St Patrick’s Day is marked by events in cities around the world, but if you want to experience the real celebrations there is only one place to go – Dublin.
The Irish capital is packed in mid-March, as thousands of revellers head there to enjoy the festivities held to mark the national holiday.
Among the best ways to ensure you can find some luxurious accommodation is to book one of the mini cruises that call at Dublin to coincide with St Patrick’s Festival week.
Head onshore from your cruise liner and you will be able to take part in the five days of special events that mark the occasion.
Throughout the whole period you can expect to find Ceili music performances and funfairs around the city, while there are also stand-up comedy shows and firework displays on some days.
Dublin is renowned as one of the friendliest cities in Europe and you’ll find the welcome warmer than ever at this time of year, as the locals are in the mood to party and the pubs and bars are packed.
But the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Irish capital are not all about drinking Guinness and if you are there on the day itself, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular parade.
Around 4,000 performers take part – with most wearing eye-catching costumes – as marching bands, dancers, acrobats and street theatre troupes make their way through the streets.
The route is packed all the way round, with many of the spectators adding to the atmosphere by wearing traditional costumes or fancy dress.
Visiting Dublin on St Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience, but this beautiful city makes an equally good destination for a stop on a cruise at any time of year.
As well as the famous hospitality, you will find plenty of fascinating landmarks to enjoy, whether you choose to explore the city on foot or take a boat trip down the River Liffey.
Of course, no trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery, but you will also want to see the statues on O’Connell Street, The Custom House, Trinity College and the green space in Phoenix Park.