Flights to Dublin (DUB)

Flights to Dublin win over travellers seeking a city that really embraces its history. Even the restaurants date back centuries.

Flights to Dublin

Pack flat shoes for a flight to Dublin – this is one of the best capital cities in Europe for exploring on foot. Even the most important Dublin attractions – including the Trinity College and Oscar Wilde statue – come second to just walking around and seeing where your steps take you. Stroll down nearly any street and you’ll be shown another side of the city’s history, from ancient churches and Viking ruins to stunning Georgian architecture. The small, pedestrian-friendly centre is chock full of cool restaurants and shops too.

Once the sun goes down, it’s time to join the locals in search of the good craic (fun). It’s easy to find; Dublin has a reputation as a fun city. Head for the old city area and check out Temple Bar, a lively dining and nightlife hub that’ll put even the most dedicated night owls through their paces. There are some cool, low-key spots too, where local musicians play live to a slightly more chilled-out audience.

Accommodation in Dublin is worth splashing out on, but if you are looking for something more budget-friendly, there are cheaper options too. Because the city is so small, places that are a bit outside the city centre can offer quite good value for money. The best hotels in Dublin are concentrated in the centre, though – including both the historic landmark hotels and the newest and most stylish places.

While Dublin’s history is rich, and its community traditions are strong, it’s still a very modern city. You can tell simply from all the contemporary architecture, like the Daniel Libeskind-designed Grand Canal Square.

Dublin’s dining scene is also increasingly cutting edge, with the arrival of new restaurants that redefine the local cuisine, meaning the city has travelled so far from its roots that it’s actually come full circle. In the Celtic Tiger boom years, the city’s culinary scene expanded frantically, with expensive restaurants creating fusion menus that offered almost everything except Irish food. Now that the economy has deflated and prices have dropped somewhat, the best restaurants in Dublin are the ones that are doing traditional Irish food right – great fish, well-cooked vegetables, and locally sourced meat and cheese.

Whenever you decide to visit, there’s always a lot going on in Dublin. If you visit over the summer, try to schedule a trip around Bloomsday, when the city celebrates James Joyce. Time your visit right, and you could also go to one of Dublin’s world-class music festivals, which include Longitude and Electric Picnic. Or come in March and join in the St Patrick’s Day party. Finally, if you can brave the winter weather, ring in the New Year at the New Year Festival Dublin.

See live music at Whelan’s

Dublin has a brilliant live music scene – this is, after all, the city that gave the world U2, Thin Lizzy and the Boomtown Rats, to name a few. Whelan’s is the best place in the city to see new local acts – you might just spot a future rock star. In between sets, relax in the new retro-styled ‘parlour’, one of the coolest venues in town.

25 Wexford Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 478 0766

Visit the National Museum

Try and make this the first stop on your visit to Dublin. The fascinating (and free) archaeological museum tells the history of Ireland through a collection of amazing antiquities, including Viking swords and the infamous “bog men”: spookily well-preserved bodies that were dragged from the country’s bogs after hundreds of years.

Merrion St Upper
Dublin 2
+353 1 677 7444

Take the kids to Dublinia

Dublinia is a goofy yet superbly informative museum, detailing the history of Dublin from the Vikings through the Middle Ages. It’s got a lot of interactive exhibits – you can try on Viking helmets, for instance – and is a good place to bring kids, but adults will learn plenty as well, in a very entertaining way.

St. Michael’s Hill
Dublin 8
+353 1 679 4611

Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse

It’s an iconic product of the Emerald Isle and its development and impact on the world is not to be ignored. A trip to the museum/factory, which has been churning out ‘the black stuff’ since 1759, reveals a lot about the rich history of the city as much as the drink.

St. James’ Gate
Dublin 8
+353 1 408 4800

See Gaelic sports at Croke Park

Croke Park is Dublin’s major stadium, and the best place to check out Ireland’s home-grown sports. See if you can catch a hurling match – it’s one of the fastest sports in the world, with wooden sticks and a small leather ball that zooms through the air at speeds of up to 100mph.

Jones’ Road
Dublin 3
+353 1 819 2300

Explore Trinity College

Wandering around Trinity College is like stepping into the past – it dates back to 1592, and houses the Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript. Once you’re done with the history lesson, pop to the college’s Pavilion Bar, known as ‘The Pav’, and see if you can catch the rugby team in action on the adjacent field.

College Green
Dublin 2
+353 1 896 2320

Forest Avenue (Modern European)

This relaxed restaurant is where you’ll find some of the best food in Dublin, and it's all down to the inventive chefs, who like to mix things up by changing the tasting menu weekly. On a budget? Try the lunch menu, which is really good value.

8 Sussex Terrace
Dublin 4
+353 1 667 8337

Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co

For a quick refuelling stop while travelling around Dublin, Lemon is just the ticket. It serves up made-to-order crepes in savoury and sweet varieties (the Nutella-laden ones are addictive), plus some of the very best coffee in the city. A cheese and spinach crepe and a latte will energise you for the rest of the day.

60 Dawson Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 672 8898

The Winding Stair (Modern Irish)

A long-time Dublin favourite on the north side of the Liffey, the Winding Stair sits above a bookshop and serves up excellent Irish food that comes from all over the tiny island. Smoked fish with creme fraiche, potted crab from Dingle Bay, and an Irish cheese board are just a few highlights.

40 Lower Ormond Quay
Dublin 1
+353 1 872 7320

The Green Hen (French-Irish)

This cosy bistro, located right in the middle of Dublin’s ‘hipster triangle’ neighbourhood, takes high-quality local ingredients and turns them into a winning combo of French and Irish food. Don’t leave without trying the homemade bread. Be sure to book ahead.

33 Exchequer Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 670 7238

L Mulligan Grocer (Casual)

This cosy spot may have a very traditional atmosphere, but the food is anything but old-fashioned. Using locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients, the chefs add a modern twist to typical Irish grub like burgers and fish and chips.

18 Stoneybatter
Dublin 7
+353 1 670 9889

Brother Hubbard (Cafe)

This bright, cheerful cafe on Capel Street is a great spot for a late, lazy breakfast of homemade baked goods and excellent coffee. Friendly and welcoming, it also serves up a brilliant all-day brunch on the weekend. Walk off all those pancakes with a stroll around Capel Street’s eclectic shops afterward.

153 Capel Street
Dublin 1
+353 1 441 1112

The Marker

The trendiest of Dublin’s hotels, The Marker is located in the very chic Grand Canal Square, right on the River Liffey (and home to the city’s newest tech hub). Plush, brightly coloured rooms and a rooftop bar with a stellar view that attracts the city’s movers and shakers are two good reasons to stay here; the brilliant Brasserie restaurant is a third.

Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2
+353 1 687 5100

The Morrison Hotel

The Morrison bills itself as a boutique hotel, though it’s owned by Hilton, and it’s very modern and flashy, with a rock and roll edge. The location, just over the bridge from Temple Bar, can’t be beat if you’re in the mood to socialise – it’s walking distance from the city’s liveliest nightlife venues.

Ormond Quay Lower
Dublin 1
+353 1 887 2400

The Shelbourne

This is the ‘grand dame’ of Dublin hotels, and has been going since 1824. It’s got an enviable location on St Stephen’s Green, and even though the rooms have kept their period charm, they’ve been updated with all the mod cons, such as docks for your iPod and safes for your laptop.

27 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2
+353 1 663 4500

The Merrion Hotel Dublin

This charming Georgian building is one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels, and in a brilliant location to boot – just a short distance from the National Gallery and the National Museum. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included in the room rates, but you’ll want to splash out on dinner at the on-site Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, a Michelin-starred gem.

Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 603 0600

The Dylan

Looking for a boutique hotel in Dublin? The Dylan is a great choice. Located just south of the city centre, this Victorian building seems quite old-fashioned from the outside, but step in and you’ll find it’s thoroughly modern, with bright colours, memory foam mattresses and sleek furniture.

Eastmoreland Place
Dublin 4
+353 1 660 3000

Generator Hostel

Much more than just your typical hostel, the industrial-chic Generator is the perfect choice for a budget stay in Dublin. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, with wooden floors and free Wi-Fi, and the hostel has its own lounge too. Plus, the Smithfield location makes a great base for exploring Dublin’s city centre.

Smithfield Square
Dublin 7
+353 1 901 0222

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