Planning a trip to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day
By Aimee Heckel
If you’re feeling a little lucky and extra green this March, a vacation to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day may be just what the leprechaun ordered.
Whether you’re looking for parties, parades, history, natural landscapes, fresh Guinness or a visit to your family’s roots, you can find it in Ireland, a place brimming with exciting and memorable activities.
Here are our favorite ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Ireland this year — and ways to save money doing so.
1. The St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, March 14-18. Visit the Irish Craft Beer Village, join a walking tour, watch films — even celebrate (shudder) snakes on Friday, March 15, at the Natural History Museum. Many of these events aren’t too expensive, such as the walking tour through Walking Tours of Dublin, which costs 14 pounds per person, with discounted rates for seniors and kids; the price includes admission into St. Patrick’s cathedral.
2. Stay in a luxury hotel, such as the four-star O’Callaghan Hotels in central Dublin, and experience true Irish hospitality. Experience luxury for a discounted price by booking through Hotels.com, where you can find incredible deals such as 5 percent off 5-star hotels, plus 4 percent cash back if booked through ShopAtHome.com.
3. Schedule one day to experience Ireland’s museums and galleries. Tip: If you have kids, check out The Ark, a building designed specifically to hook kids on the arts, from theater, music, painting, film and more.
4. This goes without saying: You’ve got to visit at least one (OK, more than one) traditional Irish pub. It can be hard to narrow it down, with more than 1,000 pubs in Dublin alone, so let us help you. O’Donoghues is one of the most well known bars in Dublin, with live music and a comfortable atmosphere. If you happen to have one too many sips of Bailey’s, this bar even has some rooms you can rent for the night — and for great rates. At least in the low season.
Looking for more travel deals?
Car rentals: Payless Car Rental is currently offering 10 percent off all car rentals. Plus get 3.5 percent cash back if you book it through ShopAtHome.com.
Vacation packages: Travelocity is offering $60 off vacation packages — plus 7 percent cash back from ShopAtHome.com, up from 4 percent.
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