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4.6/5

28-32 O'Connell Street Upper

Dublin 1

Dublin, D01 T2X2

Ireland


Reservations:
1-888-HOLIDAY

Front Desk:
353-1-8788099

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InterContinental Hotels Dublin

City Centre, 1.62 mi

4.6/5

Simmonscourt Road

Ballsbridge

Dublin, 4

Ireland


Reservations:
1 888 IC HOTELS

Front Desk:
353-1-6654000

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Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

City Centre, 4.25 mi

4.5/5

Northwood Park

Santry Demesne

Dublin, 9

Ireland


Reservations:
1 877 2 CROWNE

Front Desk:
353-1-8628888

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Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport

City Centre, 4.28 mi

4.3/5

Northwood Park

Santry Demesne, Santry

Dublin, 9

Ireland


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Front Desk:
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Holiday Inn Dublin - Airport

City Centre, 5.0 mi


759 Clonshaugh

Dublin

Ireland


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353-1-9068833

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4.7/5

Blanchardstown Town Centre

Dublin, 15

Ireland


Reservations:
1 877 2 CROWNE

Front Desk:
353-1-8977777 +3300

Dublin is the Republic of Ireland’s lively capital, an engaging mix of old and new where medieval streets give way to a thriving tech quarter. The city’s museums, monuments and shops draw visitors from around the globe, and its legendary nightlife takes in everything from centuries-old pubs to glitzy late-night clubs.

Dublin: city layout

Compact, walkable Dublin sits on Ireland’s east coast, bisected east to west by the River Liffey. The southern Grand Canal and the northern Royal Canal ring the city.

 

Most major attractions lie south of the river. Towards the east you’ll find Trinity College, from where pedestrianised, shop-lined Grafton Street leads south to St. Stephen’s Green. Further east, Dublin’s tech quarter sits around the Grand Canal Docks. 

 

The Guinness Storehouse is in the west, close to east-west thoroughfare Dame Street. 

 

Pedestrian Ha’penny Bridge links the medieval streets of lively Temple Bar to the Liffey’s north bank. Locals generally refer to the streets running along the riverbank as the North and South Quays.

 

Enormous Phoenix Park, in the northwest, houses a castle, gardens and the Dublin Zoo.

Dublin’s Top Attractions

For the best of old Dublin, start south of the Liffey and take a guided tour of 13th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then tour the grand State Apartments at imposing Dublin Castle. You can wander the cobblestone squares of 16th-century Trinity College, where the ornate Book of Kells is on display in the library.

 

After the 1916 Easter Rising, political prisoners were held at gloomy Kilmainham Gaol, now a museum exploring the history of Ireland’s independence movement. Prehistoric gold jewellery and the intricate, eighth-century Tara Brooch are among the treasures of the National Museum of Ireland’s archaeology collection.

The concierge recommends…

  • A visit to the grand, neoclassical General Post Office, occupied by rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916. Bullet holes can still be glimpsed on the facade of the building.
  • If queuing to see the Book of Kells is too daunting, view the lovely illuminated manuscripts at the Chester Beatty Library instead. Bonus: it’s free.
  • Take time to stroll the lawns and admire the Georgian buildings of pretty Merrion Square.
  • Sink the freshest pint of Guinness you’ve ever tasted at The Gravity Bar on top of the Guinness Storehouse, which has sweeping views of the city.
  • Join the locals cheering on their favourite teams at a football or rugby match at Aviva Stadium.

Hotels in Dublin

IHG offers a wide range of options of hotels for your stay in Dublin, including many in the bustling city centre. The calmer suburbs are further from the action but have quick and convenient public transport links.

 

Minutes from the city centre by bus or DART railway, residential Ballsbridge is known for its wide, tree-lined streets. Many of Dublin’s embassies are found here. Families will appreciate the relative quiet, and kids can run loose in Herbert Park.

 

The suburb of Blanchardstown is a great choice if you’re exploring Ireland by car. It’s just off the M50, 20 minutes by bus from central Dublin, and home to several industrial and business parks.

 

A hotel near Dublin Airport (DUB) is good for business travellers making a quick stop or anyone with an early departure. Nearby, paths wind through the trees and fountains of picturesque Santry Park.

Eating Out in Dublin

Dublin’s restaurants offer a wide choice of international cuisines. The dining scene has heated up in recent years, with young chefs using locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables to create fresh, modern takes on traditional Irish fare.

 

You’ll find the biggest concentration of restaurants south of the Liffey, especially in Temple Bar, with more elegant choices to the south towards St. Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square. Foodies can sample local delicacies on the Dublin Tasting Trail guided tour.

 

With two Michelin stars to brag about, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is ideal for a money-no-object feast. At the other end of the budget spectrum, legendary Leo Burdock’s has been serving fish and chips in Christchurch since 1913.

 

Every Saturday, vendors at the Temple Bar Food Market sell everything from local produce and freshly baked bread to sushi and oysters. Street food fans should check out Irish Village Markets, which brings international treats to hungry lunchtime crowds at sites around the city from Tuesday to Friday. 

The chef recommends...

  • Dublin Coddle: Local author Jonathan Swift was said to be a fan of this hearty dish, usually made with potatoes, onions, sausage and bacon.
  • Oysters: Fresh, local oysters are on the can’t-miss list for seafood lovers.
  • Irish Stew: Traditionally made with lamb, root vegetables and onions, though beef and Guinness is another popular variation.
  • Black and White Pudding: Part of a traditional Irish breakfast, these sausages are made of oatmeal, suet, pork and spices. 

Shopping in Dublin

Dublin visitors can shop anywhere from high-end fashion retailers to humble market stalls, scooping up funky vintage accessories, fine jewellery and everything in between.

 

Pedestrianised Grafton Street is Dublin’s best-known shopping area, with high-street shops along the main drag and some quirky finds on the intersecting streets. Cow’s Lane is known for its designer boutiques and hosts a Saturday market for clothing, handmade crafts and jewellery. Francis Street is the place for antiques and collectibles.

 

Posh Powerscourt Centre mixes local and international fashion boutiques with antique shops and restaurants in an elegant Georgian townhouse. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre has familiar brands in a central location. George’s Street Arcade pulls together a jumble of independent boutiques and stalls in a purpose-built, 19th-century building. 

 

The suburban Blanchardstown Centre, about 20 minutes northwest of Dublin, has around 180 stores, with a cinema and the Leisureplex entertainment complex to keep non-shoppers busy.

Best souvenirs to buy in Dublin

  • A tin whistle: Founded in the 1920s, Waltons Music has played a key role in the publication and distribution of traditional Irish tunes. A whistle and songbook make great souvenirs for music lovers.
  • An Avoca throw: Avoca has been weaving its 100% lambswool throws since the 1700s, but with bright, modern colours, they’re anything but old-fashioned. Their Suffolk Street outpost also has clothing, housewares and a café.
  • Edibles: Take home a taste of Ireland with something as simple as Irish sea salt, or wow your favourite whiskey-lover with a bottle from Jamestown Distillery, complete with custom label.

Culture & Nightlife in Dublin

Packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, Temple Bar is Dublin’s cultural quarter and busiest nightlife area. It can attract a boisterous crowd after dark, but things are calmer in the older, western end of the district. You can catch trad sessions (where musicians drop in to perform Irish folk music) at pubs all over the city.

 

Dublin Writers Museum explores the city’s proud literary history through the possessions, early editions and unpublished writings of such greats as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. In September and October the Dublin Theatre Festival presents plays by local and international writers. You can enjoy performances all year-round at the Abbey Theatre and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

 

The National Gallery of Ireland shows European and Irish art from the 13th to the 20th centuries, with a room dedicated to the paintings of Jack B. Yeats. Set in the 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art houses the country’s contemporary and modern art collection.

Where to hear trad music in Dublin

  • The Cobblestone is a long-standing, no-frills favourite, with free live music every night.
  • Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is about as traditional as it gets. There’s music every night here too, plus a popular Sunday afternoon session.
  • The Tuesday night Folk Club at Whelan’s often features artists who put a modern twist on trad.

Visiting Dublin with a Family

The Irish are a family-friendly lot. Kids are welcome in most places and there are plenty of activities to keep little ones busy.

 

Massive Phoenix Park has a huge area to explore and is home to elephants, tigers and hippos at Dublin Zoo. For a quick play break in the city centre, try the playground at St. Stephen’s Green.

 

Dublinia recreates the sights and sounds of Viking and medieval Dublin with costumed actors and interactive exhibits. On a Viking Splash tour you can view the city from both land and water in a Second World War amphibious vehicle.

Top spots for active families

  • Skerries: The sandy beaches and play areas of this coastal town half an hour’s drive north of Dublin should keep your kids busy.
  • Dublin Mountains: Half an hour’s drive south of the city, and great for a family hike. There are some short trails around the Hell Fire Club, a former hunting lodge with views over Dublin Bay.
  • Aquazone: float in the wave pool and swish down water slides at this high-tech water park, part of the National Aquatic Centre.
  • Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland: In spring and summer kids can scramble over towers and suspension bridges at this cool adventure playground. There’s an under-fives’ area, plus go-karts and water slides.

Latest Dublin Hotel Reviews


A good hotel
By sskhan008
I was supposed to stay at Holiday Inn Express but I was moved to Crowne Plaza. Only the one night stay, everything was prepared for Covid. Pluses: Great location, near to the airport, shuttle, near [More] to the shops etc etc. Negatives: The one night that i stayed the third floor was very noisy. [Less]
Food
By steve939
excellent Breakfast, multiple choices. The hospitality at night was also very pleasant. Would like to of spent additional time but was unable to [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service
By C.J.
We had a great stay, especially during an emotionally and difficult time due to the Coronavirus. Everyone was helpful and extremely friendly. [Less]
Review of Hotel
By Gin Anne Tonic
We stayed overnight and found the staff very friendly and helpful, loved the decor, very funky, room was very clean and the bed extremely comfortable, breakfast was efficient and tasty, also a great [More] choice to suit all dietary needs. Would definitely recommend your hotel to family and friends. [Less]
Great service, safe and comfortable
By Lyn54
Lovely hotel, modern and attractive and very well situated for Dublin Airport and a number of significant clinics and medical facilities. On site parking, too, which is reasonably priced for Dublin! [More] Room was very nice, a decent size and decor not as boring as some I have stayed in. I was very impressed with the attention to detail with regard to Covid 19 safety and security. Staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful and sorted out a problem with the television as soon as I brought it to their attention. Menus and restaurant services have obviously been curtailed by the pandemic but staff are still doing a great job under difficult circumstances. I would love to try the breakfast sometime when we have returned to something more closely approaching normality. The massive bed was very comfortable, although it was a mild night and I found the quilt a little too warm for my taste - I suspect other people would have been very happy with it however. Lovely big park immediately across the road from the hotel for walking and getting some fresh air. All in all a very good experience. [Less]
Solid Hotel
By CharlesAD
The Crowne Plaza Dublin is a reliably comfortable hotel. Check in is friendly, rooms are very nice, and the food and drink are good. The shuttle to the hotel from the airport runs a schedule and [More] isn't all that frequent, so best to be cognizant and not dally if you're close, or do dally if you missed it. [Less]
Friendly team
By Joe S
Working under difficult circumstances with the Dublin Covid Restrictions the team worked hard to look after our booking and the GM was very visible and helpful [Less]
Meeting a friend
By CollieP
Nice clean city centre hotel, with friendly staff. Reasonably priced, nice food. Working with a friendly smile under difficult conditions. [Less]
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By guest
Ideal for those wishing to explore the city on foot. No parking on site so extra expense there. [Less]
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