St Patrick's Day and Celtic Heritage
By Viator, February 2014
Dublin and Ireland
As the cradle of Celtic civilization, Ireland is the obvious choice for celebrating St Patrick’s Day, and a trip there is the perfect opportunity to rediscover your Irish roots. March 17th is a National holiday, but the biggest party will be in Dublin where the five-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, or experience the best of local culture on an Irish music or literary themed pub crawl. You don’t have to stay in the capital either – take a trip to the magnificent UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland; kiss the legendary Blarney Stone; hike along the Cliffs of Moher; or step back in time on a Celtic Heritage day trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley, the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic tombs.
If you’re celebrating stateside, the colorful New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is the oldest and largest in the US, with the city’s Irish community hosting the event for over 250 years. March 17th sees the Big Apple awash with green, as thousands of costumed marchers start out from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral and proceed along Fifth Avenue.
Renowned as the epicenter of Celtic and Irish culture in the US, Boston is another top spot for St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, with over 600,000 taking to the streets for its vibrant St. Patrick’s Day parade. They’ll be plenty of other ways to indulge in Irish culture too, with cooking demonstrations, cultural events and traditional music held all around the city, but finish off your day with a historic pub crawl around Boston or a visit to one of the city’s many Irish bars.
With its large Irish population, the Windy City is another prime destination for St. Patrick’s Day and Chicagoans welcome spring in style with a giant celebration of all things Irish. Irish-themed food and drinks take over pub menus, costume shops stock up on shamrock sunglasses and orange beards, and a giant parade marches through the city center, but the highlight has to be the dying of the Chicago River – the unique tradition sees a section of the river dyed green for several hours, drawing over 400,000 spectators.
Tours & Tickets
Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin with this fast-track entrance ticket and enjoy this seven-floor, immersive experience at leisure! Breeze ... Read more
Leave Dublin and travel by luxury coach to Belfast for a black cab tour, followed by a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway! From the ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)