Holiday Guide to Dublin
Home to the Black Stuff with the lovely white/cream top The Guinness Storehouse should be your number one choice of places to visit, the brewery site has been remodelled into the shape of a rather large pint of Guinness, the original distillery was built in 1759 and here you can learn the history of this popular brew and sample a glass from the Gravity Bar where you can sip your pint whilst enjoying a panoramic view over Dublin City centre.
Begin to your Dublin holiday with a bus tour of the city and take in all the great sights including City Hall, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, then once you’ve got your bearings it’s an easy walk from your Dublin hotel to the next attraction. The city is split by the River Liffey, which offers the opportunity for a romantic boat trip or a walk along the riverside and beautiful parks in the city; you can also find some great places for a relaxing al fresco lunch.
For families you can’t beat a day at the City Zoo in Phoenix Park with elephants, monkeys, red pandas, reptiles, hippos and bats. Art lovers can spend time at the National Gallery of Ireland, with over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works to include sketches, drawings, prints and sculptures.
Visit Trinity College where you can see the book of Kells, written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings.
After being eventually rediscovered, it was deposited for safe keeping in 1653. The National History Museum and the Science Gallery, St. Patricks Cathedral and the old Jameson distillery are more great places to visit. Less cultural, but, great fun, shopping, is great in Dublin, the Temple Bar area has a wide choice of shops, departments stores and boutiques and the Trinity College area is great for browsing too.
Dublin is rightly well known for the nightlife, where you can choose from a traditional Irish Bar, where chat is the order of the day and of course, Guinness is usually the drink of choice, there are many other bars offering live music, DJ’s, beautiful people and of course, there are plenty of night clubs to choose from.
Food is great, with of course, a choice of nearly every cuisine you can think of from fast food, traditional Irish food to haute cuisine.
When to Go Dublin?
The weather is famously changeable in Dublin. May, June and September suppose to be the sunniest months, while July and August can be a washout – and crowded to boot. Winter months Dublin, with its contrast between chilly streets and a cosy, indoor culture, can be charmingly good
The basics to know
Telephone dial code 00 353 1 from outside Ireland.
Time difference from UK: none.
Currency is Euro.
Flight time from London to Dublin is around 1 hour 20 minutes..
The following airlines fly to Dublin Airport from the UK: Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Flybe, CityJet and British Airways, Aer Lingus is based at Terminal 2, all other airlines use Terminal 1.
Dublin Airport offers a bus and taxi connections into the city and there is full range of car hire facilities.
The distinctive blue Aircoach offers services between both terminals and to/from a series of points in the city and southern suburbs. All coaches stop in the city centre at O’Connell Street and Trinity College. Follow the signs from the arrivals halls in both terminals. Fares are €7 single/€12 return (€6/€11 if booked online).
Airlink 747 offers a loop service between the airport terminals and a variety of city centre stops. Fares €6 single/€10 return.
Dublin airport taxis depart from just outside the terminal buildings. Fares are approximately €25-€30 to the city centre
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