A small list of things that will hopefully make your trip just a little more special.

If you are planning a visit to Ireland and want a few guiding tips before you head over, you are in luck. We have compiled a small list of things that will hopefully make your trip just a little more special and prepared.

Pack proper attire

Ireland doesn’t get that hot in the summer and it doesn’t get that cold in the winter. If you are visiting on typically colder months just make sure to bring extra layers. Bring a raincoat as well because rain is sure to happen during your visit.

Rent a car

It may be a bit confusing when you first start driving on the other side of the road, but most people get used to it. If you have a driver's license I’d recommend renting for a few days because you are so much more independent and not relying on buses and trains for your whole trip.

Eat local

Figure out what type of foods you’d like to try in Ireland before you visit. Maybe an Irish fry or fish and chips? Create a list and then go from there. You’ll find a gem wherever you go. Do your research, but don’t be afraid to just wander into a place and try something new.

Buy snacks from a local store.

Panic purchases on route to the airport. #purplesnack #mintcrisp #tayto #thingsyoucantgetinthelondon #irishsnacks

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One of the best ways to experience a culture is checking out the everyday food. There are tons of Irish snacks that will fuel you during the day. Maybe try out some Tayto crisps or Irish chocolates.

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Don’t spend your whole time in Dublin or Cork

Ireland has so much to offer from small seaside towns, rolling green hills, cities and plenty of historical sites to explore. Of course you should visit the popular locations like Cliff of Moher, the Burren, and Dublin Castle, but remember it’s okay to get lost. Drive around and accidentally find a small town. Visit some of the local stores, explore and admire the old architecture.

Take a bike tour.

Smithfield Square. 🚲

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Explore the country while getting some exercise in. Bike along the Irish coast and enjoy the pretty beaches. Pedal around the Irish countryside and enjoy the green fields and hills. Biking definitely offers a unique perspective for the tourist. Many cities provide bike-share facilities and bike tours.

Don’t neglect Northern Ireland

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met somebody who visited Ireland but didn’t take a trip up 'the North.' Not only will you be missing out on an entirely different region of Ireland, but you are missing out on learning about another side to Ireland’s rich history. From taking a mural/historical tour of Belfast to the Titanic Belfast or the Crumlin Road Gaol, there are endless things to do in the North.

Ask locals what to do.

The Irish are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask for some tips on where to go if you have a free day. If you are staying at a Bed and Breakfast or hotel ask your host for some advice.

Whether you’re in Ireland for a few days or a few weeks just remember to enjoy yourself and throw yourself into the culture. You won't be able to visit all the popular places on one trip, but don’t worry about it. Why? Because there is the incentive to plan the return visit.

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What’s on your number one tip for a trip to Ireland? Let us know in the comments.