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King John Castle in Shannon, Ireland

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Shannon is the unofficial name for a region in the mid-west of the Republic of Ireland. It encompasses parts of the county of Clare and the northern areas of the counties of Kerry and Tipperary. Find flights to Shannon with TravelSupermarket to see this glorious corner of the Emerald Isle.

Why go?

Its largest and best-known city is Limerick, which is the commercial and social hub for Shannon as a whole...

The whole region is named after the River Shannon, which winds its way through a large part of it. Cheap flights to Shannon airport (SNN) are a great way to begin your exploration of this region.

There are many tourist attractions throughout Shannon, including the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 214 metres above the sea and, on clear days, offer remarkable views across to Galway Bay. They are also home to a wide variety of seabirds, which will be of interest to nature lovers. Bunratty Castle dates to the year 914 and visitors can explore its well-preserved interiors and delightful adjacent parkland.

There is not necessarily a best time to visit Shannon as the region has something to offer at all times of the year. During the colder and wetter winter months there are many indoor activities to keep visitors occupied, such as exploring ancient castles or enjoying a refreshing pint in a cosy pub. In the summer, although it's not very warm, you can explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape and even walk alongside the River Shannon itself.

It's easy to find a great-value flight to Shannon with TravelSupermarket. Simply tell us when you want to go and we'll compare prices for you.

How to get there?

Shannon has excellent connections to the UK, with a range of services taking around an hour to fly this short route...

Ryanair offers the largest choice of direct flights, with departures from Cardiff, Manchester, Stansted, Gatwick, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Aer Lingus flies to Shannon from Birmingham, Heathrow, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Getting to and from the airport

There are plenty of transport options once you've touched down at Shannon...

Located between Clare's pretty county town of Ennis and the riverside city of Limerick, the airport is served reasonably well by public transport.

A bus service runs every hour between the small airport terminal and Limerick; the journey takes just short of an hour.

An hourly bus service also takes visitors into Ennis, while other buses run to more local destinations and cities elsewhere in Ireland.

The airport cab desk is always open for arriving flights. From here you can arrange for a taxi to take you anywhere. Expect to pay €35 (£28) to either Limerick, to the east, or Ennis, to the north, with a journey time of around 25 minutes to either destination.

Arranging car hire in Shannon is a wise investment. There's so much to see and do in this part of Ireland and having a car gives you the freedom to experience it all. You can collect your pre-booked vehicle at Shannon Airport.

Where to stay?

From friendly, cosy B&Bs to five-star lodgings in historic castles, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels in Shannon...

Shannon flights are a gateway to a fascinating and unique part of Ireland, namely Galway and Limerick.

Though Galway is an hour's drive to the north of Shannon airport, this charming city will lead the way to the west coast's magnificent mountains, lakes and dramatic shoreline.

One of the primary attractions of Shannon is the city of Limerick. There's a fortification dating back to Viking times, known as King John's Castle, which sits on an island in the River Shannon. St Mary's Cathedral, established in 1168, can also be found in the city.

As well as historical and cultural sites, Limerick has a range of eateries, traditional pubs and nightlife venues. Excellent hotels are easy to come by here. Many of the city's best sit alongside the mighty river, while luxury hotels also dot the surrounding countryside.

Consider a stay in Ennis in a great-value mid-range hotel or look to the wild landscapes of Shannon to find castles, abbeys and homely B&Bs that welcome guests with a cuppa and a cake.

Whether you're after a city-centre crash pad or an escape in the country, booking early is the best way to secure a money-saving deal on hotels in Ireland. Find your ideal room - at an ideal price - by using the price-comparison tool on TravelSupermarket.