If you are looking for a short weekend city break and don’t want to go too far from home, then a trip over the Irish sea to Dublin is something you would certainly do well to consider.
The capital of Ireland is one of the most vibrant cities anywhere in Europe, with centuries of history and culture being a major draw for millions of visitors every year.
The weather is something that you will have to contend with during a short break in Dublin and there is no escaping the fact that rain is possible no matter when you pay a visit.
The chance of a shower increases during the winter months when the temperatures are unlikely to hit double figures, although visit in summer and you can expect highs in the early 20s.
No matter if you are travelling with friends or family, Dublin is a city that has something to suit all tastes.
Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and there are all manner of museums that help to tell the story of Dublin – and wider Ireland – through the ages, with the opportunity to also discover more a huge range of topics, although literature and the arts features prominently.
Expect the likes of Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and George Bernard Shaw are amongst the most well known names you can expect to encounter.
Ireland is also famous for the ‘craic’ and there is plenty of opportunities to make the most of the hospitality of the locals during your time in the city, with a huge selection of lively bars where you can have fun until the early hours or sample a pint of Guinness.
Add into the mix a varied range of family friendly attractions for those with children in tow such as Dublin Zoo and one of the biggest climbing walls in Europe and you’ll get some idea of why so many people chose the Irish city for their quick break.
The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular attractions in Dublin and is the home of the famous Irish drink. Starting out at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, the seven-storey buildings tells the Guinness story, with plenty of interactive experiences as you examine the heritage and history of the ‘Black Stuff’. Once you’ve learned how the perfect pint of Guinness is produced, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a sample from the top floor bar with 360° panoramic views over Dublin.
Opened in the 1830s, Dublin Zoo is a well-visited attraction within the Irish capital – particularly for those who have the children with them. Located in the heart of the city within Phoenix Park, the zoo is home to a number of exotic animals that includes tigers, hippos, lions, giraffes and gorillas.
The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is regarded as one of the most important cultural treasures in Ireland and dates back to the 9th century. The book features the four gospels of the New Testament and is on permanent display in the library at Trinity College – the largest library to be found in the country.
When it comes to a night out in Dublin, there are few areas to match Temple Bar. Located close to the River Liffey, the area is home to numerous popular bars that include the Temple Bar Pub itself, whilst there are also a number of cultural attractions – including the National Photographic Archive. Dining options aplenty cater for those looking for a bite to eat.
Situated in the heart of the city, Dublin Castle dates back to the 13th century and is now a major government complex that is also popular with tourists. Take a tour of the castle and you’ll be able to explore a range of different exhibitions and take a guided tour to discover the story of the famous old building.
The National Museum of Ireland is located within Dublin and is home to a huge selection of artefacts both from within Ireland from much further afield. If you want to see examples of Celtic and Medieval art then this is the place to go.
If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet whilst in the city of Dublin then the botanical gardens are the place to go, with the opportunity to take a stroll through impressive landscapes in a picturesque position on the banks of the Tolka River.
AquaZone is located within the National Aquatic Centre and is great fun for all the family, with a range of waterslides that are suitable for guests of all ages. If you are taking a break in Dublin with the family then it is very much a must-see attraction for the children.