A visit to the Emerald Isle is not complete without a trip to its capital Dublin. One of the most popular European weekend break destinations, Dublin has it all - culture, shopping, history, and nightlife, all with that world famous Irish hospitality.
Fly to Dublin and enjoy a pint of Guinness, some world famous nightlife, the “craic” and cultural attractions galore...
Dublin's nightlife is deservedly renowned as the pubs, clubs and bars buzz year round, but the city has much more up its sleeve for holidaymakers - including cultural attractions such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, a great shopping centre and the opportunity to learn more about the city's famous drink at the Guinness Storehouse.
With flights to Dublin taking around an hour from England, the city is easily accessible both for a short break and an extended holiday. And whether your trip is centred around going on a bar crawl down Temple Bar, learning about the city's medieval history at attractions such as Christchurch Cathedral and St Michael's Tower, or looking down over the city from the Storehouse's Gravity Bar while sipping a pint of Guinness, you'll fall in love with the vibrant destination.
Why not get your bearings on a trip to Dublin and learn more about the city by taking a guided tour? Visitors can hop on and off open-top buses, take a trip down the River Liffey on a boat or take a walking tour. And, if you are a book lover, you could consider a literary tour of the city to learn all about Dublin's writers such as James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and admire the statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square.
Hiring a car with pick up from the airport will not only make your journey to your hotel easier, but it will give you the freedom to explore more of the country during your stay - you could take a trip to the pretty fishing village of Howth less than nine miles from Dublin, or plan a day out at the seaside town of Bray just 12 miles from the city centre.
With a short flight time from the UK, flying to Dublin is a doddle, and cheap if you price compare...
Dublin Airport (DUB) serves domestic, European and international flights. A popular gateway airport for flights to the USA, it has everything you would expect of a major airport.
With flights under an hour's duration from the UK, it is one of the quickest Euro getaways to be enjoyed by Brits.
As a popular destination, it is well serviced, with hundreds of flights out of the UK every week.
Getting to and from the airport
Getting to and from Dublin airport is fast and uncomplicated, with lots of options...
Dublin Airport (DUB) is approximately seven and a half miles from the city centre and is well served by transport links. Many hotels offer shuttle services if arranged in advance and more than 700 buses and coach services whisk travellers from the airport to where they are staying.
Taxis also wait for passengers outside of Dublin Airport's two terminals and if you are in a group or are lugging heavy suitcases, this may be the best form of transport for you.
There are some wonderful places to stay in this fair city - from plush luxury designer hotels and converted castles, to friendly B&Bs...
On arriving in Dublin you will find that this beautiful Irish city is one of the friendliest you can visit in Europe. Where to stay is more of a budget issue than a location one, as Dublin is very compact and it's possible to get around cheaply and conveniently. So, if you want a touch of luxury, stay in the centre's Grafton Street area at one of the top hotels - there's a growing number of designer and contemporary options (some owned by rock stars such as Bono) and while Dublin was once one of the most expensive European cities to stay in, prices have fallen dramatically and these once super-expensive hotels are offering some great deals.
The Docklands area is a good choice too. Here you will also find luxury, but there are fantastic guesthouses too with very good rates to be had outside the summer months.
Staying at a B&B in Dublin is highly recommended as the quality of B&B accommodation in Dublin, and Ireland in general, is exceptional. Perhaps it's the famous Irish hospitality, but rooms and breakfasts often bring travellers back time after time.
For a touch of history and a taste of Dublin life, head out a little north from the centre to Clontarf where you will find great boutique hotels in stunning Georgian townhouses. There are also several castles in this area that are absolutely stunning and offer superior accommodation - including Clontarf Castle itself.
A short drive from the centre will also bring you to several country guesthouses - ideal for those who are looking for a round of golf or to go walking.
And for those on a budget, the city has excellent hostels in the middle of the Temple Bar area - very handy for the nightlife. Dublin's world-famous Trinity College also offers basic accommodation to budget travellers who can stay here and appreciate this wonderful 16th century university - one of the oldest known.
Whatever the case, expect “Céad Míle Fáilte” (one hundred thousand welcomes), as they say in Irish Gaelic. So, what are you waiting for? Book a bargain flight using our price comparison tool and before you know it, you'll be saying Sláinte! (cheers) over a pint of Guinness in Dublin.