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Ireland Travel Guide

Get ready for a travel experience that's equal parts charm, history, and a good old Irish craic in our guide to the Emerald Isle.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Ireland

Practical Information

Facts about Ireland

Top things to do in Ireland

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    Blarney Castle and Cork day tour

    Blarney Castle is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone and many say that if you kiss the stone, you'll get the 'gift of the gab'.

  • The Best of Dublin tour

    The Best of Dublin tour

    Discover the best of Dublin with a professional guide and discover its intriguing history, architecture and stories right back to its Viking and Medieval origins.

  • Cliffs of Moher day tour

    Cliffs of Moher day tour

    No holiday to Ireland is complete without a trip to the majestic Cliffs of Moher. You'll get to marvel at the stunning views and you'll even have lunch next to the cliffs.

  • Connemara and Galway day tour

    Connemara and Galway day tour

    Drive to Oughterard, or 'The Gateway to Connemara' and pass through many quaint towns and enjoy stunning scenery en route to Connemara National Park.

What time zone is Ireland in?


What currency do they use in Ireland?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Ireland?

Irish and English

What power adaptors do you need for Ireland?

Type G (same as UK)

What is the average flight time to Ireland?

1hr 20

Some facts about Ireland

It feels like the grass is greener and the pubs are warmer in Ireland. No surprise given that Ireland is home to what's thought to be the oldest pub in the world. Sean's Bar in Athlone has been pouring pints since 900 AD – that's more than 1,000 years of pour-perfecting magic. Think of all that Guinness.

Along with absolutely stunning countryside, the country is dotted with ancient castles, each with its own tale to tell – from haunted halls to epic battles. So, whether you're sipping a pint in a cosy pub, gazing at cliffs that have stood for eons, or wandering through a castle that has seen centuries unfold, Ireland is a place where history, mystery and humour meet.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


According to the last census in 2022, about 69% of the Irish population is Roman Catholic.


Do you need tip in Ireland? Similar to the UK, tipping in Ireland is at your discretion and while not required, it's always appreciated. Just check that a service charge hasn't been added to the bill first.


Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces including restaurants, bars and public transport.

Jabs, visas and other advice

Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area, or CTA. That means UK nationals don't need a visa to visit Ireland. Or to live or work there.

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

112 or 999.

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The Good Trip Index

Ireland ranks 8th on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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