Ireland is so close to the UK it’s a weekend break, but so different it always feels like an adventure, especially for kids.
Visit Dublin for a city that’s easy to get about and filled with things to see and do. Travel to any one of the iconic counties and you’ll find coast and countryside, pretty market towns, lively cities and endless stories. You can visit islands where nothing’s changed for centuries, celebrate international festival in tiny villages and cycle for hours with only the biggest skies and wildest scenery for company. Ireland might be very close to home, but it will never cease to amaze.
Direct daily flights all year round from London to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Knock and Kerry take less than two hours.
Ireland loves to throw a party and has events all year round including Dublin’s mammoth St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Galway Oyster Festival and spectacular New Year celebrations on St. Stephen’s Green.
World Heritage Brú na Bóinne in Newgrange is Europe’s largest concentration of megalithic art.
Ireland has over 1400km of coastline and 79 Blue Flag beaches along its entire length from north to south.
The Wicklow Mountains and Connemara are just two of Ireland’s six national parks.
It rains less in Dublin than Paris and average summer temperatures in the Irish capital are between 65 and 68˚C. From late June to mid August it doesn’t get dark until around 10pm.
Touring around Ireland by car is an unforgettable way for kids to see the country. But, if you don’t want to drive, the countrywide train service is excellent. Cycling is very common in rural areas and every city has excellent public transport and there are bus services to most towns and villages.