Dublin Holidays & City Breaks 2019
For a quick city break away, hop over the pond to Ireland’s capital of Dublin. Located on the eastern coast of Ireland, Dublin is more than convenient as it’s so close to home. With relatively mild weather throughout the majority of the year, it is also a great destination all year round.
Explore historical castles, cathedrals and huge green parks in the capital as well as fascinating museums which shed light on Irish culture.
So, whether you’re just looking for a room only option or you want breakfast included during your stay, we have a range of affordable hotels awaiting your Dublin city break.
Things to do in Dublin
Dublin city breaks offer a range of fun and interesting experiences. From historical sites to cultural wonders, Dublin is always a top choice.
- Guinness Storehouse – Everyone that’s been to Dublin has a picture from here! This brewery retells the story of Ireland’s most famous beverage, whilst offering tasting sessions and a lovely rooftop bar.
- Dublin Castle – This castle dates to 1204 and includes two museums, cafes, a library and lush gardens.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Perhaps best-known as Ireland’s biggest church, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a popular sight thanks to its sheer beauty.
- Kilmainham Gaol – If you love going back throughout history, this is a must-see. Tours take you through this abandoned prison and educated visitors about the treatment of the inmates as well as other facts.
- St. Stephen’s Green – Fancy an outdoor space to relax during your Dublin break? St. Stephen’s Green is just the place. It includes a playground for the little ones, as well as a lake and sculptures.
Dublin food and drink
Dublin is home to hearty foods and tasty culinary delights. Spend an afternoon in one of the capital’s pubs where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness along with a lovely meal. As of late many old classics have recently been reinvented and given a modern twist. Go for the Irish stew whilst in Dublin, lamb is the traditional choice of meat, however, beef is often used too. Many pubs in the city will serve up this tasty dish including the Oval on Abbey Street and The Brewers Hall in the Guinness Storehouse.
On the other hand, you’ve got to start the day off with a full Irish! We’ve all had a full English, but when in Dublin… Expect bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans, grilled tomato, toast and black pudding. Where can you start your morning with this delight? Head to The Bakehouse or Queen of Tarts, although loads of places will be cooking up an Irish brekkie.
The Irish know how to party, and Dublin is definitely a reflection of that fact! There are bars, pubs, clubs and music venues to choose from. But they all guarantee a great night out around the city.
Temple Bar – Perhaps the most recognisable nightlife hotspot in Dublin, this riverside neighbourhood takes you down cobblestoned streets. It is home to a range of music venues and bars, bringing in huge crowds. The Temple Bar pub offers visitors a welcoming and lively atmosphere as well as live music and a huge selection of whisky.
The Button Factory is also a popular venue in Temple Bar, offering live music nights as well as club nights. It attracts a range of top DJs and musicians from around the world. The Grand Social is near Temple Bar (on the other side of the Liffey River) and also has a variety of diverse nights, from hip-hop to 90’s R’n’B.
When to go
The great thing about Dublin holidays is that they’re great anytime of the year. Regardless, summer time in Dublin is simply beautiful. The temperatures will be at their highest for the city making it a lovely time to explore all that it has to offer. The only downside to this is that many tourists flock to Dublin during the summer opposed to any other time of the year. If avoiding the crowds is more important to you, head to Dublin during the winter months. On the other hand, spring and autumn are also great times to go to Dublin as they both offer some crowds and decent weather.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: 8° / 2°
- February: 8° / 2°
- March: 10° / 3°
- April: 12° / 4°
- May: 15° / 6°
- June: 18° / 9°
- July: 20° / 11°
- August: 19° / 11°
- September: 17° / 9°
- October: 14° / 7°
- November: 10° / 4°
- December: 9° / 2°
Museums and galleries in Dublin
If you’re someone who appreciates a great museum or gallery whilst on holiday, Dublin has plenty to go around.
- National Gallery of Ireland – Full of artwork by national and European artists from the 14th to the 20th-century. Admire everything from paintings to sculptures from Van Gogh to Picasso.
- National Museum of Ireland – Explore a range of national and international archaeological marvels as well as history, art and culture of Ireland. This museum also branches off into different aspects such as the Natural History Museum and Archaeology.
- The Little Museum of Dublin – This museum covers the society and lifestyle of Dublin residents within the last century.
- Trinity College Library – Although not really a museum or a gallery, there are still many reasons why Trinity College Library is a huge attraction.
Dublin history and culture
Ireland’s history and culture are evident in its capital. A Dublin holiday is sure to offer visitors an insight into the capital’s rich history and culture. With influences from the Vikings to the Georgians, all of this and so much more is ingrained in Dublin’s genes. 19th-century Dublin was plagued by struggles both socially and politically. Dublin saw the Irish War of Independence play out as well as the 1916 Rising and the Civil War, which have all left behind traces behind. Places which were previously destroyed during these times of unrest were eventually rebuilt and are a part of Dublin now.