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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.
Food and drink
Traditional Irish fare
Irish cuisine is all warming stews and hearty dumplings, and Dublin has plenty of traditional pubs in which to sample some of the country’s most popular dishes. O’Neill’s on Suffolk Street is a firm favourite, but wander around the Temple Bar area and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Try a traditional family dinner of boiled bacon and cabbage, or gorge on the pancake-like potato boxty. Ireland is also the home of soda bread and some of the finest black pudding anywhere in the world.
Shellfish also features heavily in Irish cuisine, and the country has excellent salmon stocks. Try shucking oysters or cracking into fresh crab at Klaw on Capel Street for a taste of Irish ocean offerings.
Guinness and whiskey
You can’t come to Ireland without having a pint of Guinness, so don’t miss the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. Or try a pint of it at any one of the hundreds of pubs throughout the city.
Beyond beer, there’s plenty more to drink, including whiskey. Treat yourself to a tour and tasting session at the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street or sample a variety at the Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street.