From spellbinding landscapes and bucolic beauty to craic-filled cities and quaint villages, Ireland is a destination just waiting to be discovered. This island will beguile you with its friendly people, laid-back vibe and fascinating history, and blow you away with its stunning natural scenery, whether it’s the windswept, majestic Cliffs of Moher or the rugged Ring of Kerry. In Dublin, you can visit historic Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. Sample a pint of Guinness in Galway’s famed pubs and take a trip to Cork’s renowned English Market, both of which should be on the to-do list of any visitor to the Emerald Isle. Best of all, with over 40 flights a day to choose from between Dublin and London alone, your chances of finding cheap flights to Ireland from the UK are sky high.
Ireland is a great place to visit all year round, and the short flight time makes it an easy getaway for British holidaymakers. Given the amount of flights available from a multitude of UK airports, you should easily be able to get your hands on cheap tickets to Ireland if you shop around and keep your dates flexible. Festivals abound throughout the country all year round, not least on March 17th when the whole island celebrates St Patrick’s Day in true Irish style. Music lovers should pop over for Cork’s Live at the Marquee festival throughout June and July, Dublin’s mid-July Longitude festival or Laois’ Electric Picnic in early September. Other noteworthy events include the Dublin International Film Festival in February, the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival in September and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October.
With Ireland just a short hop across the Irish Sea, you’ll find a plethora of direct flights to many of the country’s airports from numerous UK hubs. Aer Lingus operates flights to Donegal from Glasgow and to Shannon from Heathrow, Birmingham and Edinburgh. The same airline also flies to Cork and Dublin from Heathrow, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton, with additional flights from Aberdeen and Douglas to Dublin. Flybe zips across to Dublin and Cork from Cardiff and Ryanair flies from 13 different UK airports to various Irish airports including Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry. It couldn’t be easier to get from the UK to Ireland – allow 80 minutes from London, an hour from Cardiff and even less for many other airports.
As the airports in both Dublin and Cork are both relatively close to the centre, it couldn’t be easier to get to your final destination. The simplest option is to jump in a taxi. From Dublin Airport to the city centre you can expect to pay around €25, and the 10-minute drive from Cork Airport costs around €20. Another option from Dublin Airport is to take the Airlink Express (€6) or the Aircoach (€7) shuttle bus services to the centre of the city. The cheapest option from Cork Airport is to hop on the no. 226 bus and pay €6 to Parnell Place bus station. A taxi journey from Shannon Airport to Limerick will cost you around €35 –alternatively, you can take the express bus, which costs €9 and will whisk you to the city in 30 minutes.
The Little Museum of Dublin is a real hidden gem in the heart of the capital. On an entertaining guided tour, you’ll explore the history of Dublin over the past 100 years, with accompanying artefacts and memorabilia. There’s also an exhibit chronicling the global success of the band U2. The icing on the cake is the City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative, a service which encourages visitors to sign up for a free drink with a friendly local in one of three stalwart Dublin establishments. What better introduction to the capital could you have than meeting up with a native Dubliner and being treated to a free pint or cup of tea, along with a bit of local knowledge and some famous Irish hospitality?
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