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 so many great chances to celebrate in lots of cities across the country.
With London being such a multicultural city, it’s hardly surprising that it does St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. From 15th March to the 17th March, the Capital will come alive with a huge St Patricks Day festival. 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 the capital with the celebrations culminating in a spectacular St Patrick’s Day parade. This year’s procession will be concluded at Trafalgar Square where you can sample some of the best Irish food, folk stories, activities and games perfect for a fun family day out.
The festivities in Birmingham aren’t just for one day – they last a whole week. So why not guarantee your place at one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations outside of Ireland by booking a Travelodge near all the action. The fun begins on the 9th March and includes lots of free traditional concerts and dance performances, all sorts of family friendly activities and a variety of cultural and festive events. But again, everything culminates on Saturday 17th March with a big parade and festival. It all begins with the traditional confetti blast, a hum on the bagpipes and a strike of the drum before the procession starts meandering through the streets of Digbeth.
The 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 Ritchie Remo while Cowgate’s other bars celebrate with traditional music, games and plenty of Guinness to go around. You can even check out the Three Sisters Facebook page for the latest news, and to buy their St Patrick’s Day wristbands that will get you discounted drinks on the big day as well as a free breakfast.
Another one of the northern cities with a big Irish population is Manchester, and their lively St. Patrick’s Day celebrations demonstrate that. The Manchester Irish festival also lasts the whole month of March! 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. Most of the action including the Festival Market will be taking place in Albert Square between 2nd and 15th March 2019. 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.