Authentic Touring: Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin

 Dublin's Exquisite Waterway

When it comes to famous celebrations, St. Patrick's Day may be the most well known international holiday. If you're looking for a chance to relax and enjoy some holiday festivities, an Irish getaway could be perfect for you! The Irish culture has always had a certain appeal, and it's almost impossible to turn down the prospect of a properly chilled Guinness. There really can't be a better way to spend St. Patrick's Day then right in the heart of Dublin!

For the culinary traveler a journey to Ireland can be a welcome indulgence into a culture rich with farmers, growers, and artisans. Many of these locally produced ingredients find their way into the organic foods and recipes that have created the traditions that the Irish are known for. And a St. Patrick's Day celebration spent enjoying the best beer, beef, lamb, and whiskey that Ireland can offer is sure to be a memorable experience. 

Think of spending a week touring the Irish country side. The quaint romanticism of walking through Dublin peering in at the shops and storefronts of its city streets is something you won't soon forget. The skyline adds a certain coziness, and this will certainly make you feel at home as you dine at any of the world class pubs, taking time to enjoy a tasty homemade stew. After sampling this cultural staple, the next stop is the Point Village Farmer's Market, where you can immerse yourself in a world of ingredients that the local traders have laid out at the various kiosks. For the aspiring or accomplished chef, this marketplace will be sure to inspire you to cook all kinds of tantalizing fare. 

 A Traditional Irish Stew

And just imagine all the great flavors and techniques you can learn about while you enjoy your stay. Stop in for a day at the Ballymaloe Cookery School and learn about their dedication to using simple techniques and complex flavors. The Irish ethic of only using organic and locally grown ingredients will be sure to entice any locavore, and these stunning flavours and skills will be sure to make any dish you prepare stand out.

Of course after a few days of trying the local foods and enjoying the friendly and easy-going nature of the Irish people, it's time to cut loose and enjoy the St. Patrick's Day festivities! The first stop of the day has to include the St. Patrick's Parade, a two hour long affair that will make anyone an honorary Irishman, if only for a day. Booking a hotel right by the action may give you the best view, but you could always reserve a spot at the Grandstand located at Christchurch Cathedral. After enjoying the parade, the only thing left to do is head to the heart of Dublin and take in the rich pub culture. The Nancy Hands' Pub is a cultural landmark, and arguably the best place to start your St. Patrick's Day revelry. While the memories you make may become a bit hazy, the celebration will be one that you won't forget!

With so many different tour options and exquisite culinary offerings, Ireland is undoubtedly a welcome retreat for anyone looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The romanticism of the Irish brogue and the peculiarities of such a storied and unique culture are sure to appeal to those looking for a sense of sophistication in their travels. There is almost an air of nostalgia that hangs in the Irish air, giving any visitor a sense of welcoming and belonging as they make their way through the city streets of Dublin or pathways of the countryside. Contact Us today and make your dream of Ireland come true!