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Welcome to the Ireland Travel tips & FAQs page! If you have questions about family travel in Ireland, it’s likely you’ll find the answer you seek here- just click the topic to open the Ireland travel tips links! If you don’t find an answer to your question, just send an email to jody(at)irelandfamilyvacations(dot)com or use the easy contact form. I will reply directly to you and maybe add your question to this page- because if you need an answer, it’s likely someone else does, too!
When is the best time to visit Ireland?
I’ve visited Ireland in every season and can honestly say that there is no bad time to vacation in Ireland! Much of this decision depends on how much you want to spend, what you wish to see and do, and when you can get away.
For the best bargain, visit in the low season- November thru early March. Days are shorter and some attractions may be closed. This is an ideal time to visit Dublin.
Is money no object? Visit during high season- late May thru August.
For great deals when most attractions are open plan for the fall shoulder season- September and October.
Reader Question: When is the Best Time to Visit Irish Gardens?
I reached out to 3 estates known for their fabulous gardens for the answer to this great question! Click here to read more…
For more tips on when to visit Ireland, read When is The Best Time to Visit Ireland.
Ireland Travel- Tips for Flights & Airfare
Here are some tips to help you find the best airfare to Ireland.
Reader Question: On traveling to Ireland, do you suggest purchasing a package? Or should I take direct flights?
This is really a great question, and one that I know many people have. So which should you do?
It depends. Not helpful, I know. So let me go into further details. Read more…
Money Tips – Best Exchange Rates, Budgeting & VAT
Plan a simple vacation budget
Do You Need Travel Insurance for an Ireland Vacation?
How & When to get Euros
The OPW Heritage Card is the best value for visitors who want to visit Ireland’s historic sites
All About the VAT
Best Ireland Souvenirs for Everyone in Your Family
Ireland Travel Planning & Itineraries
Wondering if your itinerary is “do-able”? Email it to me – along with the dates you are planning to travel and the ages of travelers. I’ll give you my honest opinion.
Everyone knows that Disney is in the business of creating magical vacation experiences. But is a Disney Ireland vacation right for your family? Read my side-by-side breakdown of Adventures by Disney Ireland Family Vacation and a (nearly identical) DIY Ireland Family Vacation to help you decide.
I have advice on how to create an itinerary that won’t ruin your Ireland Vacation. As well as my own recommendation for a first Ireland vacation itinerary.
The amount of things to do and places to see in Ireland can be overwhelming. Here are some tips that may help you decide what to see and do in Ireland.
Reader Question: Having been to Ireland so many times with kids, what would be your recommendation on the best itinerary for our group? I think this is the hardest for us to decide in looking at everything. They all seem great, but we realize that it is hard to do everything in such a short time. We don’t want to be too overwhelmed with moving around from place to place that we don’t enjoy any one place, but not sure when we’ll get back so obviously want to see as much as possible. Would flying into one airport and out of another change any recommendation?
Reader Question: I am planning an extended summer stay in Ireland for 2-2 1/2 months. Can you direct me to any programs or ideas you have? I want to immerse ourselves as much as humanly possible with the Irish culture!
Reader Question : I want my time to be my own but, I don’t want to feel like I’m rushing from place to place just to fill the “must see” tourist squares. Any suggestions on how to spend two weeks, slowly?
This is a great question- and one I still struggle with personally. There is just so very much to see, do, and experience in Ireland! The plan I follow can be found in the article above about how to ruin your Ireland itinerary.
Before you begin with step one, you need to know just a few things:
-Where are you arriving and departing from? This is hugely important if you are arriving in Ireland early in the morning after an overseas flight. You don’t want to drive a long distance that first day, but you do want to be active to combat your jet lag. On your final evening you will want to be within easy driving distance of the airport – especially if your flight leaves in the morning.
-What’s on your personal ‘must see’ list? I work with so many people that tell me, “A friend told me we must go here,” or “I heard this was something I should really see.” Really think about these suggestions – do they interest you? Or are you only adding them because someone told you to? Each place you visit should be because you want to- and you should know why it’s on your list.
-What are your interests? Keep these in mind as you plan your vacation. If something doesn’t interest you, don’t do it! Read more…
Packing for an Ireland Vacation
Wondering what to take? How many pair of shoes should you pack? Wondering what clothes to pack for Ireland’s often changing weather? Or maybe you just want advice on a raincoat.
And take a look at the gadgets you need (or don’t need) during your vacation.
Use this What to Pack for Ireland Travel Checklist to be sure you have everything before you go!
Should you choose a B&B, hotel or self catering cottage?Not sure where you should stay? Check out this quick guide to Ireland lodging.
You’ll also find plenty of reviews of B&Bs, hotels and self-catering cottages.
Reader Question: Are there B&Bs that can accommodate a family of 4 in one room?
Yes, you’ll find many bed & breakfasts in Ireland with rooms that can accommodate a family of 4. What you want to ask for is a ‘family room’. These rooms are usually a bit larger to accommodate a double bed and one or two twin beds. Read more….
Reader Question : Are there B&Bs that can accommodate a large group that includes small children?
With the size of your group it sounds like you will need 3 rooms, with at least one of them being a family room plus a cot for the baby. To narrow your search, I recommend using the B&B Ireland website. Here are tips for finding the best accommodations for your group. Read more…
Staying Connected in Ireland
Will your smart phone work in Ireland? How to use your mobile phone in Ireland – and not come home to an outrageous bill.
Reader Question: We will be traveling across Ireland for 10 days, beginning in Dublin and ending in Shannon. Our route is mostly set, and I know that the B&Bs we are staying in advertise wifi. How is the wifi in Ireland? Do I need my own plan? And will I find wifi anywhere else?
Staying connected in Ireland is important- whether you just want to keep in touch with family and friends or share your amazing trip across your favorite social accounts. I’m happy to report that wifi in Ireland is quite good in hotels & B&Bs across the country. In addition to your lodging you’ll find complimentary wifi in many cafés, pubs, and tourist attractions. For many travelers this is more than enough connectivity. If you want to be connected more than that, you have a couple of options. Read more…
Car Rental & Driving in Ireland
I can not stress enough how important it is to know about the CDW (collision damage waiver) options.
This is the best road map for Ireland to purchase.
Reader Question: What would be the best place to start looking for car rentals for a family of 5?
Before you rent a GPS unit read this! How to navigate your Ireland vacation without GPS!
Eating in Ireland
You can find any type of food you desire in Ireland. Really. But just because you can find McDonald’s or TGIFriday’s doesn’t mean you should eat there!Ireland has a rich culture of locally sourced food and the flavors are amazing! Enjoy this post about eating in Ireland.
Reader Question: we are a little nervous about the food, and making sure we can find things the kids like. They are finicky eaters as it is — never mind throwing foreign fare into the mix!!
Oh, Irish food! There is so much to love! But I can understand the worry- especially if you are traveling with picky eaters! Read more….
Gaeilge : The Irish Language
Though the Irish speak English, you’ll see the Irish language everywhere- especially on road signs. And, within Gaeltacht areas the signs are only in Irish!Here is some of the Irish Gaelic you’ll see on road signs.
Should you try a few words of Irish when you visit Ireland? Yes! Find out why!