Rural farmhouse in Ireland

Best Places To Stay In Ireland

This post was most recently updated on August 26th, 2020

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Where are the best places to stay in Ireland? We only had 11 days to drive around this small country. But we still got to visit a lot of the major sites you wouldn’t want to miss. Every place we stayed, we loved.

We also tried to mix it up a bit between hotels, BnB’s, Airbnb’s, and even a castle stay in Ireland. Since we had such a unique choice of places to pick from, the last thing we wanted to do was to stay at an ordinary hotel that you could find in any country.

One of our requirements we looked for was an included breakfast. I also tried to find places with free parking, although that wasn’t always possible.

Three weeks would be more ideal for travelling around Ireland. That would give you enough time to visit each of the different areas to the north and south. Here is a map of the places where we stayed in Ireland.

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Map Of Where To Stay In Ireland

Where To Stay In Dublin Ireland

Most likely you’ll be landing in Dublin on your flight over. And if you’re coming from North America like us, it’ll have been on a night flight. For us, it made for two dozy, sleep deprived people who were up all night. Which made us really glad we didn’t have our car rental booked until our third day.

Since we were staying the first two nights in Dublin, we didn’t need a car yet anyways. It’s an easy commute by bus from the airport into the city centre. It’ll cost you 7 euros one way, or 12 round trip.

We found it a lot easier to go back to the airport after a couple days in Dublin to pick up a rental car. Because we were flying out of that airport again, and it’s cheaper to return the car to the same location.

Kilronan House Stay In Ireland

The Kilronan House is a beautiful historic BnB located within walking distance of a lot of the sites in Dublin. It’s more in a residential area with Georgian style houses, which makes it nice and quiet for sleeping at night.

The staff who run this place are very welcoming from the minute you walk in the door. Breakfast was amazing and came with a lot of choices. There’s a lovely lounge area with a fireplace where you can sit and socialize with other guests.

  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Excellent location
  • Reasonable rates

We booked an economy room which had a shared bathroom. But this was never a problem since our room came with a sink and shower right in the room. It was a perfect location for our two night stay in Ireland.

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Kilkenny Accommodation

Kilkenny is located 101 kilometres from Dublin and was our first stop for the night after we left the city. This city of 26 000 is a popular tourist destination with plenty of historic cathedrals and Abbey’s to visit.

The most popular attraction has to be the 1195 Kilkenny Castle. You can wander around the gardens for free, but it’s well worth paying for a tour of the inside of the castle.

Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is a great place to stay in Ireland. It’s right in the city centre and an easy walk around the corner from the castle. Just down the road is the Medieval Mile trail. You can pick up a Medieval Mile pass to save on all the attractions in the city.

  • Free wifi
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Perfect location

This hotel doesn’t offer free parking, but there’s cheap public parking just across the road. There are two bars and one restaurant in this hotel. The city of Kilkenny is a very popular spot for hen parties, and that keeps the bars lively late into the night.

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Kinsale B & B

Kinsale is located along the windy southern Ireland coast about 180 kilometres from Kilkenny. It’s a very colourful fishing town with a population of 5200. The whole town is easily walkable and has some great restaurants, pubs, and unique shops.

The Old Presbytery

The Old Presbytery where we stayed, is located in the town centre of Kinsale. It’s just a short walk down the street to all the shops and restaurants. The breakfasts are the absolute best here. We picked this location due to a recommendation by Rick Steves.

You have the choice of a self catering apartment, or they also have 4 en-suite bedrooms available. The same couple have been running this place for over 25 years and are great hosts.

  • Free parking
  • Kitchen
  • Washer/dryer
  • Free wifi

The Old Presbytery is a historic house that dates back to pre-1750’s, and is the perfect place to stay in Ireland. It’s just off the main street, so you can get a nice quiet sleep.

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Killarney Accommodations

We absolutely loved this area and stayed for two nights near Killarney. It’s a very popular tourist spot in the summer second to Dublin. There is so much to see and do here especially if your an outdoorsy person.

You can visit the Killarney National Park, take a drive around the Ring of Kerry, visit a castle, the Abbey and Cathedral, or check out one of the beaches close by.

Ardee House B & B

The Ardee House B & B is easy to find right on the main road into this town of 14 500. From the house, it’s a short walk to the town centre. Although the house isn’t historic, the rooms are very nicely decorated and quiet.

  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Friendly staff

The delicious breakfast and perfect location make this a great place to stay in Ireland. From our room, we had a view of the mountains in the background.

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Rural Self Contained Cottage

Our second night in the area was a little more out of the way. This cottage is only 15 minutes from Killarney on a quiet country road. You have your own private place to yourself. It comes complete with a kitchen, living area and fireplace if it gets cold at night.

  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Washer/dryer

There are supplies left in the kitchen to make your own breakfast like milk, eggs, yogurt, and fruit. The friendliest couple run this place and were the perfect example of Irish hospitality. They even baked us some delicious bread!

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Castle Stay In Ireland

Travelling farther north near Galway, we came to our medieval castle accommodation. If you ever wanted to stay in a real castle in Ireland, then this is the perfect one to do it in. This castle was originally built in the 1400’s and has been gradually restored over the years for modern day living.

It came stocked with some food which was handy. More on a take some, leave what you don’t need kind of system. The kitchen and bathroom are located on one floor, while the bedroom is on the top floor where the best view is.

This castle is heated by two different fireplaces on each floor. We had to throw another log on once in the night and it kept the room toasty warm.

  • TV to watch DVD’s
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Free breakfast

This is a beautiful, original castle in the countryside, and a once in a life time experience. The owner is very accommodating and makes you feel at home right away. There are around 50 spiral, cement steps to the top. So you definitely get a work out and need to be in reasonable shape to make it to the top.

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Radisson Blu Sligo Stay In Ireland

Our next stop on our tour of Ireland was the north western, coastal town of Sligo. Here there are plenty of interesting and unusual landmarks to see in and around the town of Sligo. Like this unique landscape that was formed years ago called Benbulben.

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa was our hotel choice for the night. It’s located about a 10 minute drive from the city centre out near the beaches at Rosses Point. You can have your pick of either a mountain view or sea view at this Radisson.

Although this is a chain hotel, we wanted to have some place quiet and relaxing after driving for 6 days. Jerry took advantage of the spa and got a massage for the kinks in his back. Plus they have an indoor pool and sauna which was nice.

  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Health club

The breakfast is well worth it too and they had tons of choices. The hotel also has an up scale restaurant for dinner which we highly recommend.

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Londonderry Accommodation

Once we left Sligo, it wasn’t long before we crossed over into Northern Ireland. There are no border crossings or signs to let you know you’re in Northern Ireland. But once we stopped for gas everything was in pounds, and road signs were in miles now instead of kilometres.

Londonderry is an old, historic city with a population of 83 000. This is the only remaining walled city in all of Ireland. Inside the walls, you’ll notice the 221 foot tall St Columb’s Cathedral dating back to 1633. Or you can take a walk along the Peace Bridge to get a good view of the whole city.

Troy Hall

Just 5 minutes from the city centre was the victorian B & B we picked for our stay in Ireland. Our spacious room had a turret, which was the sitting area to look out over the gardens and drink tea.

  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Free breakfast

In the morning you make your way down to the living/dining area which is set up for a full Irish breakfast with the coal fire crackling in the background. The hosts are very welcoming, and good at offering suggestions on what to see in the area.

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Where To Stay In Belfast

Belfast is located 112 kilometres from Londonderry. Since we were short on time, we decided to do the Hop on Hop on tour around Belfast to see as many of the sites as we could.

Dukes At Queens

The Dukes at Queens hotel is located in one of the best areas in Belfast called the Queens Quarters. Queens University is just down the road, as well as the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens which are free to go through.

  • Free wifi
  • Perfect location
  • Parking on the street
  • Free breakfast

They have a restaurant onsite where you can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, or cocktails late at night. The hotel rooms are clean and modern, and the staff are really friendly.

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Hotel Swords Ireland

Our last night we spent in the town of Swords. It’s only 5 kilometres from the Dublin Airport, and perfect if you have an early morning flight like we did. There’s a castle and tower you can view in Swords, or take a drive to Malahide to see the castle, Botanic Gardens and beach.

Abbeyglen Cottage

The Abbeyglen B & B in Swords is a 4 star accommodation just a 5 minute walk to the town centre. The rooms are clean and cozy, and there’s a separate lounge area to relax in.

  • Free wifi
  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast

This is an adult only B & B and was very quiet for sleeping. The owners put on an amazing breakfast, but we had to leave early for our flight and missed it. If you let them know the night before, they will make you up a special breakfast tray to get you on your way. This was the perfect end to our stay in Ireland.

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