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The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is situated on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the river Liffey. Blessed with a long and illustrious heritage, Dublin is the birthplace of many influential writers including William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, leading to the city being named as a Unesco City of Literature in 2010. Wandering Dublin’s winding streets can provide a sense of this city’s history, with many landmarks and street names recognisable in James Joyce’s iconic Ullysses, which was set in the city.
A hire car is the best way to explore Dublin, as well as other destinations in Ireland such as Cork (just under three hours’ drive), where you can visit the Victorian Gothic Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, constructed in 1879 and built on the site of at least two previous structures dedicated to Finbarr of Cork which dated back to the 7th century. Cork is also home to the Fota Wildlife Park – a 70-acre zoo for endangered animals that also boasts beautiful gardens.
Fly into Dublin Airport and from there it’s an easy 20-minute drive into the centre of Dublin.
Beyond Dublin, Waterford is within easy reach in your hire car (a two-hour drive), home to the world famous Waterford Crystal factory. The House of Waterford Crystal provides guided factory tours where you can learn about the 200-year history of the brand, as well as observe the craftsmanship behind each product.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Dublin to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Enterprise to Easirent and Hertz.
The Guinness Storehouse is an obligatory stop-off for any visitor. Home to the brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years, what was once the fermentation plant has been converted into a seven-storey visitor experience, telling the story of Ireland’s most famous beer. Tasting rooms harness all the senses to provide a new way of enjoying the stout’s distinctive flavour, while the Gravity Bar provides the chance to enjoy a pint with unparalleled panoramic views of the city.
Beyond Dublin, Kilkenny is an hour and a half’s drive away in your hire car, home to several historic buildings of interest, from the 14th century Black Abbey to Jerpoint Abbey and St Canice’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, Galway is two hours and 20 minutes’ drive, where the Connemara National Park provides the perfect spot to enjoy some of Ireland’s outstanding natural beauty, with the chance of catching a glimpse of one of the peregrine falcons or red deer that call the park home. On top of this, the city of Belfast is also just under a two-hour drive – the capital of Northern Ireland and home to a beautiful series of botanic gardens complete with Victorian glasshouse, as well as an exquisite restored Victorian Grand Opera House.
The Irish speed limit is set to 30mph in built-up areas and 74mph on motorways. Irish cars drive on the left-hand side, with the steering wheel positioned on the right of the car. Roundabouts appear frequently on Irish roads so remember to give way to the right to all traffic on a roundabout.
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Car rental can be arranged in advance of your holiday, leaving you free to pick up your car from Dublin airport on arrival and get straight to the heart of Dublin. It also allows you to explore the Irish seaside and countryside beyond the capital city.
In under an hour you could take a scenic drive over the spectacular mountains to reach Glendalough, County Wicklow’s spectacularly beautiful lakes. The serenity and natural beauty here will enthral and captivate you. To get back to Dublin you can opt for the flatter, quicker motorway route home.
A drive south along the coast near Dublin offers you romantic seascapes and charming villages where you can find cafes, marinas and piers to explore at your leisure. Killiney is said to resemble the Bay of Naples and the promenade at Bray, or the coastal walk to Greystones, offers fantastic views over the Irish sea.