Visit Ireland

Ireland

Overview

Ireland is a country that amazes the senses from every perspective, whether scenic, urban or cultural.  Discover the Emerald Isle of rolling hills, spectacular metropolitans and rich traditions.


Sites to See

Whether you want to travel by land or sea, Ireland’s marvelsare there for you to uncover.  For a truly exceptional view, visit Giant’s Causeway along the Northeast coast of Northern Ireland which consists of 40,000 interlocking columns naturally created through an ancient volcano.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the source of many legends and myths, including those about Finn McCool. 

 

For the city traveler, both Dublin and Belfast offer awe inspiring sights combined with small town friendliness.  Dublin’s National Gallery of Ireland, Writers Museum and numerous castles are spectacles to behold, while Belfast is a hub of creativity exhibiting diverse arts with the Grand Opera House, Ulster Museum and many famous political murals.


Cuisine

Irish cuisine is rich and hearty, based on the natural growing foods of the land.  A main staple, the infamous Irish stew combines the best ingredients by bringing together lamb or mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions and parsley. 

 

Of course no discussion about Irish cuisine is complete without a mention of Guinness, the dry stout.  Originated in Ireland, Guinness is famous for its dark color and heavy taste, often described as having a “tang”. 


Famous People

Many famous people have hailed from Ireland, but the most impressive list is the number of remarkably talented, and often witty, writers.  James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde have all left a lasting mark on literary history and all have called Ireland home.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.