Planning a Short Break to Dublin

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Dublin, Ireland is a city that both hubs and I would like to visit one day, and it’s the perfect city for a short city break.

Getting There

From the UK you can get to Dublin by air or by ferry. Dublin Airport is about 10km from the city, and has two terminals which are an arrival point for several airlines including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, easyJet and British Airways. The budget airlines have some very reasonable airfares to and from Dublin, and I found one for as little as £19.99!

There is the option to travel across the Irish Sea from either Liverpool or Hollyhead. I am not a good traveller on ferries – too many times spent below deck feeling very sick on ferry crossings to France! It also means getting ourselves to one of those locations first. For us, it would be easier to fly.  A ferry crossing is a lot more expensive at £138 for two. Plus the expense of us getting up north.

Where To Stay

We find that on city breaks it’s fab to stay within the hub of things, so that attractions, bars and restaurants are easier to get to without having to worry too much about travelling too far. Often it means paying a little bit more, but in my mind, we may only visit a place once in our lifetime, so might as well make the experience as awesome as we can! Check out HotelsCombined’s blog on Where to Stay in Dublin: Best Tourist Areas Guide to discover more of Dublin’s interesting stays and attractions. There are lots of different hotel options and locations – choose what area to stay in, the star rating and sort by the cheapest. That tends to be the option I always search for things ;)

What To See

When it comes to planning what to go and see whilst on a city break, we often check out websites like TripAdvisor and the tourist board website of the place we’re visiting. What I like about TripAdvisor is the app, which means we can check out local restaurants, bars and attraction in our immediate locale as well as further afield. We used it a lot on our weekend in Bruges!

I’ve picked a selection of places to visit whilst in Dublin, based on our personal preferences of the things we like to see when visiting a new city. There are lots more, of course, and I included the bus tour as we have done this in both London and Paris in the past. It means we get to see a lot of the city, especially if we are pressed for time (which we always seem to be on short breaks!)

National Museum of Ireland – Home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world.

Dublin Castle – The site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country.

Guinness Storehouse – Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin tourist attraction

Dublin Zoo – One of the world’s oldest zoos, Dublin Zoo is also modern in design and houses more than 600 animals. It has been redesigned in recent years to be a safe environment for people and the animals with gardens, lakes and natural habitats

Trinity College – The building facade of Trinity College is among many constructed since the foundation of the College on March 13th, 1592. Guided tours given by students.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – A magnificent cathedral that houses Jonathan Swift’s remains (he wrote Gulliver’s Travels). It is the only remaining cathedral in Ireland with a daily sung services.

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour – Experience Dublin’s best attractions with a Dublin Bus Tour. All Dublin Bus day tours offer live commentary by experienced tour guides

Where to Drink & Dine

Ultimately, you can’t visit Dublin without drinking a pint of Guinness and a chaser of whiskey ;) And with us really enjoying local foods when travelling and some 1000+ (according to Trip Advisor) places to eat and drink in Dublin, I think we’d be spoilt for choice!

Have you been to Dublin? What should we not miss on a city break to Ireland’s capital?

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