Dublin City Breaks
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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 including Bournemouth, Leeds Bradford and Cardiff.
Once you've landed in Ireland, 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, or Dublin Express which stops at George's Quay, Aston Quay, Wellington Quay and Heuston Station, amongst many others.
Taxis can be picked up from right outside the terminal buildings and will cost around €15-25 into 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 Guiness Storehouse
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 Guiness 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.
The grand building of Dublin Castle is a sight to behold. Spend time exploring the castle on your own, or join a tour and get to know the real nitty gritty history of the building since it was built in 1204.
Irish Whiskey Museum
If you love your Whisky, then the Irish Whiskey Museum (the Irish spelling of Whisky has an 'e') is a must. Located between Temple Bar and Trinity College, Here you can learn about the history of Irish Whiskey, as well as trying out a few too, of course.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Not your typical museum experience, the Kilmainham Gaol Museum was built in 1796 and takes you on a journey, exploring the men, women and children who spent time here.
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.
Smithfield has a bit of an industrial feel with plenty of old school warehouses, but the area is up-and-coming, with trendy cafes and restaurants popping up. It's a popular place to stay because it's also quite an easy walk into much of the city.
Booking Your Trip To Dublin
With prices starting from less than £100pp, you might be tempted to book your flight and hotel separately to get the best deals, but just beware of the fact that your booking won't be ABTA or ATOL protected.
Dublin City Breaks With Ryanair
Ryanair offers the most flights from around the UK to Dublin, so whether you like Ryanair or not, they'll usually be the best option for flights. You can book a city break to Dublin with Ryanair flights through travel companies like Thomas Cook and lastminute.com. Some companies, like Expedia won't book Ryanair so if you do opt to book your flights directly with the airline and your hotel separately, make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance.
With so many flights from the UK, last minute breaks to Dublin can be a great option. Airlines don't like their seats going empty and hotels don't like their rooms going empty either, so you may be able to find some great late deals.