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The Majesty of Dublin

Dublin was originally founded as a Viking settlement well over 2,000 years ago and since this time, the city has been continuously inhabited. Designated as a “Global City”, Dublin currently ranks as one of the top 30 cities in the world to visit. This metropolitan area boasts a unique melange of culture, architecture, cuisine and of course, the occasional pint or two. Let us take a more in-depth look at what travellers need to know when planning a city break to this stunning location.

Flight Information and Airports

The most common airport used to arrive here is Dublin Airport (DUB). It is located exactly 10 kilometres north of the city centre. It caters to approximately 25 million passengers each year and it is very easy for individuals to arrive at the city centre of Dublin itself. Not only is the airport located next to the M1 and the M50 motorways, but bus services, taxi and Irish Rail (trains) are all available. Some of the major airliners which utilise Dublin Airport include:

  • Ryanair
  • Aer Lingus
  • British Airways
  • Thompson Airways
  • United Airlines

Main Attractions

Notwithstanding the numerous pub contained throughout the city, there are a number of other interesting sights to enjoy. Anyone searching for a bargain while visiting should opt for outdoor venues which are generally free to enter. These include Phoenix Park, the National Botanic Garden, Farmleigh and Powerscourt Estate. Other family-friendly activities can be comprised of a trip to famous Dublin Zoo, a walk through the National Wax Museum or watching a game of rugby at Aviva Stadium. Keep in mind that Dublin is also very famous for its history and its architecture. Some prime examples here are certainly Ashtown Castle, The Custom House, St. Michan's Church and Malahide Castle.

Hotels and Accommodations

Many package holidays will include a hotel in their overall pricing plan. As expected, this can be ideal for anyone who may be on a budget or looking for a bargain. Still, some of the most respected hotels include The Westbury Hotel, The Merrion Hotel Dublin and The Shelbourne Dublin.

These are all found within close proximity to the city centre and all are only a few minutes of a walk to the massive expanse of St. Stephen's Green (a large pubic park). Hotels that are less expensive tend to be found a bit more of a distance from the centre although thanks to mass transit, it is very easy to arrive at one's destination of choice.

When to Visit

It is worthwhile mentioning here that Dublin can be known for its changeable weather; especially during the spring and winter. While cheap flights tend to abound during these times of the year, keep in mind to dress warm and prepare for a bit of rain. If you are looking for last-minute city breaks, these can be great windows of opportunity, for flights are more available while fewer tourists will be out and about. If you have been looking for a true taste of Ireland, Dublin is not to be missed!