Dublin can often feel like it holds the entirety of the Irish experience within its relatively modest city limits. Its far reaching reputation for friendly locals, flowing pints of Guinness and rich cultural history is by no means an exaggeration - this is simply one of the best cities to visit in Europe. Spend your days strolling through the cobbled streets and discovering hidden boutiques, historical buildings and what seem like never-ending libraries. Stop into a pub for a refreshing pint or two and chat with the locals before exploring the burgeoning gastronomic scene and nightlife in the Temple Bar neighbourhood on the river. The spirit of the Irish is infectious and our city guide to Dublin will take you to all of the best hotels, restaurants and historical sights to really experience the ‘craic’ that the Republic of Ireland’s capital has to offer.
A luxury townhouse in the heart of Dublin, The Wilder Townhouse is a chic resting spot for any traveller wanting to experience all the comforts of a stylish stately home amongst the excitement of the city. The space is imbued with a strong sense of creativity, a nod to the location’s fame for being a hub to some of Dublin’s greatest artists, writers and revolutionaries throughout history. Within this red-brick Victorian building, choose from the 42 guest rooms all of which have been designed and decorated individually with charming finishes such as deep velvet headboards and quirky butterfly bell jars. While there is no gym or pool on the property, the pull of the city waiting to be explored around you won’t leave you wanting to spend much time indoors on this city break. The friendly team of staff will be on hand throughout your stay and more than happy to give you any local tips or recommendations.
The Westbury: A contemporary five-star luxurious hotel located in the heart of Dublin just a stone’s throw away from St. Stephen’s Gree and the Gaiety Theatre.
Expect stylish decor, delicious plates and a buzzing atmosphere at Fade Street Social, Dylan McGrath’s restaurant located in the new hub of Dublin’s burgeoning dining scene. Sharing plates are the best way to enjoy all of the rich flavours that this eatery has to offer with plates made mostly from seasonal produce to ensure guests enjoy only the freshest ingredients. Come early and enjoy a cocktail or wine at the ambient bar upstairs before heading down to the main restaurant. We particularly recommend the whole soft shell crab with miso mayonnaise and the smoked black pudding fried with Japanese bread crumbs – divine!
Luna: A stylish Italian eatery on Drury street with an ambient setting and wonderfully friendly service.
Klaw: A lively and casual seafood restaurant focused on crab shack dining.
The Greenhouse: A fine contemporary restaurant focused on showcasing Irish cuisine and local ingredients.
The Unicorn: A celebrity-loved Italian restaurant focused on fine cuisine and exemplary service.
L. Mulligan Grocer: The perfect gastropub to stop in for lunch with impeccable food, drink and service. Try the bacon jam and Scotch eggs.
A city steeped in history and hidden gems, there is no better way to see all of the key points of significance than by taking a walking tour through Dublin – and Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours as by far the best. An Irish artist, historian, writer, illustrator, broadcaster, map maker and environmental lobbyist, Pat Liddy is nothing short of a legend in the country and his walking tour company is truly unparalleled. With funny, knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, you will be entertained as you learn fascinating facts about Dublin, from its medieval history to its literary heritage. For those wanting a fascinating general tour of Dublin, we recommend The Best of Dublin tour which will take you to landmarks such as Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and City Hall. For those wanting a more tailored tour, Pat Liddy’s Tours offer private tours that can be tailored exactly to your interests whether that be Jonathan Swift’s life in Dublin or an architecture-specific exploration of the city.
The Hugh Lane Gallery: Fascinating historically-significant art gallery housing the works of the best Irish and International artists throughout history.
The Irish Dance Party: A barrel of laughs, this is an interactive show where you can experience and even learn the world-famous Irish dancing.
Jameson Distillery, Bow Street: Distillery tour and whiskey tasting at the original Jameson Distillery on Bow Street.