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This video, featuring Irish restaurateurs and chefs (including TV chef Rachel Allen) looks at what makes the place so special when it comes to food and travel.

When British travellers look overseas for a culinary experience, the first port of call would usually be across the channel to France. However, more and more food fans are finding that the journey across the Irish Sea leaves their stomach just as satisfied.

Ireland has a growing reputation when it comes to cooking and this is reflected in the dishes found in restaurants and pubs from north to south. Not only are traditional favourites enjoying something of a revival, Irish cooking also has a strong modern aspect, as chefs from around the world bring their own methods to the Emerald Isle.
There are also other great ways of mixing food in with a travel experience. Those who like the city life can taste the gastronomic heart of Cork and Galway thanks to two new food trails. Following the success of the first tasting trail in Dublin, the team at Fabulous Food Trails ( have devised the two new city walks to take visitors off the beaten tourist track and into the local food halls, fruit and flower stalls, cheesemongers, fishmongers, butchers and bakers.

Wannabe chefs can book in for class at the new cookery school, The Kitchen in the Castle (, located in the old Georgian kitchen at Howth Castle, just outside of Dublin. Classes range in length from a half a day to a full week and whilst the majority of courses are for adults, they also cater for children. Participants cook and then eat together around the kitchen table and the courses enable everyone from the complete beginner to the accomplished home cook, to gain inspiration and learn new skills.

Whilst you’re planning your trip to Ireland, why not check out one of the great deals and packages on offer around the country, viewable on