Ireland is a bucket-list destination for many worldwide travellers, even more so during the
St Patrick’s day celebrations.
The Grand parade and party atmosphere in Dublin City are attracting larger crowds each year.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists descend on Ireland’s capital city, to honour the Irish Patron Saint who famously drove out Ireland’s snakes.
With so much fun to be had, you’d be crazy not to have St Patrick’s Day, in Dublin, on your travel experience wish list.
It was once on mine, I can gladly say after living in Dublin for the past seven years,
I have been able to celebrate the day to the fullest many times, it’s a fantastic atmosphere.
In anticipation of this year’s celebrations and to assist with a few ideas for your visit, I have put together some of the highlights.
Start the day with an Irish Breakfast
A great way to start the day is to taste a traditional Irish Breakfast, just make sure it’s kept in balance with the rest of your healthy eating choices!
An Irish breakfast is also a recommendation for the day after if you decide to have a drink, there’s no better cure for a hangover.
Black Pudding, sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, tomato, potato.
You will need plenty of fuel for dancing later.
St Patrick’s Festival Parade
Prepare yourself to see and hear a highly energetic procession of theatrical stories played out in magical costumes, bursting with colour, fuelled with energy provided by lively song and dance from all over the world.
The Parade begins at midday in Parnell Square, dances straight down O’Connell Street, through the City Centre and College Green and finishes at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The crowds line the city streets, and you will be spoilt for choice of places to view the dazzling parade from.
Quick tip – get your parade side viewing space nice and early the whole route will be rammed with fellow parade watchers.
People even bring along step ladders to get an eagle eye view above the crowds!
If you need to take a seat, there are many bars along the route or in nearby temple bar, here you can view the parade on the big screen with a drink in hand.
You will marvel as Ireland’s theatre companies deliver a show of theatrical storytelling through their excellent song, dance and spectacular costume designs.
Traditional Irish bands are joined by marching bands from around the world, delivering an imaginative mix of music adding rhythm to the parade as it weaves through the city streets.
Wherever you decide to stop and watch, you will be surrounded by others soaking up the atmosphere cheering on the wonderful show.
A superb, feel good experience of culture and fun!
Fancy dress fun
St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to don some fancy dress and have a laugh at yourself.
Trust me, you definitely will not be the odd one out today.
You can dress up and you won’t look silly, well maybe you will.
Take in the amazing architecture of Dublin as you explore
Dublin is a city easily explored on foot, along the route of the parade you can see some of Dublin’s impressive architecture.
GPO, The Custom-house, Bank of Ireland, Trinity College
Georgian townhouses, Guinness Storehouse and the Ancient sites of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral are all within an easy walking distance of the City Centre.
The place turns green literally
Many of the cities famous landmarks and buildings illuminate green for the festival.
Impressive by day usually, they take on a new green look when the sun goes down.
Fairgrounds around the city
Get the adrenaline pumping at one of the festival funfairs.
The funfairs are full of attractions which are very popular with kids or the brave adult.
Visit the Famous Guinness Storehouse
Whilst you’re in town make sure you visit the epicentre of the world’s Guinness production, take the tour of the Guinness Brewery.
I Love the Guinness Storehouse.
It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been, each visit is always great.
I love the views from the Gravity Bar, the best view of the City, the perfect place to raise a pint of the black stuff to Ireland’s Patron Saint.
During St Patrick’s Day weekend there will plenty of organised activities, live music, entertainment and you can also learn to pour your own perfect pint of Guinness.
Meet People from far and wide
The highlight of celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin is, without doubt, the annual parade through the city centre which attracts hundreds of thousands of people from around Ireland and abroad.
Visit with friends, or get ready to make some new ones, you will meet people dressed in similar funny hats and inflatable shamrock glasses all on the same mission, fun!
You can have a sing and dance in Temple Bar
Looking to experience the buzz of St Patrick’s Day and do some singing, dancing and responsible drinking?
Everywhere in Dublin will be full of traditional music and entertainment, but Temple bar is a great place to be on St Patrick’s day.
You will see some very funny dancing going on, especially if you bump into me.
A few Irish words you may need:
Slainté – Cheers
Ceoil agus Cráic – music and fun
Cead mile failte romhat – a hundred thousand welcomes
Make sure you add some exercise
If you are sampling the Guinness during the celebrations you will have plenty of strength for a workout, or you may need some fresh air to help your head.
A short trip away off the beaten tracks of Dublin city, there are fantastic coastal walks, parks to explore, and hiking paths of the nearby Wicklow mountains.
A few ideas:
Phoenix park for a run/walk or bike ride
The Greystones to Bray Coastal walk
Howth Headland Coastal Path
Wicklow Mountain Hikes
St Patrick’s day is, of course, celebrated worldwide, have a great day wherever you are.
If you’re in Dublin have a fantastic time enjoy the Craic
If you’re not, get it booked for next year.
Let me know how you get on!!!