Dublin enjoys its reputation as one of the best cities for partying the weekend away. The 'craic' and Guinness are the unofficial main attractions in the city, but don't forget to stick your head out of the pub door every now and then - you could even see something else than the inside of your glass! City breaks here aren't cheap though, so use our search to get a great deal on your flight and accommodation. Friday to Sunday is the most popular break to make, so why not go for the alternative Saturday to Monday to take advantage of lower prices? The annual St Patrick's Day is always completely mental and books up early so you need to get arranging you 2014 trip now if you want to take in this celebration in Dublin!
If you're heading to Dublin for the 'craic' then you'll want to head to Temple Bar straight from your flight! Not actually the name of one bar, it's an area just on the south bank of the river, and it's known for being one of the best entertainment areas in Europe. You can even dance at a club owned by U2 here. Grafton Street offers a great shopping day out whilst for many the Guinness brewery is the highlight of many a trip to Dublin. You could also seek out the Book of Kells at Trinity College, it's one of the oldest in existence. And why not visit Croke Park for a game of hurling to really add a proper Irish twang to your visit?
Thanks to airlines it's easy to get Dublin from the UK. Make sure you shop around for a great low cost flight and if you're after getting to know the place a little better, consider cheap Dublin car hire and you could be exploring the seaside or the local villages. Best stick to public transport if you're planning on spending most of your time with a pint in your hand though!
You can fly into Dublin Airport with several different low-cost airlines from a good selection of airports across the UK. As an alternative you can also get the ferry to Dublin from Holyhead or Liverpool. Several train companies offer combined rail and ferry tickets, which can make this option a very good deal, especially if you're watching your carbon footprint.
There are plenty of buses and coaches that offer routes between the city and Dublin Airport offering budget to luxury experiences, with travelling times for the 10 kilometre route varying between 10 minutes and an hour depending on traffic. Alternatives from the airport are to get a taxi, or hire a care. The Dublin Port is very close to the city centre, so if you arrive there it may be possible to walk to your destination. Otherwise take a short taxi ride, or use the local train services.
Dublin's compact city centre is perfect for exploring on foot but there are several other options if you want to go a bit further or rest your weary legs. Two tram lines cross the city, offering frequent and easy travel. Dublin's bus network is fairly extensive, although you might find the route numbering a little confusing so it's best to pick up a route guide from a newsagent. Night buses also run on some routes. Dublin is also pretty cycle friendly so hiring a bicycle could be a great way to see the sights.
Dublin is the hub for train travel in Ireland so it's really easy to get to loads of destinations. Connolly Station is the departure point for trains to the north and Northern Ireland, and Heuston Station offers trains to the south of the country. There are also several coach companies offering intercity coach travel across the country and into Northern Ireland. If you want to hire a car be prepared for a lot of narrow and twisting roads, especially as Ireland's motorway network is not very extensive.
Dublin has a moderate climate that experiences only small changes from season to season. January and February are the coldest months with average temperatures of about 7°C, and the highs in summer can get up to about 19°C in July and August. Whenever you go rain is likely, although it's worst in December, but there are at least plenty of pubs to duck into to wait out the showers! The sunniest months are May and June so if you're planning lots of outside activities in Dublin you might want to visit then.
Dublin's tourist season runs from Easter to October with July and August being the peak visiting times. Visitors outside these times can expect excellent deals on travel and accommodation. However quite a lot of Dublin's attractions close or offer reduced hours during the winter, so it's best to check you'll still get to see what you want. Going in the summer high season offers you the best of the weather but with it comes higher prices and crowding at the major tourist spots. Spring and early autumn offer the best of both worlds with quieter attractions and reasonable prices.
€ Euro. Euros can be obtained from ATMs for a small charge and are often the cheapest and easiest way to exchange money. All banks offer an exchange service for either cash or traveller's cheques, so shop around for the best deal.
Irish and English are both official languages in Ireland. In practise you'll find that everyone speaks English, even though many are fluent in Gaeilge too.
+353 for Ireland and the area code for Dublin is 1.
UK residents only need a valid UK passport or other form of photo ID to enter Ireland. A passport is preferred and is easiest as most airlines will require one.
The famous Ha'penny Bridge
George's Street Arcade
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Temple Bar is where you'll find the best nightlife
Samuel Beckett Bridge at Dublin Quay
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