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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Ireland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder the brooding landscapes and windswept coast, soak up music and literary sites in Dublin, and explore centuries of history; all with your trusted travel companion. Get t
Paperback, 13th edition, 720 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Lonely Planet Global Limited (first published March 1994)
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Sara Snarr
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect guidebook for an amazing trip to the Emerald Isle.
Julie Christine
Thank you GoodReads Angel for correcting the title of this travel guide!!

Hello Goodreads- could someone please correct the title of this book? It is Lonely Planet Ireland, although Lonel Ireland has a certain plaintive ring to it. But this kind of silliness bugs the crap out of me. Just sayin'

ANYWAY. Embarking upon fourth journey to Ireland in September. Buying this travel guide wasn't really necessary- we know where we will be for most our our stay: hiking the Ring of Kerry. Our lodging is alr
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
although this was an e book it was really hard to use. Did give some good ideas but a lot of stuff is outdated and no longer exists. Lonely Planet needs to add reader input in real time to its recommendations.
Benjamin Rubenstein
This book paid for itself by leading me to take the superfab literary pub crawl
Kim Lanza
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I love digging into my Lonely Planet guide and thinking through the next journey.

Once again, I am amazed at how much info is packed into a LP guidebook. Without the heads up from LP, I would have missed the World Championships Irish Dance Championships that will be happening the weekend I will be in Dublin.

For all those travelers out there still planning with a Google search, give it up!
Colleen Baker
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Covers it all!

This travel guide is thorough, while telling information a planner should consider before traveling. There are great insights and cautionary tales. Ireland sounds like a beautiful area to visit, and a traveler is properly told why it is so green, (plan for rain). Enjoy the people, the history, the food and beverages. Be safe.
Larisa Reilly thomas
Helpful! Very excited to plan my trip

Very helpful - insider information invaluable for me, as I'm a first time traveller to Ireland. Looking forward to my trip, with all the great tips I used to plan my itinerary.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, dnf
I only wanted to read the section on Dublin for my upcoming travels, which was helpful but overwhelming. Great book if you plan on traveling around a lot of Ireland. I'll pick it up again before my next trip over there. :)
good travel guide. needed more visuals and maps.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Especially helpful re: veg food in Dublin and places to see in Belfast. Stayed at a recommended B&B in Dublin (Grafton Guesthouse) for a week in late November 2017 and it was excellent. ...more
Susan Wiltshire
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a useful reference guide for any holiday in Ireland.
Charlie De kay
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great resource!
Vaibhav Bhandari
Traveling in Ireland.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well laid out and easy to read and research things to do while visiting beautiful Ireland!
As usual, made me want to take a months-long trip to Ireland instead of my much shorter planned holiday.
Melissa Arenson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Yup, I read the whole dang thing to prep for my trip! Quite informative. Will allow me to travel without being lost and confused. Especially good tips on how to about tourist trap or time suckers!
Great book for planning my trip. Loved it!
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great guide. Bigger than I thought. Wish it was updated. Look forward to reading more guides.
Keith Wilson
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the Scottish edition and found it fascinating. The Irish edition is really good too. Recommend having a read with a Irish coffee.
Cathy Bowman
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Tells all the interesting facts. Lists pertinent info. Explains customs and culture very well. Would be handy to have on a trip.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliothek
When I moved to Ireland in January 2013 I took the up-to-date version of this Lonely Planet, hoping it would be an accurate guide for the Emerald Isle.

The common information sections within the book are pretty good, nicely written and quite informative. But when it comes to reviews on certain places writing becomes flapsy sloppy. The author(s) are very biased and sometimes you can feel an 'I can also tell bad things about a place since I am a LP author'-attitude. Sometimes attractions are talke
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prices are a little out of date now, looks like they need a new addition. I'm also extremely annoyed with some of their instructions for the locations of things. We drove through Church Hill 3 times looking for the Glenveagh National Park visitors center, when it was actually several miles out of town, and then later we drove all over the Boyne Valley looking for the visitor center for NewGrange because the guide's instructions for getting there were also confusing. But let's face it, finding an ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lonely Planet has moved from an outlier guide known mostly by the "backpacker" set, to the number one guide for most people. It was well earned, the company isn't about going to wealthy hotels and ritzy tourist traps but traveling on a lower budget and attempting to get to know a place better as well as seeing important sites in that country. Ireland is. Beautiful country and the Lonely Planet guide helps travelers plan a trip in which they stay in reasonable and safe hotels and hostels, recomme ...more
Chas Bayfield
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great. A real insight into Ireland and the Irish. I only visited the North for a week and this book made me want to go back and explore the bits that aren't as famous as the Giants Causeway and the Titanic Exhibition. Newgrange seems out of this world and the Skelligs are there to be climbed. This book came out before the Titanic opened and also when Ireland was in the midst of an economic crisis that now seems long gone but it is still amazing. My only gripe, the occasional jokey tone ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, travel-guide
Bought this for May 2012 trip to Ireland and found it to be a great reference guide. I originally borrowed the book version from the library and purchased the Kindle edition to avoid carrying a book on my trip. Besides not being able to see photos in color, I prefer the Kindle editions due to the search and bookmark functions.
In terms of content, this guide covered all the areas I traveled to (Dublin, Galway, Aran Islands, Cong, and Connemara) and was a great reference before and throughout the
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm satisfied, as I found every information I need. As always all informations about sights, hotels, restaurants etc include opening hours and price (range). I'm currently planning a two week trip to Ireland by car and I'm really looking forward to see the National Parks, castels, the famous coastal areas and to enjoy lots of oysters. I guess, that I'll grab some additional information at local hotels and tourist informations but overall this guide should provide enough suggestions to pas ...more
Jaclyn Harrison
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, the Ireland book was good. Just a note for fellow travelers, though: if you fly into Dublin and are going to a different city, you can get the bus at the airport and do not need to pay the €6 per person to go to Busarus, the main bus station. Also, I was very disappointed that I did not get to see the seals that Lonely Planet said lived on the Dingle Peninsula. This is probably not their fault, but it still makes me sad!
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, travel, ch-2013
So much informations!
It as info for every kind of travellers, the ones who like to hike, the bookworms, the foodies ect...
Every county's places of interest are thoroughly described. Maps, transportations, pictures, bus tours and what not.
The book even has as section about the history and culture of Ireland, what to do and not do, and a little section about the Irish language.
Great tool for planning a trip, and making you want to get there ASAP.
Elizabeth R
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great guide, as usual! The only quarrel I have is that they obviously can't update their reviews of every lodging/restaurant every year, and unfortunately I chose to stay at one that hadn't been updated--as a result, what had been advertised by LP as a Georgian townhouse turned out to be 2/3 crappy old hotel, where my room was located. And the breakfasts appear to have slid downhill as well. That would be Anchor Guesthouse in Dublin.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great help to familiarize yourself before traveling to another country. It gives you some info. on sites, lodging, food, beverages, do and don'ts, cultural insights and much more. A good investment and companion for a trip.
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