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Northern Ireland on a Budget

To save on airfare, travel outside the busy summer tourist season; this will also help you save a few pennies on accommodations, as rates are usually seasonal. Speaking of lodging, skip the pricey hotel or B&B and consider renting self-catering cottages or seeking out private hostel rooms instead. Before you rent a car, look into public transportation; Northern Ireland's network of buses and trains will get you to many of the main cities and towns, and you won't have to pay for parking or gas.

Best Time to Go to Northern Ireland

The warm days of summer are the most popular time to visit Northern Ireland, and airfares and hotel rates rise accordingly. Visit during the spring or fall shoulder seasons for better deals and smaller crowds. (One exception: St. Patrick's Day on March 17, which draws crowds particularly to Belfast for its lively parade.) Winter is the cheapest time to go, but you'll have to contend with gray, chilly weather and short hours of daylight; beware that some castles, historic sites and other tourist attractions shut down for the off-season, so check ahead.


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