Dublin City Breaks 2016

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Diverse Dublin

Dublin city breaks are perfect for a getaway close to home in a beautiful city oozing with history and culture. With a varied nightlife on offer from traditional Irish pubs to lively bars and nightclubs, you can certainly let your hair down! Dive right in, and discover a sense of fun that knows no bounds with weekend breaks to Dublin.

Dublin city centre is the hub of the capital’s modern character. Complete with swanky restaurants, trendy bars and vast shopping malls, there is a lot here to get your teeth into. Historical sites are scattered around the city to fill your itinerary with culture and aesthetic awe. Museums and monuments are included in day tours presenting a historical overview of the city, perfect for family visits or city breaks to Dublin.

A Modern Taste of History

To experience Dublin’s quirky side, Temple Bar is the perfect place. Known as the city’s ‘cultural quarter’, this area boasts some of the lesser known cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as beautiful cobbled streets and charmingly rustic architecture. There are a number of smaller independent hotels nestled in and around Temple Bar, and the area comes alive on market days with colourful fruit and veg stalls offering deliciously fresh produce.

History-seekers delight in the effortless elegance and ornate aesthetic of Georgian Dublin. Located in the southeast section of the centre, this small area boasts some of the city’s most stunning period buildings. For a literary tour, head to the James Joyce Cultural Centre or the Oscar Wilde House, where you and the family can cherish the historical importance of Ireland, perfect for those looking to enjoy City breaks to Dublin in style.

Traditional Irish eateries sit beside steakhouses and gastro restaurants in the city centre close to many attractions. Hotels and apartments here are contemporary and perfect for setting up camp right in the heart of the action on Dublin city breaks.

If you’re looking to leave the children at home during Dublin weekend breaks, be sure to hop along to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can do more than just sample the world famous stout. If you’re more inclined to a spirit or two, be sure to pay a visit to one of the few remaining whiskey distilleries, to sip the drink that’s been made in Ireland since the 7th century.

Dublin City Breaks for Couples


Dublin is a vibrant and interesting city that would be ideal for a romantic break. There are plenty of museums, galleries and other cultural places of interest to visit, as well as a wide variety of nightlife and good places to eat. Walking tours are a great way to get to see the city – as are walking pub tours!


The best place for shopping in the city is the famous Grafton Street, a charming and historic pedestrianised shopping street between St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. Just off Grafton Street you’ll find The Powerscourt Centre, a restored 18th century townhouse that is now a shopping centre, packed with galleries and places to eat as well as shops.


Always a popular choice with groups, Dublin is a favourite destination for a great night out. As well as endless places to drink and plenty of planned pub crawls, there are plenty of activities geared towards parties, including days out at the dog races, brewery tours, spa and pampering days, burlesque or salsa dancing lessons and outdoor activities like paintballing.


The Alexander is a beautiful Georgian hotel in central Dublin, just minutes from the famous shopping district of Grafton Street, as well as many of the city’s top attractions The hotel provides over 100 classic and elegant rooms and suites, well equipped with all mod cons. There is also a contemporary Italian restaurant, lounge bar and gym.

Dublin City Family Breaks


If you’re visiting Dublin with family, there are plenty of fun activities and attractions to suit kids of all ages. Visit Dublin Zoo, the biggest zoo in Ireland, well known for its efforts and wildlife conservation. Another popular one with kids is Dublinia and the Viking World in the heart of medieval Dublin, which explores life at the time of Vikings.

Eating Out

There is a wide choice of places to eat and have fun in Dublin that are well-suited to families. The city can be expensive, but head off Grafton Street to South William Street for decent affordable dining. Plenty of the traditional Irish bars are family-friendly and not too loud, especially if you get there earlier.


Abbey Hotel is a little outside the centre of Dublin City and is the ideal place for a relaxing family stay, with kids under 17 staying free. The hotel has complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, and spacious, comfortable guestrooms. There are plenty of good facilities nearby, including a choice of restaurants and even a golf course.

Dublin Cultural City Breaks


Dublin is much more than a stag night destination, and has plenty of interesting sights and things to do on cultural city breaks. Well worth a visit is Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest building in Dublin, built in the 11th century. Also on the list for a day’s sightseeing is the famous Dublin Castle and Dublin Zoo, ideal visits for kids and adults.


Green on Red Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in the country, showcasing contemporary Irish and international works with exhibitions and art fairs regularly put on. Also worth a visit is the National Gallery of Ireland, with free entry to see the collection of art from Ireland and Europe.


The city is packed with museums, with favourites being the Dublin Writers Museum, celebrating the city’s fine literary figures including Joyce and Yeats. The Irish Museum of Modern Art showcases contemporary Irish works, and the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is a must for history enthusiasts.

Top Dublin Hotels

Dublin City Inn

The Dublin City Inn Talbot Street is situated in the Heart of Dublin. Guests can reach Dublin's main square offering a vast selection of restaurants, pubs and lively nightlife in just a few minutes. The hotel is also close to some of Dublin's top attractions including Dublin Castle and the famous Guinness Brewery. The hotel is made up of 60 en suite rooms each modern in design. Guests can choose from a full Irish breakfast or continental breakfast each morning in the hotel's breakfast room. The Dublin City Inn is a great choice for families, couples and small groups looking for comfortable, convenient accommodation.

The North Star Hotel

Dublin's North Star Hotel boasts a central city location close to some of Dublin's main sights. Each of the hotel's 175 rooms are fully-equipped with a private bathroom, satellite TV, Wi-Fi connection and some of the larger suites have private balcony's from which you can look out over the city. Facilities of the hotel include a restaurant serving a range of traditional Irish dishes and international cuisine; there is also a bar on-site with a spacious beer garden. Couples, families and small groups will love this hotel on a Dublin city break.

Russell Court

Russell Court hotel is a perfect choice for couples and small groups seeking a lively city break in Dublin. The hotel is home to two nightclubs located in the basement, Krystle is aimed at a younger age group while Bojangles is more suited to 30+ guests. The hotel is ideally situated close to some of Dublin's top attractions so the city can be easily explored by foot. There is a restaurant, bar and open-air beer garden within the hotel which is very popular during the summer months. This hotel has become one of Dublin’s most popular nightspots.

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