We know we have guests traveling from all over the United States and want to help make your travel plans as easy as possible. We have provided some suggested routing options for you below:
New York is the main US location servicing Dublin. Aer Lingus offers daily direct flights from New York JFK Airport to Dublin. Flights from JFK to Dublin take approximately 5.5 hours. Further north on the East Coast, Aer Lingus also flies directly from Boston to Dublin. Aer Lingus further operates daily flights to Dublin from Los Angeles and San Francisco on the West Coast and from Chicago. A direct flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Dublin takes approximately 7.5 hours. The trip from San Francisco takes 10 hours.
Continental flies directly to Dublin from Newark Airport.
Delta Airlines flies directly to Dublin from New York JFK. Delta also operates daily direct flights from Atlanta and Orlando.
United operates direct flights to Dublin airport out of Chicago O'Hare, Newark, and Washington Dulles airports.
WOW Airlines (Budget Airline)
WOW operates daily flights to Dublin with layover in Iceland.
For those who decide to arrive on Thursday, we recommend the following hotels in Dublin prior to heading to County Laois on Friday.
Accommodations at Ballyfin Demesne have been held for our wedding party and family from June 29-July 1. To confirm your reservation, please call +353 57 875 5866 by March 30, 2018. Please reference your first and last name and the Ratcliffe/Stewart wedding to officially reserve your room.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Heritage Killenard in County Laois for our guests. To reserve, please contact +353 57 869 5000 by April 30, 2018 and reference the Ratcliffe/Stewart wedding at Ballyfin Demesne.
Take in Ballyfin Demesne
If you’ve ever dreamed of summering in a country house, you couldn’t do much better than Ballyfin, a 20-room restored Georgian home about an hour and a half north of Dublin in County Laois. Inside there are gilded mirrors and four-poster canopy beds; outside, you can stroll the 614 acres of secluded private gardens, go horseback riding, partake in archery, have a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying a picnic lunch and more.
Dublin has changed so much in the past two decades, it's weird to remember that even its own tourist board used to call it 'Dear ould dirty Dublin'. But it has become a city at ease with both its ﬁddle-playing, tapster-room past and its groovy, wine-slinging, haute-cuisine presence. Few European cities can offer the combination of radical history and swishy modernity that rings through its tight-packed, song-enlivened streets. Find our favorite guide to Dublin here.
Plenty of folks will tell you to go to Ireland for stout or whisky, but Irish food often gets slighted as bland — a monotonous string of potato dishes. Now, a growing movement of craft producers and an emphasis on cooking from local ingredients are changing that perception. So while visitors hit landmarks like the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery, they should also fit in time to check out Dublin’s culinary meccas. Click here for some top picks.
Celebrate St Patrick's Day - or indeed any day of the year at all - with a pint of the black stuff. And where better to find it than in Ireland's capital, where it has been brewed since 1759, and there's no shortage of lovely old pubs serving it? Click here for some of Dublin's most popular pubs.
St. Stephen's Green
The Dublin version of London's St James's Park is a marvel of landscaping: nine hectares of lawns, bridges, walkways, ponds, statuary, playground and bandstand. Around it, the traffic streams and honks, but inside its elegant rectangle there's a wonderful feeling of escape. Students read, lovers stroll, buggies are wheeled and office workers sit in Zen-like calm. Check out Henry Moore's statue of Yeats, and the granite slab commemorating the great Fenian, O'Donovan Rossa.
Trinity College Dublin
Visitors to the Old Library in Trinity College mostly come to inspect the Book of Kells, the ninth-century illuminated manuscript. One floor above is this stunning, two-storey, barrel-vaulted, 65-metre-long archive that houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books and manuscripts, and 48 marble busts of eminent writers and philosophers. A computer-generated version appeared as the Jedi Archive in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Click here for more information.
Their family motto, Sine Metu, roughly translates as ‘fear a bit less, live a bit more’ and you’ll learn how generations of barrelman have put that into action to cement thir legacy. Click here for more information.
Overlook the Cliffs of Moher
Step onto the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.
Championship golf is nearby with some of the finest golf courses in Ireland within driving distance of Ballyfin.
The K Club
The K Club (80 kms / 50 miles from Ballyfin) Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course is ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland. This Palmer-designed golf haven is a must-play ‘badge of honour’ that has hosted the top golf players in the world. The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify to the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf.
Mount Juliet (78 kms / 48 miles from Ballyfin) The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for professionals and leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland. The par 72, 7300 yard layout boasts rolling fairways, many featuring water hazards and contoured greens, all superbly blended into the spectacular setting of this famous old Irish estate.
The Heritage (30 kms / 17 miles from Ballyfin) A 72 par Championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes is located nearby in County Laois, with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop. Five lakes and a stream meander through the course and bring water into play on 10 holes. 98 beautifully shaped bunkers and 7,000 trees adorn the landscape which is very gently undulating without any climbing involved.