Seeing Green - our top St Patrick’s Day picks06 March 2019
St Patrick is Ireland’s patron saint, thought to have converted Ireland to Christianity in the fifth century. The iconic shamrock we associate with Ireland is linked to St Patrick, too - the story goes that he used the three leaf clover to describe the holy trinity to those he was trying to convert. Each year, the celebration falls on March 17; a day (or weekend!) filled with Guinness, leprechaun costumes, and green clothing (if you know what’s good for you).
So, where should you head for this year’s festivities? We’ve rounded up our top picks for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Check out our travel and accommodation deals to help you save on flights and hotels... leaving a bit more cash for the booze budget!
Visiting the heartland
It sounds like a no-brainer, but Dublin is one of the best St Patrick’s day destinations in the world. 2019’s celebrations fall on a Sunday, so get in on Thursday for a full weekend affair! Make sure you don’t miss Dublin’s famous St Patrick’s Parade, which runs from noon in Parnell Square. Of course, you won’t be able to miss the iconic Temple Bar - but if you want to mix it up from pints of Guinness, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival is running at the Convention Centre from Thursday-Saturday, too.
On the trail
For an authentic St Patrick’s day experience, head to Armagh in Northern Ireland - the city where Patrick began his Christian mission. The annual ‘Home of Saint Patrick Festival’ promises the best in music and culture, with a stunning parade, live gigs and pop-up stalls throughout the city. Make sure you check out the magnificent cathedrals and the Armagh county museum for a taste of history amongst the beers and shamrocks.
Popping the cork
Cork is another Irish gem for St Patrick’s day celebrations. The Saint Patrick’s Festival runs from March 15-18, featuring pop-up markets, guided tours, workshops, and live music. Cork’s festival is ideal for families or those wanting a more kid-friendly weekend on Saint Paddy’s, with plenty of organised activities to keep the littlies entertained.
For those 'stuck' abroad
Can’t get to Ireland? Don’t fret - London is another great spot to enjoy some Irish spirit. Although you won’t be treated to an extra day’s holiday as is the case in Northern Ireland and ROI, there’s still a weekend full of festivities to check out. Trafalgar Square is the place to be in London from March 15-18. Expect live music, ceilidh dancing, Irish walking tours and a delicious street food market for a taste of all that’s authentically Irish!
From folk tales to green-tinged drinks, there’s loads to do on St Patrick’s Day. Our top tip? Find a cozy spot to watch the end of the Six Nations and stock up on bars and pubs vouchers for when it’s time for your round of Guinness!