Video courtesy of Discover Ireland Tourism
Ireland is the perfect place to visit. With its physical and spiritual qualities, relaxing pace of life, beautiful and varied scenery, and a sea which is never far from sight. Most of the hills and mountains rise up around the coast, while the middle of the country boasts a great limestone plain, gently rolling in parts, and scattered with inlets. When visiting, you will lose yourself in wilderness and beauty, the charm of Ireland and its people. Of course, decent whiskey and a great pint of beer are always close at hand!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. St. Patrick is said to have baptized his followers here and you will see an inscribed stone in the nave’s south west corner marking the saint holy well.
Dublin Castle stands in the heart of old Dublin and was a symbol of English rule for seven centuries. On the first floor of the castle are the luxury State Apartments, including St. Patrick’s Hall. These rooms, with Killybegs carpets and Waterford glass, served as home to the British-appointed Viceroys of Ireland.
Christ Church Cathedral stands dramatically on a high slope near Dublin Castle. One of the city’s grandest buildings, the Cathedral hosted the first reading of English liturgy in Ireland.
If you prefer to spend some time shopping, nearby Grafton Street hosts Brown Thomas department store. Numerous side streets off Grafton (such as Anne Street and Duke Street) offer smaller craft and antique shops.
The Dingle Peninsula offers some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. A drive around the area will take at least a half-day and will reveal fascinating antiquities ranging from Iron Age stone forts to inscribed stones, early Christian oratories and beehive huts.
While in Waterford, you may want to visit Reginald’s Tower, hosting the city’s Civic & Maritime Museum. The Tower has walls ten feet thick that still bear the scars of cannon assault. In its time, it has been a prison and a mint as well as a defensive fortification.
Galway city is the largest in the west of Ireland. It is at the head of Galway Bay, where the river Corrib flows from the Lough down to the sea. Across the wide entrance to Galway bay lie the three Aran Islands with their distinctive Irish-speaking communities. Galway has always been the chief trading post for the islands.
Autumn and spring are mid-seasons, you will see bronze-burnished leaves about in autumn, while spring sees nature kick into gear and flowers blossom. Winter you can enjoy a walk through a national park on a clear, crisp winter’s day seeing nature at its most impressive.
July is the hottest month in Dublin with an average temperature of 16°C (60°F) and the coldest is January at 5°C (41°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 6.3 in May. The wettest month is August with an average of 80mm of rain.
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