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The city at the heart of the Emerald Isles has long inspired writers and poets, with its grand historic buildings, long stretches of riverfront, and lively cultural scene. A mix of old and new, Dublin’s compact center is home to grand Georgian architecture and striking steel monuments. There are lush, green parks dotted between modern shopping centers, and ancient attractions at almost every turn. There’s plenty of craic to be had from the city’s exciting nightlife too, and you can sip on a frothy pint of Guinness and enjoy banter with the ever-so welcoming locals in one of the city’s many cozy pubs.

Things to see

You can learn all about how Dublin's favorite beverage is made at the Guinness Storehouse, and this converted factory has several floors of interactive displays about Ireland's most famous stout. You'll be able to see the ingredients that go into every pint, how it's made, and even how a perfect pint should be poured. At the end of your tour, you can enjoy your own drink in the modern, 360 degree glass bar at the top, with perfect views of the city's rooftops. Dublin Castle dates back to Medieval times, with one stone tower still surviving from this period, although most of it was built in Victorian times, with grand rooms full of chandeliers, artworks, and gold detailing. The castle used to belong to the British monarchy, but now it's used by the government, and you'll be able to see the state apartments where world leaders come to visit, set around the charming cobblestone courtyard. St. Patrick's Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Ireland, with captivating Gothic architecture topped off with a 43 meter high spire. Inside you'll find high arches, intricate stained glass, and many decorative features, which you can enjoy on a guided tour or during daily services.

Hotels in Dublin

Dublin has a great selection of traditional and modern hotels, from historic buildings to glass fronted contemporary spaces. Close to the center, there's a choice of 4 and 5 star Dublin hotels, many of which have free WiFi, world class restaurants, bars, lounges, and valet parking. Some properties also have fitness centers and spas, allowing you to enjoy some relaxation after a long day of sightseeing, and business centers for those who need to get some work done. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Dublin, then there are often more affordable accommodation options just outside the popular tourist areas, with 2 to 3 star chain hotels offering facilities such as free parking and free continental breakfasts.

Where to stay

Temple Bar runs along the south bank of the river, and is a popular spot for tourists to stay, with many big attractions close by. It's also famous for its traditional pubs, with cobblestone streets full of charming Irish taverns, and a wide selection of locally made ales on tap. The stone buildings have also been turned into cool cafés, vintage boutiques, and shops selling second hand books and vinyl. Croke Park holds the stadium where some of the country's biggest soccer and sporting events are played, and this modern area has larger chain hotels that are comfortable and affordable. Being further from the city center, it's a quieter spot, with leafy residential streets and calm parklands.

How to get to Dublin

Dublin Airport has regular arrivals from across Europe and the USA, and is just a 20 minute drive or cab ride into the city center. There are regular buses between the airport and city, with the ride taking about half an hour. Dublin Connolly railway station is close to the center, with regular services from Belfast and other cities, and there's also a connection to suburban services and the express buses that can get you around quickly. It's also possible to arrive via ferry from Holyhead in North Wales, with the crossing taking under 2 hours, and there are occasional services from Cherbourg in France, with overnight crossings available.

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