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Dublin Holidays

Come for the culture, and stay for the craic. Ireland’s compact capital has something for everyone.

The capital of Ireland sits on the mouth of the river Liffey and is home to just under two million people. The river dissects the city into north and south sides, but visitors can criss-cross the many bridges to their hearts’ content.

A great way to get acclimatised in Dublin is to buy a ticket for its hop on, hop off bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and the tour takes in 24 of the city’s most prominent tourist attractions. Make sure you get off at your chosen stop – visitors often find it difficult to tear themselves away from the entertaining and informative tour guides.

For history lovers, no visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to Trinity College, Dublin’s oldest university, which offers two-hour tours conducted by the school’s history graduates. Literature lovers can happily trail the city for days in search of landmarks and relics associated to some of Dublin’s most famous cultural exports, including Roddy Doyle, Oscar Wilde and the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Get right to Dublin’s religious heart with a fascinating tour of Christ Church Cathedral. See the spine-tingling medieval crypt don’t miss the mummified cat and rat!

Dublin is home to several famous thirst-quenching institutions. Stout-lovers should not miss the Guinness Storehouse, pausing to take in panoramic views of Dublin in the Gravity Bar whilst sipping a pint of the black stuff. The Old Jameson Distillery is also well worth a visit, although maybe not on the same day!

On a more sombre note, hear the history of the quest for Irish independence brought to life by the expert tour guides at the museum at Kilmainham Gaol. The thick grey walls and stone-breakers’ yard of this former prison dating back to 1796 are a grim reminder of a nation’s former struggles.

For some light relief, head to St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s largest park. Today, it’s hard to believe that this tranquil spot with its nine-hectare collection of gardens, dotted with fountains and walking paths and filled with memorials of well-known Irish figures was once the site of public floggings and hangings.

As the sun sets on the city, the culture and spirit of Dublin refuses to retire. For a true party atmosphere, head to the famous Temple Bar district of the city where music and laughter spills out of the bars onto the cobbled streets outside.

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Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

Stockhole Lane, Dublin
of 5, from 1,724 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport places guests a 7-minute drive or shuttle ride from the terminals. It's a 20 minute cab journey to visit the delights of Dublin's city center or famous coastal villages of Howth and Malahide.

Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Pembroke Road, Dublin
of 5, from 408 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ballsbridge Hotel is located in a business district just an 8-minute walk from Aviva Stadium, and 15 minutes from RDS Arena. Guests can stroll 20 minutes to the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College. Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery are both within a 20-minute cab ride of the hotel.

The Holyhead Hostel

The Holyhead Hostel

42 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
of 5, from 4 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in International Financial Services Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Abbey Theatre, Custom House, and General Post Office. O'Connell Bridge and The Spire are also within 10 minutes.

Citywest Hotel

Citywest Hotel

Garters Lane, Saggart
of 5, from 314 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Citywest Hotel is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from Citywest Business Campus, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Grange Castle Business Park, and 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from Dublin. Dublin Airport is 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.

Bright Apartment off Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Bright Apartment off Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Apt 20 Park House, Benson St, Dublin
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of The Grand Canal Theatre and The Convention Centre Dublin. 3Arena and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Bearna Rua Lodge

Bearna Rua Lodge

Redgap, Rathcoole
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rathcoole, this bed & breakfast is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Tallaght Stadium and within 12 mi (20 km) of Guinness Storehouse and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Parkgate Street, Dublin
of 5, from 1,435 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ashling Hotel Dublin is on the stately north bank of the River Liffey, a 5-minute walk from Heuston Station, and a 5-minute tram ride from the city center. Guests can easily walk to many of Dublin's top attractions, from the Guinness Storehouse to the 11th-century Christchurch Cathedral.

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