Autumn Break

Just because Summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Book a stay with us at McGettigans and enjoy an Autumn break in Ireland. There’s so much to do for all ages so make the most of the season.

First stop is the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery. It promises to be an unforgettable start to your irish adventure. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and comes through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse their brewing heritage with rich irish history. At the top is the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar, where visitors can enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of the city. 

Or explore your artsy side at the Dublin Theatre Festival from 26 September to 13 October. With shows on almost everyday, there’ll be something for everyone. At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin; its people and its stories. The festival is committed to presenting a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors that make up Dublin. Some of the theatres are in walking distance of The North Star Hotel, so come get a good night’s sleep after the festivities.

If you’re looking for a quiet break why not try a River Liffey Tour. The bright red, glass-roofed tour boat, ‘Spirit of Docklands’, operates between the city centre and the docklands, exploring the historical sites and landmarks along the River Liffey. The tour departs from a landing station at Bachelor’s Walk, passing under O’Connell Bridge downstream past the Custom House in Docklands. It reaches the East Link Toll Bridge and the Grand Canal Basin before passing the IFSC and returning to Bachelor’s Walk. The starting point is only a 15 minute walk from The North Star Hotel.

Explore Ireland’s beautiful coast with Howth Cliff walk. Start at the DART train station in Howth village and head eastwards following the green arrows, this walk takes the path along the cliffs climbing the summit  and returning along a path parallel to the outward route. The view of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye as well as Dublin Bay are spectacular. The cliffs are great for bird watching and grey seals may also be seen. The Bonnington is just an 18 minute drive away from the trial starting point so treat yourself to a spa treatment after a tiring day of hiking.

If none of that tickles your fancy, head down south to Cork for a once in a lifetime experience of whale watching. To date, 24 species of the worlds whales and dolphins have been recorded in irish waters. In recent years over 12 cetacean species have been seen in the clear unpolluted waters of West Cork. Whale watching has definitely taken off in west Cork the species present for over half the year. Fin Whales traditionally arrive in late summer/early autumn and continue through to the early winter months. The less predictable Humpback Whales traditionally arrive during autumn months. Stay with us at the Ambassador Hotel Cork as you marvel at the amazing mammals.

 Make the most of your Autumn with McGettigans Hotels, no matter where you are in Ireland, you can find us nearby.

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