Irish hostels and attractions

Ireland is a popular destination for budget travelers and backpackers.

Because of great attractions, affordable accommodation options and friendly people.

This website shows you what to do in Ireland and how to find the best Irish hostels and package deals.

What are the things to do in Ireland?

Ireland has numerous well preserved historic sites including Irish castles. Backpackers generally love to be transported back in time to see how ancient civilizations lived. Some sites of note in Ireland include:

  • Blarney castle - This is a medieval castle near the River Martin. It is a structure with a rich history dating back to 1200AD. Most people visit the castle to see beautifully preserved structures, the blarney stone, charming scenery etc.
  • Dublin castle - This is another exquisitely preserved castle with a rich feudal history. It has been used for various purposes e.g. defense, facilitating government functions, jail, etc.
  • Other buildings you should make a point of visiting when backpacking across Ireland include: the Christchurch cathedral, Clonmacnoise, the Carrowmore megalithic cemetery, Hill of Tara etc.

If you are interested in local Irish culture, you should attend some of the numerous festivals that are hosted in various towns throughout the year. Some of these well-known festivals include: the St. Patrick's festival, the Cat Laughs festival, the festival of world cultures, the Belfast Festival at Queens, the Cork Jazz Festival among others.

In these local festivals, you will be able to see a side of Ireland that travel magazines cannot capture.

An Irish backpacking trip is not complete without sampling the Irish nightlife. Some of the best nightspots in Ireland include:

  • The M Club - you will love the cosmopolitan crowd and the wide variety of music and drinks in this club.
  • The Rain nightclub - It is one of Belfast's best clubs with very nice dance floors. They also have a different theme every night.
  • Other popular clubs include: The Globe, Bar Seven, Roxy Nightclub, Coach Nightclub and the Like.

Where to stay In Ireland

One of the main concerns for backpackers is accommodation.

Fortunately, Ireland has a very large variety of hostels, motels and hotels to suite any budget.

Backpackers generally travel on a budget. You will also want a hostel that is close enough to the major towns and tourist attractions.

The following are some cheap places you can opt for without having to sacrifice security or quality:

  • Knockawn Wood - This hostel in Blarney has spacious rooms and good Irish food, Wi-Fi, ample parking and high security. The rates are very good given the services provided.
  • La Cita - Another cheap but high quality hostel in Blarney. Here you will get a good breakfast, a comfortable bed, internet access and other conveniences.
  • Cherrybrook Country Home - This hostel in Avoca will offer the usual amenities you need when on a backpacking trip. These include spacious rooms, a good breakfast, landscaped gardens to help you relax etc.

And don't forget that you can also visit Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and their capital Belfast.