As Culture Night takes place in cities and towns across the world this month, we’re celebrating the best of what Ireland has to offer in terms of cultural experiences. Some of these experiences might even encourage you to unleash your creative side – be it basket weaving, bread making, painting or singing. Or you might just prefer to enjoy them as a spectator. Whatever way you roll, there are plenty of cultural experiences to discover all over Ireland.

With all of that in mind, below is a list of 10 great cultural experiences to enjoy in various places across Ireland. 

Discover Ireland’s Best Cultural Experiences

1 Culture Night, Various Locations

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An increasingly popular date in diaries, Culture Night is an annual event held in cities across the world, including Ireland. Once a year, a wealth of cultural and arts activities are brought to life along city and town streets. Locations in Ireland include Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Derry, Cavan, Donegal and Kerry. Culture Night promises the best of local and international talent in intimate and unique venues that prove to be very memorable for all involved. What’s more, there are often world-class food stalls and food and drink events amidst all the entertainment.

2 Basket Weaving, Connemara, County Galway

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Tucked away in Spiddal’s Craft Village, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Connemara, is Ciaran Hogan’s Basket Weaving course. Open to locals and visitors, this class is a great opportunity to gain an insight into one of Ireland’s most traditional art forms and to create a basket of your own. Once you have finished your masterpiece, make sure to reward yourself with delicious food at Builín Blasta, the village’s wonderful cafe.

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3 Creative Writing, Bellaghy, County Derry


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For literature lovers, Seamus Heaney Homeplace is a perfect place to while away countless hours. Built in 2016 to commemorate the much-loved poet and Nobel Prize Winner after his death, HomePlace has various classes for visitors to enjoy, including its mix of wonderful creative writing courses, led by some of the best writers and creatives.

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4 Street Art, Dublin City, County Dublin

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Street art has become a massive part of Irish culture in recent years and across Ireland, the standard graffiti has really upped its game. Dublin City is now awash with great street art by the likes of famous Irish graffiti artists Maser and James Early, as well as international artists who have come from afar to put their mark on the city’s walls.

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5 Box fiddle Making, Belfast, County Antrim

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Try your hand at Box Fiddle Making at the Duncairn Centre in Belfast. Situated in a converted church north of the city, Duncairn Centre is a unique and memorable spot to enjoy this cultural and creative experience. Furthermore, you will be coming out with your own instrument at the end of it! For information on the Box Fiddle Making course and other courses at Duncairn Centre.

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6 Comedy, Galway City, County Galway

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The Irish are of course known to be good craic and when visiting the Comedy Club at Roisin Dubh in Galway City, you’re sure to be tickled by performances there.The cosy pub has its regular Comedy Club, as well as a lineup of stars who come from near and far to give special performances for audiences. Check out the Comedy Club schedule and information on other events at the Roisin Dubh.

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7 Bread Making, Heir Island, County Cork

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The Irish love their bread and Firehouse Bread School has a wonderful experience for those keen to make their own loaf and soak up beautiful surroundings at the same time. After a ferry ride over to Heir Island, keen bakers will be given an opportunity to bake their own bread (including a traditional Irish soda bread) over a wood-fired clay oven. What’s more, there is a lunch and wine provided during the day, as well as a goodie bag full of baked goodies to take home.

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8 Traditional IRISH Music, Various locations

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An experience of Irish culture wouldn’t be complete without witnessing a traditional Irish music session. It would be a hard task to pinpoint one place to watch traditional music in Ireland; however, this list of 10 Great Irish Pubs for Traditional Music might help. Tick off all of these traditional music venues as part of a road trip across Ireland. Check out our Drive Ireland experiences for inspiration.

9 Storytelling, Cape Clear Island, County Cork

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Ireland is renowned for its great storytelling – from Irish myths and tales to more modern stories. Keeping alive this cultural tradition is the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival, an annual festival celebrating stories within Ireland and further afield. The festival also hosts various weekends to keep the art of storytelling alive throughout the year.

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10 Irish Language Lessons, County Donegal

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For those looking to immerse themselves in the Irish language, Oideas Gael in County Donegal has excellent courses for students young and old. Its courses are recognised by government departments and supported by Failte Ireland. Not only is it possible to learn Irish at the school but students can also take part in cultural activities such as tapestry weaving, heritage walks, and harp playing.

Check out the latest hotel deals in Donegal today and enjoy a longer break in the rugged and unspoiled areas of Donegal.

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