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Monmouth Rd, Tintern, Monmouthshire NP16 6SE, UK
Once upon a time the Great Western Railway ran along the river in the sleepy village of Tintern, in Wales. With the evolution of trains, making traveling much easier and affordable to some, many Victorians would travel to Tintern, along the west...
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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
The Cardiff Central Market originally opened in 1891, at the site of an old jail. The market retains that old world feeling with vendors selling everything from meat and eggs to trendy clothing on the ground floor, while up top there is a walk way...
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Castle Grounds, Lews Castle Grounds, Isle of Lewis HS2 0XP, UK
Wander around the Castle Grounds to work off your lunch. Here you can enjoy the greenery on the mile-long walk along the Creed River, watch for the wildlife that lives in the woods, or encounter the remains of local history and legend, like the...
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Tintern Abbey, Tintern NP16 6SE, UK
The 12th century abbey, now only ruins, sits on the River Wye, just across the border from England. These ruins have inspired many including William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson and even Allen Ginsberg. The British painter, J.W.M. Turner also painted...
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National Cycle Route 8, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YS, UK
In rural Wales, some of the best—and often the only—accommodations are rental cottages. Among the many good networks, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages is popular with film crews visiting Brecon Beacons National Park. A 10-person stone farmhouse...
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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
While in Cardiff over the weekend I visited the covered market in the city and my daugher (who goes to Cardiff University) insisted that I try a Welsh cake. This one had jam in it. We then found a cup of coffee and sat down to take a breather and...
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Plas Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EL, UK
Looking for a place to rest your aching, just-hiked-the-highest-peak-in-Wales feet? Hike a bit further to the hostel that can't possibly be a hostel, Plas Curig. The two common rooms feature a flatscreen, fireplace, tons of books and bright...
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Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY, UK
As I walked towards Conwy, I could see the imposing Conwy Castle a mile away. The castle is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built between 1283 and 1289 on a rock promontory to prevent undermining and also guard the entrance to the...
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The Mumbles, UK
The wind was strong, and the current was violent here in Swansea early October. But I had the time of my life, enjoying myself with a cup of hot chocolate in a nearby cafe with a view of the Mumbles Lighthouse.
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Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG, UK
After a long day travelling it was heavenly to arrive at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa just outside Usk in Wales. This very welcoming hotel dates from the Sixteenth century and has a lot of original features including ancient wood doors and steep...
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Conwy, UK
Conwy is a small town situated on the north coast of Wales. Weather is pretty nice in May, and the place is definitely a nice day drip while in Wales.
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Cow's Ln, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
This cafe offers the most delicious raspberry, apple, and chocolate chip scones you will ever taste. In addition they offer a wide variety of pastries, sandwiches, and teas. Their 2 locations in Dublin are fairly close to each other but distinct—...
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18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
In what was once the Jameson family mansion, chef Ross Lewis specializes in Irish haute cuisine. The menu at this Michelin-starred restaurant changes seasonally. Standout dishes include cured Clare Island salmon with smoked pear, and a spiced...
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47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 N725, Ireland
On Saturday nights most of the streets are pedestrian-only, live music spills into the streets, and the frothy stout flows free. Locals are spoiled in that they can revel on these ancient cobbled streets as frequently as they like, while the rest...
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18 Stoneybatter, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland
This is the Scotch egg at L Mulligan Grocer—a beer-focused gastro pub specializing in Irish craft beers and food made from local products. This is the best place to eat in Dublin.
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34/35 William St S, Dublin, D02 T205, Ireland
Deft use of social media—you can tweet for a seat and get a special deal—enabled a pop-up poultry joint to settle into long-term industrial-chic digs in 2011. Atmosphere, like the menu, is minimalist. Flavors are not. The addictive qualities of...
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25 Suffolk St, Dublin 2, Ireland
This is right next to the visitors center in Dublin, all you have to do is look up! Love.
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Meeting House Square, Dublin Southside, Dublin, Ireland
At the Temple Bar Food Markets, you can enjoy roasted pork with potatoes, onions, and red cabbage. It comes in two sizes, well described for the size of your appetite.
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St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Best bar in the world? Debatable. Freshest Guinness on earth? No doubt. An expedition to the Gravity Bar at St. James's Gate, perched atop the venerated Guinness Storehouse, was the perfect way to cap our Irish escapades. The storehouse, including...
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15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
O'Donoghue's Bar, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is arguably the most famous pub in Dublin for traditional Irish music. The bar is lively, rammed with a mainly—but by no means exclusively—local crowd, and has a great, welcoming...
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Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Phoenix Park has something for everybody. You can rent bikes at the park entrance, take your car or walk in. The park is so big, it has room for the residences of President of Ireland, the American Ambassador and the Dublin zoo! There are also...
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5 Moat Ln, Clontarf, Dublin, D03 R2C7, Ireland
Howth is a small district of northern Dublin that originally was a small fishing village. It's a great location away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, especially if you are looking for a nice, quiet walk and some good fish and chips. Our...
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Main St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Visiting this cheese shop was like touring Costco during Christmas. Samples, my friends. Samples. I've never tried so many different cheeses in my entire life, and I'm certain I left this little shop lactose intolerant. And I would do it over in a...
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Killadoon, Ard Na Mara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
My Irish friend, Aedín, and I were driving from Galway to Westport when suddenly she veered off the main road. "There's a great beach down this way, I think," she said to me. I was up for anything, seeing her country for the first time. We came...
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland
If you've ever dreamed of living in your own Gothic romance novel, consider staying at the Adare Manor Hotel in picturesque Adare, Ireland. This sumptuous hotel and golf resort is located in Ireland's 'Prettiest Village.' It is home to a...
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You'll have never seen a place more green. Hundreds of shades of it, with waterfalls and babbling brooks. Gleninchaquin is something out of a dream—yet it's the beautiful reality in Southwest Ireland. This family-owned park, overseen by Donal and...
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Galway, Ireland
Walking down to the beach in Galway, Ireland, I noticed these colorful houses and old boats sitting next to the bay.
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Muckross, The Demesne, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ruins of a 550 year old Abbey on Muckross Estate in the Kilarney National Park, Ireland.
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O'Connell Square, Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Admit it. Come on. You saw butter museum in the title and you giggled. Then you made a promise to yourself to visit this place the next time you're in Ireland. I don't blame you. I did the same thing. This may very well be the most boring museum...
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Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
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Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Mitchell's was very well rated online and rightfully so. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and pleasant staff. The seafood was extremely fresh and if you asked, they could tell you where it all came from. I would love to go back and eat my...
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Fisher Street, Doolin Court Holiday Homes, Co. Clare, Ireland
Here's a secret (said no one ever): Ireland has a wonderful Bed and Breakfast culture. Fisherman's Rest is run by Danny, one of the country's great hosts. Breakfast is served with a side of saucy story, O'Connor's Pub (and the traditional music...
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Gurteen North, Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Traipsing through the Dingle Peninsula gives you plenty of moments to reflect on life as it used to be and the many people that have gone before us. On a self guided hiking trip arranged through Southwest Walks Ireland, we had left our lodging in...
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English Market, Grand Parade, Centre, Cork, Ireland
The English Market is Ireland's most famous covered food market, and is heaven for anyone who loves food. You can wander the market and ogle the fresh fish piled up in shining stacks, or the colorful iced pastries, or the sausages or the cheese or...
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Moyarta East, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Long Dock is a pub in the fishing village of Carrigaholt, specializing in local seafood. The seafood chowder, pictured here, was a light, tangy chowder filled with fresh fish and potato; it was so creamy it was like eating warm silk. The...
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Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Myrtle Allen is Ireland’s answer to Alice Waters: The centenarian chef has lobbied the Irish parliament for better food policies, earned some Michelin stars, and, 50 years ago, opened a restaurant called the Yeats Room in the town of...
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
Galway is a must on any tour of Ireland and The Stop is the perfect place to rest your design loving heart. The rooms are simple and the house is filled with artwork and quirky touches. Breakfast is a highlight with a focus on locally sourced...
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Ballynaraha South, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Many people pass up visiting the Dingle Peninsula in favor for the famous "Ring of Kerry" drive in Ireland. However, this beautiful place packs a big punch. The town itself has plenty to do including a beautiful harbor and an aquarium, not to...
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Cashel Achill Island, Cashel, Co. Mayo, Ireland
"Want to go to the coziest pub in Ireland?" the waiter of the hotel restaurant I was eating at said when I asked where there was a good place to get a drink on Achill Island, located in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. He'd said three of...
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53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
I really like to eat good food. I will research, plan and save money just to have an amazing dinner halfway around the world. Such is the case with Aniar - I knew I wanted to eat here long before I hit the road this summer. This place is dining...
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O'Connell Street, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
This may be the most charming hotel in the sweet town of Ennis in County Clare. The place looks and runs like an intimate bed & breakfast but operates on the level of a 4-star hotel. The staff is sweet, warm and always greets you with a smile and...
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7 Lombard St, Galway, H91 T2F4, Ireland
Probably the most intimate way to see traditional Irish music, storytelling and dance is to take in Tunes in Church. In Galway the concerts are held in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and the acoustics are amazing. The performers rotate so it's...
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Walsheslough, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Ireland's trains are often ignored by visitors, which is a shame as they make a fun way for everyone in the family to enjoy the countryside. You can stretch you legs, explore the modern and fast trains and have a snack. Best of all some of the...
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2 Sea Rd, Galway, Ireland
If you visit this pub you could find yourself in the middle of a traditional Irish music jam session with as many as 22 musicians. This happened on my second visit - and we went most nights just to see what was happening. Grab a pint and then head...
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8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
Over the past two centuries, the covered market at Borough, not far from London Bridge, has become one of the country’s most famous foodie spots. From Wednesday to Saturday each week hundreds of traders gather to sell homemade breads,...