Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day around the World
Every year on the 17th of March, the Irish and the Irish at heart across the globe celebrate the patron saint of Ireland: Saint Patrick. What once began as a religious feast day has since evolved into a globally recognised festival, celebrating Irish culture, dancing, singing, Irish food and a whole lot of shamrocks, leprechauns, green and Guinness. We're sharing the best destinations around the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; because if anyone knows how to party, it’s the Irish!
For any St. Patrick’s Day fan a trip to the emerald isle is a must, where the Irish go all out and celebrate their national holiday with a whole host of activities. From colourful street carnivals, to bustling parades, travellers can rejoice in Ireland’s national celebration of identity, arts and culture. Take a stroll through the capital at night and check out the many iconic buildings illuminating in green, visit an Irish craft beer market, learn some Irish dancing at the Festival Céilí or watch the Irish university boat races on the river Liffey.
The contemporary Temple Bar Inn is ideally located in the popular O’Connell Street in Dublin and a short walk away from the Dublin Tourism Centre, Dublin Castle and the Guinness Storehouse. Positioned in Dublin city centre this is a great choice for travellers wishing to partake in the nation’s festivities. Perfect for starting the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early. Guests will love the spacious and contemporary rooms and have access to a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Venture across the pond from the emerald isle to the eccentric city of Chicago for extravagant celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. Irish taverns are bustling, joyful people are singing and dancing in the street and even the Chicago River sparkles a brilliant shade of emerald green. Families will love the vibrant and bustling Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade full of colourful floats, marching bands and Irish dancers.
The exquisite Kimpton Burnham Hotel was designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham, with beautiful mosaic floors and marble ceilings oozing luxury, class and style. Select suites offer stunning views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan and the hotel is ideally located for famous shopping on Michigan Avenue. Guests can enjoy an onsite fitness centre, yoga programme and a bicycle rental service to explore the beauty of Chicago. After a fun-packed day of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day guests will love the adventurous and contemporary cuisine at the Kimpton Burnham Hotel, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serving a selection of premium cocktails.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City is a staple for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. Revellers can join the march along Fifth Avenue, passing New York attractions such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park. With more than 150,000 participants this is the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, plus the celebrations are aired on national television for millions of viewers to celebrate in spirit. Be sure to don your brightest green clothing, four leaf clover and leprechaun hat to spot yourself in the bustling crowds!
Stay in the heart of New York at the boutique hotel of Fitzpatrick Manhattan. Located just three blocks from Bloomingdales and a ten minute walk from Central Park, the Fitzpatrick Manhattan boasts an unrivalled location. Wake up to a traditional Irish breakfast for the perfect way to start your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
With over 100,000 people expected to take part in the Irish festivities, London is the second largest place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day outside of New York. Visit the many Irish pubs in London serving a traditional Irish feast of beef stew, surrounded by green décor, pints of Guinness and laughter. Make sure not to miss the iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting in Piccadilly and passing famous landmarks such as The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square (which have been known to turn a shade of green from time to time), as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square. Booking.com travellers have endorsed London for shopping, sightseeing and museums.
Hotel Café Royal is an iconic, luxury five-star hotel in the heart of central London. With Mayfair to the west and Soho to the east, the hotel has an unrivalled location within just one mile from Theatreland, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and the British Museum.
Hotel Café Royal is a London landmark itself, comprising of 160 contemporary guestrooms, including 54 suites and seven signature suites. Venture out to the famous shopping scenes of Oxford Street and Bond Street, then after some retail therapy unwind at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Featuring a selection of indulgent spa treatments, a gym, pool, sauna and steam room.
Round off your evening with a selection of dining options, from casual all day dining at the Ten Room, to extravagance at The Club at Café Royal. Savour mouth-watering cocktails at the stylish Green Bar or sip British afternoon tea at the Oscar Wilde Bar.
Travellers will not be disappointed in Paris’ impressive supply of Irish pubs, or for families and those young at heart marvel the spectacular fireworks display at Disneyland Paris in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Watch the famous amusement park come to life with an all singing, all dancing celebration and take pictures with your favourite Disney characters in their customised St. Patrick’s Day costumes. Booking.com travellers have endorsed Paris for culture, monuments and art.
Set in a quiet street in Les Halles, Apartments Du Louvre offers a fully-equipped kitchen and is ideally located just 650 yards from the Louvre Museum. This is a great destination for travellers interested in food, shopping and museums.
The Irish community of Brussels will once again take over the Parc Cinquantenaire for an array of Irish sports, such as Gaelic football, hurling and camogie and a traditional parade. What was once meant to be a one-off celebration in the Parc Cinquantenaire has now been adopted and celebrated in Brussels for the past ten years.
The Dominican is a welcoming boutique hotel offering spacious rooms, a spa, sauna and a Turkish steam bath. After a day of celebration and festivities, regain some energy with a wholesome lunch or dinner in the Grand Lounge, which faces the beautiful courtyard and serves a selection of exotic cocktails. Celebrators of St. Patrick’s Day will love The Dominican’s ideal location, with just a five-minute walk from Brussels Central Station, connecting you to all of the festivities. Booking.com travellers have endorsed Brussels for chocolate, beer and food. The perfect combinations to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
For any music lover a trip to Amsterdam for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a must. Held in the heart of Amsterdam at the welcoming Splendor Amsterdam music centre, travellers can enjoy a two day Irish music festival; the only celebration of Irish culture in the Netherlands. Expect music genres of classical, pop, jazz, as well as Irish dancing, music workshops and traditional Irish foods.
Set within 25 interlinked 17th and 18th century canal houses, the newly restored Pulitzer Amsterdam is a luxury hotel along the famous Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Combining traditional and modern Dutch design, the hotel offers 225 unique guest rooms and extraordinary suites. Guests can enjoy modern and classic dishes with a Dutch twist at the Jansz restaurant or enjoy cocktails in a chic atmosphere at Pulitzer’s Bar. Famous nearby attractions include the Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Central Station and the Jordaan neighbourhood. Booking.com travellers endorsed Amsterdam for city walks, nightlife and atmosphere.