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Compare the best Dublin car hire

The Irish capital is one of the most popular cities for British holidaymakers, and when visiting Dublin, car hire is a must if you are planning to experience everything this city and its surrounding areas have to offer. And, of course, with driving similar to home, it's easy to get around.

Why go?

Although famous for its buzzing night-life, 'craic', and of course the 'black stuff', Dublin also offers attractions for culture-seekers...

Home to the renowned Trinity College and extraordinary Book of Kells, the city also boasts the largest park in Europe as well as a number of churches, a castle and cathedral. And, no trip would be complete without a trip to the famous Guinness Factory

Although the city centre is not particularly car-friendly due its heavy traffic and a tricky one-way system, with such a fantastic choice of places to visit on the doorstep, why limit yourself? Pick up of your car hire in Dublin is available from Dublin Airport (DUB).

Where to explore?

Once outside the city boundary, car hire in Dublin really starts to come into its own. Here are some recommendations...

Driving just 12 miles south of the city will bring you to the seaside resort of Bray. Perfect for families with its mile-long promenade and pebble beach, holidaymakers can indulge in a range of activities including cycling, fishing and hill-walking, all with the beautiful backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains.

For history-lovers, the prestigious World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne is a 30-mile drive from Dublin. The site consists of Neolithic tombs built by pre-historic humans thousands of years ago and is an absolute must, especially when you have a hired car to get you there.

Or how about visiting the picturesque fishing village of Howth located just nine miles away? Whether you fancy wandering around the busy harbour, visiting Howth Castle or experiencing a traditional Irish music session in full swing, Howth has something for everyone. Foodies will love the numerous restaurants offering the day's catch and why not take part in a cookery class held in the castle's original Georgian kitchen? And if you're feeling the need to burn off a few calories after too much Irish stew, a walk along the cliff tops will present you with spectacular views of Dublin Bay and Ireland's Eye.

For the more adventurous, heading over to the spectacular west coast will not disappoint. With its dramatic countryside and rugged coastline, driving to this side of the Emerald Isle will really allow you experience the thrill of the open road. Heading into Connemara you will be taken through the Twelve Ben Mountain Range and will be presented with miles of unspoilt, golden beaches. Whether it's horse-riding, golfing, or just experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the people in the numerous inns and pubs, you will be left yearning to return time after time.