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St Patrick's Day and Celtic Heritage in Ireland

By Viator, February 2014

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Held each March 17th in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is not only celebrated in its home country but all around the world, and there’s no better time to get in touch with your (or someone else's) Celtic heritage. Taking a trip to Ireland is the obvious choice for celebrating St Patrick’s Day and the National holiday is celebrated with parades and street parties all around the country.  

The biggest festivities will be in Dublin where the 5-day St Patrick’s festival culminates in an enormous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, featuring thousands of dancers, marching bands, acrobats and street entertainers accompanied by dazzling floats and spectacular costumes. While you’re in town make sure to sample the national brew at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse, let loose at a traditional Irish house party, experience the best of local culture on an Irish music or literary themed pub crawl, or step back in time on a Celtic Heritage day trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley, the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic tombs.

You don’t have to stay in the capital though – over 50 towns and villages host St Patrick’s Day parades so you can mix partying with sightseeing. Combine a trip to the magnificent UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with a visit to the Belfast St Patrick’s Day Festival; join the Cork City St Patrick’s Day Parade, then take a side-trip to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone; or hike along the Cliffs of Moher, before joining revelers in a Galway pub.

Wherever you choose to spend the big day, St Patrick's is the perfect opportunity to rediscover your Irish roots and the holiday is synonymous with all things Irish, so don something green, sip a pint of Guinness and get lost in a flurry of leprechaun costumes, shamrock emblems and Irish dancers.

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Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 371 Reviews

Visit three top Ireland attractions in one day on the Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll travel south ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.96

Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 933 Reviews

Book your Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket now and your ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, for a fast, hassle-free entry into Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $20.25

Giant's Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 196 Reviews

See Northern Ireland's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site – Giant's Causeway – on a day trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.66

Skip the Line: Guinness Connoisseur Taste Experience at the Guinness Storehouse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Visit Guinness Storehouse in Dublin with a skip-the-line ticket, and take a seat in the Guinness Connoisseur Experience – the attraction’s luxurious bar-lounge ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

From USD $56.60

Dublin Traditional Irish House Party including Dinner and Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 237 Reviews

Welcome to the party! A traditional Irish house party is the perfect introduction to Dublin, with great entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere. ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.28

Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 255 Reviews

Sit back and relax on this combined rail and coach day trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland. With all your travel arrangements organized for you, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.67

Dublin Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl

4.5 star rating: Recommended 476 Reviews

Discover Dublin's traditional pubs and wonderful Irish music on this 2.5-hour pub crawl through historic Temple Bar. Led by two talented professional ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Newgrange and Hill of Tara Day Trip from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 195 Reviews

Don't miss the chance to take this popular tour of the Boyne Valley, one of Ireland's most important historic locations. You'll get a sense of the ghosts of ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.37

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Leave Galway and head to the incredible Cliffs of Moher that sit on Europe’s most westerly tip! Traveling south by luxury coach, pass quaint coastal towns and ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.10

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

4.5 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Dublin's rich literary heritage and enjoy a few pints along the way on a literary pub crawl through Dublin. This walking tour is a ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.37

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