Ireland Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More
The jovial Irish spirit is contagious, so prepare yourselves to be charmed by green spaces, friendly faces and an ethos of welcome. In Dublin, be sure to visit Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, believed to be from the eighth century. A stop at the Guinness Storehouse, in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, is always a fine idea. Western Ireland, with its pre-Christian ruins and famed attractions like the Ring of Kerry, astounds. And although kissing the Blarney Stone, in the city of Cork, may bestow the gift of eloquence, it isn't as easy as it sounds: After you lie down on your back, someone eases you headfirst through a hole in the stone floor!
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Village Walks: Ireland
Journey through the verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle with this convenient set of 50 cards, from Viking Dublin to Falls Road in Belfast, hotspot of "The Troubles."
Get more insight with GAYOT's review
St. Patrick's Day
Can't get away to the Emerald Isle? On March 17, everyone's Irish in the U.S. Check GAYOT's Guide to St. Patrick's Day to find the best Irish restaurants, pubs and parades across the country.
Peruse the list of best bars, pubs, and restaurants
See where a St. Paddy's Day event is happening near you
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Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
If there isn't any lovin' left in your hometown, the famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival may be for you. Dance, drink and mingle with other singles in this spa town and see if you find a spark.
Find your soulmate at this lovebird's festival
YOUR MIND AND BODY
The Best Spas in Ireland
Ireland may not come to mind when you think of a place for spa getaways, but think again. This welcoming country has a fair share of top-notch places that could be just right for a soothing respite from your day.
Discover the best places to rejuvenate
The Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s transformed Dublin from a "dirty old town" to a cosmopolitan business destination, but its laid-back, fun-loving Irish attitude hasn't disappeared. Rest up before arriving, because joining in the craic (fun) is not only accepted, but encouraged.
Learn how to balance work and play in this Irish city
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Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
Set on more than 800 estate acres and boasting a championship golf course of designer distinction, this impressive property has earned a berth on GAYOT's list of the world's Top Boutique Hotels.
Explore the splendor of Adare Manor Hotel
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This 350-acre lakeside destination, built in the 13th century, has also served as the former home of the Guinness family and a fishing and hunting lodge in the 19th century. While you're in Ireland, check out Ashford Castle before visiting GAYOT's other top castles in the world.
Uncover the marvels of this historic structure
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The Powerscourt Hotel
Discover the charms of the Emerald Isle at this seven-story, Georgian-influenced hotel. Located close to the hustle and bustle of nearby Dublin, yet situated in the heart of the scenic Wicklow countryside, the Powerscourt is the perfect romantic escape for those who love both city living and country chic.
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Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa
This clever hideaway earned a berth on GAYOT's list of top health retreats. Here you can get your adrenaline flowing with a dolphin watch at the resort's Adventure Center and then please your palate with all-natural cuisine featuring fresh produce from the resort's own greenhouse.
Embark on the path to self-renewal
The dramatic views of Connemara lie in view of this Irish great house, where you can hide away in an antiques-laden guest room, share an intimate dinner in a remodeled railway carriage, meander its tranquil grounds on horseback and more.
Plan your amorous escape
Golf enthusiasts will delight in this scenic, luxurious resort whose newly designed course boasts views of both a 16th-century castle and Dromoland Lough. Those not inclined to hit the links can enjoy a spa treatment or sample the fine cuisine at The Earl of Thomond restaurant.
Get ready to sharpen your golfing skills
Belfast has thrown off its troubled past and emerged as one of Ireland's most vibrant cities. Many of the public buildings have been restored to their former glory, and the city's revitalization has produced a string of up-market hotels, restaurants and clubs.
Read more of what to see and do in this Northern Ireland city
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Belle Isle School of Cookery
For globetrotting gourmets who don't have time to attend a comprehensive cooking academy, take a lesson from GAYOT's list of Top Hotel Culinary Schools. On your next Irish escape, learn how to make chicken galangal coconut soup.
Get a lesson in Irish cuisine
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Irish Whiskeys and Beers
Drink like the Irish whether you're visiting the mother country or enjoying a pint at home Check out GAYOT's reviews of Irish beers and whiskeys.
Top 10 Irish Beers
Concannon Irish Whiskey
Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
*Beara Peninsula & Dublin photos courtesy of the Ireland official website