Guest pot by john D
If you have never been to Ireland, you don’t know what you are missing. But even if you have been there once or twice, there are many more sights to see, activities to do and facts to learn.
It is never too late to book tickets and accommodation to one of the most diverse and spectacular island countries in Europe and in the whole world. Check out holiday rentals in Ireland before you starting your trip. Below you will learn a few things about four cities that can ease newcomers to the environment and the culture of Ireland.
Dublin is one of the first cities that come to most people’s mind when they talk about Ireland. This doesn’t come as a surprise since Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It is important to know that the country is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. An interesting place where you can learn about the country’s rich and complex history is the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, which opened in 1796 as a prison and in the twentieth century was converted into a national museum. You should have a picnic in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, explore Dublin Castle, learn how fine whisky is made in the Old Jameson Distillery and enjoy an Irish whisky at the legendary Temple Bar.
Since we’ve talked about one capital, we should mention the other one as well. But don’t worry, we don’t do it as a matter of courtesy. Belfast is a stunning city with a plethora of fun activities that satisfy both visitors and permanent residents. There is a lot of green, as it is full of huge parks with impressive walking routes, and many excellent spots for food and drinks. And we can’t forget all the museums in the city, such as the Ulster, the Titanic and the MAC.
Galway is a harbour city that has enchanted many people throughout the years. It is a vibrant coastal city full of culture and life. You should wander around the Latin Quarter, which was the city centre in mediaeval times, take cool pictures at the Salthill Promenade, learn everything about Galway at the City Museum and have a look at the Spanish Arch. You should also hire a car to go to nearby beaches. You can check out all the cars for hire on Enjoy Travel and book the perfect one for you online. Then, you are ready to swim in Ballyloughane, Grattan and Sliverstrand.
Last but not least, Cork is another large city that will make you fall in love with Irish culture and lifestyle. As you can guess the options there are limitless. You can start your day casually by strolling through St. Patrick’s street, then you can go to St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, or you can tour around Cork City Gaol, which used to be a prison but now operates as a museum. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Fitzgerald park and even have a picnic there.