Flights to Dublin (DUB)

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

What to do in 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 just might spot a future rock star! Between sets, relax in the new retro-styled parlor, one of the coolest venues in town.

25 Wexford Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 478 0766
whelanslive.com

Catch a game 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
crokepark.ie

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
museum.ie

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
Christchurch
Dublin 8
+353 1 679 4611
dublinia.ie

Take a trip to the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is 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, tells as much about the rich history of the city as about the drink.

St. James’ Gate
Dublin 8
+353 1 408 4800
guinness-storehouse.com

See the Book of Kells at 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, drop into 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
tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells

Where to eat in Dublin

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Forest Avenue (Modern European)

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

8 Sussex Terrace
Dublin 4
+353 1 667 8337
forestavenuerestaurant.ie

The Winding Stair (Modern Irish)

A long-time Dublin favorite on the north side of the Liffey, the Winding Stair sits above a bookshop and serves 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
winding-stair.com

L Mulligan Grocer (Casual)

This cozy 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
lmulligangrocer.com

Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co.

For a quick refueling stop while traveling around Dublin, Lemon is just the ticket. It serves up made-to-order crepes in savory 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 energize you for the rest of the day.

60 Dawson Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 672 8898
lemonco.com

The Green Hen (French-Irish)

This cozy bistro, located right in the middle of Dublin’s "hipster triangle" neighborhood, takes high-quality local ingredients and turns them into a winning combination of French and Irish food. Don’t leave without trying the homemade bread. Be sure to make a reservation.

33 Exchequer Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 670 7238
greenhen.ie

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
brotherhubbard.ie

Places to stay in Dublin

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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 socialize—it’s walking distance from the city’s liveliest nightlife venues.

Ormond Quay Lower
Dublin 1
+353 1 887 2400
morrisonhotel.ie

The Marker

The trendiest of Dublin’s hotels, the Marker is located in the very chic Grand Canal Square (home to the city’s newest tech hub), right on the River Liffey. Plush, brightly colored 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
Docklands
Dublin 2
+353 1 687 5100
themarkerhoteldublin.com

The Shelbourne

This is the grand dame of Dublin hotels, in business 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 modern conveniences, such as docks for your iPod and safes for your laptop.

27 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2
+353 1 663 4500
marriott.co.uk/shelbourne-dublin

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 splurge on dinner at the on-site Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, a Michelin-starred gem.

Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 603 0600
merrionhotel.com

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 center.

Smithfield Square
Dublin 7
+353 1 901 0222
generatorhostels.com/Dublin

The Dylan

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

Eastmoreland Place
Dublin 4
+353 1 660 3000
dylan.ie

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