Ireland quick facts

  • Capital: Dublin

  • Population: 4.6 mln

  • Language: English / Irish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR), British Pound (GBP)

  • Dialing code: +353

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Places to visit


Belfast: Northern Ireland’s gritty capital city

Although a city that’s seen more than its fair share of turmoil and tragedy, Belfast is determined to look forward to a peaceful future. Visit West Belfast to browse the Republican and Loyalist murals that were painted during the troubles and gain an understanding of the political and religious loyalties that underpinned this period of unrest. For good panoramic views across Belfast venture up to Cavehill, where on a clear day, the Isle of Man is also visible.

From Belfast’s city centre take the metro to Cavehill.

Guinness advertisements, Dublin
Guinness advertisements, Dublin

Dublin: Republic of Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital

Shining on the banks of the River Liffey is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland: Dublin. A mélange of cosmopolitan development and traditional Irish charm waft through the streets of Georgian-styled buildings. Dublin is home to one of the world’s favourite beers: Guinness. A visit to its brewery includes interactive activities, including how to pour the perfect pint. Finish off with a pint 'on the house' or should we say 'on the rooftop' at Gravity-Bar which also offers amazing views of Dublin.

The Guinness Brewery is a 20-minute walk from Pearse St train station.

Giants Causeway, County Antrim
Giants Causeway, County Antrim

Green and pleasant Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim is one of the great natural wonders of Northern Ireland. This geographical phenomenon contains 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a formation resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption. For hiking or cycling in Ireland’s breathtaking countryside, the Ring of Kerry, in the south, makes for a good day-trip. Some of Ireland’s most dramatic coastline can be found here and will have you feeling like you’re really away from the rest of the world.

The Giant’s Causeway can be reached by train from Belfast to Coleraine, then take a short taxi ride to the park. To the get to the Ring of Kerry take a bus from Killarney.

Temple Bar, Dublin
Temple Bar, Dublin

Live-music galore

For unrivalled partying Dublin is your place. The centre is littered with bars and pubs, many of which have live-music playing out in the evening. Head to Camden Street with a range of venues offering modern and traditional live tunes, plus a raucous atmosphere. Then hit the Button Factory for a line-up of top Irish and international DJs spinning the decks (Thursday to Sunday). A city to rival Dublin’s nightlife is Cork, tucked confidently away in the south of the country. Expect cosy pubs, plenty of quality live music and a nice warm welcome.

Camden Street is a 35-minute walk from Dublin’s Connolly train station and Button Factory is 20 minutes from the same station. The centre of Cork is a 15-minute walk from the main train station.

Coastline of Connemara
Coastline of Connemara

Outdoor activity paradise

It may come as a surprise, but Ireland has a number of decent surfing beaches – Bundoran being one of them. Savour the jade-coloured Atlantic waves, but be prepared for cold Irish temperatures – it ain’t the Med! There are several surf schools around offering lessons and board hire. Down in the Connemara district in the west of Ireland, you’ll find a rugged coastline with an abundance of rich flora and fauna. It’s an activity paradise with pursuits, including golf, horse riding, rock climbing and sailing, to name but a few.

The nearest train station to Bundoran is Sligo, from where you can connect to a bus to complete the journey. Connemara district contains a large number of towns, many of which are served by a train station.

Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny

Striking monuments

Northern Ireland’s historical city, Derry is a favourite place to visit. It’s the only remaining walled-city in all of Ireland and has an impressive seventeenth-century city wall spanning much of modern-day Belfast. There are also some defiant murals in the Bogside district which are worth a look. No visit to Ireland would be complete without dropping by a castle. Kilkenny, shows off its splendid architecture and mystical presence, among well preened ornamental gardens. Also part of the National Art Gallery is on display inside.

Trains to Derry arrive on the east bank of the River Foyle from which it’s a 10-minute walk to the centre and to the Bogside district. Kilkenny Castle is located 10 minutes by foot from McDonagh train station in Kilkenny.


Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

October 28 - October 31, 2016

This annual jazz festival has been running in Cork since 1978 and is Ireland’s biggest event for this music genre and attracts jazz fans from all corners of the globe.

The jazz festival is held in venues across the city, which is a 15-min walk from Cork’s Kent train station.

Women dressed up for St Patrick's Day
Women dressed up for St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017

Celebrate the most important event on the Irish calendar with the Irish themselves. During Saint Paddy’s, dress up in green, drink unlimited supplies of Guinness and most importantly be merry!

You can find celebrations up and down the country.

Electric Picnic, Portlaoise
Electric Picnic, Portlaoise

Electric Picnic

September 1 - September 3, 2017

Just 50 minutes from Dublin, this 3-dayer hosts a good line-up of rock and pop music artists as well as a varied programme of theatre and comedy.

Take the train to Portlaoise, where you can pick up a shuttle bus to the festival grounds.

Interrail passes for Ireland

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Interrail Ireland Pass from € 77

Discover all highlights of Ireland and Northern Ireland with the Interrail Ireland Pass, like Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Limerick.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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