Welcome to the Emerald Isle

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This enchanting country has captured our hearts, and we’re confident that once you experience it, you’ll love it too. To help you make the most out of your layover or long-weekend getaway, we’ve curated our list of favorite to-dos, along with recommendations on lovely places to stay.

Belfast and Cork may be close in the alphabet, but they’re on opposite sides of the country. Our members travel with confidence, as GoBumpFree delivers great accommodations—at great prices—all across Ireland. With so many unique towns to visit, we want to be sure you can see and do it all!

There are plenty of travel guides to take you through the major cities and tourist highlights, but we know GoBumpFree members are savvy travellers who have been-there-and-done-that already. So we’ve pulled together a list of quirky and unusual highlights that you don’t want to miss!

For a refreshing pint...

Sean’s Pub, in Athlone, is the quintessential Irish pub set on the bank of the River Shannon in a traditional neighbourhood. It’s a great place to grab a pint of ale, but Sean’s also has an amazing amount of history behind it.

In the 1970s, it was discovered that one of its walls was made of an ancient building compound, and coins dating back to around 900 were found. Carbon dating confirmed that its likely Sean’s has existed in some form for the last thousand years, and it earned the Guinness World Record for Oldest Pub in Ireland.

As for whether Sean’s is really the oldest pub in the world, investigations are ongoing. YouTube’s Great Big Story channel did a feature on just the topic if you’re interested!

For a great history lesson…

Brace yourself, this is no typical museum installment. The Kingship and Sacrifice display at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin is a collection of withered body parts preserved by the peat in which they were buried. Ritual human sacrifice was not uncommon in ancient Ireland, leading to countless cadavers preserved throughout the centuries.

Such mummies — or “bog bodies”, if you’re feeling a little adventurous — are found all over the world, but the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition contains some of the only ones that are on public display.

For a taste of the land...

On the other side of the educational coin, is the charming Cork Butter Museum. It’s a tribute to one of Ireland’s most important food exports, detailing the history of the spread, and there are even butter-making demonstrations on Saturdays.

As these attractions show, Ireland’s rich history is about a lot more than Guinness and the Blarney Stone. (Okay, we’ll concede those two things are pretty important and pretty great too)

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Joel Kelly