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Visit Dublin

A medieval city with strong connections to classic literature, residents delighted to involve you in their ‘craic’ and a deliciously rebellious streak, Dublin is a mecca for the Irish diaspora who have spread out to all corners of the globe.

Whilst the city of Dublin itself is home to just over half a million people, it is thought that in excess of 100m people worldwide have direct Irish heritage – no wonder Dublin is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.

With a pleasingly compact city centre that can easily be traversed on foot or by rented bicycle, the city of Dublin is alive with the joyous Celtic spirit. With music spilling out from every pub, it’s hard to resist a pint of the black stuff – the perfect preparation for soaking up the historic buildings and monuments that chart the Irish nation’s rich cultural heritage.

For those new to the city the Spire of Dublin - just off the city’s grand O’Connell Street thoroughfare – is a great place to start. The spire is visible for miles around, which makes it an ideal landmark for finding your bearings – no bad thing in Dublin’s mass of winding streets.

Cross the River Liffey to visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. The university can be explored independently, or as part of a fascinating two-hour guided tour delivered by one of the college’s history graduates. However you choose to experience Trinity, make sure to make time for the Old Library – home to a famous illustrated manuscript crafted by monks over 1,300 years ago.  Continuing the artistic theme, the university is situated in close proximity to the National Gallery of Ireland where you can see some of the nation’s most precious treasures.

Whilst Ireland is now a relatively moderate Catholic country, religion has significantly shaped Dublin. To learn more about the spiritual side to the city simply wander down Dame Street past the impressive City Hall until you reach Christ Church Cathedral – a spectacular tribute to Catholicism featuring a unique medieval crypt.

The story of Irish independence is hugely important to the city of Dublin, and visitors can gain a real insight by visiting the museum at Kimmainham Gaol. A grim institution built in 1796, the gaol is now home to passionate and knowledgeable tour guides who will be more than happy to tell you the stories of the people held there.

Of course, no trip to Dublin is complete without a pint (or three) of Guinness, which can be enjoyed at the Guinness Storehouse. Featuring an interactive tour which includes the opportunity to pour your own perfect pint, the tour is famous the world over amongst Stout drinkers. Once suitably lubricated, why not head to the Temple Bar district – ostensibly the city’s arts district, but party central once the sun goes down.


Guide to Exploring Dublin


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Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Stockhole Lane, Dublin
4.1
of 5, from 1,783 reviews
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Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport places guests a 7-minute drive or shuttle ride from the terminals. It's a 20 minute cab journey to visit the delights of Dublin's city center or famous coastal villages of Howth and Malahide.

Wynns Hotel

Wynns Hotel

35-39 Road Lower Abbey Street, Dublin
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Located in City Centre North, this hotel is steps from The Spire, Abbey Theatre, and O'Connell Bridge. Ha' Penny Bridge and Trinity College are also within 10 minutes.

The Holyhead Hostel

The Holyhead Hostel

42 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
2.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in International Financial Services Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Abbey Theatre, Custom House, and General Post Office. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 10 minutes.

Bright Apartment off Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Bright Apartment off Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Apt 20 Park House, Benson St, Dublin
4.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and The Convention Centre Dublin. 3Arena and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Bearna Rua Lodge

Bearna Rua Lodge

Redgap, Rathcoole
4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rathcoole, this bed & breakfast is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Tallaght Stadium and within 12 mi (20 km) of Guinness Storehouse and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£81
Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Pembroke Road, Dublin
3.7
of 5, from 421 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ballsbridge Hotel is located in a business district just an 8-minute walk from Aviva Stadium, and 15 minutes from RDS Arena. Guests can stroll 20 minutes to the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College. Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery are both within a 20-minute cab ride of the hotel.

£95
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

Burlington Road, Dublin
4.2
of 5, from 439 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road is a 15-minute walk to city center and close to Aviva Stadium, RDS, and CCD . Guests can catch the bus across the street and be in central Dublin in 20 minutes.

£81
Citywest Hotel

Citywest Hotel

Garters Lane, Saggart
4.0
of 5, from 320 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Citywest Hotel is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from Citywest Business Campus, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Grange Castle Business Park, and 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from Dublin. Dublin Airport is 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.

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