Ireland is comprised of both Eire and Northern Ireland. With a number of destinations to choose from, airports include Dublin (DUB), Belfast (BFS), Derry (LDY), Shannon (SNN), Kerry (KIR), Waterford (WAT), Knock (NOC) and Cork (ORK). On landing, many of the cities have good transport links, but if you are planning on travelling out to one of the more remote areas, car hire is highly recommended.
With flights to Dublin taking only around an hour from the UK, it's the perfect choice for a weekend away. You'll be spoiled for choice with the wealth of cultural and historical attractions that will greet you on your arrival. Be sure to pay a visit to the renowned Trinity College and take a look at the incredible Book of Kells with its intricate artwork. The Guinness factory is a must for those wanting a taste of the black stuff or how about taking a walk along the River Liffey or in Phoenix Park - the largest park in Europe. If it's retail therapy you're looking for then head to Grafton Street and if you're looking for a night on the town then Temple Bar can't fail to disappoint.
If it's the Blarney Stone that you want to kiss, then a flight to Cork will take you to your destination. Not for the faint-hearted or those scared of heights, you're required to ascend to the castle's peak then lean backwards and plant your kiss on the famous stone!
Legend has it that if you kiss the blarney, the gift of eloquence will be bestowed on you. However, there are many other reasons why you should visit this buzzing city. A great choice for a family day out is Fota Wildlife Park which is set in 70 acres. You can wander round the park and come face to face with free roaming animals from all corners of the globe. To top it all of, Cork is home to an array of fantastic restaurants, chic bars and excellent shops.
Belfast should be your destination of choice if you are a culture-hunter. The Odyssey Arena and Waterfront Hall host a number of plays and exhibitions, and local museums and places of historical interest include the Titanic's Dock. Great choices for family days out include the award winning Belfast Zoo and W5 Interactive Science Centre.