Hotels in Dublin
Book flights to Dublin and discover the perfect blend of refinement and revelry.
Effortlessly combining art galleries, museums and literary heritage with a hedonistic attitude towards nightlife (and an easy-going attitude towards life in general) the Irish capital is brimming with character. Add excellent shopping, gorgeous green spaces, and plenty of 'craic' and it's easy to see why Dublin is such a popular destination for a city break.
Kilmainham Gaol: Former prison turned museum detailing Ireland's social history
Temple Bar: Riverside quarter famous for its nightlife
Guinness Storehouse: Interactive museum about Ireland's most famous drink
Dublin has a huge range of museums and art galleries, so of course there are some quirky ones. Get your photo taken with Jedward at The National Wax Museum, learn about Judaism in Ireland at the Irish Jewish Museum, or appreciate the city's modern history at The Little Museum of Dublin.
As well as the usual high-street shops, Dublin has some excellent weekend markets. Moore Street Market is particularly Instagrammable, with barrow vendors selling colourful fruits and veggies. Temple Bar has a book market (Saturday and Sunday) and a food market (Saturday only) with plenty of street snacks on the go. If you're in town on the last Sunday of the month, don't miss the Dublin Flea Market.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, head out to the seaside village of Howth. Enjoy a clifftop walk then dine on fresh seafood by the harbour. If you decide to book car hire at Dublin Airport you can tick most of our top ten things to do in Ireland off your bucket list, too.
If you're on a tight budget, check out these 7 things to do in Dublin for under a fiver.
Dublin's food scene is international, but the standouts are pub grub classics: from artisan burgers and craft beer at Porterhouse to tongue-tingling chicken wings at Crackbird. Most of the city's best places to dine and drink are based in Temple Bar, but there are gems dotted throughout the city. Our round up on the 11 of the best bars in Dublin should whet your whistle. Of course, it's not all Guinness and Jameson: Dublin's coffee scene is currently on fire. The city is hosting the World Barista Championships in 2016. A few places worth checking out are Roasted Brown, 3FE and The Fumbally.
Dublin has warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures aren't too extreme: the average high in July is 20°C while the average low in January is 3°C.
Warm weather and lively festivals make summer the best (and most popular) time to visit Dublin. During winter you're most likely to find cheap hotel rooms in Dublin and the best flight prices. Just remember to pack your coat. Deals can also be found in spring and autumn, when the weather's mild. The Irish love a good party, and Dublin really comes to life around St Patrick's Day (March 17th) and New Year (December 31st).
Flights to Dublin are available from most British cities, with an average flight time of little over an hour. Ireland is a member of the Common Travel Area, so you don't need a valid passport to fly to Dublin. Remember to check your airline's ID requirements: while Aer Lingus and Flybe accept photographic driving licenses, Ryanair prefer passports.
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