Ireland's vibrant capital city of Dublin tops the list of places to visit for many people who travel to Ireland. Dublin is one of the friendliest cities in the world and one of the most popular destinations for a city break in Europe. If you only have a day to spend in the Fair City here is how you can do Dublin in a day...
Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot, while the Luas tram system provides excellent transport links throughout the city.
Start the day with a guided tour of Trinity College, Ireland's most prestigious academic establishment and home to one of the country's oldest and most prominent cultural artefacts; the Book of Kells. Once you've had the chance to gaze at the pages of this medieval manuscript, you can marvel at the stunning collection of oriental art at the Chester Beatty Library before heading to Grafton Street and George's Street Arcade, Dublin's exclusive shopping districts to peruse the latest fashions.
After recharging your batteries at one of the many tea shops and cafes around Grafton Street, hop on the Luas to the Guinness Storehouse. Here you'll discover all there is to know about the black stuff, you can tour the brewery, before sampling a pint in the Gravity Bar with amazing panoramic views of the city, perfect for watching the sun set over Dublin. Now you've whetted your appetite head down to Temple Bar and soak in the atmosphere of traditional Irish music and a few more pints or cross the River Liffey and head to Parnell Square to dine in style at the Chapter One Restaurant beneath the Dublin Writer's Museum.
Dublin is a great city to visit all year round, but the Fair City really comes to life during Christmas and of course for St Patrick's Day. While one of the most famous days in Dublin is Bloomsday, recounting through street theatre and readings, the day in Dublin described in James Joyce's masterpiece; Ulysses.
Dublin is a must see city as part of your Ireland Vacation or holiday, and to ensure you get the most out of your day, we can recommend a number of centreally located hotels in Dublin to stay.