For the look of the Irish: 6 places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

March 17th comes around but once a year, and thankfully this time it’s on a Friday meaning that there’s the entire weekend to sleep off that Guinness-fuelled hangover (we know what you’re like)! If you’ve yet to make plans, let us help you out with our list of the 6 must-visit St Patrick’s Day events happening all over the UK. Go on, enjoy yourself!



    Parading about the place

    When: Sunday 19th March at 12pm
    Where: Starting at Piccadilly

    All partied out from Friday night? Not to worry, our guaranteed seats are the comfiest way to get to London just in time to be amazed by the flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats and marching bands taking part in the annual London St Patrick’s Day Parade.

    Taking a 1.5-mile route past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square. It will certainly be a sight for sore heads.

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    Leg it for St Patrick’s Day

    When: Sunday 12th March
    Where: South and City College

    This St Patrick’s Day dig out your running shoes and limber up, because this year Birmingham is hosting its first ever Emerald Mile fun run. 250 brave (or mad) entrants will take on the usual parade route early on Sunday morning, running two miles from the start and finish line at South and City College, all to help raise money for a charity of their choice! A sight that shouldn’t be missed purely for the Instagram story alone and you can always make a day of it and stick around for the parade and other festivities afterwards.

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    It’s all about the parades

    When: Sunday 12th March
    Where: Irish World Heritage Centre

    What’s St Patrick’s Day without a parade, aye? Get yourself a coach up to Manchester (for as little as £5 one-way), where the 27th Annual St Patrick’s Parade will leave the Irish World Heritage Centre at 12 noon and will finish at Albert Square. With 26 years already under its belt, Manchester sure knows what it’s doing! Tens of thousands of people turn out to line the route and revel in the party atmosphere and join in the celebrations, and trust us, you’ll definitely want to be one of them!

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    When: Friday 17th March
    Where: Zion Bristol

    We all know that St Patrick’s Day is a good excuse for a proper party, and nothing says St Paddy’s party like a Ceilidh. An evening of good music, good company, good food and great dancing, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Irish saint. You don’t have to pronounce it to enjoy it, so get the coach to Bristol, with direct fares from just £5 one-way you’ll have plenty of cash left-over to get in a round or two.

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    Party (like you even need an excuse)

    When: Friday 17th March
    Where: Fiddler’s Elbow

    Home to one of the biggest parties in Brighton, St Patrick’s Day at the Fiddler’s Elbow is one of the best events of the year! This legendary bash is well known to the locals, so of course we’re letting you in on the secret too (shhh). With a party that spills out onto the streets and continues throughout the weekend, this is an all out themed affair that showcases live Irish dancing, live music and gallons of Guinness. Great stuff!

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    You better play that sax

    When: Friday 17th March
    Where: Belfast City Hall

    We all know Belfast knows how to host St Patrick’s Day celebrations! Starting with a fun carnival parade and concert on Friday 17 March 2017 expect to see the city centre awash with colour and splendour as the parade leaves Belfast City Hall. And, if that’s not enough there’s a free concert later in the day with headline act, X Factor runner-up, Fleur East. Now, that’s a St Patrick’s Day party worth attending.

    Image credit: Photo © William Murphy cc-by-sa/2.0

So go on, make the most of St Patrick’s Day weekend. Made easier with National Express coaches.