Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (it’s this Sunday just in case you weren’t aware) and for many, this can mean a scramble around the shops to see what you can get for the special mother or wife in your life. Instead of hitting the shops, we’ve looked at 10 last-minute Mother’s Day breaks to consider this weekend. Whether you plan a surprise trip over the next few days, or simply want to treat that special someone later in the year, here’s 10 great Irish destinations to enjoy a weekend break with your mum.

10 Places in Ireland to Take Your Mum this Mother’s Day

1. Explore Medieval Kilkenny

Spend the night in Kilkenny and explore the city’s Medieval Mile. Take in the heritage of one of Ireland’s most historic and popular cities. From the Medieval Mile Museum to Kilkenny Castle, there’s so much to explore in the city, you might even need to make it a two-day break.

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2. Tour the House of Waterford Crystal

Crystal is a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, so why not go to the source and take your mum on a tour of the impressive House of Waterford Crystal. Take a tour of the factory and watch the famous crystal pieces get created in front of your very eye. Marvel at some of the stunning Waterford Crystal pieces available in the shop, and grab something nice to make it a day your mum will always remember. Complete the experience by grabbing lunch at the Crystal Café.

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3. Tuck in with the Sligo Food Trail

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way by stopping off in Sligo and experiencing the county’s popular food trail. Whether it’s a day break, overnight stay or weekend away, there’s plenty on the Sligo Food Trail menu this Mother’s Day weekend (and indeed every weekend). Get a real taste for the county by planning your own foodie trip around Sligo, or visit the picturesque village of Strandhill and enjoy a lovely coastal walk before stopping by Trá Bán and sampling their special Mother’s Day menu.

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4. Marvel at Killarney National Park

Enjoy the great outdoors by taking a trip to Killarney and exploring the scenic beauty of Killarney National Park.  Take in the sheer beauty of the area as you walk, cycle or drive through the park. Grab a picnic by the lake or treat your mum to afternoon tea at the majestic 5-Star Killarney Park Hotel.

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5. Take in the Culture of Cork City

Treat your mum to a trip to Cork, and check out some of the sights and sounds of the famous city centre.  Some places to consider visiting include the Cork Butter Museum where you can find out more about the history of butter in Ireland, or visit the Crawford Art Gallery and check out the exhibitions currently on display.

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6. Explore the Beauty of Powerscourt Estate

The gardens of the stunning Powerscourt Estate in Co. Wicklow was voted the third best garden in the world by National Geographic and it’s clear to see why. With a range of gardens to walk through, including the popular Italian and Japanese Garden’s, and Ireland’s largest waterfall also located at Powerscourt, there’s so much to see and do over the course of the day on the grounds of this famous estate. Once your legs are all walked out, enjoy lunch with a view at the Avoca Terrace Café.

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7. Plan a Dublin Spa Break

Dublin has lots of great spa hotels, offering plenty of variety when it comes to planning a pamper spa break for your mum.  Hotels like The Spencer, The Morgan, The Shelbourne and The Merrion are all popular hotels for spa breaks, with some great offers currently available for Mother’s Day.

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8. Visit the Picturesque Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud, Kildare

Take a trip to the Irish National Stud in Kildare and explore the breathtaking and iconic Japanese Gardens. The gardens at the Irish National Stud will provide the perfect environment to simply enjoy the great outdoors with your mum, and just take the time to relax in beautiful surroundings. Make the small trip from the National Stud to the Kildare Village Shopping Outlet, and finish the day with some retail therapy by spoiling your mum or wife.

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9. Afternoon Tea with a Difference

Enjoy an afternoon tea experience with a difference by hopping on the Vintage Tea Tours bus and enjoying the sites of Dublin City.

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10. Experience Belfast’s Buzzing Food Scene

Take a trip up north and spend a few days in Belfast and check out the award-winning Co Couture on Chichester Street in the city. Watch as these chocolate experts handcraft the famous and luxurious chocolates for you to enjoy.  Continue your Mother’s Day foodie trip in Belfast by joining the award-winning Belfast Food Tour.

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Enjoy Your Mother’s Day Weekend

Whatever you’ve planned this coming weekend for Mother’s Day, be sure to have a good one. If you’re planning on exploring somewhere new in Ireland or you’re visiting one of the 10 places on our list, share your best snaps with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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