Ireland travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Ireland travel guide

Why visit Ireland?

From folk music in village pubs to the cool culture of the great Irish cities, our escorted tours span the length and breadth of Ireland, so you’re sure to find something right for you. Explore Belfast’s stunning murals and visit the Titanic Experience, drive alongside the Mountains of Mourne and walk upon the Giant’s Causeway – and then head south to discover Eire on our Irish Discovery and Scenic Ireland tours. Want to explore more of the south? Our tour of Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way takes you to remote villages, stone-age forts and stunning islands. Follow a local guide around Waterford and inside the home of Ireland’s exquisitely cut crystal; learn the history of the famine on a replica 19th century immigrant ship; and discover life on tropical Garinish Island.

Weather and climate in Ireland

When is the best time to visit Ireland?

Ireland has warm summers and cooler winters. Spring and autumn are mild. Clouds make an appearance in the Emerald Isle’s skies year-round. Pack lightweight clothing for the summer and warmer, wind-proof items in winter. Rain gear is essential year-round.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Ireland.

 

 Dublin

 January

 3/8°C

 February

 3/8°C

 March

 4/9°C

 April

 5/11°C

 May

 7/14°C

 June

 10/17°C

 July

 12/19°C

 August

 12/18°C

 September

 10/16°C

 October

 8/13°C

 November

 5/10°C

 December

 4/8°C

 


Ireland food and fun facts

Food specialities of Ireland

Guinness, Irish coffee, seafood, traditional dishes using bacon and cabbage, and Irish stew.

 

Fun facts

  • Ireland is the home of the famous Blarney Stone; kissing it is supposed to give a person the gift of eloquent speech.

  • Ireland is famous for Guinness beer, which has its brewery at St. James' Gate in Dublin.

  • The failure of the potato crops in 1845 led to what is known as the great famine, which lasted for five years and is known to have caused Irishmen and women to leave the country to settle elsewhere.

  • Tracing Irish genealogy prior to 1922 is difficult because the records from the 14th century to 1922 were destroyed in a fire during the Irish Civil War.


Things to consider before visiting Ireland

How to call Ireland: Country code

The country code for Ireland is 353. When calling to Ireland from overseas, dial your international access code (+44 from the UK), followed by the country code, area code, and phone number.

 

Ireland’s currency

The official currency of Ireland is the Euro.

Euro coins differ according to country, but they can be used in any Eurozone state. Bank notes are of uniform EU design (depicting European architectural styles throughout seven ages, from Classical to Modern times).

1 EURO (€) = 0.92 (£)

Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Credit cards are widely accepted (mostly Visa and MasterCard), and you should have no trouble using them. Smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card

 

Shopping in Ireland

The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person.

Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel.

  • The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is €3.50.

    An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately €10.

  • Dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at approximately €30.

  • Shopping specialities: Aran sweaters, Donegal tweed jackets, Waterford crystal.

 

When and how much to tip in Ireland

Tipping in pubs for drinks ordered at the bar is not customary. Some restaurants include a service fee, which covers the tip. If not, a tip of 10% is sufficient.

Taxi drivers generally do not expect tips, but rounding up the fare to the nearest Euro is acceptable if you would like to tip.

Tip hotel staff €1 for room service.