Top Tips to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in DublinMarch 3, 2017 10:00 am
Nobody celebrates Ireland’s national holiday quite like the Dubliners. Brace yourself with some top tips on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin below.
Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration has evolved in recent years to become a full on four day festival, packed with emerald shades, parties and a string of cultural events for both locals and visitors to enjoy. As the highlight of Dublin’s busiest tourist season, there’s a few things worth considering before you head over for the holiday.
Book your flights and accommodation early in advance
As one of Dublin’s biggest celebrations, it’s no surprise that travellers from all over the world want a slice of the festivities. This means that hotels, hostels and even Air BnBs get booked up very quickly and flight tickets skyrocket around this time – save yourself some stress (and cash) by getting organised before everyone else does.
Every corner of Dublin will be filled with people wearing bright greens, so it’s worth preparing your St. Patrick’s day outfit accordingly if you want to fit in. One of the highlights of the holiday is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where the streets stream with people dressed in green fancy dress. Try to bring your own outfit, as it might be a little pricier buying one in Dublin when everybody else in the city is snapping up something in the shamrock shade too.
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Stay for more than a day
Aside from the actual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Dublin is full of festivities for four days with many events lined up for the holiday. Most notably, there’s the unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on March 17 which always promises revelry and an inevitable hangover. Many iconic landmarks are also illuminated in emerald light for an event called ‘Greening the City’ which runs for the whole festival and a family-friendly treasure hunt takes place the day after the big parade.
Wake up early for the parade
If you’ve travelled all the way out to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day, you’re going to want the best seat in the house for the festival’s parade on March 17. It’s the cornerstone of the holiday and crowds begin gathering as early as 9am, so get in early and park yourself towards the centre of the fracas by the barriers for the best view. Alternately, if crowds aren’t your thing then find yourself a spot at one of Dublin’s many pubs to see it unfold on the telly.
It’s easy to get swept up in the delightful chaos of St. Patrick’s Day, however it’s worth thinking about a few things beforehand to save yourself the stress. Unsurprisingly, the queues for ATMs snake along the streets during the biggest festival days so it’s worth withdrawing what you think you’ll need for the day beforehand. Decide on a meet up point if you’re travelling with a big group, just in case you get separated in the crowds. It’s also not a bad idea to make lunch and dinner reservations in advance since restaurants in the city centre boom with business around this time of year.