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Experience the magic that a trip to Ireland can offer with Tourism Ireland's essential guide to the island of Ireland, covering all you need to plan your dream holiday: ancient castles, events, tours, self-drive itineraries, music, art, food, culture, outdoor activities, accommodation and transport options.
Perched on the northwest tip of Europe, this is the one place in the world where even time getting lost will be worthwhile... With ancient myths and legends to uncover, amazing landscapes to explore and locals who will be more than happy to reveal Ireland's hidden gems, just go where the island of Ireland takes you. Guaranteed, you'll return home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you've Irish heritage or you're just Irish in spirit, you're invited to connect with Ireland's music, dance, literature, food and sports at the unique Gathering, an Ireland-wide feast of fun, festivals and exhilarating events.
2013 is a special year in Ireland – a time when everyone is invited to visit for 12 months of festivities, reunions and good times. The creative energy will be bouncing off the 400-year-old walls of Derry~Londonderry as the city celebrates becoming UK City of Culture 2013 in spectacular style.
Explore the countless inspiring sights, from the awesome Cliffs of Moher, jutting out into the Atlantic, to the legendary steps of the Giant's Causeway, where a spectacular new visitor centre awaits you. Immerse yourself in the story of the world's most famous ship at the incredible Titanic Belfast experience.
Joyce, Wilde, Yeats, Beckett and Shaw are waiting to welcome you to Dublin, UNESCO City of Literature, in a country where conversation is an art form. Raise a glass to new friends at the Guinness Storehouse – the party's just getting going!
Historic ruins that tell tales of yesteryear are to be found throughout Ireland. Exploring these ancient monuments, often in the most picturesque of locations, is fun, rewarding and also may be accompanied with a dash of luxury.
President Barack Obama is just one of many who have come to Ireland to discover more about their Irish lineage. Exploring your family heritage can provide a fascinating window deep into the history of the island.
Start your journey in some of Ireland's liveliest cities and follow any of the recommended routes to see the most fantastic sites and have the driving holiday of a lifetime.
Learn how splendid local ingredients are the secret to a food culture that delights visitors to Ireland.
Irish artists are famous the world over, but discover how their success is born of Ireland's inescapable and all-encompassing musical culture.
With breathtaking mountains, coastlines, lakes and rivers, Ireland is a revelation to lovers of the great outdoors – and the welcome is warm.
Everything you need to know for planning your trip to Ireland.