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8 Reasons to Visit Ireland this Fall

Jun 2, 2022

Killarney National Park, County Kerry © Tourism Ireland

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Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin © Tourism Ireland

1)     City Adventures

Ireland’s cities are perfect for urban breaks— they’re intimate, friendly and filled with fun things to see and do. Soak up the vibrant culture of Belfast at sites such as Titanic Belfast and St George’s Market. In Dublin, embrace 1,000 years of history at the likes of Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

Food Tasting Tour, Cork

Food Tasting Tour, Cork © Tourism Ireland

2)     Harvest Season Highlights

From Michelin-starred fine dining to hearty pub grub, Ireland’s local ingredients are extra fresh at harvest time. As such, some of the island’s biggest food events roll into town this time of year. Check out the Dingle Food Festival in Kerry or the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival — foodie heaven!

Gaiety Theater, Dublin

Gaiety Theater, Dublin © Tourism Ireland

3)     Get Cultural

Ireland’s fall festival line-up offers world-class events wherever you look. Dublin Theater Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival — take your pick from a wide range of eclectic shows that champion the island’s deep love for the arts … and the craic (fun)!

Ballynahinch Castle Estate, County Galway

Ballynahinch Castle Estate, County Galway © Tourism Ireland

4)     Luxury Castle Stays

Pamper yourself like royalty at one of Ireland’s luxury castle hotels. You’ll find these ancient landmarks towering over the beautiful countryside, from Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in the wilds of Connemara to Killeavy Castle Estate in Armagh. These are enchanting places to retreat, relax and unwind.

The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim © Tourism Ireland

5)     Cozy Pubs

There’s no better way to round off a day in Ireland than to cozy up in a charming local pub. The fire is roaring, live traditional music is playing, and the laughter of locals fills the air. This is where memories are made and new friendships are forged over a pint of Guinness or a hot Irish whiskey. Cheers!

Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry

Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry © Tourism Ireland

6)     The Home of Halloween

Did you know Halloween began in Ireland? The ancient Celts celebrated the harvest season with the festival of Samhain and the traditions live on to this day. Visit Derry Halloween in Derry~Londonderry or Púca Festival in the Boyne Valley and discover the origins of the spooky season for yourself.

Slieve League Cliffs, County Donegal

Slieve League Cliffs, County Donegal © Tourism Ireland

7)     The Great Outdoors

A kaleidoscope of colors and crisp, clean air makes fall a perfect time to explore Ireland’s legendary natural beauty. There are walking festivals in the rugged Wicklow and Mourne Mountains. Birdwatchers can enjoy one of the busiest seasonal migration routes in the world and, all along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, humpback whales and orcas can be spotted in glistening coastal waters.

Glendalough, County Wicklow

Glendalough, County Wicklow © Tourism Ireland

8)     Only in Ireland

Enjoy our famously warm welcome. See star attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and Glendalough. Visit filming locations from Star Wars and Game of Thrones®. These are unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else. It’s time to Press the Green Button and visit the island of Ireland.

Plan your fall vacation at Ireland.com.

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