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Five top city breaks in Ireland

It’s often been said that if you can’t have a good time in Ireland, you’re really not trying.

With culture, sightseeing and shopping in abundance, a short break in an Irish city can only leave you with happy memories.


Ireland’s buzzing city streets are all about having a great time. Easy-going locals, famous sights and music, art and literature around every corner make for an unforgettable short break at any time of the year.


Belfast City Hall


For a city you can visit again and again, it’s got to be Belfast. In its Victorian heyday, it built the Titanic. Now it boasts Titanic Belfast (pictured below), the world’s biggest museum dedicated to the ship. Other highlights include St George’s Market, the Ulster Museum, the throbbing Cathedral Quarter and great restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Deanes and OX.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: A stop at the Crown Bar, an ornate Victorian gin palace owned by the National Trust.


Eyre Square, Galway


Culture vultures will find a perfect city break within Galway’s bohemian, artsy vibe. Wander the cobblestone streets and experience the local atmosphere, unique shopping and top class dining. Whenever you arrive, there will probably be some kind of cultural shindig going on, be it art, horseracing, music, literature or food.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Get under the skin of the gastronomic hotspots with a Galway Food Tour.


Love Lane, Dublin


It’s easy to get lost in the charms of the Irish capital’s bustling streets and super friendly people. The world-famous blend of culture, classic attractions, hidden gems and excellent social scene – all framed by the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains – make Dublin a unique Irish adventure.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Crafting your own pint of the ‘black stuff’ at the Guinness Storehouse.


People's Park Market, Dun Laoghaire


The famous Walled City and former UK City of Culture boasts museums, galleries, historical sites and outdoor spaces to enjoy. Tours of the city walls and the wider area

MEMORABLE MOMENT: A lazy afternoon exploring the eclectic vintage scene.



Food, music, history and shopping plus a healthy dose of good ‘craic’ (fun), make Ireland’s second city the perfect short break spot. There’s grand Georgian avenues, riverside walks, modern masterpieces like the Opera House and narrow streets crammed with pubs, shops and restaurants. Cork’s thriving traditional Irish music scene is excellent for a pleasant night of entertainment.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: A walk through the English Market to feast on the local artisan produce.


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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 15 March 2018

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