Spending St. Patrick’s Day Home and Away

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! Or, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you’re looking to celebrate the day with family this year, whether that’s in Ireland or the UK, or just fancy a last minute getaway, we know the best places to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day.

Although Dublin is considered to be the epicentre of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, there are also plenty of other places that rival it – check out our list for some ideas.

 

Belfast

It goes without saying, but Belfast is more than happy to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. With colourful street carnivals, parades and entertainment on offer, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrating. Festivities will take place over the weekend, with a strong emphasis on traditional Irish food, music and performances.

The City Hall Belfast and the 'Belfast Eye'

 

Cork

You’re unlikely to find a more energetic St. Patrick’s Day parade than in Cork. As Ireland’s second largest city, you can expect to find marching bands, street performers and carnivals taking place throughout the St. Patrick’s weekend, not to mention a farmers market which sells the best of local produce.

 

Limerick

For something a little different, Limerick will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day Spring Fest as well as the Limerick International Band Festival, a brilliant opportunity for families to witness over 1,000 Irish marching bands strut their stuff.

Parade with the pipes

 

London

Head to Trafalgar Square where the Irish culture and community is celebrated with a St. Patrick’s Day parade which takes place between 17-19 March. The parade seems to get bigger every year, and 2017 is no exception! There are also plenty of other St. Patrick’s activities happening across London, including at Camden where you can expect frivolity and traditional Irish foods.

Trafalgar Square on a busy, warm summer day, London

 

Glasgow

Glasgow is like a second home to the Irish, so it’s no surprise that the city goes emerald for St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll find many pubs blaring traditional Irish music over the St. Patrick’s weekend, with Guinness overflowing from the taps! There’s also a traditional St. Patrick’s parade in the city centre that’s unmissable.

 

Liverpool

With historical ties to Ireland, Liverpool certainly knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with style. However, the emphasis is definitely on the merriment and Guinness, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before you dive in!

Happy group of friends making a toast at the bar with glasses of beer