Dublin – experience the famed Irish charm during the vibrant St Patrick’s Day Festival
Why? It’s St Patrick’s Day! The St Patrick’s Festival starts on the 12th March and runs right through until the 17th March. Go for the weekend and stay til Tuesday. Paint the town green, along with thousands of Irish people and visitors. Whether you’re Irish, have an Irish ancestor somewhere in the family, or even just met an Irishman once – maybe at the airport on the way over to Dublin? – now is the time for you to get in touch with your Irish roots and celebrate the festival for Ireland’s most famous saint. Who may have been Scottish. Or Welsh, but anyway, who cares? There’s a party in every pub and all through the streets of Dublin. There will be parades, music, street theatre, comedy, singing and dancing and the Guinness will undoubtedly flow in quantities to rival the Liffey itself. Ah, go on…. you will, you will, you will.
Stay? Accommodation is booking out fast but check out Visit Dublin for last minute bargains or if you’re in the mood for luxury, why not try the Shelbourne Hotel overlooking St Stephen’s Green in the heart of the city from €189. Or Bono’s Clarence Hotel on the banks of the Liffey from €209.
Dublin nightlife: There’s a bar on every corner and most visitors to the city are happy to wander and see where they find themselves. Many never get further than the cobbled streets of Temple Bar lined with dozens of bars, night spots, restaurants and shops. From Temple Bar you can cross over the Millennium Bridge to the Quartiere Bloom, a small lane lined with Italian wine bars and restaurants. Or explore the streets between Grafton Street and South Great Georges Street where there are many more bars, restaurants and clubs.
Try the trendy Ice Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel. Or the traditional delights of the Temple Bar pub. Dublin has restaurants galore with cuisine from all over the world. Try the Chameleon Restaurant for traditional Indonesian food, Salamanca on St Andrew’s St for tapas. Or for a variety of Irish fare, from modern chic to more traditional, try the Trocadero, Fire Restaurant or Gallaghers Boxty House.