You know the stereotypes, but do you know the real Ireland? The world-class cities pushing the boundaries of art, cuisine, and entertainment? The landscapes that make you want to hop in a car and road trip the entire island, from the Wild Atlantic Way to the Causeway Coastal Route and back again? The history that stretches back millennia yet is still tangible today?
This is the Ireland you need to uncover. Follow Matador’s journey around the Emerald Isle and get inspired for your own exploration.
If diversity is the name of the game, then Ireland is the clear champion. For an island you can traverse the length of in hours, it has an amazing number of things to see and do that’ll satisfy anyone in your travel party.
Traditional Irish music—also known as Irish folk music—goes back many centuries and has always been a very important part of Ireland’s culture. For a unique experience, join in a traditional music session at a local Irish pub during your Ireland vacation. Play along with an instrument, dance a jig, or just kick back with a pint. You won’t be able to resist!
Kati and Blaze only have 24 hours in Dublin, Ireland, to see what they can see (and taste what they can taste). Follow them as they learn some history, browse around in some of the city’s trendiest spots, and eat and drink from the best kitchens and shops. Do they get to see everything? Not even close.
Explore one of the world’s greatest road trips. Northern Ireland’s 120-mile Causeway Coastal Route divulges crumbling castles, epic views, and ancient myths—sending you home with stories you’ll be sharing for years to come.
Ireland’s Ancient East is steeped in history—5,000 years of it, to be exact. Get ready to take lots of Insta-worthy pics!
Visit the Titanic’s hometown of Belfast and experience the world’s top tourist attraction.
Hit the road along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, 1,500 miles of rugged coastline, rich history, colorful villages, and the finest local produce. You’re in for a treat!
For Game of Thrones fans, Northern Island is the perfect travel destination. You’ve seen the epic battles and grueling road trips on your TV screens—now visit the real-life locations that inspired Winterfell, the Kings Road, the Iron Islands, the Haunted Forest, and more. Tour the many filming locations scattered throughout Northern Ireland, where you’ll have the opportunity to shoot bows and arrows, slip into royal clothing, and sword fight. Jump into the real world Westeros!
There are many historic buildings found in Dublin, and these days they’re often given a modern twist as they become the setting for restaurants, bars, and art exhibits. Here’s a tour of some of the most interesting.