St. Patrick's Day Tours & Trips
What not to miss during St. Patrick's Day
Go treasure huntingIf you’re feeling a desire to challenge yourself, the Festival Treasure Hunt is a must-do event! Channel your inner detective while competing with fellow festival goers to solve clues spread across the city. Even if treasure hunting isn’t one of your strengths, this event is still worth checking out because of the great music, theatrics and prizes for best costumes. The event begins at 10 am on Saturday, March 19th and takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.
Follow in the footsteps of St. PatrickOther options for entertainment include participating in the many artistic and cultural events throughout the city which highlight Irish literature, spoken word, film, music and visual art. Consider joining the “In the Footsteps of St. Patrick” walking tour where you’ll enjoy a stroll through Dublin while learning about the legends behind Ireland’s patron saint. You can also watch a variety of performances from local and international street buskers who deliver eye-catching acts in the city’s centre.
St. Patrick’s Festival ParadeThis parade is an annual highlight of St. Patrick’s festival, celebrated by locals and visitors alike! Each year, a theme is chosen for the parade, and participants dance and perform in the street to the delight of the spectators who come from all over the world to be part of the celebration. This is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the entire festival, so make sure you arrive early to find a great viewing spot!
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How to get around Dublin
From the airport
Taking a bus from the airport to the city centre costs approximately €3.05. Note that you may be refused entry if you have too many bags as the cheaper buses are intended for local travellers. You can choose to take an express bus for €6 which takes approximately 30 minutes. Fun fact: Dublin’s entire fleet of buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi. A taxi ride to the city centre can cost upwards of €30, depending on traffic.
It’s not recommended to rent a car during your stay as the traffic gridlock and parking rates in Dublin can be rage inducing. Luckily everything you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like a true Irishman (or woman) is within walking distance of the city centre.
By a hop-on hop-off bus
You can take advantage of the standard “Hop On, Hop Off” tour buses which link you to nearly all the main sights and attractions.
If you’re looking to work off all the Guinness you’ve consumed, you can rent a bike at one of the many bike share terminals across the city. The bikes are available for rent 24/7, 365 days a year and you can learn more about their locations and low costs by clicking here.
If you’re planning on travelling outside of Dublin at any point, save yourself precious vacation minutes by taking a train to the outskirts and then renting your car outside of the city. The DART train system provides cheap and rapid transport from the city centre to the outskirts of Dublin. Taking the train provides a great opportunity to check out a whole other slew of great waterfront restaurants, views and landscapes.
Driving isn’t the best way to get around Dublin, so it’s critical to ensure your accommodations are located in the city centre. When booking a hotel make sure the address includes “Dublin 2” or “Dublin 1” — a key indicator that you’re in the right area! The streets will be loud and if you’re worried about getting your beauty sleep, you should try requesting a room that does not face the street.