With a Guinness in hand and a great bit of Irish craic, holidays in Dublin are an absolute blast, no matter your age or interests.
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As Ireland’s capital city, Dublin is packed full of character, history and great things to do, whether during a short getaway or as part of a longer holiday in the beautiful Emerald Isle.
Among the top places to visit in Dublin is Kilmainham Gaol. Having opened in 1796 and closed nearly 100 years ago in 1924, the gaol has thousands of fascinating stories etched within its walls, not least the fact that the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned here. Tours are incredibly popular so be sure to book in advance.
Dublin holidays also involve a lot of culture, so you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Trinity College, where the legendary Book of Kells is housed.
Around the corner from Kilmainham, you’ll find the beautiful Phoenix Park, which houses the Phoenix Park Monument, the Wellington Testimonial and Dublin Zoo – ideal for family holidays in Dublin.
While the kids enjoy the animals, the adults might like to pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, which isn’t too far away. Not only do you learn the history of Ireland’s most famous export but you can practice pouring your own perfect pint of the black stuff too.
An alternative Irish tipple can be sampled at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and even those not keen on bar-hopping should make a bee-line for Temple Bar, the city’s famous district for watering holes and a great Irish atmosphere, where singing and dancing is commonplace.
For more traditional Irish fare, pop into a Boxty house or head to Howth on the outskirts of the city, where you’ll find an array of sumptuous seafood restaurants.
Rolling hills, captivating coastlines, enchanting history, Ireland has the lot, including the “Black Stuff”
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