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Just a short hop across the Irish Sea, the Emerald Isle entrances visitors from around the world with its lush, unspoilt countryside and historic cities, its mystical Celtic charm and, of course, the famously warm welcome to be found in music-filled pubs across the country. First port of call for many is Dublin, the lively capital of the Republic of Ireland. Founded by the Vikings in the ninth century, this is a city with a long and colourful history, just waiting to be discovered. Learn about the nation’s past in the splendid National Museum, visit the impressive St Patrick’s Cathedral, spend time wandering through the bustling, bohemian Temple Bar neighbourhood, or relax in the more peaceful surroundings of Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban public gardens in Europe. And if you want to know more about the ‘little people,’ the National Leprechaun Museum is the place to go! Heading west, you’ll come upon the spectacular scenery of the famed Ring of Kerry and the rugged Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic coastline, while the geological wonder of the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the fascinating Titanic Belfast Exhibition are among the many highlights of Northern Ireland.


Language

English

Tipping

Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10% is usual.

Culture

A buffet breakfast is commonly provided, including a selection of both hot and cold items. Where evening meals are included, these might be a set or table d’hote menu. As part of a group
booking, included meals are generally eaten together at a designated time. Tap water is generally safe to drink (unless specified). In rural areas, where water is pumped from wells, it may be advisable to drink bottled water.

Timezone

GMT

Climate

The weather in the UK and Ireland can be unpredictable. Due to their more southerly location, Jersey and Guernsey are usually warmer than the rest of the British Isles, although sea breezes can bring the temperatures down. Lightweight cottons and linens are advisable and we suggest that you take layered clothing, so that you can adapt to weather conditions accordingly. A jacket, scarf, hat and woollens for cold days/evenings are required. We also suggest a light waterproof jacket in case of any occasional showers. Comfortable, closed, flat walking shoes are essential. In summertime, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are recommended. Other useful items to pack are a small day-backpack, binoculars, a torch and an umbrella. A hand sanitizer gel is also recommended for use in your daypack. For holidays during winter months, when the weather is a lot colder, you will require waterproof outerwear and stout shoes, warm clothing (hat, coats, gloves and an umbrella). You should be prepared to walk in heavy rain or on snow and ice.

Health

For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org

Flight time

From London to Dublin is approx 1 hour.