Dublin is one of the most accessible cities from Britain, with flights from nearly 20 UK airports, and it offers great value... Read more
The narrow River Liffey divides the city into north and south, stretching from the shiny Docklands to the malty-whiffing brewery, next to the huge Guinness Storehouse museum.
The city centres on Trinity College and its huge grassy grounds, the birth place of Oscar Wilde. Don't miss the famous Book of Kells displayed in the College library.
On the south side, arty Temple Bar transforms at weekends when fun-loving party animals trip down its cobbled lanes. Close by, Dublin Castle towers over the city's historic centre.
Most of Dublin's best museums are clustered around elegant Merrion Square, such as the National Museum of Ireland. The main shopping area is on Grafton Street, but you'll find shops around the whole of the city centre, including Jervis Street with its shopping centre, and nearby Henry Street. Expect to find all the big names and department stores as well as lots of smaller quirky and specialist shops. It's far quieter shopping here than back in the mean streets of London and you are sure to find a bargain or two and some unique designs in clothing and home decoration. Look out for Temple Bar market and the Loft market for small stalls selling goods.
Getting into the city is easy from Dublin's airport. It's just over 30 minutes on the Airlink bus into the city or, taking slightly longer, the Aircoach stops at major Dublin hotels. The cheapest journey is by public Dublin Bus, taking one hour with frequent stops.
Once in town, getting around on weekend breaks in Dublin is easy. Walking is a good way to see much of the city centre as it's pretty compact, so wear comfortable walking shoes and take to the streets.
Alternatively, you could opt to travel by public transport. Be sure to pay the exact fare on boarding Dublin Buses, which have routes criss-crossing the city. The Luas light rail trams run from the centre out to the suburbs, and the speedy DART train nips from Connolly Station to Dublin's coastal areas.