Frequently Asked Questions
Attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with sturdy footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, skirts or similar attire. Fleece jackets or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Jackets and ties are required attire for gentlemen at Ashford Castle past 7pm. Other items to consider: shorts, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses and rain jacket.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage in Ireland and the U.K. is 240 volt currency. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. To plug in your device, you need an electrical plug adapter. The technical name is Type G. This can be purchased at a hardware or home store.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips. Ireland is somewhat of a non-tipping country. If you think someone did an excellent job and you want to tip, people would accept the tip with much gratitude. In pubs, the bartender does not expect a tip. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip. In nicer restaurants, you may see a “Service Charge” on the bill. This equals a tip.
Ireland is in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone which is 5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The 24 hour clock is commonly used for air, bus, and railroad timetables.
Passport and Visas Requirements
To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after your return date.
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to enter the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (U.K.).
If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please check with your local authority regarding Visa requirements for travel to Ireland.
The Euro (€) is the official currency of the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland (U.K.), the British Sterling Pound (£) is the official currency. U.S. dollars are not accepted.
Our recommendation is to use ATMs and credit cards, and avoid travelers checks. Banks have odd opening and closing times and smaller towns may not have the capability to exchange foreign currency. Some banks in Ireland no longer cash travelers checks. When using your credit card, you may be asked if you’d like the amount processed in US dollars or the local currency, Euros (Republic of Ireland) or Pound Sterling (Northern Ireland). We recommend choosing the local currency so you will get the best exchange rate. If you choose US dollars, typically a 3.5% additional fee is added to your total.
For current exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
The temperature in Ireland in September tends to be in the 60s — sometimes a bit warmer (into the 70s) and sometimes a bit cooler (high 50s). Planning to wear layers is the key to smart packing for Ireland. Also, Irish weather is quite unpredictable – it can be windy, sunny, and rainy all in one day!