Fun, friendly and fascinating: our rated picks for a perfect city-break destination
Dublin is one of the world’s hottest city-break destinations. There’s something very special about this compact city with its dual personality – exhilarating and chic on the one hand, while retaining its traditional charm on the other.
Dublin’s ‘Fair City’ is everything a cosmopolitan capital should be – with excellent shopping, fascinating museums and galleries, lively nightlife, a thriving arts and cultural scene, fine parks and gardens, great pubs and restaurants and a strong sense of history. Here’s our rated recommendations for things to do and places to stay and eat on your Dublin Weekend Escape.
Things to do in Dublin
The best way to see Dublin is on foot. The city is surprisingly compact, with lots of the main sights dotted around the centre. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with the sheer amount of attractions to explore. Dublin Castle is well worth a visit to discover the Irish capital’s diverse history, along with an afternoon spent wandering the fascinating exhibits of the National Museum of Ireland.
Dublin is a bibliophile’s paradise – see the world-famous Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin, visit your pick of the city’s beautiful libraries, and learn about the life and work of one of Ireland’s most famous authors at the James Joyce Centre.
One of the city’s most irresistible charms is in its welcoming people, so take time to relax in the pubs and cafés while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Visitors flock south of the Liffey to the trendy Temple Bar area with its busy bars and cool arts scene, but you can discover the real heart of Dublin in its less-well known taverns. The iconic Guinness Storehouse is a fabulously fun way to experience one of Ireland’s most famous exports.
Recommended things to do in Dublin
Where to eat in Dublin
Whether you’re looking for gourmet modern Irish cooking, crowd-pleasing cuisine or buzzy all-day dining, Dublin’s fantastic food scene is second to none.