Dublin City Breaks
A Dublin City Break Guide
For a fun weekend, a city break in Dublin is a great idea. Whether with a partner, family or friends, Dublin has plenty to keep you entertained for a short break.
Just a short flight or ferry ride from the UK, the lively pubs, varied museums and historic castle of Dublin are easy to get to. Try one of the more quirkier sides to Dublin like the traditional live Irish music in some of the local pubs, or take a trip to the leprechaun museum, or simply wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere.
What's more, Dublin city breaks don't have to break the bank either.
Getting to, from and around Dublin
Just a short hop over the Irish Sea, Dublin Airport is served, predominantly by Ryanair to most regional airports in the UK.
The best way to get from Dublin Airport into the city centre is by bus or coach. A return is €10 for adults and €5 for children with AirLink and stops at various locations around the city centre.
You can also combine your airport bus ticket with a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour for €27 per adult with a second day tour free.
Things to do in Dublin
There are many ways you can explore Dublin on a city break, including walking tours, bike tours, and bus tours. As mentioned above, one great way to get about any city is the hop on/hop off bus tours, which in Dublin, you can combine with your airport bus ticket to save.
One area you should visit is Temple Bar. Full of bars, restaurants and......tourists.....but there are some wonderfully lively bars to be found around here. The Oliver St. John Gogarty's Pub on Fleet Street offers live Irish music most afternoons, a great way to enjoy a pint, but with it does come the crowds of tourists that flock to the pub.
The Guinness Factory, albeit a bit cliche, is actually one of the city's must-dos, telling the story of the legendary brewery since its beginnings in 1759. Explore the brewery with an audio tour followed by a pint of the good stuff in the Gravity Bar, located on the seventh floor offering wonderful views across the city.
For something a little more quirky, why not discover the city's Leprechaun Museum. Located in the heart of the city on Jervis Street, the Leprechaun Museum allows you to discover the world of Irish mythology with folklore tales aplenty. Tickets are €12 for adults and €8 for children.
Where to stay in Dublin
Dublin is a relatively small city so it's very accessible but you should try and stay in the city centre for convenience.
Dublin city breaks can be as budget or as premium as you like. Hostels, even Gogarty's mentioned above offer low cost rooms and beds in the heart of the city.
For more of a luxury break, why not try The Gibson Hotel, located opposite the 3 Arena. It's a little further out of the city but easily accessible by tram into the main shopping area.