant other, feel free to stop on your cross-country drive at any time for a picture.

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Stumble Upon A Town

Driving through Ireland and discovering cute towns (pictured: Glengarriff) is all part of the experience.

Pro Tip: Always pair your Guinness with a shot of Jameson because you're on vacation and you deserve it.

Distance from Dublin: 213 miles / Approx. drive time: 3 hr 45 min

Bantry

Bonus points for any wedding guests that visit Bantry, birth place of legends Ivor and Mary Mullins (grandparents of the groom).

Pro Tip: Stop in at The Snug for a great meal in shockingly confined quarters.

Distance from Dublin: 210 miles / Approx. drive time: 3 hr 45 min