Planning your perfect break in Dublin

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The Irish capital is one of the most popular destinations for a city break in Europe, and with a long history, vibrant culture and a thriving nightlife, there is no doubt that there are plenty of good reasons why it is so popular. The ancestral home of Guinness is famous for the amount of the black stuff that is enjoyed on the streets of Temple Bar, but there is a lot more to this beautiful city than that. Churches and historic buildings are dotted through the city center, and the culture is a wonderful attraction for those who enjoy music and art.

Getting There

Those traveling internationally to get to Dublin will usually arrive by airplane at the city airport, which is ideally located just six miles away from the city center. There are flights with routes across Europe and to several cities in North America, and there are buses and taxis that will quickly take visitors from the airport into the city center. Those traveling from the United Kingdom can also visit the city by taking their car on the ferry services which travel to Dublin from ports in Holyhead, Liverpool and Douglas on the Isle of Man.


As the city is very popular among visitors, Dublin naturally has a good selection of accommodation on offer ranging from budget hostels and inexpensive hotels through to luxury hotels of the highest standard. Depending on the reason for your trip, there will be a selection of Dublin hotels that will be ideal for your needs. If you are visiting the city on a budget, one good tip is to look outside the city center for areas that have good transport links, as there will often be small hotels and hostels offering cheaper accommodation out in the suburbs of the city.

Activities To Enjoy In Dublin

One of the most popular things to do in Dublin is to visit the Guinness Storehouse, which spent many years as the main location where the drink was produced, but has now been converted into a museum, which has one of the best spots in the city to enjoy a glass at the Gravity Bar. Historic sites such as Trinity College where the famous Book of Kells is kept, and the Christ Church Cathedral are both interesting and attractive places to visit. Dublin is also a passionate sporting city, and seeing a game of hurling or Gaelic football at the impressive Croke Park stadium is a wonderful experience.

Embracing The Cuisine And Nightlife

Temple Bar is the most popular area for tourists looking for a night out in Dublin, and there is a range of different bars there, although many of the locals will dismiss Temple Bar as only for the tourists. It is also worth looking for the microbrewery pubs, as these have a tax exemption meaning that they can offer drinks at very good prices compared to those in the rest of the city. Fish and chips is one of the most popular take away meals in Dublin, although those looking for more interesting and modern Irish cuisine should head to the thriving restaurant scene on Aungier Street and South William Street.

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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.