If you decide to Visit Dublin in winter, you won’t find sunny skies and high temperatures, but the cold is never so intense that you can’t enjoy yourself and with luck you can find beautiful days with clear skies. You can always take refuge in the cozy Irish Pubs and restaurants, where you can enjoy traditional Irish cuisine such as Irish stew, a seafood chowder, fish and chips, a good pint of Guinness or any other beer produced in Ireland as well as a delicious Irish coffee.
Today we propose you 10 cities of Ireland and Northern Ireland to plan a tour from Dublin
Places to visit in Ireland in Winter
Belfast, is the capital of Northern Ireland. It is home to the Titanic and offers a dynamic arts scene, an incredible musical heritage and great places to eat and a city that dances to its own tune. Discover Belfast by exploring this vibrant city on foot.
It was sadly known during the last decades of the 20th century for the conflict between its main communities – Republicans and Unionists. Thankfully that is in the past and Belfast is now one of the most interesting places to visit.
Here are some of the places not to be missed during your visit.
- City Hall
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Belfast Castle
- Titanic Quarter
- St. Anne’s Cathedral or Belfast Cathedral
- Ulster Museum
- Albert Clock Memorial.St George’s Market
- Grand Opera House
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city, located in the southwest of Ireland, in the province of Munster.
Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most modern cities in Europe.
Like Venice, the city is built on water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream from Cork Harbour.
The two canals of the River Lee that surround the city center are crossed by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental feel.
Below are some of the many places you can visit in Cork City.
- Fota Island
- The English market
- The Cork Public Museum and Fitzgerald Park
- Santa Ana Shandon Bells Church
- Cork Butter Museum
- The Cathedral of St. Fin Barre
- Fort Elizabeth, Barrack Street
- Cork Vision Center
- Collins Barracks Cork Military Museum
- The Navy and the Atlantic pond
- Tribute to Rory Gallagher
- University College Cork (UCC)
3. Derry / Londonderry
The walled city of Derry, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland after Belfast.
Derry or Londonderry is a friendly city, with a deep history and is a symbol of the new peace that is breathed in Ulster, after years of conflict with Bloody Sunday or “Free Derry”. There is much to discover and learn about this beautiful city, which is one of the hidden gems in Northern Ireland.
Below are some of the many places you can visit in the city of Derry / Londonderry.
- The Bogside and its murals
- Free Derry Museum
- The walls
- The Town Hall (Guildhall)
- The Peace Bridge
- Tower Museum
- St Augustine’s Church
- St Columb’s Cathedral
- The Craft Village
Galway is the third most populated city in the Republic of Ireland, after Dublin and Cork. Galway, together with the City of Rijeka, is the “European Capital of Culture 2020”, one of the largest cultural events in the world
If you’re looking for fresh, traditional bohemian culture on the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll like Galway, one of Ireland’s most enjoyable destinations.
The “Claddagh ring” is one of the Irish symbols of friendship, commitment and eternal love and in Galway you can buy it and they will tell you its legend. Search for it.
Here are some of the many places you can visit in Galway city:
- Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas of Galway
- Spanish Arch
- The Long walk along the Corrib River
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Nicholas
- Saint Vincent’s Convent of Mercy
- Eyre Square, in the heart of the city
- Lynch Castle
- St. Augustine’s Parish
- High Street or better known as Shop Street
- Market of local products on Saturdays.
Kilkenny is the capital of County Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland. Located on the banks of the River Nore, the city is known for its medieval buildings and nightlife.
The city is famous for its many medieval buildings and has been known as “The Marble City” for hundreds of years. But the black decorative stone with white fossils that forms the structure of many of Kilkenny’s buildings is actually polished, which has been quarried from the city’s surroundings for hundreds of years, especially from the “Black Quarry” located a few kilometers south of the city.
Here are some of the many places you can visit in Kilkenny:
- Kilkenny Castle
- St Canice Cathedral and Round Tower
- Smithwick Brewery Tour and Experience
- The Tholsel, Kilkenny
- Cathedral of St Mary
- Black Dominican Abbey
- Rothe House and Garden
- Butler Gallery
- National Gallery of Design and Crafts
Limerick, is the capital of Limerick County and one of the largest cities in the province of Munster. It is built along and over several islands in the River Shannon. It’s an ancient city that dates back to the time of the Vikings but changed its entire profile with the Norman conquest in the twelfth century. Currently it’s a tourist attraction.
Below are some of the many places you can visit in Limerick City:
- St Munchin’s Church
- King John’s Castle
- St John’s Cathedral
- St Mary’s Cathedral
- The Limerick City Museum and Art Gallery
- The Hunt Museum
- The Belltable Theatre
- The People’s Park
- The Treaty Stone
- The Milk Market
Sligo, located in the province of Connacht is the second most populated city after Galway. It is celebrated for the descriptions of its adopted son and Nobel Prize winner for literature, the poet W.B. Yeats, whose remains have rested in Drumcliffe Cemetery since his death in 1939, and also for its landscape and wilderness.
Traditions, legends and the music of Coleman, Westlife and Dervish merge in Sligo to give us a traditional view of Ireland.
Below are some of the many places you can visit in the city of Sligo:
- Sligo Cathedral
- St John’s Cathedral
- Sligo Abbey
- Yeats’ building
- Famine Memorial
- House of Constance Markievicz
- The Museum of Sligo
- Sligo Goal
Waterford, a seaport in the south east of Ireland, is the oldest city in the country. It was founded by the Vikings in 914 AD and parts of its old walled town still stand. It has many historical sites to visit, however, it is also a lively city, and there are many modern things to see and do.
Here are just a few of the many places you can visit in the city of Waterford:
- Waterford Treasure Museum
- Waterford Crystal Factory
- Holy Trinity Cathedral
- Mount Congreve Gardens
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Reginalds Tower
- King of Vikings, Cultural Centre
- Medieval Museum
- Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
Wexford, the cornerstone of the east of old Ireland. The city of Wexford is known for its medieval streets, for the festival of opera held at the modern National Opera House and the 13th century West Gate Heritage Tower which stands next to the 12th century Selskar Abbey.
Located in the southeast corner of Ireland, the Sunny South-East – County Wexford, is home to over 150,000 people. This county is made up of the four districts of New Ross, Gorey, Wexford Town and Enniscorthy.
Below are some of the many places you can visit in the city of Wexford:
- Selskar Abbey
- The Church of San Ibérico or Iberius church
- The Gothic Twin Churches
- Tintern Abbey
- Johnston Castle
- Colclough Walled Garden
- The Hook Lighthouse
- Wells House and Gardens
County Wicklow , also known as the Garden of Ireland, is full of mountainous wonders, spectacular valleys and fascinating ruins from ancient times. Wicklow is a true paradise for walkers, cyclists and nature explorers of all levels.
Perhaps one of the most visited places in Wicklow is the Glendalough Valley, in Gaelic “Valley of the Two Lakes”. Glendalough is the glacial valley that in the last glaciation conquered the Wicklow Mountains with the help of the water element.
Here are some places you can visit in Wicklow
- The old prison of Wicklow
- Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens
- The village of Roundwood
- The town of Enniskerry
- Mount Usher Gardens
- Killruddery House and Gardens
Convince yourself, you don’t travel to Ireland because of its good climate, but because it is a country that makes you fall in love with its culture, its landscape and its people. So pack warm, waterproof clothes in case four drops fall, which is quite likely, comfortable shoes and get ready to discover Dublin and Ireland in Winter.
It’s a time of year when Ireland is bustling with festivities like these:
- The Cultural Night which is celebrated all over the country at the end of September
- The Dublin Theatre Festival which lasts two weeks until mid-October
- Halloween celebrations in late October.
- The European Film Festival in Kilkenny at the end of November
- In December you can breathe the spirit of Christmas in the streets, shops, lights and with its Christmas Markets.
- January Dublin celebrates the famous Traditional Music Festival in Temple Bar
- February and March prepare to celebrate St. Patrick Festival