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Dublin holidays

Dublin holidays take you to a city where Georgian and medieval buildings sit happily alongside each other and the welcome you receive is always genuinely warm. You'll never be short of fun whether you're planning all inclusive holidays in Dublin or thinking about Dublin weekend breaks for 2019. Visit iconic sights, breathe the fresh air in a picturesque seaside village and warm up in a cosy pub for the ultimate winter city break.
Dublin is a city where you‘ll move easily from the vibrant city centre life to the peaceful tranquillity of its charming coastal villages in less than 30 minutes. There’s so much waiting to be discovered in Dublin.

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Things to do in Dublin 

The capital city of Ireland, Dublin is a vibrant and exciting place for a holiday. Founded in 841 and originally settled by Vikings, the city has an exciting history for you to explore as well a fantastic nightlife and some top restaurants.

Here at lastminute.com we have a superb selection of deals on holidays in Dublin. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long trip we have the perfect hotel for you. Why not book your flight and hotel together and save even more?

Botanic Gardens

Located just 5km from the city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are a beautiful place to visit. The gardens are spread over 19 hectares and were founded in 1795. The collection of plants includes over 15,000 different species from all over the world and many of them are grown in wonderfully restored glasshouses. The gardens also have a special visitor centre which has information on notable botanists and the gardens themselves. If you want to grab a bite to eat the visitor centre is perfect as it also has a restaurant.

Drink Guinness

The Guinness Storehouse is the home of Guinness. Inside across seven floors you can explore the heritage of the Guinness brand, and you can even learn how to pour the perfect pint of the black stuff. Learn about how whiskey is made with just three ingredients at the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Your guided tour will include whiskey tasting, complete with a coveted Whiskey Taster Certificate. Try the Temple Bar if you fancy tasting more whiskies or Guinness – it has also won Irish Music Pub of the Year for 2002 to 2012. It is also famous for a great beer garden, oysters and of course a great atmosphere.
A St Patrick's Day holiday in 2019 is the perfect opportunity to visit the Guinness Storehouse. Covering several floors, it pays homage to Ireland's iconic drink. Finish with a pint of Guinness while enjoying panoramic views from the top-floor Gravity Bar.

Watch some sport

If you're a sporting fan look out for midweek breaks to Dublin or a weekend in Dublin package that lets you take in some Gaelic football or hurling, both at the heart of Irish culture. Or, visit the Curragh and Leopardstown for some exciting horse racing.

Shopping

Grafton Street is Dublin's main shopping spot while Arnott's, the city's top department store, is on Henry Street. Good souvenir choices are knitwear and Guinness-related products.

Nightlife

With over a thousand pubs to choose from, a lively night out is always going to be a feature of last minute holidays to Dublin. Discover venues for every taste, from traditional pubs to the latest hipster bars. If you want to jig along to traditional Irish music visit Gogartys, The Cobblestone or O'Donaghues.

Things to see in Dublin

Museums

The Old Library is home to the breathtaking Book of Kells while EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum gives a poignant look at at a difficult point in Irish history.

Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park is Europe's largest enclosed urban park and this green oasis is home to herds of deer, impressive public buildings and Dublin Zoo.

Historic Dublin

If you’re a history buff you’ll love Dublin as it has an excellent collection of historic buildings for you to discover. A great place to start is with Dublin Castle which, up until 1922, was the seat of British rule in Ireland. Today the castle is used by the Irish Government and is an interesting place to visit. There’s a museum which offers insight into the long history of tax collection in Ireland as well as a great café and gift shop.

After you’ve seen the castle you should head to the oldest building in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral. Dating back to the 11th century, the cathedral is an exciting place to explore and has the largest crypt in the whole of Great Britain and Ireland. Tour historic Dublin Castle while Dublinia's interactive exhibits take you back to the Viking and medieval city. More recent political history is explored at Kilmainham Gaol.

How to get there

With its two terminals and choice of international flights, the airport is ideally located for both package holidays to Dublin and for holidays from Dublin Airport. Frequent buses link the airport to the city. The journey takes around 45 minutes. For the best deals visit our flights to Dublin pages.

Routes operated by Irish Ferries and P&O Irish Sea are also a good way of enjoying last minute holidays to Dublin from Holyhead in Wales and Liverpool in England.

Public transportation

Dublin Bus routes criss-cross the city from early morning until late at night with Leap Cards being the most convenient way of using them. Buy them at newsagents and top up online. They can also be used on the DART, Luas and suburban train networks.

Typical food and gastronomy 

Potatoes still feature highly on Dublin menus. They're often blended with cabbage or spring onion as colcannon and champ or used as a base for Guinness-infused Irish stews. Soak up the gravy with some Irish soda bread.

What is the Best time of the year to visit Dublin?

Like any capital city, Dublin has a packed programme of annual events. Popular ones are the Dublin Theatre Festival in October and the Dublin Fringe Festival which sees over 700 performances take place in September.

Weather & Climate 

The best weather is from June to August while cheap holidays to Dublin can be found in September and October when the weather can still be mild and sunny. Winters are cold but generally dry while March to May sees an unpredictable mix of sunshine and rain.

What language is spoken in Dublin?

English is the language of Dublin while many signs are also in Gaelic.

Accomodation in Dublin

Accommodation from elegant Georgian hotels to cheap and cheerful hostels can be found on both sides of the River Liffey. For the best deals, we recommend booking your flights and Dublin hotels at the same time.

Extra tips 

Escape the city with a short rail journey to Howth and enjoy its harbour and cliff walks. It's also possible to combine a short city break with package holidays from Dublin.

Browse our other package holidays to Ireland or if you enjoy exploring capital cities, then Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Berlin are perfect for weekend and midweek breaks. Explore city break destinations at lastminute.com

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