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City Breaks Dublin

Dublin combines centuries of history and literature with a young population and contemporary entertainment. Whether planning a family adventure, couples getaway or stag weekend, there's something here for everyone. Come walk the cobbled streets and join the locals for some legendary fun - or craic, as the Irish say.

20 °C

Best time to visit: During the summer for warmer days.

45 minutes

Dublin Airport (DUB) is approximately 10km north of the city centre

Ireland’s capital has a literary past stretching back to medieval times and a history filled with rebels and revolutionaries. The Dublin of today is modern and active: take your family to the zoo, have a fun night out in Temple Bar, or take Irish dancing lessons.

Walking tours are a great way to learn from the locals. Guides can tell you about Dublin's architecture, waterways, cemeteries and revolutionaries. One of the popular things to do in Dublin is to take a literary pub crawl, during which professional actors perform from the works of the town's famous writers.

Introduce your kids to Gaelic football, hurling and handball at Experience Gaelic Games. Children can literally ‘climb the walls’ at Awesome Walls Dublin, one of Europe's largest indoor climbing centres. For some more child-friendly activities in Dublin, visit the 30-acre Phoenix Park, where the Dublin Zoo is located.

Ireland's literary tradition began in the monasteries, as evidenced by the Book of Kells from 800 AD, now housed in Dublin's Trinity College. More contemporary local scribes include James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. One of the best places in Dublin for literature fans is the Dublin Writers Museum, a Georgian mansion brimming with letters, memorabilia and first editions.

One of the popular things to do in Dublin is visit the Guinness Storehouse. The world's largest brewer of stout offers a museum tour in a 7-story building built in the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. The tour ends with a free pint and 360° views of the city from the top floor.

For some craic, one of the best places to visit in Dublin is Temple Bar, the city's cultural quarter since the 18th-century. It buzzes in the evenings, with traditional Irish pubs, comedy clubs, and sophisticated restaurants. The area also has a vibrant live music scene.

DUBLIN IS BEST FOR...

Literature buffs: Crawl from pub to pub and watch professional actors perform from the works of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

Beer drinkers: Tour the Guinness Storehouse, have a free pint, and take in the panoramic view.

Families: Take the kids to the western side of town for the nature trails of Phoenix Park and the Dublin Zoo.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Dublin is English

Currency: The currency used in Dublin is the Euro (EUR)

Local time: The local time in Dublin is the same as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Dublin Airport (DUB) is approximately 10km north of the city centre

Flight time from UK: 45 minutes

Tourist Information: Further Dublin tourist information can be found at www.visitdublin.com

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Dublin, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Highs of 15 (°C) in summer and lows of 5(°C) in winter.
Best time to visit: During the summer for warmer days.
 
Dublin doesn’t have dramatic fluctuations in temperature during the year, but there’s always a chance of rain.


GETTING AROUND

By foot: The city centre's compact size makes it one of Europe's most pedestrian-friendly.

By bus or tram: The public transport system in Dublin is dependable and affordable.

By bicycle: The 'Dublinbikes' scheme offers 450 bicycles for hire from 40 locations across the city. The first 30 minutes is free.


EVENTS

St. Patrick’s Festival: This 4-day festival celebrates Ireland's patron saint and all things Irish. Marching bands from across the world perform in the Festival Parade on 17 March, St. Patrick's Day.

Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week: The weeklong event at the end of February showcases the best of city centre dining with special offers, cooking demonstrations and competitions.

Oktoberfest: Celebrate a little bit of Germany in Dublin, when authentic Bavarian beer, Oktoberfest barmaids and German markets take over the city


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