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St. Patrick’s Day
It’s the Irish party celebrated the world over and this year Stoke will be donning the green and filling up on Guinness and the tastiest Irish whisky in Dublin (the place with the biggest St Patrick’s festival parade) and Kilkenny. For St Patrick’s Day 2020 we’ll be staying three nights in a Kilkenny hostel, eating a daily Guinness fuelled breakfast, exploring Kilkenny on an included walking tour and testing the local cuisine with a traditional Irish dinner (potatoes included), with round trip transfers from the hostel into Dublin for the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and throwing parties of our own to make leprechauns of ourselves, while we cover our outsides in green and fill our insides with black beer.
St. Patrick’s Day
ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL — KISS US, WE’RE IRISH
Saint Patrick’s festival takes place in Dublin every year, featuring the famous and fabulous St Patrick’s Day parade. It is a celebration of all things Irish, music, art, food and of course throwing your arm around a stranger and belting out a drunken song or 50. Here you’ll fiddle with Irish beauties, jig your day away with someone called Paddy, drink too much whisky and write some emotional poetry. You’ll also just get down to the serious and splendid business of partying in the streets and bars, enjoying the Irish hospitality on their biggest day of the year and bearing witness as this creative nation shows you the best it has to offer.
The theme of the day is green, so make sure you come clad in your luckiest clover-coloured gear, dye your hair red if you really want to fit in, wear one of those little hats that leprechauns sport and get ready to party like the Irish — a lot, drunkenly, and very, very cheerfully.
STAYING WITH STOKE TRAVEL FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY DUBLIN
It’s one of Europe’s most famous parties, and as the European festival travel experts it makes sense that we’d get involved. Stoke Travel is going to make sure that every waking minute of the trip is some kind of celebration, with our festival within a festival style of party travel. We’ll be throwing our own parties, making sure that the whole time we’re there you’re never too far from a pint of Ireland’s famous Guinness.
VISIT DUBLIN WITH STOKE TRAVEL
We’ll be based in Kilkenny, a beautiful town, conveniently located between the popular airports of Dublin, Shannon and Cork. Our main focus for St Patrick’s Day is heading into Dublin where’ll we will be having all the fun with a side of sightseeing. While there we can visit the world famous Temple Bar, do a tour of the Guinness storehouse, take a trip to the old Jameson distillery, try and wrap our heads around Gaelic football, search for a four leaf clover, take in the cities churches, parks and castles, try Irish stew, and basically fulfil all the Irish stereotypes we’ve heard so much about over the years. With Stoke you know that you won’t be stuck on some boring, bland tours, because we’ll constantly be putting you in the good times, and if that means a lot of partying, then so be it.
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Lot’s of stuff to do…
15 March - Arrival and Check-In
Arrive in Kilkenny. Your guide will be at the hostel waiting for you. We’ll check out some bars tonight on a welcome pub crawl if you choose and check out the best of what Kilkenny has to offer.
16 March - Explore, Grub, Guinness
- Refuel for breakfast and take some free time this morning to explore the city. This afternoon we’ll meet for a late lunch/early dinner at a tavern in Kilkenny with complementary Guinness and Irish liquor.
17 March - St Patrick's Day
- We’ll wake up early for a hearty breakfast before jumping on the private bus to Dublin and claiming a prime spot for the famous parade. We’ll check out some pubs and down some Guinness before jumping on the bus to carry on the party in Kilkenny. We’ll experience some authentic Paddy’s Day celebrations at our favourite bars in the town, taking in some of the local St Patrick’s Day Music festival.
18 March - Guinness and Goodbyes
- Having well and truly excelled ourselves at partying Irish-style, we could possibly be broken. Struggle our way through our goodbyes, but not before we’ve swapped Facebooks and photos and planned our next trip with Stoke Travel!
Kilkenny is a beautiful, medieval town located in the southeast of Ireland. It is conveniently located between the popular airports of Dublin, Shannon and Cork. We’ll stay in a centrally located hostel.
HOW TO GET TO KILKENNY:
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Breakfast daily, one dinner
Transfers to and from Dublin
Medieval Kilkenny Walking Tour
I wanted to try out a St Paddy’s Day in Ireland and this year I went for it! Booked the Stoke Travel trip and was very happy with my St Paddy’s weekend experience. Included in the price was accommodation in Kilkenny, a beautiful medieval town in the south of Ireland. The hostel that we stayed in had very basic rooms but the communal area is where we spent most of our time. Traveling with Stoke felt more like a social package than just paying for accommodation and buses. The guide was really fun and supplied the group with Guinness and Irish cream liqueur to facilitate the party. On the day of the parade in Dublin we got our bus in super early and got a good spot to watch the parade. The whole parade was brilliant fun and we had the option to explore the city ourselves or stay with the guide. It was nice to have that bit of freedom but we could call the guide if we needed. The next day the Smithwick brewery was a brilliant excursion. Overall it was a brilliant experience in which I made some new friends, partied like a true Irishman and got to experience a truly Irish party from start to finish! For next year I would hope that there would be some extra time to stick around Dublin as after the parade finished we only had about 2 hours to get some dinner before jumping back on the bus but it is a small recommendation on what was a brilliant trip!
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