5 cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

5 cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrocks, Celtic folk music, a pint of Gat, a leprechaun hat and everything green! So, St. Patty’s Day shenanigans are upon us again. Check out these destinations to travel to this year for the holiday.

From the Emerald Isle to London and back again, travel to these destinations to celebrate the luck of the Irish and partake in the many traditional St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

1. Dublin

The perfect place to celebrate this jovial Irish holiday is in the capital of Ireland. Dublin offers much more than rowdy pubs and fake orange beards on St. Patrick’s Day. Attend the five-day (15-19 March) St. Patrick’s Day Festival that includes a mesmerizing parade and plenty of live music and dancing! Visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse to couple some Irish history with a traditional pint, take an or adventure into the beautiful Irish countryside to see the scenery that inspired Ireland’s nickname for yourself.

2. London

In London, St. Patrick’s Day is an jovial three-day festival from 16-18 March celebrating Irish culture and history. Each day,  a public event in Trafalgar Square showcases Irish artists with performances from stars of the West End Musicals. Trafalgar Square East is the site of the Irish Street Food Market, and be sure to check out the Irish Film Festival.

3. Edinburgh

Experience a ‘Celtic faery tale’ by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Cowgate Street, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Located southeast of Edinburgh Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also fondly known as ‘Little Ireland’ The Three Sisters will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Festival here 15-18 March. You can also celebrate another wonderful Celtic tradition by attending one of the city’s fantastic Irish and Highland dance performances.

4. Cork

This age-old Irish coastal city delights the senses with its fresh sea air, colorful historic buildings and the majestic Blarney Castle. Dive into the rich heritage of Ireland and take a historic tour of the region. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in this Irish gem will not disappoint thanks to the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

5. Belfast

This beautiful city in Northern Ireland is home to Titanic Studios where the HBO epic, Game of Thrones is filmed. Belfast is only a stone’s throw away from some other Northern locations such as The King’s Road, Winterfell,The Wall and the Iron Islands, to name a few. As for some great Irish folklore, learn about the story of the Giant’s Causeway on a visit to this natural wonder. And of course, be sure to take part in the St. Patty’s Day parade and concert shenanigans.

6. Limerick

A perfect choice for families looking to celebrate the holiday together, Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day festival takes place 16-19 March. The entertaining family-fun events include a parade complete with impressive circus acts by jugglers, clowns, contortionists, fire eaters and more! The St. Patrick’s Day Festival Extravaganza (18 March at 9PM) is a must-see and includes a spectacular fireworks display!

7. Galway

This charming coastal city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in its 116th year. So, naturally you can expect a plethora of traditional and entertaining Irish festivities all weekend long. After the spectacular parade, watch a free family-friendly concert in Eyre Square on 17 March. On Sunday, you and your family could take part in the St. Patrick’s Day cycling charity event.

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