Dublin Hotels and Apartments
Great walking city
Historic Dublin is the perfect city break destination. The centre of Dublin is easily accessible making it a great ‘walking’ city. From the historic medieval quarter around the castle to the bright lights and late nights of Temple Bar, the city is waiting to be discovered. The River Liffey acts as a useful navigation point for first time visitors to Dublin. It is likely that the majority of your time will be spent south of the river. North is the wide expanse of O’Connell Street and the imposing Croke Park.
Beautiful green spaces
The heart of Dublin is dominated by the beautiful green spaces of St Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square and the impressive grounds of Trinity College. To the east you will find the Grand Canal and modern dockside developments. West of Trinity College is the Medieval Quarter, home to Dublin Castle, Christ Church and the old city walls. Head north towards the river and Temple Bar awaits. The local pubs are packed out with visitors soaking up the live music and the Guinness. The area offers much more as a hub for art and culture. Beyond Temple Bar, the River Liffey gently rolls inland. The modern quayside on both sides of the river is home to new businesses and retail developments.
History, entertainment, sport
Dublin attracts visitors from across the world, tempted by the history, the entertainment and the live sporting opportunities. In more recent times the city has also blossomed as a ‘tech hub’ with major companies including Google and Amazon choosing to set up camp in Dublin. From the leafy suburbs south of the centre to the historic centre and modern quayside, this captivating city will welcome you and leave you planning your next visit.
Things to do in Dublin
Eat and drink in Dublin
Dublin is a food lover’s paradise. The explosion in independent cafes and coffee houses has led to a whole new café culture. The small streets running off Grafton Street are home to some lovely little quirky places to re-charge the shopping batteries. The pubs in and around Temple Bar offer excellent bar food made from the very best local ingredients – all washed down with your drink of choice. Food plays an important part in modern Dublin and the restaurant scene is packed with high quality venues serving both local and international dishes. The area between St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College is packed with a wide range of restaurants designed to suit all budgets and taste buds.
Eat like a local during your visit. Buy some food to take away and stretch out on your own patch of St Stephen’s Green.
This relatively small city is home to a huge number of pubs, bars and lounges. If you are unsure about your preferred type of bar, simply take a walk and try a few. Traditional live music and visiting parties can tend to dominate the bars around Temple Bar but you are guaranteed a lively night. A short distance away lies Wexford Street, home to a more relaxed crowd. This area is busy with great pubs and live music venues. The small streets running off Grafton Street offer up more intimate pubs full of locals in full flow. Dublin also has a good range of late bars serving you into the early hours. For a full on clubbing experience the inimitable POD complex on Harcourt Street is the place to be.
Shopping in Dublin
Dublin is the perfect city for a shopping trip. You will find an exciting mix of high street shopping, independent boutiques and large, modern shopping centres all within walking distance. Grafton Street is the place to head for the best Dublin has to offer. You can browse the large stores lining this beautiful pedestrianised street and make regular stops for coffee and cake or something a little stronger. If the Irish weather turns against you, head to the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, a modern retail centre packed with big brand stores as well as restaurants and cafes. Small boutique stores, independent retailers and quirky souvenir stores line the streets around Temple Bar.
Things to see in Dublin
You may find your first visit doesn’t leave you with time to do it all. It is worth planning an open top bus tour just to get your bearings and take in the Georgian splendour of St Stephen’s Green. The Guinness Storehouse is a great tourist attraction – take a tour and finish up in the Gravity Bar with a pint of Guinness. The views are amazing. If you can plan your visit around a live sports event at either Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium it is worthwhile. If you feel the need to explore beyond the city limits, take a trip out to the nearby coast and discover the wild beaches that run north of Dublin along the east coast. Golfers may like to try the championship course at the famous Portmarnock or one of several other amazing links courses in the area.
The Porterhouse Temple Bar
The Porterhouse is a popular choice with beer aficionados in the city. They brew their own ale and it stands up well to more recognised brands. The pub is on Parliament Street in the heart of Temple Bar. Live music fans and lovers of traditional Irish music will not be disappointed either as the pub features live acts seven days a week.
Brunch is an important part of an average day in Dublin as a visitor. Brother Hubbard has become the home of the fortifying late morning meal designed to get you through the day. You will find it on Capel Street – head up Parliament Street and hop across the Liffey. Great options including Mediterranean specialities will set you up nicely for a day in Dublin.
St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival – March 17th
If you want a party there is no better time to visit Dublin. The streets are alive with performances and parades and the pubs are packed throughout the day.
· Currency – EUR
· Time Zone – GMT
· Travel Time – Dublin (DUB) - 1 hour 15 minutes (London)
· Transfer Time – 30 minutes (Taxi)
27 September 2010
Not long enough to enjoy in full
Alan Gifford, Lerwick, Shetland
We were in Dublin for just over 24 hours. We went on a sightseeing tour - hop on hop off. Anthony the driver we had first was hilarious, worth staying on just to listen to him! Guinness Tower was WELL worth the visit - highly recommended. Shame about the beggars who were everywhere. In fairness they did not pester us continually, but I did see some people who were finding it difficult to shake them off.
The best thing about my stay was ...
Friendliness of the people.