Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland The sun setting over the Irish coast Irish locals fishing on the lake at Kylemore Abbey Glendalough, monastic site visited on some of our Ireland tours Traditional Irish music performed for visitors on a Tour of Ireland Sheep grazing on the Irish coastal clifftops

East Ireland Travel Guide Plan Your Visit of Dublin & Ireland's East

Things to do in Dublin and the East of Ireland

Dublin is such a vibrant and exciting city and there is so much to see and do. In this sense, Discover Dublin is quite right to dub the city "The Culture Hub" - Dublin is a capital bursting with culture and is a must-see on any tour of Ireland.

For a foot-stomping knees-up, go to a traditional Irish céilí or go on a musical pub crawl around the city. If you're feeling creative, try the Irish Drumming Experience a fun-filled night of music where you are the musicians.

If you're ready for something a bit quieter, then drift into the mystical world of ancient Irish Mythology and Folklore, realised before you by traditional Irish storytellers painting pictures with the past, featuring leprechauns, Banshees and even the big black dog. Discover Dublin cautions that "this event will have you wrapped in its grasp. With stories to make you laugh, cry and jump for joy the Irish storyteller is forever the roguish cheeky chap or the devilish cailín bán (pretty Irish girl)."

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Tour Dublin

Take a Tour of Dublin, Ireland

There's so much going on in Dublin it can be hard to know where to start and, if you are not in town for long, you'll need to think carefully about which attractions are most important to you. One of our colleagues has tried to make the whole process a lot easier in a short travelogue about how to visit Dublin in just one day.

How to Do Dublin in a Day
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Activities, Attractions & Pursuits

Attractions Accommodation Festivals

Accommodation in The North West of Ireland

Hotels in The East of Ireland

Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Athlone Springs, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Athlone Springs

With 68 modern bedrooms and state of the art leisure facilities Athlone Springs is the ideal for a break away in County Westmeath.

  • Ideal for Families
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Leisure Breaks
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Killenard, Co. Laois

The Heritage Killenard, Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland

The Heritage Killenard

A 5 star hotel based in the beautiful, County Loais. The Heritage has an extensive collection of Luxury Accommodation and Dining.

  • Luxurious Setting
  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
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County Kildare

Barberstown Castle, Kildare, Ireland

Barberstown Castle

Built in the 13th Century, Barberstown Castle is a four-star Irish Castle with five-star quality. Close proximity to Dublin.

  • Ideal for Shopping
  • Luxurious Setting
  • Ideal for Business
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Delgany, Co. Wicklow

Glenview Hotel, Delgany, Co. Wicklow,  Ireland

Glenview Hotel

Situated in the picturesque and stunning Glen of the Downs, and set amongst 30 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland walks.

  • Ideal for Shopping
  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Business
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The Curragh, Co. Kildare

Martinstown House, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Martinstown House

Not so much a hotel, more a private country residence situated on its own miniature park with many fine old trees and a beautiful walled garden.

  • Luxurious Setting
  • Ideal for Business
  • Great Location
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Drogheda, Co. Louth

Scholars Townhouse, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Scholars Townhouse

A 2005 renovation has transformed this magnificent late-Victorian building into a proud, family-owned 16-bedroom Hotel.

  • Luxurious Setting
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Great Location
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Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

Rathsallagh Hotel, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Rathsallagh

An award winning Country House with 35 rooms. Converted from Queen Anne stables and located in picturesque County Wicklow.

  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
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B&Bs and Guesthouses in The East of Ireland

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Bramble Rock, Wicklow, Ireland

Bramble Rock

A family-run guesthouse that combines friendliness and luxury. Here, you can relax and absorb the beautiful sights of Glendalough.

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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Athy, Co. Kildare

Dollardstown House, Kildare, Ireland

Dollardstown House

Welcome to a heart-warming break in an historic family home. Enjoy the grounds and gardens in summer or the open fires in winter.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
  • Budget Friendly
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Ballacolla, Co. Laois

The Foxrock Inn, Laois, Ireland

The Foxrock Inn

Stay in a traditional Irish Inn in the heart of the Irish countryside. Peace and tranquility in the shadow of the Slieve Bloom mountains.

  • Ideal for Families
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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Donore, Co. Meath

Newgrange Lodge, Meath, Ireland

Newgrange Lodge

A renovated farmhouse, Newgrange Lodge is uniquely located within the historical world famous heritage UNESCO parkland of Brú na Bóinne.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Families
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Donore, Co. Meath

Tudor Lodge, Meath, Ireland

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge is nestled beside the Avonmore River and Wicklow Way and it is only 1km from the many attractions of ancient Glendalough.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
  • Great Location
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Self Catered Accommodation in Leinster

Multyfarham, Co. Westmeath

Lake Lodge, Bed and Breakfast in Multyfarham, Co. Westmeath

Lake Lodge

Two beautiful self catering lodges overlooking Lough Owel. Each lodge sleeps 6 people. The ideal base for anyone that's looking to unwind.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Families
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Hostels in the The East of Ireland

Slane, Co. Meath

Rock Farm Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland

Rock Farm Slane

Rock Farm Slane Boutique Camping Glamping offers you Gold-Certified Ecotourism Luxury Camping on the River Boyne.

  • Budget Friendly
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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Festivals in Ireland's East Click a Section Below to Find out More

My Ireland Travel Guide

Barrels at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City

Ireland's much-loved capital and the gateway to the Emerald Isle. A vibrant, modern and outward-facing city, most Ireland tours and vacations begin here. Read more...

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Temple Bar Quarter
  • The Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
About Dublin
Lighthouse in Hook Head

Wicklow & the East

This wild landscape of gorse and bracken is home to many of Ireland's most significant archaeological finds, as well its grandest estates. Read more...

  • Powerscourt Estate
  • Glendalough Settlement
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Battle of The Boyne
  • National Stud
About the East
The Cliffs of Moher

Galway & the West

Pack walking boots, a camera and a sense of adventure as you head west for Galway, County Clare and the Wild Atalantic Way. Heritage, tradition and Read more...

  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise Settlement
  • Clare Music Sessions
  • The Burren Landscape
About the West
Kilkenny Castle by the riverside

Kilkenny & South-East

The sunny South East. Ireland's warmest and driest region is also one of its most popular destinations with tourists and locals alike. Read more...

  • The Rock of Cashel
  • Waterford Crystal
  • Lismore Castle
  • Tintern Abbey
  • St Canice's Cathedral
The South East
Sheep in Kerry, Ireland

Cork and Kerry

Wind-swept, welcoming and rugged, Ireland South West typifies what visitors expect Ireland to look like – vibrant, vivid and verdant. Read more...

  • Cork English Market
  • Blarney Castle
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney Nat. Park
  • Skellig Michael
The South West
Trad Session in Donegal, Ireland

Donegal and Sligo

Less well-trodden than Dublin, Belfast or Killarney, this picturesque region invites you to get outdoors. Don't forget your camera! Read more...

  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Lakes and Loughs
  • Maghera Beach
  • Errigal Mountain
  • Glencolmcille Village
The North West
The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

Belfast & The North

In peace, Belfast and the North have staked their rightful claim as some of the Island of Ireland's most iconic and cultural regions. Read more...

  • The City of Belfast
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede
  • The City of Derry
Northern Ireland
Solo traveller admiring the coastal view in Ireland

Ireland Solo Travel

Whether you're looking to meet new people or just yearning get away from it all, Ireland is a great place to travel independently. Read more...

  • Experience the Culture
  • Find Your Inner Peace
  • Discover New Paths
  • Start a Course
  • Experience the Nightlife
Northern Ireland

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