Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland! This had been a bucket list item for years. So, we planned our trip to end in Dublin on Saint Patrick’s day. If it is on your list also, here is a guide to Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin to be prepared before you go!
During the early morning/late afternoon, attend Saint Patrick’s Day parade
After the parade, begin your Pub Crawl!
I recommend booking accommodations earlier rather than later if you are preparing to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
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Don’t expect to do any driving during Saint Patrick’s Day! Many of the roads are blocked off and the ones that aren’t have a lot of foot traffic. Driving is not a necessity.
Pro tip: return your rental car the night prior to Saint Patrick’s Day to avoid having to drive through the crowd to get the car back.
Pub crawling is easy by foot, so wear comfy shoes and get your steps in!
Although the nightlife might be more prominent if Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, there will be a good nightlife to celebrate the holiday on any day of the week. We stepped inside the famous Temple Bar to say we had been there, but warning: it will be crowded!
My recommendation: move on to a pub that is lesser known. Rule of thumb: Further from Temple Bar, the less crowds. We found one with live music and dancing where we could move and get a drink without standing elbow to elbow! No matter the pub, you will easily find a good time in Dublin on Saint Patrick’s Day!
Wow! Ireland is a spectacular country in itself. Listening to a live, Irish band in a pub at ANY time is a great time. But there is just something about being in Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day. It is just fun and carefree and a great way to celebrate one of my favorite countries!
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