16 June 2016 by Anna Staford
There are people who like to close their eyes and point at a map to decide where to travel. On the other hand, others like to plan their trips down to the last detail to squeeze every last moment out of it. Often this can be down to time and money, and if this is the case, travelling to Dublin is a great idea for you.
Dublin is a really affordable place to travel. You can get quality accommodation and meals for a great price, and even going around the city won’t cost too much. You can search online for affordable accommodations, but among the top that came up on our search is Lynam’s Hotel, The Fleet Street Hotel, Harding Hotel, and Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
You can choose to travel north or south of the city by DART rail service, car, or bus and you’ll see the beautiful coastal towns, beaches, and harbours. You can also choose to visit the marine town of Dún Loaghaire, which is on the southern part of Dublin’s coastline. You will not only see a majestic marine town, but also experience the town’s history with all the museums located in the area.
The castles around Dublin are proof that the city is rich in history. You can visit various castles, like the Dublin Castle which has been the centre of Irish politics for more than 800 years. The castle has also been used as a setting in the television series, The Tudors. Another castle that has been featured in the same series is the Swords Castle. Other castles include the Drimnagh castle, and one privately owned castle is Howth on Dublin Bay. A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of these historic fortresses.
Dublin is home to a lot of food markets which you can check out when you're in the area. There is the Temple Bar Food Market which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, the Irish Village Markets which can be found in various locations around the city and are open during lunch times from 11am to 2pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Howth Market is another which is well worth a visit, open every Saturday, Sunday, and bank holiday Monday from 10am to 5pm.
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There are so many festivals in the city throughout the year. The biggest of these takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, but you can enjoy contemporary film during the Jameson Film Festival, or you can experience Dublin’s Fashion Festival. Being home to lots of pubs, you’ll be sure to catch a gig or two while you’re in Dublin. No matter what kind of music you’re into, various music sessions throughout the city’s pubs and hotels will definitely supply you with your kind of entertainment.
Ireland is famous for Guinness and you’ll definitely be missing out if you don’t visit the Guinness Storehouse located in the heart of St. James’s Gate Brewery on your trip to Dublin. Visiting a traditional pub will also give you the full Dublin experience, where you can meet the locals and experience their culture.
Surely these reasons alone are enough to make you pack your bags, buy travel insurance, and get your tickets to Dublin.
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