It’s impossible not to fall in love with Dublin’s stately Georgian houses, gregarious locals, laid back lifestyle and yes, even the rainy weather! This incredible city has a lifetime’s worth of attractions, so don’t be surprised if you want to come back as soon as you leave. Just some of the must-do’s include pouring a pint of the ‘black stuff’ at the Guinness Storehouse, viewing the Book of Kells, and people watching on Grafton Street from Bewley’s Cafe. Stay at Croke Park hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast http://www.exploringvacations.com/croke-park-hotel/ http://www.exploringvacations.com/bed-and-breakfast/
Known as the ‘rebel county’, Cork is the largest county in Ireland and has some of the biggest attractions outside of Dublin; Blarney Castle, where you can earn the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone, the seaside town of Cobh where the Titanic left for her maiden voyage, the untamed and unspoiled scenery of West Cork, and of course, the English Market, which the Queen of England herself saw fit to visit in 2011. Stay at Maryborough Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast http://www.exploringvacations.com/maryborough-hotel/ http://www.exploringvacations.com/bed-and-breakfast/
Situated at the point where the river Shannon meets the sea, Limerick city is a must visit for rugby fans; it’s the home of Munster rugby, and a match at their stadium, Thomond Park, is a sight to behold. The city also boasts the impressive St. John’s Castle and the bustling Milk and Potato markets on weekends, while the rest of the county is a retreat from the urban chaos with lush farmlands all around.
Westmeath is home to one of the most important ancient sites in Ireland; the Hill of Uisneach, long associated with the Celtic festival celebrating the arrival of summer, Bealtaine. Apart from that, Westmeath is largely an agricultural county with neatly bordered fields dotted with cows and sheep stretching for miles in every direction. The bustling market towns of Athlone and Mullingar are also worth a look, filled with lively pubs, busy shops and cosy cafes.