With so many attractions, incredible experiences and amazing views to take in, it can be a little overwhelming deciding how to spend your time in Ireland. So, whether you have the little ones in tow, are looking for adventurous fun, or you're heading over to indulge in a bit of culture, let us help you craft your perfect holiday ideas for autumn 2018, using your holiday cottage in Ireland as the perfect base to explore from!
Family holidays are so special, and we all remember breaks and long days spent with friends old and new, playing outside and working up appetites that could only be satiated with ice cream! There are lots of half-term holiday ideas for autumn 2018 that will quickly become some of the best days your kids have ever enjoyed.
From zoos to chocolate, and wildflower meadows to friendly dolphins, there is so much for you discover on your family break. Whether you're looking to stay close to Dublin or branch out across the island, there's always somewhere worth checking out and our short guide will help you get planning and excited for your family holiday.
When it comes to finding things to do with the family, culture vultures won’t have to look far. Ireland’s major cities are simply packed with exciting, fun and informative events in September and October. From experimental theatre to classic drama and world-beating jazz, there is guaranteed to be something to suit fans of all the arts.
The Dublin Fringe Festival undoubtedly has one of the most eclectic and exciting programmes of any event of its kind and is known for celebrating the work of new and emerging talent across a wide range of mediums. Established over 20 years ago, the Dublin Fringe is especially popular with followers of experimental, avant-garde theatre and, if you count yourself in this category, the 2018 line-up will not disappoint. Highlights of the 8-23 September event include a family-friendly play from Bombinate Theatre, a comedy dance story by The Breadline Collective, and a hilarious set of ‘radio plays’ performed by the brilliant Dreamgun troupe.
Starting on 27 September, just a few days after the Fringe closes, the world-famous Dublin Theatre Festival runs until 14 October. This festival has been going for more than 60 years and has hosted premieres by many of the greatest names in the drama over the decades, including Irish theatrical heroes like Samuel Beckett. Nothing short of a paradise for lovers of high-quality theatre, this three-week event is set to be every bit as enthralling in 2018 as in previous years. If you’re thinking of booking tickets, we’d recommend the Gate Theatre’s production of Hamlet, the one-man Multiverse from Belgian collective CAMPO, or the Decadent Theatre Company’s revival of Marina Carr’s The Mai.
From 25-29 October, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will introduce audiences to a host of talented and exciting artists. With previous performers including the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, those visiting the city over this long weekend can be assured that they will be seeing some of the jazz world’s most gifted acts. Just a few of this year’s many highlights include the seven-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a wonderfully eclectic band of brothers (literally); the Ivor Novello-winning Laura Mvula, and the tango maestro Pablo Ziegler.
With rocks to climb, seas to swim, mountains to conquer, and trails to run, you can let your wild side out with these active holiday ideas. There'll be time to relax later - as the National Park pioneer John Muir once said: "The mountains are calling, and I must go."
From mountain skills days to coastal climbs and children's lessons, and whether it's your first day on the crag or your 100th, there are plenty of climbing tour guides who will take you out and find the perfect route for you to conquer. Fancy heading out alone on two wheels? Rent a bike and let the clean air hit your face as you whip around the stunning country lanes. If cycling isn't your thing, no worries; miles of coast await you and, with boat tours taking you to see dolphins and seals, all that's left for you to decide is if the Atlantic is inviting enough to leave the wetsuit on deck!
The sun might not always shine in Ireland but without the rain, the country wouldn't have its colour. A little downpour never has to stop an adventure - with activity centres offering all-weather fun and indoor arenas providing waterproof adrenaline kicks, you can get something amazing out of every day of your holiday, no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at you.