Cross the Liffey, picnic in the parks, and soak up the craic in the bars - Dublin is all about experiencing life at its finest...
St Stephen's Green is the city's best-known park and it has formal gardens and several notable attractions, such as the William Butler Yeats Memorial Garden and a bust in honour of James Joyce. The Irish novelist and poet is remembered for his novels 'Finnegans Wake' and 'Ulysses', the latter of which was set in Dublin. There are several hotels situated close to the park and neighbouring Grafton Street, which is a popular shopping street featuring Trinity College Provost's House and a statue of the iconic Molly Malone.
The home of U2 and Westlife, the city also has a literary past, with many of Dublin's writers such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Yeats being remembered in the Dublin Writers' Museum. Waterford and Limerick are just a two-hour car journey from Dublin if you feel like getting out and about.
Other notable attractions include Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park, guided tours of Dublin Castle and the sandy beach at Dublin Bay. Those seeking comedy, theatre and live music should head to the 02 Point Depot in the Docklands area of the city.
From budget hotels to five-star hotels, all Dublin hotels extend the warmest Irish welcome to their guests...
Hotels in Dublin are located across the city and range from B&Bs similar to those in the UK, which are aimed at the more budget end of the price range and come with hearty Irish breakfasts, right through to luxury five-star hotels such as the Westbury on Grafton Street.
Many of the major international hotel chains are represented as well as Irish chains. There are lots of self-catering apartments available as well as stays in castles and other historic properties in the area. Dublin hotels situated toward the airport tend to cater for larger groups and conferences and it will take longer to get into the city from these. It's best to consider where you want to visit and pick a hotel that gives you easy access to all of the attractions you are interested in seeing.
The capital of Eire, Dublin is divided by the River Liffey. For visitors primarily interested in shopping and experiencing the city's nightlife, it's advisable to book a hotel on the north side of the river. Hotels around Henry Street and Talbot Street will place you right in the middle of the city's life, with access to the main thoroughfares and lots of archetypal Irish bars where you enjoy traditional dishes such as Dublin coddle and the obligatory Guinness or two.
For those wishing to experience the historical and cultural attractions of the city, booking a hotel on the south side of the river will give you easy access to St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College, which houses the Book of Kells. There are also prime examples of the city's famous Georgian architecture.
Dublin's attractions are diverse and you can spend many happy days seeing the sights...
Bars and parks, castles and libraries: Dublin certainly appeals to every kind of visitor.
The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition
Trinity College lies in the heart of the city and a trip to its 18th-century library will allow visitors to view the ancient Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript filled with fascinating and intricate artwork.
The Guinness Storehouse
A pint of the black stuff is an absolute must when visiting Dublin. Pay a visit to its home at the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn all about the brewing process and creating the perfect pint.
The perfect location for revellers heading to Dublin in search of fun, excitement and craic, Temple Bar is full of bars, restaurants and clubs - you can party here into the small hours.
Phoenix Park offers a welcome retreat for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 1,752-acre park is home to a herd of fallow deer and visitors can enjoy scenic walks, visit the zoological gardens and wander around the Victorian People's Flower Gardens.
Dublin Castle is set in the city centre and visitors can soak up its history on guided tours of the fascinating building.
The charms of Dublin shine through at any time of the year; discover what’s on when with our guide...
Always pleasant, always welcoming, always ready for a party: the calendar in Dublin is crammed with crowd-pleasing events.
Steeple Sessions; June-August; The Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green: The Steeple Sessions are held twice weekly during the summer months at the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green and offer visitors the opportunity to experience traditional Irish music at its best. World-class Irish musicians entertain guests during these candle-lit acoustic concerts, and music workshops and classes can also be booked.
Dublin Writers Festival; May and October; throughout the city: As the home of renowned literary figures such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, it's only fitting that Dublin should have its own literary festival. With its line-up of top-class writers from across the globe, visitors can enjoy readings, discussions, workshops and performances.
Docklands Maritime Festival; June; Quays north and south of the River Liffey: This colourful and busy festival sees visitors line both sides of the River Liffey with tall ships taking centre stage. Many are open to look around, but the street theatre, open-air concerts, music and vibrant atmosphere will be enough to keep you entertained at this lively event.