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The ultimate Irish city break bucket list
Explore Galway's colourful streets.
Ireland has some incredible cities full of amazing things to see and do with Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick firmly on the city break bucket list.

Now is a great time to explore our incredible country and here are just a few exciting experiences not to be missed.

Glorious Galway

Discover Galway's bohemian vibe, colourful culture and stunning scenery. There's lots of cosy B&Bs, city hotels, townhouses and other places to stay on your break.

The sun over the sea at Salthill with Blackrock Diving Tower in the distance
Admire the stunning views at Salthill.

Galway City Museum

Visit the Galway City Museum and see exhibitions that document the past to the present from the red-sailed Galway Hookers to the GAA. With fantastic views of the Claddagh and Galway Bay, this museum is a must-visit when in the City of the Tribes.

Corrib Princess

Enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Corrib Princess and journey through still waters on this scenic trip. There's a full commentary on all significant points of interest along the way with bar service on board should you fancy a tipple.

Salthill Promenade

A popular highlight on your visit to Galway is a brisk walk along Salthill Promenade overlooking Galway Bay. Stroll along this lively stretch and if you’re feeling brave after, head for a swim in the sea or even a dive from Blackrock tower.

Galway International Arts Festival

Bursting with culture and entertainment, the Galway International Arts Festival is described as Ireland’s leading festival of arts. Taking over the city once a year, enjoy fun-filled events across a great lineup of music, comedy, dance and theatre acts.

Lovely Limerick

Founded by the Vikings in 812, Limerick is rich in heritage and culture. With a great variety of accommodation, there's plenty to do in Limerick.

Blue skies with flags blowing at King John's Castle, Co. Limerick
Visit King John's Castle.

King John's Castle

Visit King John's Castle, one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Europe with an immersive experience that captures its place in Limerick's history and culture.

Treaty City Brewery

Get a real taste of Limerick at the Treaty City Brewery. Learn about a rich brewing tradition on this microbrewery tour where new beers are developed using local ingredients.

Milk Market

Take a trip to Ireland's oldest weekly market, The Milk Market, an enduring institution and shop for traditional food like crubeens alongside fresh seafood as you soak up the atmosphere.

The Hunt Museum

On the banks of the Shannon, you'll find The Hunt Museum with its eclectic collection of John and Gertrude Hunt. Discover curious artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome as well as art by Jack B Yeats and Pablo Picasso. It’s a wonderful way to while away an afternoon.

Charming Cork

Ireland's second largest city, Cork is bursting with culture, a strong foodie scene with lots to see and do.

Rooftops below Shandon Bells Tower, St Anne's Church, Cork City, Co. Cork on a sunny day.
See Cork's famous landmarks.

The English Market

Grab a coffee and stroll around the English Market where you’ll discover a heady mix of traditional cuisine like drisín (blood sausage) and exciting foods from afar. You won't go hungry here with its impressive selection of Irish produce.

Spike Island

Travel by boat from picturesque Cobh to explore Spike Island, famed for its dark past. The island was once a monastery and today visitors can uncover 1300 years of Irish history.

Crawford Art Gallery

Dedicated to the visual arts, the Crawford Art Gallery has 2,000 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European paintings and sculptures to contemporary video installations.

Fota Wildlife Park

Book a behind-the-scenes family tour at Fota Wildlife and learn about the ins and outs of this much-loved park. See their most famous animals and find out more about their habitats.

Delightful Dublin

Our capital city has some of the best attractions in the country, and a vast range of accommodation in the city and nearby coastal towns.

Two girls kayaking down the River Liffey in Dublin City at sunset
Go kayaking on the River Liffey.

Jameson Distillery

Uncover the secret craft of Irish whiskey making on a 40-minute guided tour of the Jameson Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Ireland. Enjoy the immersive storytelling as you touch, smell and taste Jameson for yourself.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century in honour of St. Patrick. Explore the beautiful interior or join a guided tour to hear the origins of the phrase ‘to chance your arm’. Afterwards, relax with a coffee in St. Patrick’s Park and watch the world go by.

City Kayaking Dublin

Explore Dublin's famous river, view iconic landmarks and see the city from a completely different angle with City Kayaking Dublin. Take a 90-minute tour with qualified guides and safety boats so you can enjoy a safe excursion on the water.

Afternoon tea in Dublin

Live your best life when you visit some of Dublin's most luxe hotels for afternoon tea. Try the delights of the Westin, Shelbourne or the Westbury for some savoury bites and sweet treats. It’s the perfect treat on a special day out.

Can't wait to book your holiday at home? Check out our City Breaks page and start planning your trip today.

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