Britain’s best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is the day the UK goes mad for the Irish. But that doesn’t mean you have to go all the way to the Emerald Isle. In fact, there are so many great chances to celebrate in lots of cities across the country.


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St Patrick's Day in Trafalgar SquareWith London being such a multicultural and vibrant city, it’s hardly surprising that it does St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. On the 12th March the capital will come alive with a huge St Patricks Day festival in Trafalgar Square. The Irish-themed weekend will bring together locals and tourists alike for a huge celebration of everything Irish. All the best of Irish arts, culture, food and music will be showcased across with the celebrations culminating in a spectacular St Patrick’s Day parade. Sample some of the best Irish food, folk stories, activities and games – perfect for a fun family day out!

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Friend's cheersing on Saint Patrick's DayThe festivities in Birmingham aren’t just for one day – they last a whole week. So why not guarantee your place in a city that knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by booking a Travelodge near all the action. The parade may be unconfirmed but the festivities are certain. There is plenty to do from live comedy to award-winning Irish cinema, and of course a wide selection of parties and events throughout the week!

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3 women dressed in green celebrating Saint Patrick's DayThe Scottish capital celebrates St Patrick’s Day like no other, with the famous Cowgate Street, known as ‘Little Ireland’ hosting an amazing weekend full of traditional Irish fun across three bars including The Three Sisters. The Three Sisters will be hosts to Jedward and Dermot Kennedy while Cowgate’s other bars celebrate with traditional music, games and plenty of Guinness to go around. Whilst presale tickets have quickly sold out, there will be tickets available at the door on the day.

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Person taking a photo at Saint Patrick's Day FestivalAnother one of the northern cities with a large Irish population is Manchester, and their lively St. Patrick’s Day celebrations demonstrate that. The Manchester Irish festival begins on 10th March until 19th March to ensure you get the full St Paddy’s experience. The city really gets into the Celtic spirit with dance demonstrations, art shows, plenty of live music, rugby games and lots of that classic Irish stand-up comedy. The celebrations will take place across the city throughout the day, but Manchester’s Irish community really comes alive after dark, so if you’re looking for that big traditional welcome and a hell of a party with a bunch of your friends, this is the place to do it.

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