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Ireland

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Best Time: Summer (June-September) Read More

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Budget: Moderate

"The mythical island of Europe"

Ireland Tourism

Located in the northwestern Europe, the island of Ireland is famous for its ancient rocks and great legends. Apart from the natural beauty of the beaches, lakes, mountains and limestone deserts, the country is also known for its numerous festivals. It is also known as the Emerald Isle as it is rich is poetry, prose, painting as well as tourist literature. With proper warmth and hospitality, Ireland is very popular among the tourists.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Ireland

Best time to visit Ireland

Summer (June-September) is the best time to visit Ireland

Though the best time to visit is the late spring and early autumn for the best weather, people flock to Ireland during the summers and especially in the months of July and August. Seaside destinations are too crowded during these months as well as the remote areas get a considerable amount of tourist footprints.

Regions in Ireland

Ireland consists of 32 counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland which is a part of UK. The rest of the counties are under the Republic of Ireland. Apart from the north, the main regions are East Coast and Midlands, Shannon, Southwest Ireland, Western Ireland, Northwest Ireland and Lakelands and Southeast Ireland. It is separated from the United Kingdom by the Irish sea.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Mythical natural beauty. St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Irish food. Culturally Rich.

What's Not So Great?

The unpredictable weather. Not maintaining punctuality. Too much crowd in summers.

For Whom?

Adventure lovers, beach lovers, family

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Currency of Ireland

The official currency in Ireland is Euro. The note denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 which the coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50, EUR 1 and EUR 2. Visa and MasterCard are accepted all over the country. Credit cards are used for purchases as well as while withdrawing money from ATMS There is a chip and pin system that is used for transactions. Traveller's cheques are not accepted as such on the island.

Exchanging Money in Ireland

The currency exchange in Ireland is not a problem as there are a lot of banks in all the towns and cities. One can also exchange their currency at the airports. There are organisations like Foreign Currency Exchange International or ICE international currency exchange which help to change your currency.

Nightlife in Ireland

The nightlife in Ireland is renowned all over the world because of the variety of it. From the lively city nightclubs, rooftop bars to the cosy country pubs, there is everything here. The best place to spend the night is in a pub. Ireland is famous for its traditional pubs which have good beer, frills and is a great place to have a good conversation. There are also some continental style bars,Ênight clubs and disco bars in the major towns and cities. Dublin has one of the best nightlife in Europe, the other popular ones being Cork, Belfast and Galway.

Shopping in Ireland

Ireland being a small country, may not have huge shopping districts like London or Milan, but the major cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork offer a good experience for shoppers. The best things to buy there are traditional Irish products like Waterford Crystal, Aran sweaters and linen. These are found in the main boutiques,Êand always look for the 'Guaranteed Irish' symbol which reflects authenticity. Other items for souvenirs can be pottery, tweed, jewellery, Irish whisky and good quality glassware.

Festivals of Ireland

Ireland is a culturally rich place which lots of events and festivals take place throughout the year. There are annual food, music, drink, dance and theatre festivals held every year. The most popular festivals are Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin Horse Show, the Rock Festival and the Gourmet Festival at Kinsale. The St. Patrick's Festival on 17th March is celebrated with grandeur every year.

History of Ireland

The first signs of habitation appeared around 7000 BC, but the remains of tombs and stones date back to 3000 BC. The island was then occupied by the tribals who were there until the Celts conquered it in 300 BC. The Celts were converted to Christianity in the 5th century by St Patrick, the patron saint. The Vikings also arrived in the 8th century, and it continued till 1014 until the natives expelled them. After the Vikings had come, the Normans who got the country in England and a lot of migrants arrived from England by 1800. The failure of the potato crop in the 19th century was a major drawback for the country. In 1921, the Republic of Ireland was created after getting separated from the British, and it composed of 26 counties on the island. It joint EEC in 1972 and EU in 1999.

Hygiene in Ireland

Ireland is a pretty clean country and is well maintained by the government. The public healthcare is also really good here which is provided by the Health Service Executive. But due to lack of enough hospitals, most corridors of the health care places are brimmed with people, and they have to wait a lot before getting their check up done. Some vaccinations to take into account are MMR, DPT, Varicella, Polio and the yearly flu shot.

Customs of Ireland

As a common knowledge, Ireland is of the most courteous nations. It is customary to greet Hello to anyone you meet, followed by questions like how are you or how have you been. While accepting gifts from someone, it is better to refuse politely for the first time. It is customary to shake hands when you meet for the first time and always make eye contact while talking to others. Dressing modestly is advisable when going out in public. In order to tip after a meal, it is preferred if you pay 10 percent of the entire bill amount.

Tips for visiting Ireland

The police in Ireland is approachable and courteous, so they are always there for help whenever needed. Crime is comparatively lower here than other European countries, though late night empty streets may be dangerous. The emergency number is either 112 or 999. The most important thing one must not forget to carry is a raincoat or an umbrella as the weather in Ireland is pretty unpredictable, and it is common to rain during any time of the year.

Culture of Ireland

Despite so much urbanisation, the Irish clingÊtightlyÊto their Celtic Culture. They are famous for their traditional crafts and folk festivals which uphold their traditions. Christianity is the largest religion in Ireland, and the Roman Catholic church dominates the major part of it. Irish Gaelic is the first official language in Ireland island followed by English. Though the former one is the official language, only 30% of the entire population can speak it, but hardly 5% use it on a regular basis. The primary mode of communication is in English only.

Food of Ireland

Food, though a bit expensive in Ireland, is one of the most outstanding features for the tourists. The Irish cuisine is considered to be very hearty as it includes a lot of meat, potatoes and cabbage in most of their dishes. The classic Irish dishes include Boxty, Champ, Coddle, Colcannon, Mixed Grill, bacon and cabbage and seafood pie. Irish stew made with potatoes and lamb with celery, carrots and onions is a must try. The Irish breakfast spread consists of bacon, eggs, sausages and a white or black pudding. Donegal in Ireland is considered to be the seafood capital of the country for the enormous amount of seafood dishes it has.

Stay options in Ireland

For people looking for budget accommodation, there is an official youth hostel association, Oige, which has hostels in the most remote and beautiful places. The number of options in the larger cities like Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway are more as compared to the small towns. Bed and breakfast services are widely present all over, and they are very friendly and run by families. There are also some deluxe standard hotels for people looking for luxury accommodation.

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