All you need to know about traveling to and glorious Georgian architecture.
But this city also embraces the diversity of its current population. This combination of history and modern multiculturalism, sprinkled with some Irish craic, makes for an irresistible city break destination.
Arriving at Dublin Airport
Located around 8 miles (13km) from the city centre, Dublin Airport is conveniently placed and has excellent onsite facilities. The two terminals are connected, and you can walk between them. Terminal 1 serves short-haul and domestic flights, while Terminal 2 serves mostly long-haul routes.
There’s Wi-Fi, ample car parking, airport lounges from €25 and a broad selection of shops and restaurants both in departures and before security. The airport also offers a fast-track service from €6 if you want to skip the queues at security.
Dublin Airport is within easy reach of the Irish capital. Several bus operators run services between the airport and the city, stopping at hotspots such as Temple Bar, St Stephen’s Green, the International Financial Services Centre and Lower Abbey Street.
Taxis from the airport are always on a meter and usually cost around €16-26, and several care hire companies can be found in the arrivals hall. Driving into the city, the fastest route is on the M50 (southbound) and then the N1.
For onward travel, there are national coach services connecting Dublin Airport with Cork, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick.
On the south of the river, Trinity College is one of the most important historical attractions in Dublin. Established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the highlight here is the Old Library which houses the Book of Kells, dating back to 800AD. Don’t miss the glorious barrel-vaulted Long Room.
A symbol of the Irish struggle for independence, the Kilmainham Gaol became an icon of both oppression and martyrdom after it was built in 1796. It housed captured revolutionaries during the 1916 Easter Rising and during the War of Independence. Visit the exhibition galleries to understand its harrowing history, then take the popular guided tour.
Guinness Brewery and Storehouse
Few other cities in the world have connections with a single drink quite like Dublin has with Guinness. Arthur Guinness founded the brewery in 1759. Today the complex sprawls west of the city centre. You can visit the Storehouse on St James’s Gate for a self-guided introduction to the brewing process and sample some of the black stuff with a view over the city.
The National Museum
Get a comprehensive understanding of the changing faces of Dublin over the centuries at this must-see museum. See prehistoric gold discovered in peat fields, enjoy fascinating ecclesiastical exhibits with ancient brooches and chalices on display, and chart the country’s history from the Viking age.
Get a glimpse inside one of Dublin’s finest Georgian houses. The beautiful Baroque stuccowork and Rococo plaster offer insight into homes during the city’s heyday.