Whether you’re traveling on a tight budget or saving your euros for a cruise to the Skellig islands or a weekend in Dublin, there are plenty of free attractions to keep you busy in Ireland. Here are a few ideas for free things to do in Killarney.
A National holiday and the biggest celebration on the Irish calendar, St Patrick’s Day in Ireland is one of the liveliest times to visit the Emerald Isle. Held each March 17th in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, this is the day to indulge in time-honored Irish traditions from Irish dancing and folk music, to drinking Guinness, dressing up in green – the symbolic colour of Ireland – and hunting for leprechauns and four leaf clovers.
From crumbling Norman keeps to fairytale medieval castles, Ireland is home to hundreds of castles and Galway makes an ideal base to explore West Ireland’s most famous fortresses. Whether you want to sleep in a luxury castle hotel or attend an atmospheric medieval banquet; here are 5 of Galway’s coolest castles to add to your itinerary.
Home to some of Ireland’s most visited attractions and a popular day trip from Dublin, the historic town of Kilkenny is as close as modern day visitors will get to medieval Ireland. A modern town forged around a 900-year-old Norman citadel, Kilkenny’s old-fashioned charms have earned it the nickname ‘the Medieval Capital of Ireland’, a name befitting of its snaking cobblestone streets, stone-brick houses and cozy pubs.
Ireland has a long history of music-making and Gaelic folk music has been hugely influential around the world, with poetic ballads dating back as early as the 18th century and traditional instruments like Irish flutes, fiddles and Celtic harps still playing an important role in modern music-making. Today, traditional music sessions and folk music performances remain popular throughout Ireland and while most music lovers head to Dublin or Doolin (the traditional music capital of Ireland), there’s also a number of places to listen to traditional Irish folk music in Killarney.
With its winding cobblestone lanes, colorfully painted medieval townhouses and traditional pubs, Galway’s Latin Quarter is both the historic heart of the city and one of the city’s liveliest districts – by day, a shopping Mecca and by night, the center of Galway’s music scene. Stretching along the left bank of the River Corrib, the quarter runs south of Eyre Square to the docks and is a popular starting point for walking and biking tours of Galway.