St Patrick’s Day, Great Dublin Festival Events


irish band - shutterstock_48727480 (Medium)St Patrick’s Day isn’t just the most famous public holiday in Ireland but perhaps the most famous national holiday anywhere globally with people all over the world celebrating it in their own unique but Irish-connected fashion. Naturally, the capital of Ireland hosts one of the world’s biggest St. Patrick Day celebrations, so make sure you head over to Dublin city for the next truly unforgettable March 17th.

Originally just a single day in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day event is now a four-day international festival celebrating Ireland’s patron saint with everything from mass Irish traditional music ceilis to monster street parades to rock concerts and fun-fairs, all making up a truly unforgettable occasion in the city.

With 5 budget Dublin hotels ideally located across the city, we’ve really got something for everybody, whether you want to stay in the city centre or keep away from the crowds by staying somewhere more relaxed. You can find some useful information below about the great Dublin events that make up the St. Patrick’s Day Festival so you can plan the perfect trip to Ireland in March.


St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin

Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival is always a highlight of the year for natives and visitors alike with its celebration of the incredible history and culture of Ireland’s capital through a string of exciting events across the city. The start date of the festival changes from year to year depending on which day 17 March falls on.

The 2017 Saint Patrick’s Day festivities haven’t been released yet but rest assured that as soon as the important details are released, Travelodge Ireland Hotels will update this page with all the information you need to make March 17 as enjoyable as possible.

Last year was extra-special as it was the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s most famous revolution, the Easter Rising in 1916 and was  one of the best St. Patrick’s Day Festival ever with many fabulous things to do and see. There were a series of funfairs in Dublin or explore the city’s culture and history in the various ‘I Love My City’ events. There were also complementary events to choose from that occured at the same time as the St. Patrick’s Festival like the Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village at the RDS and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth. Some of the highlights of the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Festival included the following:

Thursday 17 March 2016: St. Patrick’s Festival Parade: The event which really drew the crowds with a theme of ‘Imagine If’. Ireland’s leading pageant companies led the parade in Dublin with their fantastical creations accompanied by impressive marching bands from America, France and Ireland and hugely colourful floats from Irish businesses and organisations as they wound their way through the main streets of the city.

Friday 18 March 2016: Festival Céilí: A huge celebration of Irish traditional music and dancing was held in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green Park, just moments from our central Travelodge Dublin Stephens Green Hotel. Everyone was invited to this great free event.

Friday 18 March 2016: Music In The City: Beginning on Friday and continuing throughout the 4-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival, there were music concerts indoors and outdoors across the city with a range of musical genres and performers to keep the party going.

Saturday 19 March 2016: Festival Treasure Hunt: A treasure hunt for all the family, starting off from Dublin’s City Hall and leading you to the treasure trove of prizes.

Saturday 19 March 2016: Donovan: Folk legend Donovan played a special St. Patrick’s concert at the National Concert Hall during his tour celebrating 50 years in the music business and returning after a Temple Bar Tradfest show last year.

Sunday 20 March 2016: Big Day Out: An all-day carnival for all the family in the Dublin city centre park, Merrion Square, featuring virtually every type of performer you could imagine from acrobats and magicians to scientists, musicians, puppeteers, poets and painters.


What to do in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day

If you’re planning a stay in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day there are some great places for food, drink and entertainment across the city. The central Temple Bar is a popular area with some of the best spots to spend an evening in Dublin with top class modern restaurants and traditional pubs all giving you a warm Irish welcome.

If you’re looking to find out more about the culture behind St. Patrick’s Day, head to the Dublin Museums to see some great exhibitions exploring the country’s past. With the National Museums of Ireland all found in the city centre, you can easily get to these great visitor attractions from any of our cheap Dublin hotels.


Budget Hotels in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day will have the city of Dublin humming with sightseers and events so we at Travelodge Ireland Hotels recommend that you book our budget hotel rooms as soon as possible to beat the rush. We give you the best rates guaranteed when you book with us online so that you always save money on your stay, while our comfortable rooms give you a great place to crash after the hive of activity that is St. Patrick’s Day. Each room includes a flat screen TV, en-suite bathroom, comfy bed and free fast Wi-Fi access for all guests.

If you want to get into the heart of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, stay a few steps from the heart of activity at the Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel right in Dublin’s city centre or retire to the more relaxed atmosphere of the suburban Travelodge Rathmines Hotel.

Looking for the perfect end to a wonderful St. Patrick’s in Dublin, then Travelodge Ireland Hotels has three more budget hotel choices to offer you, the Travelodge Phoenix Park Hotel close to Europe’s largest city park or our Travelodge Dublin Airport North Swords Hotel, near Dublin Airport. If you want convenience for both airport and city, then choose the Travelodge Dublin Airport South Hotel. Whichever of our 5 cheap Dublin hotels you choose, you can be sure of comfort and convenience at a budget price.


Suggested local Dublin Attractions

If the great events of the St Patrick’s Day festival aren’t enough for you, you may want to explore some of Dublin’s best visitor attractions. We have listed below some of our favourite things to do in the city to give you some ideas for spending the day in Dublin. On our Dublin Top 10 Attractions page you can see even more of the best tourist destinations in the city.

If you’re looking to explore a particular side of Dublin, we’ve put together a couple of special guides. Check out our Dublin History page for some information about the oldest and most iconic sights around, explore modern culture at the Dublin Theatres or take some time out to relax with our Dublin Nature guide.


Guinness Storehouse

Located at St James’s Gate Brewery, a short trip from our city centre hotels, the Guinness Storehouse tells the story of the distinctive Irish dry stout enjoyed the world over. Go right back to the middle of the eighteenth century when Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd started production of what is now one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports. You can savour a pint of the black stuff, included in the admission fee, in the Gravity Bar on the top floor at the end of the tour.

Temple Bar

One of Dublin’s most popular areas with visitors to the city, Temple Bar is an excellent way to spend an evening in Dublin city. With great restaurants, bars, and nightclubs you can be sure of a great evening no matter what you fancy doing. The central location of Temple Bar makes it highly accessible for anyone staying in any of our cheap Dublin hotels.

National Botanic Gardens

Located just 5km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens feature an impressive array of more than 20,000 plants and dried plant specimens. Founded all the way back in 1795, the serene and colourful gardens are free for all the family to enjoy and an ideal place to relax and go for a stroll whilst admiring the fragrant plant collections.