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Ireland’s capital Dublin, is awash with accommodation in the city centre, from boutique rooms in historic 19th century buildings to cheaper chain hotels. Many of the hotels sit amidst all the popular local sights, making it easy to see everything - no matter how short your holiday is!
With its lively bars, Guinness brewery and historic buildings, Dublin is a city that wraps you up in its charm from the moment you step off the plane. There’s no doubt that families, friends, couples and solo travellers will lap up the world-class craic.
Where to stay
For first-timers to Dublin, the city centre is one of the best areas to stay in - especially if you’re wanting to be in the thick of all the action. On the doorstep of your hotel, there’s everything from quirky boutique shops to pubs, museums and parks, with virtually everything being no more than a few minutes’ walk away. It’s also one of the best areas to stay in if you’re wanting to take advantage of all the best high street stores and independent shops whilst on holiday.
Located just south of River Liffey, the Temple Bar neighbourhood is renowned for its nightlife, with pubs and clubs dotted all around. It’s not the quietest place to stay, but that’s part of its charm - and you’ll never be lost for things to do once the sun has set! During the day, the Temple Bar plays host to pop-up markets and art galleries, making it the perfect place to while away several hours.
A half away walk away from the city centre, Portobello is one of Dublin’s hidden gems. It’s one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods to holiday in, and is a favourite area for artists, hipsters, and those seeking a quieter side of the city. It’s full of street art, bars and quirky cafes, but it also has its fair share of open spaces, including Iveagh Gardens and St Stephen’s Green.
What to see
From cultural hotspots to Instagrammable views, Dublin has a lot to offer everyone who holidays here. Book lovers and culture vultures will lap up a tour around the grounds of Trinity College, while history lovers can’t leave without glimpsing the Book of Kells - the world’s most famous medieval manuscript, dating back to the 9th century. Elsewhere, Dublin has heaps of history to its name, with everything from a National Leprechaun Museum to the National Wax Museum. Kids and adults alike will love all the interactive opportunities.
For a look at Dublin’s moving past, head to EPIC The Irish Immigration museum to see just why 10 million Irish people left their homeland to move to countries all over the world. Kilmainham Gaol is another striking place to visit - used to hold members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish war, the gaol gives a fascinating window into life in 20th century Ireland.
If beer and whiskey are your choice of tipples, then Dublin’s array of distilleries and drinks museums are just for you. As well as an Irish Whiskey museum and a Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Dublin has the famous Guinness Storehouse which offers comprehensive tours as well as in-house samples. You can even learn how to pull the perfect pint in 119.5 seconds at the Guinness Academy!
There's always a party going on in Dublin, so holidaymakers won't be short on choice for nightlife revelry! A good place to start your night is at the iconic Temple Bar which dates back to the early 1300s. It's impossible to miss with its bright red frontage in the heart of the city centre. The Temple Bar riverside neighbourhood is also swimming with other nightlife opportunities ranging from raucous Irish pubs to chic bars and late-night clubs. If you are interested in a bit of bar hopping read our blog for our pub crawl guide.
What to eat
From hearty evening meals to small snacks, there’s plenty to try in Dublin. There’s no better way to start your day than with a Full Irish breakfast, made up of a variety of meat, eggs, vegetable and potatoes. Meanwhile, an Irish stew, with its delicious mix of mutton or lamb, plus potatoes, carrots and onions, is a must when the weather turns cold. Boxty pancakes, made with potatoes and buttermilk, are great both on their own or as part of another dish.
Dublin is a veritable mix of shopping opportunities, ranging from the usual high street stores to more independent boutiques. For a mix of the two, head to Grafton Street or Henry Street - but if it's holiday souvenirs you're after, you'll be spoilt for choice in the Temple Bar area. For something a little unusual, there's always some sort of flea market going on. The Dublin Flea Market happens on the last Sunday of every month, and is a huge indoor area dedicated to everything from household items to vintage clothes. If you're after something a little different to take home, chances are you'll find it here!
Fast facts about Dublin
- Direct flight time: 1.25 hours
- Transfer time from Dublin airport to Dublin city centre: 25 minutes
- Time zone: GMT
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English/Gaelic
- Average price of a domestic beer: €5
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €10
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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.