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Ireland

Known as the “smart season” to travel, visitors to Ireland in fall and winter will enjoy fewer crowds at the best attractions while still experiencing the warmth of an Irish welcome. Vibrant Dublin, the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's Ancient East and Northern Ireland all offer an array of things to see and do on your visit.

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Want a particularly thrilling fall? Head to Northern Ireland’s Derry-Londonderry for a Halloween celebration set along the city's famed 17th-century walls or to Dublin and join a seance at Bram Stoker Festival, honoring the Dublin-born writer of Dracula. Alternatively, opt for Belfast's International Arts Festival (Oct. 15 - Nov. 3).

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With fewer crowds and a mild climate, the fall and winter months are a great time to tour or stay in Ireland's castles and explore their manicured grounds. Some of the most picturesque include Kilkenny Castle in Ireland's Ancient East, Kylemore Abbey in County Galway and Glenarm Castle in Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland draws visitors in with history, scenery and exciting landmarks. Head to Belfast and discover the legendary ship of dreams at Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience, or relive the excitement and explore countless 'Game of Thrones'® filming locations.

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Ireland boasts great food year-round, however September through November are designated Ireland's "Taste the Island" months, so get your stomach ready. Head to the Armagh Food and Cider Festival (Sept. 9-22), the Kinsale Gourmet Festival (Oct. 11-13) or follow one of the many whiskey trails around the island.

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