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Dublin

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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.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
The price is £73 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park, O'Connell Street and 3Arena. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Trinity College are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,500 reviews)
"Beds very comfortable. Air conditioning in room. Shuttle to airport."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is £85 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,242 reviews)
"Nice place - very cramped thou. No ventilation made the room stuffy. Was centrally located."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Temple Bar Hotel
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
4 out of 5
Christchurch Place, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £81 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,062 reviews)
"Really surpassed my expectations, I haven’t stayed in Jury’s for a long time and it was so friendly and professional. Exceptional customer services, especially from Agneska on the front desk. Only drawback was bar closed really early."

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
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Beckett Locke
Beckett Locke
3 out of 5
North Wall Avenue, North Docks, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £61 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is steps away from Dublin Port and 3Arena. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
Beckett Locke
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £78 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Grafton Street ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (631 reviews)
"I loved having a kitchen in my room, and found it so convenient that they left fresh towels and toiletries by the door each week, rather than sending the housekeeping during covid times."

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is £92 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ha' Penny Bridge, O'Connell Bridge and Olympia Theatre. O'Connell Street ...
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
10/10
"A truly amazing value for the money. I couldn’t recommend this property more highly! The location can’t be beaten, right next to the Ha’penny bridge. The staff are amazing and never let me down! I like it so much I extended my stay by six days! 10/10"

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2021

Zanzibar Locke
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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