1.6 miles from downtown
With its grand Victorian houses and leafy avenues, this is the heart of well-heeled Dublin. This is where you’ll find many diplomatic outposts, including the landmark US Embassy, a striking circular building with echoes of Celtic design. For echoes of the sporting kind, just down the road you’ll find Lansdowne Road, the home of Irish rugby.
Places to stay from $63 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
Dublin has a plethora of vibrant little village-style suburbs on the outskirts, with a splendid mix of redbrick Victorian and Edwardian mansions and terraces. The “Three Rs” – Rathmines, Rathgar and Ranelagh – are on the south side and rank among the best of them. The majestic Grand Canal flows through all three, less than 5km from the centre.
Places to stay from $41 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
In the days before the Celtic Tiger economy, penniless artists lived in Temple Bar. Now this web of narrow streets, bang in the city centre, is a mix of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and music venues. Handel’s Messiah was first performed here in 1742. Cow’s Lane has a Saturday fashion and design market – there’s a surprise round every corner …
Places to stay from $17 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
There’s a lot to see on these classic Dublin suburban streets – including the Gaelic games stadium, Croke Park, which towers over much of Drumcondra. Start at Fagan’s Pub, local haunt of former Taoiseach (Irish for “Prime Minister”), Bertie Ahern. It was here he brought US President, Bill Clinton, in September 1998. See the photo on the wall.
Places to stay from $53 a night
Saint Stephen's Green
0.7 miles from downtown
If shopping is your bag, start from St Stephen’s Green – and make elegant and affable Shelbourne Hotel your campaign headquarters. Grafton Street has all the luxury boutiques your wallet can bear. Dawson Street adds restaurants. And believe it or not, the Irish parliament, Trinity College and the National Gallery are all in the same square mile.
Places to stay from $75 a night
0.3 miles from downtown
Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street, which runs all the way to Parnell Square. Here you’ll see monuments dedicated to two very different Dublins: the GPO, with its Greek-style porticos, is where Irish independence was won in 1916; while the 398-foot stainless steel Spire of Dublin was completed in 2003 as a salute to Ireland’s new prosperity.
Places to stay from $47 a night
2.8 miles from downtown
The first thing Dubliners will tell you about Clontarf is that it’s where Ireland’s last High King, Brian Boru, trounced the Vikings in 1014. The second thing they’ll tell you is that the only battle today is for desirable homes – preferably with views of Dublin Bay. It’s also the perfect setting for a walk in St Anne’s Park or Fairview Park.
Places to stay from $132 a night
Dublin is rich in both culture and things to do, with over 1,000 pubs and countless must-see landmarks like the beautiful Old Library and Book of Kells at Trinity College. The best of the Irish capital can be easily explored on foot since the center is as compact as it is charming. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse offers a fascinating glimpse into one of the city's most famous exports, with an on-site bar offering panoramic views over of the city and plenty of pints of "the black stuff."
Down the charming cobbled streets are a variety of museums, monuments, and galleries like the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery, and Dublin Castle. If you want to dive even deeper into the city's past, walking tours are available almost every day, and some are even free.
When evening comes, head to the lively area near Temple Bar, which is packed with traditional pubs and bars. It gets crowded at night, so if you're looking for a more subdued yet authentic Irish expereince, head over to Grafton Street.
Dublin Airport is located about 6 miles from the city center, with an express bus service running between the two every 15 minutes.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.21|
|Average weekend price||$171 per night|
|Average weekday price||$160 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
The Hotel was very central for everything and has an olde world charm making it different from all the other modern hotels with identical room pods! It was the run up to Christmas so there was loads of atmosphere. Buskers, choirs and street acts. Good restaurants and pubs. Plenty of shops to browse in. Lots of theatres and museums to visit if desired. We were there on business and leisure and are very familiar with Dublin.
I planned a trip to Dublin for a special adventure for my five-year-old granddaughter, along with her mother, my daughter. Our itinerary was based on the interests of a young child, We stayed at Drury Court Hotel in city center upon arrival and loved walking out the door to endless pubs serving delicious food. I had fish chowder five times - each better than the previous bowl. Also, we enjoyed our close proximity to so many sites on our list. Taxis were inexpensive and we had the added bonus of friendly, jovial taxi drivers. Our final night was spent at Clontarf Castle-Hotel for my five-year-old granddaughter to experience her princess fantasy. I brought tiaras for her, her mother and me although the latter two of us only wore ours in our room. Clontarf is a magnificent castle Hotel and I recommend at least a night there for families traveling with girls. We used our day at Clontarf to go to Howth, a sea coast village and beautiful area. Aside from seeing some of the traditional sights, we focused on child-centered activities including the Viking Splash Tour, River Liffey tour, Viking-Medieval Interactive museum, High Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel, candy decorating and factory tour, Grafton Street (often), and our favorite, the Celtic Music and Dance show. The dinner was quite good and the show outstanding. Our trip was fun and free of the stress that I feel on guided tours. I made advance reservations for the hotels and must-do venues like the Celtic dance show, tea at the Shelbourne, etc. Otherwise, we winged it and the five-year-old loved Dublin!
We enjoyed just about everything about Dublin...the museums, parks, architecture, food & people. The only thing that was terrible was our accommodations! Steer clear of the Kildare Street Hotel! No ventilation, walk up only, tiny rooms with no space, windows overlooking roof tops with garbage containers, totally useless staff who could answer no questions, did not even know about the hotel! This review is showing frowning faces on my review for sights in Dublin, but it should be smiling faces all around! Dublin is so easy to get around and lots of fun, full of culture and architecture, authentic cuisine, & museums. Kiilkenny? Gaeol (old jail) is a great sight.
Many places to visit but I would consider a must Trinity College tour including library and books of Kells. Guiness Storehouse experince and "Celtic Nights show and dinner" at Arlington hotel are both highly recommended to feel the Irish lively spirit.
Friday we chilled! Had room service in our amazing hotel- The Morgan ( situated right in the heart of temple but you could have heard a pin drop in our room which was amazing!!) Saturday we went to Dalkey on the train (the Beverly Hills of Dublin) which was cute and quaint - Bono and Enya live there!! Enya in a castle!! We had lunch in the Magpie which was beyond delicious!! And we got the DART back and went back to our hotel for a nap! We then went to the late night makeup bar in Temple Bar which was amazing!! I had dramatic makeup and my hair in heated rollers and curled! The girls were lovely and our makeup & hair ( dry styling only) looked wicked!! We then went the The Quays bar which we love but it was too full!! It's very popular!! We usually go there on a Friday but we were too tired!! We ended up being overdressed for The Quays bar on Saturday anyway!! So we went back to our hotel club/bar!! Which was good!! Sunday we had Brunch at Sophie's on the 5th floor of The Dean Hotel which was unbelievable 360 views of Dublin!! Nice food and a great experience!! We then went to Grafton street and went to Brown Thomas and the little makeup stores around the area! Which was great! We then went back and had tapas in our hotel and then we flew home! Great weekend!!
Arrived early sunday morning. Ate breakfast in hotel. Had a pleasant stroll around the city. Room ready on return . Room very spacious and tidy, iron and kettle was a bonus too. Plenty around dublin to see . Would recommend the sight seeing bus tour . Really interesting and funny bus driver ( Harry ). Overall fab place to stay and would suit any budget...
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