Thinking of taking a break in 2010? Why not take a break in Ireland? Whether it’s a sightseeing tour of the rugged west of Ireland, a city break in Dublin, a festival or sporting event, you’re sure to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime! Here are some other reasons we think you should choose Ireland in 2010…
Dublin city has long been recognised as one of Europe’s friendliest small cities. It is, in fact, the 6th most visited city in Europe, behind major cities like Paris and London, but ahead of Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Dublin is a fantastic city break destination. It’s got a compact city centre of about 3km squared and all the attractions are pretty much within walking distance of each other.
Culture vultures will love the numerous art galleries and museums while the wonderful Dublin coastline, harbour, mountains and city parks are bound to attract nature lovers. Of course no visit to Dublin is complete without taking in some of its world class attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral to name a few.
Ireland is renowned for its warm and friendly hospitality and Dublin is no different! No matter where you find yourself you’re sure to sample plenty of this!
St. Patrick’s Day
Where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in Ireland – as St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland! You simply will not find more colour, atmosphere or excitement all over the world on this day, than in the cities and little towns and villages the length and breath of Ireland. Cities like Galway, Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny always put on spectacular parades, while the biggest of all will take place in the capital Dublin. In fact, Dublin boasts a St. Patrick’s Festival! Plans are already well underway for an action packed 2010 festival and it will run from Friday 12th to Wednesday 17th March. So if you ever needed an excuse to head to the best Irish celebration in the world – this is it!
Check out the St. Patrick’s Festival for more.
Cork – Lonely Planet
The Lonely Planet Guide has named Cork city in its list of top 10 cities to visit in 2010! The vibrant city of Cork is listed among top cities like Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Singapore and Vancouver – not bad for a city with a population of about 130,000!
The renowned travel guide states that Cork is now “at the top of its game…sophisticated, vibrant, diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit” and “too long has Cork been in Dublin’s shadow, it has emerged as a fantastic destination in its own right with great restaurants, galleries, bars and shops as well as stunning scenery on its doorstep.”
Cork City was also designated the ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2005, and this has definitely helped to encourage and promote the city’s artistic and cultural side.
The city boasts some top attractions like; the Cork City Gaol, the Old English Market, The Shandon Bells and the Cork Butter Museum. Due to its strategic location on Ireland’s beautiful south coast, Cork city makes a fantastic base for exploring the south and south west of Ireland.
If you want to check out some of Ireland’s legendary festivals then we recommend you come during the Summer months when Ireland’s festivals are in full swing!
If you’re into music festivals then there’s Oxegen – the biggest music festival in Ireland, in 2010 it’s taking place on 8th-11th July 2010 at Punchestown Racecourse Naas. If you’re looking for something more traditional then check out ‘Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann’ Ireland’s biggest celebration of traditional Irish music, song and dance.In 2010, it takes place in Cavan from 16th-22nd August.
There are two major arts festivals in Ireland. The Kilkenny Arts Festivals will take place from 6-15 August 2010, while the Galway Arts Festival will take place the 12-25 July 2010.
One of the biggest race meetings of the year is the Galway Races. This racing festival is world renowned for its electric atmosphere. Its summer racing festival will run from 26th July to 1st August 2010.
Value for Money
There’s never been a better time to visit Ireland! If you’re travelling to Ireland on a budget then you can really make your Euro stretch further. Due to the economic climate we are in, visitors can now find excellent prices in shops, restaurants, bars, transport, attractions and accommodation.
If you’re on a tight budget then don’t forget that booking accommodation well in advance, visiting Ireland in the off-peak season and booking car hire to get around can save you money. Check out our ‘Deals‘ page for some value deals in 2010 you’ll find hard to resist!
We hope that we have enticed you to come and explore out beautiful emerald Isle. If you’re thinking of visiting Ireland in 2010 let us know! Also if you’ve any queries or questions, just leave them in the comment box below and we’ll get back to you.