St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us!
A number of events have been planned around the world in celebration of St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland.
There will be festivities happening in Dublin and all over the world, with people wearing their best green costumes and shamrocks.
Where better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than Dublin? Expect the pubs and streets throughout the city to be packed with locals and tourists to enjoy St Patrick’s Day.
Join in on the fun with our guide to some of the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin.
St Patrick’s Day & Night
From 12pm on Friday 17th March, at St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter, there will be free events, music, songs and dancing for people of all ages, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.
The grounds of the Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, at Collins Barracks will become the home of the Festival Quarter from 16th to 18th March.
This historic site will be transformed into a day-to-night urban festival for all to enjoy, including the very popular Ceilí Mor which takes place on Friday the 17th of March.
Find out more here.
Me Auld Flower
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Me Auld Flower is a new Irish food and drink festival taking place from 16-19 of March in the historic fruit and vegetable market building in the heart of Dublin 7.
Me Auld Flower Festival brings the best of Ireland’s contemporary food and drink scene together in the old marketplace building.
Listen and learn about Irish food and drink culture through demos, classes, tastings and workshops, and get stuck in with a host of live music acts and DJs.
Tickets from €22 per person, find out more here.
Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings
Learn the secrets of making Irish whiskey on a fully guided tour of the historic Jameson Distillery in Dublin. Then, enjoy a comparative whiskey tasting.
The tours contain whiskey tasting, some storytelling and a complimentary drink.
This is the most visited of the many Dublin whiskey tours and its set inside the building that was opened by John Jameson way back in the late 1700s.
This is regarded as the best distillery tour Dublin has to offer by many visiting tourists.
Tickets from €30 per person. find out more here.
River Liffey Sightseeing Cruise
Get a unique perspective of Dublin city from the River Liffey.
See Dublin from the River Liffey on a 45-minute boat cruise, and admire the city’s monuments from the water.
See the city landmarks and historic neighbourhoods, such as Temple Bar from the water.
Sail past monuments such as Dublin’s Docklands.
Tickets from €19, find out more here.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.
The cathedral was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well, where tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin.
Experience the beautiful Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, including a window showing the life of Saint Patrick. In 39 images.
Built in 1220, the cathedral today is a popular tourist attraction.
Visit the cathedral today to learn about its history.
Tickets from €9, find out more here.
On Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, all Dublin Zoo visitors will be greeted with a host of exciting and interactive activities to get them in the celebratory spirit for our national holiday.
A children’s entertainer will host two shows per afternoon and a DJ will provide the best Irish tunes while face painting will be available all day for anyone who wants to get involved in the dressing up.
Of course, St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland so there will be special reptile keeper talks will run throughout the day in the Zoorassic World, where visitors will have a chance to learn all about the creatures at the centre of St. Patrick’s Day!
Tickets from €14, click here for more.
Words by Karen Ryan