Ireland, the intoxicating Emerald Isle, beckons holidaymakers with its beautiful countryside, fascinating history, and famous warmth and charm. Dublin is charismatic and historic, with excellent shopping opportunities, great entertainment and cuisine.
In the country, you’ll find rolling hills and pastoral landscapes, stately homes and castles plus stone villages with a welcoming pub and its resident storyteller. Visitors can also participate in an exciting programme of festivals, events and entertainment around the country. And that’s just the start of why one should travel to Ireland.
Why visit Ireland
This is where Guinness stout originated.
Many of the scenes for the iconic Game of Thrones TV series were shot here.
The country’s breathtaking landscapes, including Giants Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry are simply breathtaking.
Ireland has some incredible beaches, and the surfing is some of the best in the world.
Irish people have a great sense of humour and love to have fun, which they call ‘craic’.
Ireland is home to some world-class hotels including magnificent Ashford Castle on the Irish coast.
Ireland boasts prehistoric sites such as Céide Fields, the world’s largest Neolithic site.
It’s a great place to explore on holiday with so many things to see and do.
Lush, beautiful and bewitching, Ireland has a charm all its own, a dynamic cultural scene, numerous natural wonders – and let’s not forget the Guinness! Wherever you go, there’s history and a story to be told, people to meet, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re thinking of taking a magical family holiday, want to go pub hopping around the country with friends, planning a beach holiday with your loved one, or are exploring alone on a tour package, Ireland travel is your answer. Before you visit Ireland, let Thompsons Holidays put together a ‘craic’ package from South Africa.
Things to do in Ireland
With its magnificent scenery, incredibly beautiful natural wonders, vibrant pubs, charming villages, fun adventure sports and numerous historical and archaeological sites, Ireland is a dream destination for a holiday. No matter what you decide to do on your Ireland travel adventure, every place you visit and every experience you have will be great fun.
Whether you’re visiting its bustling cities to shop, dine out, explore museums or just soak up the atmosphere, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy a beach holiday on the magnificent coastline or go off the beaten track to discover magnificent glacial lakes, ancient castles in exquisite settings and spectacular cliffs that plummet into the sea.
Things to do in Ireland
Take a road trip along the inspirational Ring of Kerry.
Go pub crawling – and savour a Guinness or two while you’re at it.
Discover Cork, where the Viking’ Wars of the Roses’ took place 1,000 years ago.
Explore the Causeway Coast to find locations where Game of Thrones was shot.
Visit Ireland’s most beautiful spot, Dingle.
See the incredible rock formations at Giant’s Causeway.
Visit Leap Castle, the most haunted castle in the world.
Kiss the Blarney Stone.
See Ireland’s most famous prehistoric monument, Newgrange, older than the Egyptian pyramids!
Find the Book of Kells at the Old Library in Dublin’s Trinity College.
Visit the ruins of a 6th Century monastery in the Glendalough Valley.
Uncover how Guinness is made at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
Ireland is the land of leprechauns and four-leaf clovers, and its magic is waiting to enchant you. Let Thompsons Holidays take you there on an unforgettable trip.Take a look at our fantastic holiday packages to Ireland.
Ireland is on Western European Time, which is the same time as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the winter months, Ireland is 2 hours behind South Africa and in the summer (last Sunday in March to the last Saturday in October) 1 hour behind South Africa.
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